Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rosh Yeshiva of the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, visited OU headquarters in New York this week to give words of chizuk to an audience of OU Kashrut senior rabbis.
Rav Kamenetsky’s visit was part of the new Harry H. Beren ASK OUTREACH initiative, in which the OU shares its kashrut expertise with advanced Talmudic scholars in the convenience of their kollelim and semicha programs while at the same time benefiting from visits by leading Roshei HaYeshiva to the OU. Rav Kamenetsky, or as he is affectionately known, Reb Shmuel, is the second leading Rosh HaYeshiva to visit the OU as part of this new initiative. The first was Rav Asher Weiss from Jerusalem, who addressed the rabbinic staff of the Kashrut Department several months ago.
Rabbi Yosef Grossman, Director of OU Kashrut Education declared, “Rav Shmuel remarked that he has been a chasid (fervent follower) of OU Kosher for many years. He believes that through our organized strength in numbers and harmony, OU Kosher is able to accomplish great things in the area of excellent kashrut standards. His warm words of “chizuk” (encouragement) were well received by all the rabbis in attendance, who included Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher, and Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, OU Executive Vice-President. Both rabbis offered warm words of greeting before introducing Rav Kamenetsky.”