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Queens, NY - Last Of Gedolei Ha’dor Rav Zelik Epstein, zt’l Passes Away At 97

Published on: August 3, 2009 04:40 PM
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Queens, NY - The loss is most profound, and it will be deeply felt by those who knew who he was. He was truly a rosh yeshiva’s rosh yeshiva. He was a ba’al eitzah to thousands of people. He was the last of the gedolei ha’dor of the past generation.

Maran HaGaon Rav Zelik Epstein, zt’l, passed away this morning in Queens at the age of 97

Rav Zelik, studied in the Mirrer Yeshiva in Europe under the greatest of Europe’s roshei yeshiva. A brilliant talmid chacham, he immigrated to America and helped rebuild the glorious world of advanced Torah scholarship that had been destroyed in Europe. He began as a rosh yeshiva in Yeshiva Torah VoDaas and eventually established Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah-Grodno in Kew Gardens, New York.

Rav Zelik, was perhaps the last link that our generation had with the gedolim of previous times. Rav Zelik combined outstanding hasmadah, remarkable sensitivity, and profound wisdom and insight—all wrapped in one extraordinary Torah personality.

Even at a young age, Rav Zelik displayed an exceptional grasp of the intricacies of Talmudic learning. He also had the gift of being able to explain and write with incisive clarity. Rav Zelik was extremely close to Reb Yerucham Levovitz, zt’l. Indeed, the kisvei Rav Yerucham that we now have in our possession were written by Rav Zelik when he was but a young man. Sheets of Rav Yerucham’s shiurim were carefully written by Rav Zelik, reviewed by Reb Yerucham, and sent weekly to England.

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Rav Zelik married the granddaughter of Rav Shimon Shkop. Rav Zelik’s appreciation of Reb Shimon’s unique brand of lamdus inspired his learning in that direction, as well. Ultimately, he named and patterned his own yeshiva on the analytical approach of Rav Shimon.

Rav Zelik’s son, Reb Kalman, ylc’t, frequently recalled his father’s hasmadah. It was a regular occurrence for his father to be involved in a Talmudic sugyah throughout the night. In the early years after the war, while living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, he developed a close friendship with the Klausenberger Rebbe, zt’l. Often the Rebbe would come to Rav Zelik’s home at two o’clock in the morning to discuss a difficult Rashba. Neither of them thought anything of the time.

In fact, Rav Zelik’s unbelievable power of concentration quite often caused him to lose all track of time. Once Rav Zelik was involved in a deep sugyah and noticed that it was a little too late for his son to still be up and about. He instructed him to go to bed. His son, Reb Kalman, went to bed for the night and arose the next morning. When Reb Kalman entered his father’s study, he noticed that his father was still exploring the very same sugyah in which he had been immersed the previous night. Rav Zelik, however, rebuked his son, telling him, “I thought that I told you to go to bed!”

While still in Europe, the daughter of the Alter of Kelm, Chana Liba, saw an opportunity. Her father’s precious writings needed to be collated and were in the attic of her home. Somehow she had found out about Rav Zelik’s talents of writing and she succeeded in having him work on her father’s manuscripts. While typing late into the night, Rav Zelik was startled by a powerful knock on the door; the door was flung open and flashlights were shined into his eyes. He was face-to-face with the KGB. His writing was abruptly interrupted with an interrogation in their headquarters. Thankfully, he explained the situation and was promptly released.

Rav Zelik was remarkably successful in his goal of transplanting higher academic learning onto the shores of the United States. He was able to develop in his talmidim a broad grasp of the deepest sugyos in Shas, combined with a finely honed analytic approach. Another rosh yeshiva once commented, “Rav Zelik was able to do what no other rosh yeshiva could do here in America in terms of building quality talmidim.”

Rav Zelik’s dedication and love for K’lal Yisrael was remarkable. Here was a rosh yeshiva who cared for people as a loving parent and grandparent would. He involved himself in the promotion of shalom bayis between husbands and wives and used his extraordinary wisdom to help many hundreds of couples. Notwithstanding his tremendous hasmadah, he would take time off to help couples straighten out issues between them. I know of one evening when he counseled three couples well into the wee hours of the morning.

