Kavod Hatorah Trampeled On: Rav Shteinman Forced to Stay Away from Event


rav-shteinman2Last night, a large event was held in honor of the Ahavas Shalom institutions led by Rav Yaakov Hillel. The special evening was attended by over a thousand people and many of whom are avreichim of Ahavas Shalom. A sefer with chiddushei Torah of the avreichim was distributed at the event.

The dais was lined with rabbonim and roshei yeshiuva, including Rav Michel Yehudah Lefkowitz, Rav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg, Rav Dovid Batzri, Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, Rav Yitzchok Tuviah Weiss, Rav Moshe Shternbuch, Rav Moshe Tzadka, Rav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi and Rav Shmuel Auerbach.

One gadol was conspicuously absent: Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman. According to sources, despite originally committing to attend the event, Rav Shteinman did not attend because of threats made against him. Pashkevillin against the senior rosh yeshiva of Orchos Torah were distributed, referring to the venerated gadol as “Avi Nachal Hachareidi,” and other names. The flyers which the streets were flooded with also called for people to protest against the rosh yeshiva.

The reason given publicly for the cancellation was the inclement weather, but sources state that the real reason was to ensure Rav Shteinman’s safety and dignity in light of these protesters – said to be from Yerushalayim – who have already protested in the past against the posek hador, Maran Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv.

“We were not going to subject the rosh yeshiva to any sort of risk, not even in the slightest,” said a ben bayis of Rav Shteinman.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. I was at R’ Shimon Glick’s house a few years ago when these mechutzafim tried to make a protest on Shabbos when Horav Shteinman was staying there.

  2. These people will stop at nothing.
    Bais Shammai and Beis Hillel also had many Machlokesin, to the extent that one of them held that the other’s kids were Mamzerim AND YET THEY DID NOT HOLD BACK FROM MARRYING EACH OTHER (Quote from the Gemara). When the Chazon Ish decided that the Chinuch Atzmai schools should teach in Ivrit, they also put up signs claiming he was a heretic. Let us not care about these sad bored people. Our Gedolim are our leaders and we value THEIR opinion, these weirdos are not our leaders and their opinions are merely very ignorant ranting by some loud-mouthed clowns.

  3. Loud mouthed clowns are heard, listened to and thought to hold a point of view of value. It is our responsibility to rally AGAINST them so that they become insignificant, we should not go hiding in a cave instead.

  4. I will not tolerate Amaratzus on the Net. Look closely at the Gemara and Meforshim on Bais Shamai and Bais Hillel, ” Lo Nimnu”

  5. Regarding those people that were Mevaze Horav Elyashiv, I know as a fact that all those involved, their lives became extremely trgic. One of them got divorced, another became ill. And so on. There are some people that aren’t afraid to play with fire

  6. When my son was a bochur learning very seriously in E”Y, the protests against R’Shteinman convinced him that he could never live in E”Y.The chutzpah of these Israelis turned him off so. These “Chayos” should be in cages.

  7. Who do these miscreants look up to? Have these rabbanim roundly condemned them? What do they say?

    What kind of kol koreis and asifas will we see about the need to respect people who kulo malei Torah, as well as zekeinim, in the literal sense? Let alone people who fill both criteria?

  8. the fact remains that gedolim are made by the masses.all these people follow the gedolim when it suits them. these thugs have to be dealt with unfortunetly since they are thugs people are scared of them.

  9. How ironic that so many commenters have all turned so liberal when it’s THEIR godol who is trampled on. But trampling on other people’s gedolim is fair game. You’re all hypocrites.