Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Rabbi Elyashiv, zt”l, Niftar

Baruch Dayan Emes – Blessed is the True Judge.

Mystical Paths notes the passing of the leading litvish posek of the generation (the leading Jewish law deciding rabbi among the “litvish” stream of orthodox Judaism – one of if not the major stream of orthodox Judaism), Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, zt”l.  He was 102 and passed away in Jerusalem within the past hour.

May his merits be a blessing for all of Klal Yisroel, and may his family and talmidim be comforted among the mourners of Tziyon and Yerushalayim.

UPDATE – Early (unconfirmed) info says the levaya (funeral) is scheduled for 10:00 PM tonight, starting in Mea Shearim.  (It’s normal and preferred in orthodox Judaism for funerals to occur within 24 hours, and in Israel often less than 24 hours.)

UPDATE 2 – More reliable info now confirms levaya at 10:00 PM tonight, starting on Chanan Street, Malchei Yisroel in Meah Shearim.  The kvura will be at Har HaMenochos, Jerusalem.  IT IS EXTREMELY HOT AND DRY IN JERUSALEM (even at night, heat wave in progress), anyone attending is strongly advised to bring plenty of water and wear as light weight clothing as possible.

More info on Rav Elyashiv.

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