Sar V’gadol Nafal Hayom Hazeh B’Yisroel
With broken hearts and tear-filled eyes we must share the terrible news of the petirah of Maran Rav Gershon Edelstein, zecher tzaddik v’kadosh l’verachah. Rav Gershon, who was Nasi of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Degel HaTorah, was widely recognized as the leader of chareidi Jewry in Eretz Yisroel, and as the Rosh HaYeshiva of Ponevezh Yeshiva was marbitz Torah and was a guide for the Torah world for decades.
Rav Edelstein’s petirah leaves a void in Torah leadership in Eretz Yisroel and around the world. He was a bridge to the olam hayeshivos of pre-war Europe, and a pioneer in the resurgence of Torah in Eretz Yisroel. His loss leaves us with a deep responsibility to – in some way – refill the void by strengthening our own Torah learning and mitzvah observance.
T’hei nishmaso tzerurah bitzror hachayim.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבילי ציון וירושלים