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Efforts are Being Made to Ensure HaRav Yonah Torchin's Election as Rav of Yehud

by B. Rabinowitz

A number of months ago, the town of Yehud began to make plans for the election of its Ashkenazic rav. Already then, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky entreated HaRav Yonah Torchin to fill the shoes of HaRav Nisan Torchin, HaRav Yonah's illustrious father, and even influenced others do their utmost to ensure his election. The elections will take place next month on 17 Elul, and many efforts are being made on HaRav Torchin's behalf.

HaRav Nissim Karelitz wrote a warm letter in support of Rav Torchin, and HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Steinman and HaRav Chaim Kanievsky have all urged his election to fill the place of his father. HaRav Karelitz noted that since he is worthy, al pi din he has precedence in filling the position occupied by his father.

Fifty years ago, the Chazon Ish urged HaRav Nisan Torchin to accept the position of rav and av beis din of Yehud. The Chazon Ish was eager to establish a mokom Torah in that settlement, and even dispatched a number of letters to HaRav Torchin, in order to encourage him in the sacred labor he had taken upon himself.

In a letter to HaRav Shmuel Greineman, the Chazon Ish, praised HaRav Torchin for his outstanding dedication to the yeshiva in Yehud. Constantly aided by the Chazon Ish, HaRav Torchin spared no efforts on behalf of the yeshiva in his community. During the many years in which he presided as Yehud's rav, he did his utmost to strengthen Yiddishkeit there, founding a talmud Torah, a mesivta and a kollel where 100 avreichim currently study, among them local ba'alei teshuvah.

After his petirah, his son Rav Yonah continued to strengthen his father's institutions, and today is a rosh yeshiva and rosh kollel in Yehud, and very active in drawing youth closer to Yiddishkeit. He is also deeply involved in the chessed enterprises of the city.

It is indeed hoped that he will be elected rav of Yehud. The choice of rav has a great influence on the spiritual development of the community for many years.

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