Rabbi Soloveitchik Brightens up OHEL During his Monthly Bais Ezra Visits
This past Rosh Chodesh, as on every Rosh Chodesh, OHEL Bais Ezraâ€™s East 26th St residence was filled with pride and joy as they opened their doors to Rabbi Simcha Soloveitchik, who came for his monthly visit.
OHEL Bais Ezraâ€™s East 26th street residence was opened on March 31, 1996. It is home to 11 men, and there is 24 hour supervision. Each of the men is diagnosed with various developmental disabilities, as well as other medical and psychiatric disabilities.
Four years ago, Rabbi Soloveitchik came to the residence to visit a family friend, however all the individuals deeply enjoyed his discussions on the parsha, and the singing of Zemiros. His visits turned into regular, monthly occurrences, which are set up and coordinated with the staff of the East 26th street residence. These visits are timed to occur on Rosh Chodesh, as a truly special treat for the men and staff who reside at the home.
Moshe Gaffney, who lives at the residence, said of the monthly visits â€śOne thing we know about Rabbi Soloveitchik is when he comes and discusses Jewish ideas, and his discussions of Torah go around our residence, how deeply we enjoy from the bottom of our hearts when he comes and enhances our yiddishkeitâ€ť.
Rabbi Soloveitchikâ€™s monthly rosh chodesh visits are looked forward to by all of the men, and the members of Bais Ezra are truly proud to call themselves friends of Rabbi Soloveitchik.