In the presence of Gedolei Yisrael , Rosh Yeshivas Ponevezh–HaGaon Rav Povarsky Shlita, The Modzitzer Rebbe, Rosh Yeshivas Chevron–HaGaon Rav Chevroni Shlita, the Minister of Health– Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, the President and Founder of the Medical Center, Dr. Moshe Rothschild, and the directors of the HMOs and leaders of the Israeli Health Care system.
A historic moment in Bnei Brak occurred recently when the Ryzman MRI Unit was inaugurated in Mayanei HaYeshua Medical Center. The ceremony was held in participation with the philanthropist R’ Zvi Ryzman, and his wife Mrs. Betty Ryzman, from Los Angeles. The event began with R’ Zvi affixing the mezuzah on the door of the newly donated unit. Also in attendance was Rav Chananya Cholak, the director of Ezer M’Tziyon, Rav Elimelech Feuer, the director of Ezra L’Marpeh, and HaGaon Rav Yosef Hoffner Shlita. In honor of the donors, the unveiling ceremony was attended by the benefactors of the Ryzman family, the Minister of Health, and the hospital’s department heads.
Afterward, a reception was held in honor of the donor and his family. Many guests from Israel and abroad participated and the event was opened and presided over by the Director-General of the Medical Center, Shlomo Rothschild. He presented the new MRI machine for the city of Bnei Brak, which has a population of almost two hundred thousand, which has so far lacked this vital necessity.
The Director quoted the words of a member of the Halachic Committee of the Medical Center– Maran Sar HaTorah, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky shlita. The donator had previously asked the Rav about the laws of precedence in charity, and the Rav explained to him that donating to Mayanei HaYeshua was certainly a priority. Dr. Rothschild also added that in recent years Mayanei HaYeshua has almost tripled the scope of its activities in current and new medical fields, which were developed for the benefit of the community.
He also mentioned that Mayanei HaYeshua is the only community hospital in Israel that develops health services according to public needs. For example, the mental health center, which includes the departments of hospitalization, clinics, and day care, has been established and opened as a public necessity, to save many families whose cries have risen to shamayim.
The Rosh Yeshiva of Ponevezh commended the donor, R’ Zvi Rysman for his generous donation. He acknowledged that R’ Zvi Ryzman is unique in his generation in his support of Torah scholars and his assistance to medical institutions. The Admor of Modzitz spoke about the importance of the donation and the generosity of the well-known donor. He referred to him as a great, kind and dedicated person who works to support the Jewish people.
Minister of Health MK R’ Yaakov Litzman thanked the donors and the management of Mayanei HaYeshua for the successful establishment of the MRI, which was approved and partly funded by the Ministry of Health. He informed the public that, the necessary authorization for the machine’s operation was granted, a mere two days after the donor pledged to contribute towards its purchase. The Minister explained that when he assumed office there were only 24 MRI machines in Israel, today there are 46. His department is currently committed to integrating MRI devices in all hospitals and across the country.
Rabbi Litzman mentioned that the Mayanei HaYeshua Community Hospital has responded to challenges that other hospitals have not responded to. He specifically referenced the new Mental Health Center, which was recently inaugurated. He praised the activities of the Men’s Hospital Department which operates alongside clinics and day care, and he called for a Women’s department to opened soon.
Director and Founder of the Medical Center, Dr. Moshe Rothschild also acknowledged the contributor and hailed him as a pioneer in raising large donations for the community needs. The Director recalled that the saintly Ponevezher Rav Ztzl, prioritized working for the community and fundraising over publishing seforim. He revealed that the Rav once told him that he considered his life-saving activities to be in lieu of writing chiddushei Torah. Dr. Rothschild declared that the main ‘writings’ of R’ Ryzman wasn’t his sefer on medical Halacha, rather it was his efforts in establishing medical centers, and donating life-saving machines.
Afterward, the philanthropist, R’ Ryzman addressed the event. He emphasized the importance of an MRI machine, and explained how it could provide urgent medical treatment to the residents of Bnei Brak. He expressed his surprise how such a prodigious city could have lacked such a necessary machine.
In his speech, he remarked how incredulous he was of Dr. Rothschild dream to open the Medical Center. After the hospital became a fait accompli, Dr. Rothschild began to pursue his next dream; the establishment of a psychiatric hospital for mental health. R’ Ryzman explained that was still skeptical his ambitions, but this dream also became a reality. In his concluding words, Reb Zvi Ryzman thanked the representatives of Mayanei HaYeshua. Specifically, Rabbi Gershon Leeder, Chairman of the Board of Governors, and Mr. Chaim Fachler, Director of Resource Development, who came to his residence in Los Angeles to receive the donation.
Dr. Rothschild told the participants that he visited HaGaon Rav Steinman Shlita, on Motzai Shabbos. The Rav responded to the inquiry into his well-being by saying, “I thank G-d for giving me life so that I can continue to serve Him.” The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mayanei HaYeshua, CPA Moshe Leon, then gave R’ Ryzman a picture of Maran HaGaon Rav Steinman Shlita, at the Mezuzah ceremony, for the new room for the MRI machine.
Chairman of the Friends Association and Chairman of the Psagot Investment, Dr. Ehud Shapira, gave their donors an artistic picture of Mayanei HaYeshua, together with a rare letter, written by Maran HaGaon Rabbi Kanievsky Shlita.
Participants included: Rabbi Shimon Regovi – Ezer M’Tziyon; Rabbi Yitzchak Stern – Refuah V’Chaim; the CEO of Meuhedet Health Services, Mr. Zev Wurmbrand; Deputy CEO, Dr. Dovid Morel; District Director Mr. Elisha Housman and his deputy, Rabbi Moshe Cohen; Maccabi Health Services was represented by the Director of the Central District – Ms. Dvora Hasid and the Director of the Bnei Brak Region, Mr. Eli Ovadia; Director of the Friends Association Mr. Zvi Wilder; Mr. Bentzi Sau – member of the Friends Association, and many more managers and heads of health institutions and organizations.
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