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21 Cheshvan 5762 - November 7, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Unprecedented Media Coverage of HaRav Shach's Passing
by Betzalel Kahn

The electronic news media gave extensive coverage about the passing of Maran Rosh Hayeshiva, ztvk'l. The media reported biographical sketches and news about his funeral procession.

Cellular phone networks in the center of Bnei Brak crashed during the levaya. For several long hours it was nearly impossible to connect from or to a cellphone number, due to the large volume of callers clogging the Bnei Brak area's switchboards.

On early Friday morning, just moments after the passing of Maran Rosh Hayeshiva ztvk'l, dozens of journalists gathered at the entrance of the Tel Hashomer Hospital where the Rosh Hayeshiva passed away.

Knesset Members Rabbi Avraham Ravitz and Rabbi Moshe Gafni issued an official statement to the mass media asking them to honor the Godol Hador's memory by not broadcasting on news of the levaya or biographical information on Shabbos. It has been confirmed that the Israeli media did refrain from press coverage of the levaya for the duration of Shabbos.

The media gave widespread coverage about the life and times of Maran Rosh Hayeshiva, including HaRav Shach's views about various public figures.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon issued a special statement regarding the passing HaRav Man Shach. The prime minister said that "a unique person of the generation has been taken from us, with great sorrow. He was among the great gedolei haTorah of Israel, and had great influence on the image and Jewish character of the State, and who fought with passion and determination for his position about proper values."

The Prime Minister emphasized the efforts of the Rosh Hayeshiva in rehabilitating Torah Judaism after the Holocaust. Prime Minister Sharon stated that "History shall remember HaRav Elazar Menachem Shach, ztvk'l, as one who produced tens of thousands of talmidim in Israel and throughout the Jewish world."

At the Sunday Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Sharon also commented on the passing of HaRav Shach. The Prime Minister noted the appreciation for the late Rabbi Shach's work over many years on behalf of the Torah world and all Jewish issues. "There is no doubt that we have lost an important person who made his mark over many years. I express condolences on behalf of all of us; we share in the mourning and sorrow of his family and the chareidi community."


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