AMAZING: In One Class in Kiryat Sefer, 21 Children with the Name “Hillel”


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In one class in the kindergarten of Talmud Torah Medrash Meir in Kiryat Sefer, there are 21 children with the name Hillel, named after Rosh Yeshivas Knesses HaGedolah HaGaon Rav Hillel Zaks ZT”L.

According to a BeChadrei Chareidim report, in the kindergarten, 21 of the 29 children have the first name Hillel, all named after the late rosh yeshiva, who was niftar 4.5 years ago, and this is the first group of children entering the school system carrying his name.

In the city of Modi’in Illit, there are mosdos of Rav Hillel ZT”L, including a yeshiva gedola, yeshiva ketana, and now the new talmud torah, which opened to a kindergarten, mechina and continues to second grade.

The new cheder is run by Rav Peles, under the leadership of HaGaon Rav Yitzchak Ze’ev Zaks, his son, who is following in the path of his father Rav Hillel.

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(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem / Photo Credit: BeChadrei Chareidim)


  1. EmesIsTruth – they’ll have to find some other way to differentiate. I’m sure they’ll come up with something that works. E.g. if they call all the boys by their last names (which makes sense, considering that they’re mostly Hillels) then Zaks1, Zaks2, Zaks3 and Zaks4 from oldest to youngest or Hillel ben Father’s name.

  2. A while ago there was a play group where four of the children had the same first and last names (I think they were cousins). The teacher differentiated them by their mother’s first initial.

  3. This is the moment in history when we will look back and acknowledge that the seeds for a new Beis Hillel II have been planted…..B’YH, they will follow in the footsteps of BH I, and not machmir everything like Beis Shammai was prone to do 2000 years ago in the time of the tannaim.