Photos: Bikur Cholim Chesed 65th Annual Dinner (Photos: Hillel Engel)

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Watch: Port Authority Bomber: Who Is Akayed Ullah?

Akayed Ullah allegedly detonated a pipe bomb underneath New York City’s Port Authority. Here’s what we know about the suspected terrorist.



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Photo Essay Part 2: Maran Hagaon HaRav Aron Leib Shteinman ZATZAL (Photos By Shuki Lerer – JDN)

Photo Essay Part 2: Maran Hagaon HaRav Aron Leib Shteinman ZATZAL (Photos By Shuki Lerer – JDN)

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Album 1: Photos from the Life of Maran Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman zt”l

בחג הסוכות

בהדלקת נר חנוכה


בברכת האילנות

בתשעה באב

בקידוש לבנה

בהבדלה במוצאי שבת

בקביעת מזוזות

בסנדקאות בבריתות

בפידיון הבן

בכתיבת אותיות בספר תורה

בברכת החמה

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A Glimpse Into The Life Of The Gadol Hador, Maran Hagon HaRav Aron Leib Shteinman ZATZAL

A Glimpse Into The Life Of The Gadol Hador, Maran Hagon HaRav Aron Leib Shteinman ZATZAL

To us, the age of 98 might seem a bit old to begin a new job — that is, unless that new job is the spiritual leadership of Klal Yisroel, a position which was occupied by Maran Hagaon HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman ZATZAL of Bnei-Brak until he was Niftar a short while ago at the age of 104.

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אוי לספינה שאבד קברניטה • עולם התורה באבל • נפלה עטרת ראשנו • Maran Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman zt”l

It is with immense sadness that reports the passing of Maran Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman zt”l, one of the manhigei hador.

Rav Shteinman had battled illness and health complications on and off for the last year, but amazingly, each time, fought valiantly and kept going, as Klal Yisroel davened for his recovery. Unfortunately, his last medical challenge was exceedingly serious and Rav Shteinman passed away early this morning at Maayanei Hayeshuah Medical Center in Bnei Brak.

Born in 1914, Rav Shteinman led Klal Yisroel from his humble apartment in Bnei Brak, guiding, instructing, and encouraging Yidden across the globe.

Rav Shteinman was born and raised in the city of Brisk, then part of the Russian Empire. He studied at Yeshivas Imrei Moshe, led by Rav Moshe Sokolovsky, in Brisk, and attended shiurim given by the Brisker Rov, Rav Yitzchok Zev Soloveitchik. He also studied in Kletzk under Rav Aharon Kotler.

Upon reaching draft age in 1937, he was subject to the Polish draft, as Brisk had come under the control of the newly established Polish state in the aftermath of the First World War. He and his close friend, Rav Moshe Soloveitchik tried to evade the draft by starving themselves, but they were declared fit to serve by the draft officer. The two then fled with other Brisk talmidim to Montreux, Switzerland, where they joined Yeshivas Etz Chaim. With the outbreak of World War II, the two became war refugees and were incarcerated in the Schonenberg labor camp near Basel, where nearly all the inmates were Torah-observant. Rav Shteinman and Rav Moshe were put to work laying roads, but due to his thin frame and short stature, Rav Shteinman was soon released from manual labor and assigned to a desk job.

Rav Shteinman was the only member of his family to survive the war. While still in Switzerland, he married Rebbetzin Tamar (Tema) Kornfeld (who passed away in 2002), a daughter of Rav Shammai Shraga Kornfeld of Antwerp. She had been sent to Switzerland from Poland to cure her respiratory problems and had also become a refugee when World War II broke out. Rav Shteinman and the rebbetzin had four children.

During his initial years in Eretz Yisroel, Rav Shteinman and his family lived in Kfar Saba. His sons were sent to a cheder in Petach Tikva. Eventually, they relocated to Bnei Brak, where Rav Shteinman headed the Ponovezher Kollel.

In 1955, the Ponovezher Rav, Rav Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, opened the yeshivah ketanah of Ponovezh, Yeshivas Ponovezh L’Tze’irim, and asked Rav Shteinman to serve as rosh yeshiva together with Rav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz. Rav Shteinman stopped giving his regular shiur in 1998.

Rav Shteinman was also rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Gaon Yaakov, which is led by his son-in-law, Rav Zev Berlin, and Yeshiva Orchos Torah.

Rav Shteinman was the author of the renowned seforim on Shas, Ayeles Hashachar. The seforim were published anonymously and do not contain his name, only his initials. The name Ayeles is comprised of his and his wife’s initials: AYeLeS = Aharon Yehuda Leib Tamar.

Rav Elazar Menachem Man Shach zt”l, the gadol hador, when consulted for advice, was known to at times refer people to consult with Rav Shteinman.

