Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi: Elyashiv’s greatness was due to his modesty

21.07.2012                      02.Aw. 5772                      Matot-Massei

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Israel's Ashkenazi chief rabbi: Elyashiv's greatness was due to his modesty

Rabbi Yona Metzger says Elyashiv was concerned only with what halakha says, pure and simple.

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv was admired in the religious world not only for his halakhic rulings, but for his great modesty, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger said yesterday.
Asked by Haaretz what significance Elyashiv had for Israeli society, Metzger began by noting that when hundreds of thousands of Israelis turn out at 2 A.M. for a man’s funeral, he is clearly of considerable importance. Aside from his scholarship, Metzger said, “the astonishing modesty of a man who insisted on living in a two-room apartment, with a refrigerator in the bedroom and not a square meter without books,” earned Elyashiv great admiration….