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15 Cheshvan 5766 - November 16, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Droshos in Memory of HaRav Shach and the Chazon Ish

by A. Cohen

Memorial and chizuk talks were given on Shabbos parshas Lech Lecho at chareidi botei knesses throughout Eretz Yisroel and other parts of the world as part of Shabbos Chazon Ish-Avi Ezri declared by gedolei Yisroel shlita.

Rabbonim, maggidei shiurim and marbitzei Torah everywhere delivered special Torah and mussar shiurim, recalling anecdotes and divrei chizuk based on the lives and teachings of our rabbonim, the luminaries of the generations, whose respective yahrtzeits fall this week. Bnei Torah kehillos and Chanichei Hayeshivos botei medrash that HaRav Shach founded and developed through mesirus nefesh and nurtured as a father figure and guide commemorated the fourth anniversary since his histalkus to Yeshiva Shel Maaloh.

The main memorial gathering was held on motzei Shabbos at the Talmidei Yeshivas Ponovezh-Tze'irim Beis Medrash on Rechov HaAdmor MiTzanz in Bnei Brak, which featured a talk by HaRav Shmuel Auerbach.

"I heard from my father and teacher zt"l, and ylct"a Rabbeinu Amud Hahoro'oh Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita, that for many years there had not been a trusted shepherd for Beis Yisroel like Rabbeinu Hagodol Maran zt"l," said HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, the opening speaker at the gathering.

He then proceeded to exhort heads of educational institutions not to stray from the clearly stated opinion of gedolei Yisroel on the issue of Sherut Leumi, including the Chazon Ish, the Avi Ezri and ylct"a Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita. "During these times we must strengthen ourselves in matters they planted and [follow] the holy path of Rabbeinu Hagodol by always standing guard not to dismiss anything."

The event was transmitted via Kol Haloshon and can be heard by dialing 03-6171015.

Special gatherings are also being held this week at Yeshivas Ponovezh and Yeshivas Grodno, where Maran taught for over 50 years. The Chinuch Atzmai administration sent out circulars to all talmudei Torah and schools instructing them to devote tefillos and lessons to the memory of Rabbeinu Hagodol, zechuso yogen oleinu, who stood faithfully at the helm of Chinuch Atzmai for four decades.

Marbitzei HaTorah HaSefaradim, headed by roshei yeshivos shlita, issued stirring calls to roshei yeshivos, marbitzei Torah and educators to hold chizuk and memorial gatherings at all yeshivas, educational institutions and botei medrash for bnei Torah and yeshiva alumni everywhere in honor and memory of Maran zt"l, who founded and built the Sephardic Torah world in Eretz Hakodesh and was largely responsible for the flourishing of Torah and teshuvoh in Eretz Yisroel and other parts of the world.

The Zichron Avi Ezri Institute is giving hundreds of three- volume sets of the memorial sefer Saccosoh Leroshi to yeshivas and Torah halls. To request a copy le'ilui nishmas Maran call 03-5796645.

The international organization Uchsavtom produced a special booklet based on Rabbenu's teachings on iyun study and on writing chiddushei Torah. The booklet includes a special article on approaches to learning written by HaRav Boruch Shmuel Deutsch. Thousands of copies are currently being distributed at Torah halls around the country.

A memorial gathering was also held in Elad, where speakers included HaRav Avrohom Yitzchok Hakohen Kook, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Me'or HaTalmud in Rechovot. Major gatherings were also help in Kfar Saba and Carmiel.


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