This morning, the members of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Degel HaTorah met in a special tent set up in the courtyard of the home of Maran Rav Chaim Kanievsky.
At the meeting, eight new members will installed as members of the Moetzes.
Eighteen years ago, eight new members were appointed to the Moetzes. They were Rav Aryeh Finkel, Rav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, Rav Moshe Yehuda Schlesinger, Rav Berel Povarsky, Rav Yehuda Adas (who later retired from the Moetzes), Rav Dov Yoffe, Rav Moshe Hillel Hirsch and Rav Dovid Cohen.
Now, eight new members have been appointed appointed in consultation with Rav Chaim Kanievsky and Rav Gershon Edelstein.
The new members are:
-Rav Tzvi Drebkin (87), rosh yeshiva of the Grodno Yeshiva in Beer Yaakov
-Rav Yitzchok Hecker (85), rosh yeshiva of the Grodno Yeshiva in Beer Yaakov
-Rav Aviezer Piltz (80), rosh yeshiva of Tifrach
-Rav Boruch Weisbecker (80), rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Bais Matisyahu in Bnei Brak
-Rav Avrohom Yitzchok Hakohein Kook (79), rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Maor Hatalmud in Rechovot
-Rav Aryeh Levy (80), rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva S’char Sochir
-Rav Shraga Shteinman (71), rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Orchos Torah
-Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel (55), rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim
At first, it was said that Rav Uri Weisblum, mashgiach of Yeshivas Nachalas HaLeviim would also be appointed a member, but that appointment did not materialize.
Since the establishment of the Degel HaTorah Moetzes, its members who have passed away are Maran Rav Elazar Menachem Man Shach, Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman, Rav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, Rav Nissim Karelitz, Rav Mordechai Leib Mann, Rav Avrohom Farbstein, Rav Simcha Zissel Broide, Rav Beinush Finkel, Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, Rav Aryeh Finkel, Rav Zvi Markowitz, Rav Avrohom Yaakov Zelaznik, Rav Chaim Pinchos Sheinberg, Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro, Rav Shmuel Auerbach, Rav Boruch Rosenberg, Rav Zalman Rotberg, Rav Nissim Toledano and Rav Dov Yoffe.
Photos from the meeting: