Half a Million People Attend Levaya of Maran Rav Elyashiv zt”l


rav-elyashivPolice and other officials and askonim state that it is difficult to give a definitive number for the crowd of attendees at the levaya last night of Maran Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zt”l. However, the number is definitely larger than first believed. According to sources, around 500,000 people participated in some portion of the levaya of the posek hador. A more conservative source put the number at 400,000.

The levaya left Rav Elyashiv’s home on Rechov Chanan in Me’ah Shearim at about 10 p.m. No hespeidim were said, as per Rav Elyashiv’s instructions. The aron was carried through Rechov Shivtei Yisroel, and then Rechov Shmuel Hanovi, Rechov Bar Illan, Rechov Yirmiyahu, Weizmann and Highway 1.

The levaya then proceeded through the Sacharov Junction to the Har Hamenuchos bais hakevaros in Givat Shaul.

Yidden of all types and stripes participated in the levaya, and roads in and around Yerushalayim were simply impassable.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


  1. Wow. Thanks for the report. I had heard rumors anywhere from 250,000 to 750,000. 500,000 actually makes sense. I had heard an IChud Hatzolah fellow say 450,000.

  2. Conference Call/Google Hangout Shiur Tonight l’zecher Rav Elyashiv zt”l

    Tonight: 11:00pm until 11:30pm

    Some short teshuvos of Rav Elyashiv zt”l
    concerning perspective
    on history and on public policy

    Since I have on loan from Artscroll a much faster and better computer than my own netbook, besides the option of participating via conference call, I will try to set up a Google Hangout where you can participate visually as well. If you want to join the Hangout, please send me your email address so I can invite you.

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  3. #3 If it was estimated that 300,000 attended the levaye of Rav Shlomo Zalmen Auerbach zt”l about 20 years ago, the levaye of Rav Eliyashiv zt”l couldn’t have been less than 1/2 million. The streets and side-streets from Meah Shearim, Shmuel Hanavi, Malchei Yisrael, Bar Ilan all the way to Givat Shaul were packed packed packed. Even 3/4 million wouldn’t be overestimated when you know that people came from all over the country.

  4. a tzaddik & a kiddush hashem to see some achdus in Klal yisroel

    WHY DOES IT NEED TO WAIT UNTIL A TRAGEDY? we need achdus always in klal yisroel so mashiach can come

  5. JJ, What are talking about? 1.5 million? Look at the pictures! At least 325.752 Billion.

    L’chol HaPochos!

    No Shaila whatsoever!

    Look! Count! I’m telling you! The new number is 325.752 Billion!

  6. Actually my brother-in-law’s eidim’s cousin’s neighbor WHO WAS THERE, said that he saw HIMSALF at least 973,012 and that’s just those 20 and older… (men). Pluss all the kidds and others….