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









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Ashkavtei DeRebbi -- The Levaya

On Thursday night, 16 Marcheshvon, a heavy pall of mourning enveloped all sectors of Torah Jewry in Eretz Yisroel and abroad, as it was learned that Maran HaGaon Hagodol HaRav Elozor Menachem Mann Shach, ztvk"l, rosh yeshiva of the Ponevezh yeshiva, returned his pure soul to its Maker. Maran was Rosh Kol Bnei Hagolah, Am Yisroel's helmsman and one of the remnants of Knesses Hagedolah. He is deeply mourned by the entire Jewish people, and in particular by his many students who loved and esteemed him as their beacon of light.

Maran HaGaon Hagodol HaRav Elozor Menachem Mann Shach ztvk"l

His Biography

HaRav Shach was born to Rav Ezriel zt"l and Bat Sheva of the Levitan family, a family of talmidei chachomim who served as rabbonim in important Lithuanian communities. Her brother was HaRav Nisan Levitan zt"l, who became one of the most senior figures in Agudas HaRabbonim of America.

The Hesped Delivered By HaRav Shach's Son-In-Law, HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman, Rosh Yeshivas Rashbi, Bnei Brak at the Levaya on Erev Shabbos Parshas Vayeiro

We have become orphans; our father is gone!

We have been virtual orphans for the past few years. The Rosh Yeshiva did not want to speak or to lead; he remained closed up within himself. But our father was still at home. Now we have reached the stage where "our father is gone." Our father has been taken away.

Police Force at HaRav Shach's Levaya: Bnei Brak Closed to Traffic
by Betzalel Kahn

A large contingent of police stood guard on Friday at all of Bnei Brak's entrances and on the streets where the levaya's massive throng of participants passed by. According to police estimates hundreds of thousands participated in the levaya of Maran Rosh Hayeshiva, ztvk'l. The estimate broadcast over the radio was 400,000 participants.

Hatzoloh at the Levaya of HaRav Shach, zt'l
by Betzalel Kahn

At the end of a prolonged battle, in the course of which the Kav Mehadrin bus line was launched, Egged and Dan began operating bus route number 402 between Jerusalem and Bnei Brak. Now that the Transportation Ministry has granted it the necessary permits, the line began running this Sunday, 11 Cheshvan (October 28).

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.

Rabbeinu Hagodol Ztvk'l
By Nosson Zeev Grossma

The pen is inadequate, especially at these difficult hours of piercing pain and confusion, due to the terrible tragedy comparable to the Bais Hamikdosh burning. However, we must at least try to put into words, for the sake of future generations, a small part of the shining image of Rabbeinu Hagodol ztvk'l.

From the Pages of Yated Ne'eman about Maran HaRav Shach ztvk"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

This is a sampling of stories and anecdotes told by HaRav Shach and about HaRav Shach that appeared in the pages of Yated Ne'eman in the past few years. Where necessary we have provided a few remarks to make the context clear.

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