He counseled people through their most difficult periods. At one time there were two couples who had to navigate their way through the difficult course of fertility treatments. Neither couple knew that the other husband and wife were undergoing the very same experiences and hardships. Rav Zelik patiently and with remarkable empathy listened to each couple recount the difficult processes entailed. He never indicated to either one of them that he was thoroughly familiar with the harshness of it all. He let them explain and “cry on his shoulder.” Why? Because he truly cared about them and didn’t want to say, “Yes, I know all about it already.” It would have taken away from the empathy he was showing them.

Once, a person was going through a difficult divorce. The other side was quite well-connected and wealthy. Rav Zelik was receiving phone calls day and night from gedolim and powerful people in the community, complaining about something that the person had filed in court. The person said, “Rebbi, let me show you exactly what was filed, so you will have no doubts.” Rav Zelik refused and said, “Chas v’shalom, I trust what you say completely.” Rav Zelik put himself through the grueling task of having to answer to all the pressure without looking for himself at the court papers. Finally, the person brought them over, against Rav Zelik’s protests.

With the papers in hand, Rav Zelik relieved the pressure instantly by calling back the gedolim and telling them firsthand that they contained nothing improper. When asked why he had not requested the papers in the first place, Rav Zelik responded that the person had felt a nirdaf, pursued by nearly everyone. “The person needed to see that someone trusted in them completely. I could not request to see the papers and contribute to the feeling of redifah that the person was experiencing.”

Very few people have the extraordinary sensitivity to empathize with others the way the rosh yeshiva did. He understood the feelings of everyone. Parents came to him with problems, along with their children. He understood what they were experiencing and gave suggestions and advice that really worked. At the same time, he was able to relate and speak to the children who were undergoing feelings unique to the teenage years.

He welcomed people with a hadras panim and a love that was felt immediately. When one interacted with him, he immediately knew where the person was coming from. His sense of hakaras ha’tov with regard to even the slightest of favors was also profound. Everyone and anyone felt welcomed by him.

He advised and helped single mothers, unemployed people, and the downtrodden at all levels of society. How many gedolim are there whose counsel is equally sought by—and given to—a rosh yeshiva, a chassidishe rebbe, a divorcing young couple, and a teenager struggling with emunah issues?

Notwithstanding his extraordinary insight into the dynamics of human psychology and his greatness in Torah learning, Rav Zelik was a tremendous anav, always preferring to be low-key and remain in the shadows. But he had a fabulous sense of humor, too. He adamantly refused to participate in asifos of gedolim. When asked why he did not attend, he responded, “Ninety-five percent of the people who go to these attend because of ga’avah—and I am not from that other five percent!”

At another time, he was asked to sign on to a kol korei forbidding movies, but he refused to do so. When asked why he did not sign, he responded, “K’lal Yisrael’s pants are falling down, and they want me to straighten out K’lal Yisrael’s tie?”

Rav Zelik was a very close yedid of Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky, zt’l. The friendship was a deep one, built on an admiration for each other’s profound learning, keen wisdom, and lively personalities. Both of them had a deep grasp of Gemara combined with a remarkable worldliness, a combination possessed by few others. Rav Zelik was Rav Yaakov’s mesader kiddushin, and Rav Zelik’s own wedding was held in Rav Yaakov’s home. Rav Zelik was profoundly grieved when Rav Yaakov passed away.

Other gedolim would travel far distances to seek counsel with Rav Zelik. They found that he was a true thinker. His advice was often “out of the box” but extraordinarily precise.

The loss that is felt in the passing of this remarkable gadol is vivid and clear. He was irreplaceable, not only to K’lal Yisrael as a whole, but to our leaders, our roshei yeshiva, who sought his counsel at every turn. We are all orphans now.



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 Aug 03, 2009 at 04:21 PM velvel Says:

baruch dayan emes what a true tzadik

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 04:44 PM bmos Says:

Baruch dayan Emes, but I would remind the author of this article that he was not the last. Harav Chaim Stein of Cleveland is still b"h doing well

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 04:51 PM bunimfrombrooklyn Says:

are there any more gedolim here or in EY that are still from europe?

