Watch: Rav Michoel Sorotzkin’s Divrei Zikaron On Rav Refoel Shmulevitz zt”l, Upon His Yahrtzeit, 9 Shevat

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  1. What a fantastic description of our beloved Rosh Yeshiva Reb Refoel zecher Tzadik Lebrocho. He was an emese’ genius in Torah and a real prince in hanhogo. Simple and humble with a real gadlus ho’odom.
    Thank you for this emotional tribute.

  2. We grew up on the great stories told about his father Rav Chaim z’tzuka’l. Rav Rephoel zt’l was a mirror image of his father. In geonus and middos.
    This spectacular hesped brings to life some of these middos tovos, spashtus and anovo.
    A world that was and no longer here……

  3. Watched on your site Rav Sorotzkin’s tribute for Rav Moshe Shapiro zt’l 3 weeks ago. Now this one.
    These are 2 masterpieces – one better than another.
    Rv Shmuelevitz’s splendid personality as portrayed by this gifted speaker is a real limud for us all.
    Yehi zichro boruch

  4. My father is in his 90’s, born in Lutzk ,Vohlin. He remembers as a child the famous iispiring droshos of the Lutzker Rov, Reb Zalman Sorotzkin. When we played this video in his presence he said : “I mamesh hear Reb Zalman”…… I assume the speaker is a decedent.

  5. Rabenu Bechaye writes in Chovas Halevovos : “Hachasid- Tzahaloso befonov v’Daagoso belibo’. A righteous man, his simchas hachaim is radiating from his external appearance while his worries and doubts are hidden in his heart.
    Rab Rephoel was exactly that. The illustrious stories told at this fantastic hesped really brought to life his gadlus and tzidkus.

  6. It’s unbelievable that a year have passed since our Rosh Yeshiva Reb Refoel zt”l was niftar.
    We are here in Yerushalaim Ir Hakoidesh trying to continue his derech in whichever way we can.
    This divrei zikoron are a real chizuk to all the talmidim. It gives us a real sense of his personality and his middos.
    Thank you MATZAV for posting such an exceptional tribute.
    Tehi Nishmoso Tzrura Bitzror HaChaim

  7. I listened to this speech twice and came to a conclusion that it’s no other only the great content but equally important the awesome delivery.
    Can anyone help with some other links to Rav Sorotzkin’s shiurim/speeches?

  8. An alte mirer said after Reb Refoel was niftar: “Mishe-mes Reb Chaim Batla Hasmada-Mishe-mes Reb Refoel- Balta Yashrus Hamoichin”. The story told by this fantastic maspid is not part of Reb Refoel’s tzidkus, it is his ‘yashrus hamochin’. He understood with his straight & clear mind that going public with his personal storty may impact and help others. This is Yashrus at its best.

  9. A friend mentioned he heard a hesped said in public from Rav Sorotzkin about Moran Horav Elyashiv ZT”L at the time of the levaye in NY and to the best of his memory it was videoed . If anyone has the link- please post.


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