Rav Aharon Schechter Recovers From Swine Flu, Traveled to EY At Behest Of Rav Shteinman


rav-aharon-schechterRav Aharon Schechter, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, who returned this morning to the United States from Eretz Yisroel, recently recovered from a case of the H1N1 swine flu virus, Matzav.com has learned.

Rav Schechter, a member of the of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudath Israel of America, had been feeling unwell when word came of the important meeting to be held in Yerushalayim this week for Chinuch Atzmai.

Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman sent Rav Schechter a personal note stating that it would give him a “nachas ruach” if Rav Schechter undertook the trip to Eretz Yisroel to participate in the meeting. Family and others tried to dissuade Rav Schechter from undertaking the trip, but prodded by Rav Shteinman’s request, and comforted that Rav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, the Lakewood rosh yeshiva, would be on the plane to assist him, Rav Schechter decided to make the trip. He arrived in Eretz Yisroel yesterday morning on a flight that also included Chacham Yosef Harari-Raful, rosh hayeshiva of Yeshiva Ateret Torah.

Upon arrival in Eretz Yisroel, Rav Schechter was greeted by two busloads of former Yeshiva Chaim Berlin talmidim who traveled to the airport to greet the rosh yeshiva. Rav Mordechai Karelitz of Chinuch Atzmai greeted Rav Schechter as well. It was arranged for Rav Schechter to be taken right into the country without having to travel through the terminal.

Following the closed-door meeting with the gedolim, Rav Schechter, despite being weak and tired, expressed the tremendous inspiration that he got from the gathering, saying that he was nisragesh.

The meeting was closed to all members of the press, all photographers, and even askanim of Chinuch Atzmai.

At 1:30 p.m. yesterday, Rav Schechter, together with Rav Kotler, visited the Kosel Hamaarovi.  

Later, at 7:30 p.m., Rav Kotler delivered a shiur at Yeshiva Orchos Torah on Rechov Hashomer in Bnei Brak, Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman’s yeshiva.

Rav Schechter took a midnight flight back to the United States and arrived at Newark Airport early this morning.

The rosh yeshiva will be resting at his home to completely overcome the effects of the swine flu virus from which he has suffered.

{Dovid Bernstein-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. The Rosh Yeshiva should be credited with being able to decide for himself how to have called this one. He is one of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of the USA and this meeting was together with all the active members of the Eretz Yisroel Moetzes (or their representatives) and the Moetzes of Degel HaTorah. I cannot think of many more important meetings not to have missed

  2. I wold prescribe some weeks of clean healthy air and a bissel rest and relaxation. Perhaps some time spent in Jamaica, in the Caribbean, would be a good idea.