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 04:35 PM a concerned yid Says:

Baruch Dayan Emes. may we be zocheh to just have a few gedolim in our time as great as him.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 05:04 PM a shud Says:

Why did I not know him????!!!

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 04:56 PM Anonymous Says:

R' Zelk and R' Yaakov were neighbors in Flatbush. R' Yaakov's son lives next door to the Epsteins and later in life R' Yaakov stayed there.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 04:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
velvel Says:

baruch dayan emes what a true tzadik

bde. I saw his work first hand. a true tzadik in all ways

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 05:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Rav Dovid Kviat from Boro Park learnt in Shanghai

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 05:08 PM Anonymous Says:

He was Rav koppelman slt”a from Luzern- Swiss good friend and learned by Rav Shimon Shkop

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 05:06 PM Manny Says:

Ey gevalt. I knew this precious tsadik hador personally. Who will be magen on us with the loss of this sweet holy man. Zchuso yugein aleinu v'al kol yisroel Umain. תנצב"ה.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 05:06 PM MDshweks Says:

Oy, Boruch Dayan Ho'emes

I hope a good book of his practicle wisdom comes out real fast.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 05:27 PM Anonymous Says:

A fabulous article. Thanks vinnews, you are the best! Boruch Dayan HaEmes

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 05:21 PM glatekup Says:

Not to mitigate the gadlus of hagaon hagadol reb zelik, who are you to say "last of the gedolei hador". B"h we are blessed with other gedolim, both in eretz yisroel and in chutz laaretz.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 04:30 PM tid Says:

were in isreal is d levaya

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 04:25 PM Anonymous Says:

A tragic loss! This article capured him mamash. Yasher Koach VIN news

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 04:03 PM Anonymous Says:

The petira of this godol is definitely a great loss to Klal Yisroel, but as far as age is concerned, Rav Kopelman of Yeshivas Luzern is be"h several years older, and b"h still going strong. Incidentally, Rav Kopelman is probably one of the last remaining talmidim of Reb Shimon Shkop zt"l.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 03:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Baruch Dayan Haemet. Klal Yisrael has suffered an incredible loss.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 05:41 PM Anonymous Says:

what about harav hagaon R' yitzchock Dov Koppleman. he is the last and one of the greatest of R' Shimon Shkop's talmidim. he is still a very active rosh hayesiva. he has taught thousands of talmidim, including GRANDCHILDREN of his talmidim after the war in Belguim. Some of the biggest rabbonim today are his talmidim. R' menachem Adler of toronto. R' Shlesinger of Monsey. The rov of Vien in Williamsburg. these are just SOME.
may the Ribbono Shel Olam give him koach and gezunt to continue FOR MANY MORE YEARS!!

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 06:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Baruch Dayan Emes. My father n"y learned by him in Torah Voddath. I myself learnt 2 summers in camp Ohr Shraga and my son & son in law n"y learned by him for many summers in Ohr Shraga. The word "ilui" is used is used so often, that when we actually see or learn by one, then we realize "this is an iliu". This describes Rev Zelik z'l. He was tryly a remarkable Ben torah. People have no idea, besides his amkus, his yadias Hatorah was vast. Wether it was Gemarah,Halacah, dikduk etc... He actually taught Dikduk in Torah Voddath many years ago. There was no fanfare. He acted like a poshiter yid and one would never know the wealth of his Torah knoweledge. I will miss him dearly and he should be a melatz Yosher for klal yisroel.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 06:14 PM talmid Says:

we will all miss the rosh yeshiva, and his way of thinking.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 06:04 PM GrodnoBoy Says:

With all due respect to the other Roshei Yeshivos, may they all be well: Reb Zelik was truly the last of his kind. There is nobody left who is a real bridge to the Gedolim of Europe, as he was. Reb Zelik learned b'Chavrusa with R' Yeruchom Levovitz zt"l, and that kesher stayed with him his entire life. He was someone who other Gedolim and Roshei Yeshivos came to for advice. R' Shach zt"l told many of his own talmidim that R' Zelik WAS Da'as Torah in America. The fact that he wasn't as famous as others is only due to his tremendous anavah. This is a tremendous loss for Klal Yisroel.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 06:02 PM Anonymous Says:

and the rebbe of tosh

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 05:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
bunimfrombrooklyn Says:

are there any more gedolim here or in EY that are still from europe?

