Video: Who is the Greatest Jew of this Decade?

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man-of-the-year[Video below.] Who is the greatest Jew of this decade? Rabbi Yaakov Salomon poses this question on his video blog this week on Aish.com, triggering a flurry of fascinating responses. We have a certain fascination with awards and contests, says Rabbi Solomon, who suggested that a new award – like the Time Magazine Man of the Year Award – be instituted to recognize the person who has made the greatest contribution to the Jewish people over the last decade.

Unlike the Time Magazine award, which recognizes the greatest impact made – even negatively – this award, says Rabbi Salomon, should recognize the positive impact made by an individual – or even an organization – on the Jewish people over the last 10 years. It doesn’t have to be a Jew, he says, if someone else, in your opinion, had the greatest impact.

Give it some thought, click below to watch Rabbi Salomon’s comments, and then cast your vote below or on Aish.com.

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129 COMMENTS

  1. The Chofetz Chaim is one sure winner. There are so many others. Rav Elchonon Wasserman. Rav Meir Shapiro. The Satmar Rebbe. And so many more.

  2. to#4 the last time I checked, the Chofetz, Chaim, Rav Elchonon and Rav Meir Shapiro did not live during the last decade. It says MAN OF THE DECADE. That would be 2000-2009.

  3. By definiton, since we don’t comprehend the value of each mitzva, we can’t say who made the biggest contribution. Maybe its the busiest mohel who is bringing in the most children to bris mila. Maybe its a kashrus org that is feeding every single jew kosher food with its certifications. Maybe its the local Rabonim that are paskening daily shailos to their flocks. Maybe its Talmidei Chachomim that are holding up the world with their Torah learning. Maybe its the Tomchei Shabbos groups that are saving Jewish Families. Or Hatzola. The list goes on. I think it takes ruach hakodesh to know who made the biggest impact on Jewish life.

  4. the contribution they made was so profound, as all segments of yiddishkeit has such a tremendous achdus (which lasted for only a week) but let us all know that we can live b’achdus.

  5. …V’al zeh Abit Al O’ni V’Necheh Ruach V’Choreid Al D’vorey…

    ALL who fit that bill are ‘Jewish Men of the Year’..

  6. The Gemata says that torah scholars hold up the world. thus I’d like to nominate all the yeshiva people that are devoting their lives to learning torah.

  7. The award should go to all the shluchim of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt’l, who, with mesirus nefesh, reach out to every yid all over the world.

  8. I think this “fasination in awards” isn’t a Yiddishe idea. And especially for us little people to messure such things is trully uncomprehendable for people who believe in a spiritual system that runs above the phisycal world. It is therefore impossible to place a yardstick to such things… Just my opinion.

  9. Hagaon rav Chaim Kanievsky. Fore answering every shailah you can think of and even those you haven’t. A true tzaddik. He is the man of the decade. May he have arichas yomim

  10. Rabbi Eli Teitelbaum zt”l
    A true giant in harbotzas hatorah
    without him, most learning programs wouldn’t be around.
    Yehi zichro boruch

  11. Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz for giving us a newspaper worthy of bringing into our home! Shkoyach Rav Pinchos. You are the man of the last 20 years!

  12. Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg, Rav Leibish Teielbaum, Rav Benzion kruman, Norma Schvartzblatt for uniting Klal Yisroel. The Mumbai victims did what no one else could do. hashem yinkom domom

  13. I WOULD SAY THOSE THAT SIT AND LEARN. BUT THEY’RE ALWAYS THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTERS SO THAN COMES KIRUV (WICH IT SEEMS TO ME THAT) NO ONE COMES CLOSE TO URI ZOHAR AND LEV LE ACHIM THEY HAVE BROUGHT BACK THE MOST JEWS

  14. the Belzer Ruv in Yerushalayim, who gives all he has to improve the matzav of the klal yisroel, through many channels especially through the belzer newspaper Hamachne Hachareidi.

  15. REB MOSHE SHERER
    What he did for American Jewry will never be surpassed. Nobody will ever accomplish what he has done for American Jewry, nobody will even come close.

  16. The Orthodox Union Kashrus Division
    by far the largest kashrut organization. With them, we’d be decades behind.
    so my ballot goes to Rabbi Genack and the OU

  17. Hagaon Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlita. May he live to 120 years. He had major impact on history and had impact politically and guided various communities. Shaped them like no one has ever. Read Marc Shapiros thesis on him!

  18. Every city has their own “The Greatest Jew”. In Chicago that Jew is Rabbi Motty Finkel who has given a decade of his life to help people in Chicago who were suffering. Whether it was at-risk teens, disabled people or unemployed baalei mishpacha, no problem was too big for him to instill hope and do his utmost to correct the situations.