Rav Shteinman served as a leading manhig of the olam hayeshivos and the olam haTorah following the passing of Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zt”l, guiding the Degel HaTorah political party.

For many years, until he was in his seventies and eighties, Rav Shteinman was largely unknown beyond the olam hayeshivos, immersing himself in his learning and harbotzas Torah. It was only in the last few decades that he allowed himself to be thrust into the spotlight as a manhig of Klal Yisroel.

When he was in his nineties, Rav Shteinman undertook to visit and strengthen key Torah communities outside of Eretz Yisroel. In 2005 he visited a number of cities in North America with significant frum populations or institutions.

He traveled to the Jewish community of Los Angeles in 2006 and in May 2007 visited France, and then England, where he addressed large gatherings in Manchester and Gateshead. In June 2010, Rav Shteinman visited the Jewish communities of Odessa, Berlin, and Gibraltar. In 2012 he traveled to Paris to deliver talks to the French Jewish community.

Rav Shteinman was known for his extremely modest lifestyle. His apartment was sparsely furnished.

Until 2014, he slept on the same thin mattress that he had received from the Jewish Agency upon his arrival in Israel in the early 1950s.

Rav Shteinman’s passing has plunged the greater Torah world into mourning. One of the greatest men of the generation has passed on, leaving a nation bereft, mourning a leader who personified Torah greatness, humility and simplicity.

Naflah ateres rosheinu.

Levayah details will be posted once they are finalized.

{ Israel News}

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German Chancellor Leads Condemnation of Antisemitic Outrages in Wake of US Recognition of Yerushalayim as Israel’s Capital

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday condemned the angry antisemitic demonstrations that broke out in various cities in her country in recent days following President Donald Trump’s announcement of US recognition of Yerushalayim as Israel’s capital.

Merkel spoke out in the wake of widespread shock in Germany over the brazenly antisemitic character of the string of incidents, which also took place in other major cities around the world.

“On Friday, we saw severe disturbances with the burning of Israeli flags and Stars of David, ” Merkel said.

The chancellor said that her ruling CDU Party “condemns these violations of the rule of law. We condemn all kinds of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, and no disagreements, not even over the status of Jerusalem, justify such actions. The government must fight all such incidents with full force.”

Merkel’s comments followed an earlier comment by a government spokesman who spoke of feeling “ashamed” by the anti-Israel rallies.

“At certain rallies over the weekend, slogans were chanted, Israeli flags were burned and slander against the State of Israel and Jews in general were spread which were shameful,” Steffen Seibert said on Monday. “One has to be ashamed when hatred of Jews is put on display so openly on the streets of German cities.”

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 24 Kislev

yahrtzeit-candleRav Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini, the Sdei Chemed (1832-1904). Rav Chaim was born in Yerushalayim and was married at 18. After his father was niftar two years later, Rav Chaim’s cousins in Constantinople offered to support his learning if he moved there. After 13 years in Turkey, he took a position of Rav in the small city of Karasubazar in Crimea. He served there for 33 years, fighting the forces of the Kariites, before moving back to Yerushalayim. He lived there for 2 years, then moved to Chevron, where he was appointed Rav of the city in 1880. His Sdei Chemed is a monumental, universally-acclaimed 18-volume Talmudic and halachic encyclopedia.

Today in History — 24 Kislev

· Chanukas habayis of the Second Beis Hamikdash (Chaggai 2:10-23), 3409
· Austrian constitution (Ausgleich ) abolished discrimination based on religious differences, 1867. It included the right to hold office, freedom of occupation, settlement and religion.
· The sinking of the Patria in Haifa, 1940. The Patria was a French ship which carried 1,771 illegal immigrants. The Hagana tried to prevent the British from deporting those aboard Mauritius, but the explosive charge destroyed the ship and it sank, drowning 257 people.
· S.S. commander of Treblinka sentenced to life imprisonment, 1970
· Death of Ido Zoldan, 29 and a father of two, was murdered in a terrorist shooting attack in Samaria. Palestinian Authority terrorists fired on the man as he drove past the village of Funduk, near Kedumim.

{Yahrtzeits licensed to Matzav.comby Manny Saltiel and Newscenter}

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TEHILLIM – Condition Of Maran Rav Shteinman Turns Critical

TEHILLIM – Condition Of Maran Rav Shteinman Turns Critical

Officials in Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak early Tuesday morning are reporting that the condition of Maran HaGaon HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita has turned critical.

It appears that Rav Shteinman had lost consciousness — possibly stopped breathing and resuscitation efforts were being performed.

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Birmingham, AL – Moore’s Wife: ‘One Of Our Attorneys Is A Jew’

Birmingham, AL — The wife of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is defending her husband against accusations of bigotry by pointing out that one of their attorneys “is a Jew.” Kayla Moore made the comment at a rally for her husband in rural Alabama Monday night. She says the “fake news” has falsely accused her […]

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