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Rabbi Nachman and Miriam Zakon

Who is the posek and rosh yeshivah who reached the shores of Eretz Yisrael by swimming through the ocean’s waves? Don’t know? Hint: His shloshim is this week and he was niftar at the age of 101. Still don’t know? Then sit back and let me tell you about one of the poskei hador, the rosh yeshivah and gaon, Rav Shmuel HaLevi Wosner — the “Shevet HaLevi”

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Living in his comfortable home in Pressburg, Rav Wosner was doing well. He had a reputation as an outstanding talmid chacham and had many talmidim. When he announced he was moving toEretzYisrael, his family and friends thought he was making a terrible mistake. They tried to pressure him not to go, but Hashem andRavWosner had other plans. The year was 1939. Not long afterwards, the Nazis invadedRavWosner’s hometown and in only a few years, the Jewish community of Pressburg was completely destroyed by the Germans.

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