Friday, February 15, 2008

A Picture Worth A Thousand Words, No Commentary Necessary

פתיחת ישיבת שעלבים

From Melech B'Yafyo, the biography of R' Chatzkel Abramsky zt"l ("Rabbeinu" in the picture). From the shape of the hat, it seems possible that the person to the right of the Ponovezher Rav zt"l may be R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt"l.

7 comments:

Reuven Meir said...

I must be too out of touch when it coems to famous Rabbis. I don't understand why this picture is interesting... maybe someone could explain to us simple folk?

YGB said...

Shaalvim is a Hesder yeshiva - it is unlikely that such an array of "RW" Gedolim would show up to the opening of a hesder yeshiva in this day and age.

Josh M. said...

Shaalvim was originally founded by Po'alei Agudat Yisroel, which makes it quite an atypical hesder yeshiva.

YGB said...

Correct! See the Yeshivat Sha'alvim Wikipedia entry.

Josh M. said...

Shortly after I posted, it occurred to me that perhaps the early association of Sha'alvim with both PAY and TIDE (as stated in the article) may not be incidental, but rather perhaps there might be a deeper connection between the two movements, not limited to the fact that neither one really exists anymore (although I suppose it depends on one's view of the original goals of the TIDE movement as envisioned by RSRH and whether the Breuer's community is consonant with these ideals). Google has been startlingly stingy in providing information about the former.

Josh M. said...

Further Googling produced the information that the founding president of PAY was Isaac Breuer, grandson of RSRH, which I guess ties together most of the loose ends, except for that which the rav alluded to, of Sha'alvim going in the opposite direction of most of the rest of the movements' institutions.

Ha-historion said...

An indication of the recent massive polarization among Orthodox Jewry.

Remind to send you a scan of Rav Kahaneman's speech regarding 'atchalta digeula' as well as a similar one by Rav Chatzkel Levenshtein following the '67 war. Let me also add Rav Bloch of Telz to the list.