Reb Sheinberg was born in America but went to learn in Europe from a young age and then again after he got married.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 06:39 PM Anonymous Says:

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bmos Says:

Baruch dayan Emes, but I would remind the author of this article that he was not the last. Harav Chaim Stein of Cleveland is still b"h doing well

.....And don't forget R' Lipa margulies Shlit"a is also B"H still doing well.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 06:38 PM Shaar Hatorah Guy Says:

Reply to #11  
MDshweks Says:

Oy, Boruch Dayan Ho'emes

I hope a good book of his practicle wisdom comes out real fast.

I agree - but it is "practical" wisom

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 06:36 PM mayses Says:

Reply to #11  
MDshweks Says:

Oy, Boruch Dayan Ho'emes

I hope a good book of his practicle wisdom comes out real fast.

The most practical wisdom would be a good book about his life, his activities, his actions - good mayses for us to emulate, to follow. I hope someone will write this book, but will be smart and leave out all the philosophy, and just write mayses L'maaseh.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 06:30 PM eellrr Says:

Beautiful stories about a true gadol. For those who want to learn or do mitzvos l'iluy nishmaso, his name is Harav Aharon Zelig ben Rav Myrem zt”l.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 08:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Thanks for a beautiful article. So well put- we are all orphaned by the loss of this great father.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 07:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
bunimfrombrooklyn Says:

are there any more gedolim here or in EY that are still from europe?

There are literally dozens of rabbonin who many consider gadolim who survived the holocaust and are still alive and actively teaching in yeshivot in the U.S. and EY. While rav epstien was clearly a gadol, there are fortunately man other European gadilim still with us.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 08:17 PM geshmakster Says:

Baruch Dayaan emes!!

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 08:13 PM Grodna Boy Says:

Iam a very close talmud of his and aside from his brilliant learning and eitzos I can be meyid that he cared for us like children.The amount of room he had in his heart was unreal.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 08:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #29  
Anonymous Says:

There are literally dozens of rabbonin who many consider gadolim who survived the holocaust and are still alive and actively teaching in yeshivot in the U.S. and EY. While rav epstien was clearly a gadol, there are fortunately man other European gadilim still with us.

Maybe the article meant that he is the last survivor from the big European yeshivot from the 1920s and 30s. I have to admit that when I mentioned his name at maariv tonight, no one in the minyan recognized his name (but I suspect he was not widely known in the MO community).

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 08:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #32  
Anonymous Says:

Maybe the article meant that he is the last survivor from the big European yeshivot from the 1920s and 30s. I have to admit that when I mentioned his name at maariv tonight, no one in the minyan recognized his name (but I suspect he was not widely known in the MO community).

unfortunately, to many modern orthodox, Sholmo Carlbach was the last of the "Gedolim" so I suspect, gadolus is in the eyes of the beholder and their standard for measuring greatness among the many talmedi chachamim and tzadikim of our generation and those past.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 08:53 PM clarifucation needed Says:

He was mesader kiddushin for R' Yaakov zt"l ? R' yaakov was niftar 23 yrs ago, in his 90's. So he was about 20 yrs older than R' Zelig. How old was R' yaakov's @ his wedding ? 50?

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 09:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Rav Yaakov was married twice

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 09:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #34  
clarifucation needed Says:

He was mesader kiddushin for R' Yaakov zt"l ? R' yaakov was niftar 23 yrs ago, in his 90's. So he was about 20 yrs older than R' Zelig. How old was R' yaakov's @ his wedding ? 50?

I don't know if R' Epstein was mesader kiddushin for R' Yakkov, but R' Yaakov married for the second time when he was about 65

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 09:08 PM Shmuel Landesman Says:

Rav Zelig ZT"L was a great Talmid Chacham and Baal Midos.
He also got a degree from the University of Toronto.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 09:07 PM Shmuel Landesman Says:

He was mesader kiddushin for R' Yaakov zt"l ? R' yaakov was niftar 23 yrs ago, in his 90's. So he was about 20 yrs older than R' Zelig. How old was R' yaakov's @ his wedding ? 50?

