Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Thousand at Levaya of Rav Gershon Edelstein

Thousand of people participated yesterday (Tuesday) in the levaya of the Ponevezh Rosh Yeshiva and Lithuanian community leader Rabbi Gershon Edelstein who died at the age of 100.

The Torah world was plunged into mourning with the news that Maran Hagaon Rabbi Yerachmiel Gershon Edelstein, leader of the Lithuanian chareidi sector and Rosh Yeshiva of Ponovezh, passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 100.

Rabbi Edelstein had heart problems for a long time previously and since Pesach had weakened significantly, but because due to his age he could not undergo catheterization, he received medicines and continued his daily schedule without missing one shiur between Pesach and Shavuos.

On Shavuos night Rabbi Edelstein was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack. The learning was stopped at the yeshiva and Tehillim were said for his recovery. His condition fluctuated over the next few days, ultimately deteriorating on Monday night until his passing at 9:30 AM Tuesday.

The Paroches was taken down in the yeshiva as a sign of mourning for the great leader who for over 75 years had given shiurim in the yeshiva.

Rabbi Edelstein is survived by his family, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren including one born just an hour after his passing.

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