R' Binyamin Kamenetsky

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R' Binyamin Kamenetsky

Death: 1920
Immediate Family:

Son of R' Samuel Zvi Kamenetsky and Chaya Kamenetsky
Husband of Ettel Kamenetsky
Father of Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky, Rosh Yeshiva Torah Vodaath; Judah Kamenetzky; Leah Kamenetzky; Chaya Kamenetzky; R' Haim Zerach Kamenetzky and 2 others

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About R' Binyamin Kamenetsky

In Koloshova, the family of R' Binyomin Kamenetsky was not particularly distinguished. A Torah-observant home where the father worked and earned a respectable livelihood, things would have remained just the same had Heaven not ordained otherwise. In an interesting twist of fate, the father of Reb Binyomin, a timber-dealer and owner of a large flour mill, lost all his business in one night due to the decree of the Russian Tzar.Thus, after the birth of their son Yaakov on 21 Adar, Reb Binyomin moved to a tiny hamlet by the name of Dolhinov. Reb Yaakov later pointed out that had it not been for this move, he would probably have grown up an ordinary businessman and would never have absorbed the unquenchable love of Torah that was prevalent in this small village.His father would take him on Friday night at two in the morning to the beis medrash where the place hummed with learning as though it was midday. The hall was full of people studying Torah, each one according to his level: one learned a shiur on Alshich, another on gemora, and yet another a shiur iyun.In the cheder of this village the hours were long, so long that Reb Yaakov's mother would pack together with his lunch an oil lamp to be used when darkness fell and the boys continued learning.At the age of eleven, he left home to learn in the yeshiva of Minsk