This is probably reffering to Rav Yaakov's 2nd marriage, after his first Rebbetzen passed away in NYC in the '50's

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 09:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #34  
clarifucation needed Says:

He was mesader kiddushin for R' Yaakov zt"l ? R' yaakov was niftar 23 yrs ago, in his 90's. So he was about 20 yrs older than R' Zelig. How old was R' yaakov's @ his wedding ? 50?

This was by R' Yaakov's second wedding.
I recently learned in Sha'ar Hatorah and was zoche to see R' Zelig in shiur, learning, and being the mentch and Ba'al Midos that he was. He viewed himself as a simple Ba'al Habus who wore a suit and hat. He was a true anav who never sought kavod and kept a low profile. He was knowledgeable in wordly matters and could relate to anybody who met him. He understood the "American Bachur" and Ba'al Habus. This past year before he became sick he continued giving his sefer Hamitzvos shuir to the Bochurim periodically. He would walk in pale, but would walk out "shining" and lively. Yehi Zichroh Baruch and may he be a Melitz Yosher for us all.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 10:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
bmos Says:

Baruch dayan Emes, but I would remind the author of this article that he was not the last. Harav Chaim Stein of Cleveland is still b"h doing well

For ur info reb chaim stien was a talmud in telz lita they prob learnt suguas of heter arkuas bzman haza in lita

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 10:20 PM talmid Says:

The Gadlus of Reb Zelik zt"l was that he was lived in two worlds simultaneously - the pre war world and the modern world. I was a talmid and asked him, among other things, eitzos about graduate school. He was so on target with such incredible insight. You could speak to R. Zelik freely in a modern vernacular.

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 Aug 03, 2009 at 10:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Well written article Rabbi Hoffman- Thank You iuone thing - as far as building talmidim in America, there were certainly others as well - your Rebbi for one - Reb Henich ZTZ"L, Rav Hutner, Rav Ruderman, Vechooloo

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 03:51 AM My Rebbe's Rebbe Says:

Rav Epstein ZT"L was my Rebbe's Rebbe and I met him once when he was walking on Rechov Sorotzkin in Yerushalayim about twenty years ago. My Rebbe told me that he was the greatest Rav in terms of Yiras Shamayim, Gadlus HaTorah and Ahavas Yisrael. Now reading this story, I understand. L"N, BDE.

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 01:43 AM shaar hatorah talmid Says:

As a former talmid of Yeshiva Shaar Hatorah I can attest he was universally loved by all, much do to the fact he was accessible to all. My 10th grade chuavrusa used to ask him simple questions regarding davening, which he spent time answering as if it were being asked by a kollel or beis medrash bochur.

He also lived in the real world. I remember getting a ride with someone driving him to yeshiva and he would listen to the "kosher" radio in those days, and discuss world events.

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 07:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #37  
Shmuel Landesman Says:

Rav Zelig ZT"L was a great Talmid Chacham and Baal Midos.
He also got a degree from the University of Toronto.

I was once told he was ABD with a degree in chemistry, and I know he worked as a chemist for many years while in YTV. He was also fluent in Greek, Latin, Russian and German.

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 08:18 AM Satmar Man Says:

BS'D

Burich Dayan HuEmes.

Klall Yisroel lost another pillar. I heard wonderful things about this Torah Giant from one of my rebbes, Rav Kopelman, shlita, now of Luzern, Switzerland and only wish I had met him personally. May he be a meilitz yoisher for us all.

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 12:21 PM Anonymous Says:

I know many names of Gedolim from here and E'Y but never heard of him. Baruch Dayan Ha'emet

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 01:04 PM SR Says:

Wow what a loss.

I would also like to add that here in Eretz Yisroel there are still a few gedoilim who were from the great European yeshivas. Rav Shloimo Rosenbaum was a chavrusa of the great R' Avrami Freidenberg from the Mirrer yeshiva. B"h they are both alive and well and it is quite possible they are 2 of the lamed vav of our generation.

