Sephardic Program Celebrates Torah Dedication

New Torah Scroll Donated by Benjamin Aminoff to be Used in Sephardic Beit Midrash

On July 28,the Sephardic Community Program at Yeshiva University celebrated the dedication of a new Torah scroll, donated by Mr. Benjamin M. Aminoff in memory of his nephew Mr. Sam Aminoff a”h, to be used in the Sephardic Beit Midrash.

Torah DedicationThe festivities began with the completion of the writing of the sefer Torah in the Morgenstern Hall lounge and continued with a processional of joyous liturgical pizmonim [traditional Jewish songs] and dancing onto the pedestrian mall along Amsterdam Avenue on YU’s Wilf Campus. The singing and dancing continued into the Sephardic Beit Midrash where the new Torah was placed alongside two other scrolls in the Heikhal [Holy Ark].

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Benjamin Aminoff, right, donated the new sefer Torah to YU’s Sephardic Beit Midrash in memory of his nephew.

A brief dedication ceremony was conducted in the Beit Midrash for an audience that was addressed by Rabbi Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky, YU vice president for university affairs; Hakham Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim, Sephardic Rosh Yeshiva chair holder, Maxwell R. Maybaum Chair in Talmud and Sephardic Halakhic Codes; Rabbi Moshe Tessone, director of YU’s Sephardic Community Program; and Rabbi Simon Basalely.

Basalely, a grandnephew of Mr. Benjamin Aminoff, was recently appointed the Edmond J. Safra Sgan Mashgiach at YU. In this newly established position, made possible with a grant from the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation, Basalely will work with the Sephardic students on the Wilf Campus.

Addressing the audience, Mr. Aminoff expressed his joy and gratitude for the opportunity to partake in this great mitzvah. He also shared his particular personal fulfillment that he derived, knowing that the new Torah scroll was being placed in a sanctuary that will put it to immediate and frequent use.

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