Chevrat Pinto Ashdod City
About This Location
At the city plaza on 3 Haklita Street, in the heart of the city of Ashdod, there are throngs of people swarming and constant activity. The government offices are situated there, as well as a variety of stores and businesses. Precisely there, in the midst of the spiritual wasteland thirsting for some drops of kedushah, flows a clear stream to quench the thirst of all those who seek its pure waters.
The process in joining is not easy. Becoming integrated in society is complicated; the foreign language, the different mentality and unfamiliar way of life in Eretz Yisrael pose many hardships. However, many have established their homes in this place, in a place that provides them with a broad knowledge of Judaism in addition to a hotline for assistance, and continuous support. The aspiration to create such an institution alone is insufficient to actually establish such a unique spiritual center with its wide variety of services. There is an active kollel for high-level avrechim, a Beit Midrash for those learning to become ordinated Rabbis, and an active Beit Knesset. These projects require fine tuned sensitivity and deep understanding for those who attend. Most are new immigrants who have not yet become accustomed to Israeli culture. Moreover, the leaders of this project require infinite emotional strength and wholehearted dedication to take care of all the physical and spiritual needs of the institution.
All these requirements are fulfilled by the unique personality, possessing a pure and caring heart, Moreinu V’Rabbeinu, the son of holy forebears, Rabbi David Chananya Pinto, shlita. Compelled by his love for his brethren, sporting a shining countenance that exudes warmth, he established the Center and bears its responsibilities. He has succeeded in transforming this place, which was formerly occupied with mundane matters into a center of kedushah, a lighthouse illuminating the darkness. The navi, Amos, prophesied (8:11) “Behold, days are coming,” days in which there will be much hunger in the world. However, it will not be “a hunger for bread nor a thirst for water.” In our generation the singular demand grows only “to hear the words of Hashem.” There is a great demand for Torah! The empty spiritual void can be filled only through Torah.