One year ago tomorrow, Klal Yisroel was informed the petirah of the posek hador, Maran Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zt”l, at the age of 102.
Rav Elyashiv had been hospitalized at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Yerushalayim for some six months. Thousands davened for Rav Yosef Shalom ben Chaya Musha, but the gadol hador was taken from our midst on 28 Tammuz, ending a life of complete and utter dedication to Torah and Klal Yisroel.
Born on Rosh Chodesh Nissan Tof Reish Ayin, April 10, 1910, Rav Elyashiv was a grandson of Rav Shlomo Elyashiv zt”l, the Leshem, who was niftar in 1925 and hailed from Šiauliai, Lithuania. His father was Rav Avraham of Homel and his mother was Rebbetzin Chaya Moussa, daughter of the Leshem. His wife, who passed away in June, 1994, was a daughter of Rav Aryeh Levin zt”l, the “Tzaddik of Yerushalayim.”
Rav Elyashiv and his Rebbetzin had eleven children. His daughters’ husbands include Rav Chaim Kanievsky; Rav Yosef Yisroel Yisraelzon zt”l; Rav Elchonon Berlin, rov of the Achva shul; Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein, rov of Ramat Elchanan (whose wife wasnifteres and who has since remarried; Rav Ezriel Auerbach; and Rav Binyomin Rimmer, a rosh yeshiva at the Tshebiner Yeshiva and at Yeshiva Kiryas Melech in Bnei Brak.
One of Rav Elyashiv’s daughters was killed in 1948 by Jordanian shelling.
When Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman was once asked if there is anyone in our generation who understands Kabbolah, Rav Steinman thought for a while, and then nodded his head and answered affirmatively. He was then asked who it is, and after a moment’s silence, Rav Steinman answered, “Rav Elyashiv.”
The halachic rulings and insights of Rav Elyashiv have been published in several seforim. The multi-volume Kovetz Teshuvos contains teshuvos from questions asked of him over many years. Many of his drashos and chiddushim, most dating from the 1950s, were collected and published as Divrei Aggadah. Another work that includes his p’sakim is titled “Yashiv Moshe.”
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