Friday, July 14, 2006
52 years since הגרא"ח נאה
Sunday 20 Tammuz marks 52 years since his passing. Reb Chaim was intent on publicizing the שיעורים of the Alter Rebbe and having them become common practice. The Steipler would have none of it, and made it his business to "push" the newly-assembled Shiurim of the Chazon Ish, his brother-in-law. Some would go as far as to say that the "battle" was completely personal with the Steipler, and had nothing to do with being מלבן these שיעורים to arrive at the proper amounts.
Part of his life was spent in Bukhara, and he was the Rov of שכונת הבוכרים in Yerushalayim as well. While in Bukahara he published Halochoh Seforim under the name "חיים מינדילאוו", which was the only name the local Jews could relate to. I beleive he was also a member of the "עדה החרדית הספרדית", together with such illustrious Rabbonim as רבי עזרא עטייא. He was also from the first ones to call for the Rebbe to accept the leadership of Chabad after the passing of his Father-in-law.
(His Sefer published in both Uzbek and Hebrew)