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12 Cheshvan 5765 - October 27, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman Visits the US
By S. Bruchi

HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman set out last week for a two-week visit in the US, after HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Philadelphia, and HaRav Aharon Feldman, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore, paid a visit to HaRav Shteinman two months ago, bearing a letter signed by roshei yeshivos in the US asking him to come to strengthen the Torah and yeshiva world there.

Arriving at Newark International Airport last Wednesday afternoon, HaRav Shteinman's first stop was Lakewood, where he spent two nights. Upon his arrival thousands of local residents lined the streets to receive one of the must illustrious guests the city has ever hosted. Police set up special barriers to prevent onlookers from stepping into the streets, allowing all the men, women and children to see HaRav Shteinman as he made his way to the yeshiva. Estimates were that more than ten thousand greeted the illustrious rosh yeshiva.

Thousands of talmidim and avreichim took part in a reception held at the yeshiva's main beis medrash. The rosh yeshiva, HaRav Malkiel Kotler, delivered a brief welcome, citing Rabbenu Yonah's remarks in Shaarei Teshuvoh on the benefits of honoring chachomim.

HaRav Shteinman then expressed his thanks to HaKodosh Boruch Hu for the zchus to come and strengthen the Torah world, particularly in a place like Lakewood, New Jersey, which has built the world's largest Torah fortress. "Who would have thought that after the Holocaust a center of Torah would be built here?" he added.

Following the reception, HaRav Shteinman held a closed-door meeting with the yeshiva's rabbonim and roshei yeshiva in the home of Rebbetzin Kotler, the widow of HaRav Shneur Kotler. After the meeting HaRav Shteinman went to the home of HaRav Malkiel Kotler, where he stayed while in Lakewood.

The next morning over one thousand participants arrived for tefillas Shacharis berov am, after which HaRav Shteinman served as sandak at two brisos.

Following a visit with the mashgiach HaRav Mattisyohu Salomon, HaRav Shteinman returned to the beis medrash where he gave a shiur on rubo de'isso kaman verubo deleiso kaman, as well as a mussar talk on kvod Shomayim. Both the shiur and the talk were relayed live to large screens in other halls.

After Minchah he went to a gathering of all of the talmidim of the yeshivos ketanos. HaRav Dovid Shustal, one of the roshei yeshivos of Yeshivas Lakewood, addressed the gathering, followed by HaRav Shteinman, who spoke about emunoh. At an assembly for educators and the heads of the city's Torah institutions, participants had an opportunity to ask questions regarding chinuch.

Friday morning he set out for Monsey, stopping to visit the Admor of Square in the town of New Square in the morning and the Admor of Vizhnitz-Monsey in the afternoon.

He spent Shabbos at the home of HaRav Shimon Glick, one of our generation's leading backers of Torah and pillars of tzedokoh. Hundreds of town residents attended the Shabbos tefillos at the home of the Glick Family. On Shabbos afternoon HaRav Shteinman gave a shiur on Parshas Lech Lecho.

On motzei Shabbos thousands of Monsey residents participated in a chizuk gathering at the town's main hall. HaRav Don Ungarisher, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Beis Medrash Elyon, said that when Avrohom Ovinu left his home "to exalt and sanctify the Name of HaKodosh Boruch Hu, says the Medrash, it was an instance of `shemen turak shemecho.' When oil is scattered the whole world smells the scent. Through this Avrohom merited `ve'agadeil shemecho veheyeih brochoh.' We have had the merit of welcoming HaGaon Hagodol HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman shlita, who had the merit to be in the presence of maranan the Brisker Rav and the Chazon Ish, zechuson yogen oleinu, and works devotedly to increase the honor of Heaven and therefore merits having his words heard and he has daas zekeinim and daas Torah."

Next HaRav Eliyahu Ber Wachtfogel, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas South Fallsberg, spoke about how past gedolei hadoros saw that HaRav Shteinman was worthy to be one of the leaders of Klal Yisroel. He was followed by HaRav Shteinman himself, who spoke about the obligation to strengthen Torah study by adding hours of toil in Torah.

On Sunday morning HaRav Shteinman stopped in Madison to address Yeshivas R' Yaakov Yosef on his way to Philadelphia.

This week HaRav Shteinman is scheduled to travel to Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of the US plans to hold a special meeting with HaRav Shteinman during which they will address various pressing questions on the current agenda.


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