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13 Kislev 5762 - November 28, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Thirty Days Since His Passing
Special Section

Rav Shach

Remembering and Learning from Maran ztvk"l

Although Maran HaRav Shach ztvk"l was best known to the world for his activities in Israeli politics, this was not the story of his life nor the main focus of his life, even during the years in which he was politically active. It is far from us to be able to in any way sum up HaRav Shach's achievements, but it is clear that his greatest achievements lay in the areas of Torah, yiras Shomayim and general avodas Hashem.

A Single Mussar Thought: HaRav Moshe Aharon Braverman Shares Memories Of His Fifty Year Association With HaRav Shach zt'l
As Told to Dov Partzowitz

Our meeting took place during the shivoh week, when the feelings of heartbreak and helplessness were at their most acute. Our attempts at evaluating HaRav Shach's life and his leadership were punctuated by outbursts of crying, shedding tears of longing for the light that had dimmed and gone out just a few days before.

If One Would Give all his Wealth for the Love that Maran zt"l Loved the Torah, they would not Believe It
by HaRav Meir Heisler, transcribed by Rafael Berlson

HaRav Heisler, a veteran disciple of Maran ztvk'l, related a succession of amazing stories about the ameilus, yegio and ahavas haTorah of Maran Sar HaTorah ztvk'l. Twice during the speech, Rav Heisler's voice broke, choked with tears; his love for Maran permeated the room.

Lebenslied -- the Lifesong of Maran, ztvk'l
by HaRav Yehudah Dvir

"Do you not know that a sar vegodol has fallen today in Israel?" said Dovid Hamelech (Shmuel II 3:35) upon eulogizing the death of Avner ben Ner. Sar means literally "officer" or "minister," and in its broader connotation: leader. Godol denotes exactly that. And we lament today: Don't you know that we have become orphaned today from a minister, an officer, from a great figure? As a public, collectively, and each and every one of us, individually.

HaRav Shach Zt'l, Founder And Mentor Of Yated Ne'eman
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

A profound sense of personal loss can be felt these days in the offices of Yated Ne'eman. Although so many felt that their relationship with the Rosh Yeshiva was special and somehow unique -- and these feelings have been brought into even sharper focus over the past weeks -- the Yated staff were still aware of his having felt a particular warmth for the paper which he brought into existence and for whose survival he went to such lengths.

Sparks of Greatness: Maran Rosh Hayeshiva -- HaGaon R' Elozor Menachem Man Shach, ztvk"l
To mark the end of the sheloshim

("Sparks of Greatness" is a regular feature of Yated Ne'eman. It is included in this issue of Dei'ah Vedibur as a special tribute to HaRav Shach, zt"l. )

Yegias HaTorah

Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibovitz heard from a talmid of his grandfather, Rav Boruch Ber zt"l, who had a chavrusa with Maran during the period that the latter got married. He told him that on the Rosh Yeshiva's wedding day, that talmid of his grandfather reasoned he would have some free time, for surely the chosson would be busy. However, the Rosh Yeshiva sat and learned with him until half an hour before his own chuppah.

An Urgent Call

"Awaken, my dear brothers, and may we together be awakened!"

Regarding everything which is taking place before us in the world which our ears hear and our eyes see, events the likes of which have not taken place [in our lifetimes] and which are occurring so suddenly -- shall we not stand and reflect a moment?

Letter from the Levayah

Dear Tzvi Aryeh,

I want to add a few words about the event of a few weeks ago. I know that you have already read articles and heard hespeidim, and I'm sure that much more will still be written and said, but I wanted to convey some of my own experiences on that day and share feelings that I and many others had and still have.

A Sefer Torah in Memory of Maran Rosh Hayeshiva HaRav Shach ztvk"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Immediately after the petiroh of Maran Rosh Hayeshiva, many wonderful initiatives were undertaken le'ilui nishmoso. Of particular note was an initiative taken to write a sefer Torah mehudar under the auspices of Yeshivas Knesses Yissochor. Bnei Torah all over the world will be able to buy a word or a line in the sefer Torah for a nominal sum. Bnei Torah all over the world have shown great interest in participating in the writing this sefer Torah.

New Sefer on the Torah of HaRav Shach zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A new sefer with hundreds of heretofore unpublished facts and hanhogos of Maran HaRav Elazar Menachem Man Shach ztvk"l, published last week, has made a tremendous impact in Torah circles the world over.

Modi'in Illit Municipal Authority Seeks Name Change to Avi Ezri
by A. Cohen

The Modi'in Illit Municipal Authority has asked to change the name of the city to "Avi Ezri," after the Avi Ezri, the monumental work of Maran the Rosh Yeshiva, HaRav Elozor Menachem Man Shach, ztvk"l. Mayor Rabbi Yaakov Gutterman has applied to the Government Name Committee requesting the change.

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