Monday, March 8, 2010
מרן רבינו הגרי"ש שליט"א עם הוריו ז"ל
It seems like the Urim VeThumim is really one of us after all. A man who was born to a father and mother just like the rest of us! And his mother wore a sheitel (gasp!) I'm kidding, of course. We all knew that to be the case, but we had very few details about his life, other than the fact that he was the Leshem's eynikel, he sat and learned all day in a shtiebel in Meah Shearim and he was a member of the Beit Din haGadol of the Rabbanut, headquartered in the infamous Heichal Shlomo building. Only after retiring did we begin to hear about him - we outside the Holy Land, that is. Now, a new book, named השקדן, brings you a first glimpse into the formerly unknown life of Rav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv, who is in his 100th year and going strong, ohn ayin hoRah. No, this is not a hack job on Rav Elyashiv, I don't think there's anything really "juicy" in the book. But if you've lived in the dark and think that the Olam HaLitai veHayeshivot HaKedoshot is all one big happy family led by one Gadol HaDor who is all powerful and all are his subjects, then maybe there will be some news in the book - other than the family details, that is.
You might ask yourself, why then is Tzig profiling the book if not for the fact that he likes the juicy bits in the book?" The truth is I have yet to see the book. But all you need to know about is that a quasi ban was issued in the Israeli Yated - not to be confused with a newspaper of the same name in America, which has no connection to its Israeli counterpart - saying that al pi horoas HoRabbonim one should not buy the book. They have no signatures, not even photoshopped ones, but they ask you to trust them on this one... Don't buy the book, they say, it has no Haskomes and is full inaccuracies, they say. It seems like they're worried about the Chasam Sofer who warns against buying a book sans Haskomeh and they want to save you from burning for it... It's not clear to me which parts they consider inaccurate or untrue or not LeFi Kevodo, at least when it came to the MOAG we knew who was upset and what upset them. Here it's anybody's guess. I don't think they expect a biography of him NOT to mention his long stint in the Rabbanut even if they say that he did Tshuveh for it when he finally left. What follows here is an interview with the anonymous author of the book in the Israeli Sha'ah Tovah magazine. They say that Tuvia Rotberg of Tuvia's in Monsey is the man behind the book. (I expect a nice gift from Tuvia next time I'm in the store for the free plug he got here.)
Click on the images to enlarge. Many thanks to an anonymous reader.