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Encounters with the Dayan

John and Millie Samson

To those he touched, he was larger than life. A collection of flashbacks from the people who were transformed by their relationship with Dayan Gershon Lopian.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

When Dayan Gershon Lopian ztz”l passed away this past Rosh Chodesh Adar, waves of shock and grief spread throughout the UK, Europe, America, and Eretz Yisrael. On that cold, wet Friday morning, friends and disciples looked on in disbelief. Just a few days before, the rav emeritus of Edgware, London, had taught Torah to his talmidim, fielded phone calls, and even sat — overcome with emotion — at a testimonial dinner in his honor. But who, really, was this rabbi, this dayan who was a golden link in the eternal mesorah yet thought of as a father by everyone he met? His son-in-law Rabbi Yechiel Emanuel summed up the love everyone felt with these words: “When I married the Dayan’s daughter, I was honored to have joined such a family, with such a mesorah stretching back to Reb Elya [Lopian] — but I soon learned that family meant anyone who stepped over the doorstep of their house.”DayanLopian touched people on all levels of the religious spectrum and in many communities, always nurturing his own flock with compassion and encouragement, all the while pushing them a little more forward, a little higher. A collection of scenes and memories, told by those who treasure the cherished encounters.

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