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 03:23 PM Anonymous Says:

To #24,
You dare to compare a tzaddik like Rav Zelik with the likes of Rav Lipa Margulies? They are not even on the same planet!

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 03:23 PM Anonymous Says:

I have never heard of Rav Shloime Rosenbaum. Which town in Europe is he from? Where in Israel does he live?
Is R' Avrami Fredenberg the grandson of Rev Baruch Dov from Bosh Tveeds?

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 03:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #50  
Anonymous Says:

I have never heard of Rav Shloime Rosenbaum. Which town in Europe is he from? Where in Israel does he live?
Is R' Avrami Fredenberg the grandson of Rev Baruch Dov from Bosh Tveeds?

Reb Shloime Rosenbaum is originally from Gershprink which is near Oikezois, both small towns in Poland. I believe he currently lives in the holy environs near Tzfas.

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 03:30 PM Anonymous Says:

No one mentioned R' Chaim Stein from Telz, he is the zakein rosh yeshiva in america.

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 05:31 PM Anonymous Says:

how dare you compare margolis to rav zelik

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 05:58 PM Anonymous Says:

To those who say they never heard of R. Zelik, and those who in this forum doubted that he merited the description above, let me mention two things said at the Kew Gardens Levaya:
1. Rev Scherer's practice was to go to R. Yakov for questions, and after R. Yakov was niftar, he went exclusively to R. Zelik. Just because R. Zelik chose not to take a more public role on the Mo'etzes, that doesn't mean he wasn't at least as chashuv as the other gedolim vested with that authority.
2. It was mentioned more than once that Rev Schach advised his own talmidim that in America, there was no greater talmid chacham and rav than R. Zelik.
I was very privileged to have shaychus to this tzadik, and the fact that he was not more reknowned was solely a function of his own aniyvus. Every machlokes in every yeshiva the world over ended up being played out at his dining room table. President Clinton and Vice President Gore sought visits with him...as it was said so eloquently at the levaya -- the foundations of the bridge between this world and that which we lost has in fact been irreperably broken, and we as klal yisroel lost something irreplaceable yesterday.

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 08:29 PM shliach chabad Says:

as a chabad shliach I can tell you that he was a a big ohev chabad and had great respect for lubavitcher rabbonim especially his summer neighbor and friend rav kalmanson from new haven.

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 Aug 04, 2009 at 08:06 PM midov Says:

How come no mention of the fact that he had a PHD?? Cetainly that added to his greatness!!

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 Aug 05, 2009 at 04:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #49  
Anonymous Says:

To #24,
You dare to compare a tzaddik like Rav Zelik with the likes of Rav Lipa Margulies? They are not even on the same planet!

So, now that we are nearing Ellul zman and Rosh Hashana, are you going to Rav Margulies to ask mechila for dragging his name through the mud? You think because you don't have the guts to sign your name that makes it ok to speak the worst kind of lashon hara?

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 Aug 06, 2009 at 02:22 PM SW Says:

Reply to #36  
Anonymous Says:

I don't know if R' Epstein was mesader kiddushin for R' Yakkov, but R' Yaakov married for the second time when he was about 65

R Yackov was mesader kisdushin for R Zelig and R Zelig was mesader kidushin for R Yackov by his second marrage

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 Aug 07, 2009 at 03:43 PM Rabbi Olbaum Says:

no one mentioned Rabbi Olbaum from mesivta meor hatimid

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 Aug 07, 2009 at 03:41 PM Anonymous Says:

I was under the impression that the last godal was Rav Fienstien

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 Aug 08, 2009 at 08:58 PM the letzer dor Says:

And here was me thinking the Gedol Hador, Nasi Hador, Navi Hador, The Lubavitcher Rebbe zya was the last of the gedolim of our generation.

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 Oct 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #62  
the letzer dor Says:

And here was me thinking the Gedol Hador, Nasi Hador, Navi Hador, The Lubavitcher Rebbe zya was the last of the gedolim of our generation.

the lubavitcher rebbe was THE gadol of our genaration ~!

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