  19. Former President George W Bush had the greatest impact int hat he stood by the Jews and Israel throughout his presidence. He by far had the greatest impact on the security of the Jews. (Of course he was a messenger of G-d, but he was impactful and inspiring and a great man.)

  20. THE GREATEST PERSON OF THE CENTURY IS THE YIDDISHE MAMMEH. THE JEWISH MOTHER. WITHOUT THE JEWISH MOTHERS, OUR NATION WOULD DISAPPEAR.

  21. Hey Albert, I love you. After the Rebbe’s passing, Lubav and the signature Chabad Houses grew exponentially thruout the planet. So A . Einstein, if you wanna get technical on the timeline, I withdraw my nomination of the Rebbe, and would like to nominate the 1000’s of men and women on the Front lines who spread the Light of Torah at your local CHABAD HOUSE. Remeber, EVERY Jew is Holy

  22. The Rebbe who teaches grade 3. Who sacrifices wealth to instill in the youth the values and traditions that we hold so dearly. They worked this decade so to ensure the next one exists!
    A Groyser Shcoyach!

  23. LIPA SCHMELTZER!!!

    I can’t believe nobody mentioned him yet! He’s mamesh amazing! Who else in Klal Yisroel fosters more Achdus, the main ingredient in bringing Moshiach, than LIPA?

  24. On a more serious note, the jewish mman of the decade would have to be none other than Lipa who has touched so many lives in so many ways.

  25. HANDS DOWN WINNER: The dedicated members of Hatzolah IN ALL OUR COMMUNITIES who put their lives on hold for us.
    THANK YOU HATZAOLAH FOR ALL YOU DO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Aish Hatorah wish brought back so many yidden. I have been to Aish at the Kotel dozens of times. what Goes on there is astonishing. Just amazing.

  27. We don’t rate people and this is wrong!!!!! We are supposed to emulate Hashem and we all know that in Hashem’s eyes we don’t know (as they say)whose blood is redder. This is not a torahdigga thing to do and by the comments it is clear that this will get us nowhere and only lead to hock, loshon Hora and Motzi Shem Ra.

    Please don’t go through with this and please R”L don’t C”V publish any “winner”

  28. since it doesn’t have to be a jew, i say it is someone like mahmoud ahmadinejad or arafat, because he causes yidden to do teshuva. so maybe they make the greatest impact, unfortunately.

  29. We are not just talking about fine, nice people. We are talking about people who have an impact all over. I thus vote for Rabbi Eli Teitelbaum as well whose impact is unquantifiable.

  30. I agree with OY Vey #83. This should be something to be used as food for thought for each of us to think about – period!. This is not the Jewish way to list people and talk about them like this.

  31. I fully agree with #60
    and…
    Rabbi Shalom Greenberg Chief Rabbi of Chabad-Shanghai, China
    Words cannot express our heartfelt thanks for his devotion and Mesures Nefesh for all Yiden who are there for business or for whatever means. May Hashem pay him back for all his good deeds – Kefla Kaflaim -Bracha, Hatzlocha, Gezunt & Nachas

  32. All CHESED ORGANIZATIONS
    -Hatzolah, Shomrim, Chaveirim
    -Satmar Bikur Cholim, Chesed of New Square, Bobov, Yad Efraim, Kossoin etc for all their delicious & heartwarming fresh meals
    -Chesed rooms and Food Kitchens in hospitals
    -Hilf
    -Chesed -car rides to hospitals
    -Gemach Hatzolah-car rides to hosp.
    -Zichron Shloime, RCCS, Chai Lifeline
    -Bonei Olam, A Time
    These are only a few…the list goes on and on… In this Zechus we should all be healthy and see only nachas and be Zoche to the redemption! NOW

  33. Three greatest Rabbi, Speaker, Rosh Yeshiva and Askan for Torah Judaism (especially for our less fortunate brothers and sisters of the former soviet union) is , hands down:
    Harav Shmuel Dishon Shlita

  34. Lipa, MBD, Paysach Krohn,yehuda green, the speakers and singers who are the most respected baavonosaynu harabim! they have more hashpah on our generation then anyone else!!!

  35. Most of the above are good choices. What is the common denominator among many of them ? Whenever they had problems or needed advise, they turned to Rav Zelig Epstein ztl for guidance and encouragmeent. I nominate him as the person who made the greatest impact from behind the scenes, helping the others to make the up-fromt cotributions that they did.

  36. Rav binyomin moskovitz from yeshivas medrash shmuel his dedication and contributions too Jews from all over the world is truly legendary

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