Today, 1 Nissan, marks two years since the passing of Maran Hagaon Harav Elya Svei zt”l, the Philadelphia Rosh Yeshiva, who until he became ill several years before his petirah had led Klal Yisroel in the United States for decades. Known for his brilliance in Torah, Rav Elya led numerous battles to protect our treasured mesorah and to protest those who wished to compromise our way of life and adherence to Torah living. His acumen and genius were legendary. A true manhig and gadol in his time, Rav Elya was the rosh hamedabrim in the Torah world for years, in addition to being a venerated rosh yeshiva whose shiurim were famous for their clarity and depth.
Rav Elya, one of the primary talmidim of Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l, in the mid-1950s joined ybl”c Maran Harav Shmuel Kamenetsky shlit”a in leading the Philadelphia Yeshiva, which had been founded in 1953. Rav Elya was also a member of the Moeztes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudas Yisroel of America.
Rav Elya was survived behind his rebbetzin, a daughter of Rav Avrohom Kalmanowitz zt”l, the founding rosh yeshiva of the Mirrer Yeshiva, and a family of bnei Torah and marbitzei Torah and hundreds upon hundreds of talmidim.
His children are Rev Yehuda Svei, R”M in the Philadelphia Yeshiva; Mrs. Lakee Gorelick, wife of Rav Isser Gorelick of South Fallsburg; Mrs. Sori Dick, wife of Rav Mottel Dick, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Heichal Hatorah in Staten Island; Mrs. Nechama Lipschuzt, wife of Rav Yosef Lipschutz, R”M in Yeshiva Nachlas Tzvi in Toronto; Reb Malkiel Svei of Lakewood; Rav Meir Simcha Svei of Lakewood; Rav Avrohom Svei, Rav Aharon Shlomo Svei and Rav Chaim Yosef Svei.
Yehi zichro boruch.