Rabbi Eliezer Menachem Schach, the 103-year-old rabbi believed to be the ultimate authority in the ultra-Orthodox world in Israel for the past quarter of a century, died on Friday November 2, 2001 in Tel Aviv.
The rabbi's health had deteriorated in his final days, and he had been receiving medical treatment at home until his transfer to hospital two days before his death. Such was his standing, that after the decline in his health, the decision was taken to suspend studies at his Ponevezh yeshiva in Bnei Brak to allow his students to pray for his recovery - an honor afforded only a few.More...
From child genius to ultra-Orthodox leader, 1898-2001Eliezer Menachem Schach was born on January 22, 1898 in the remote village of Wabolnick in northern Lithuania. At the age of seven, the local teacher informed his parents that the boy was a genius, and was wasting his time under his tutelage.By Shahar Ilan
Rabbi Schach - a man of wars and battlesUltra-Orthodox Judaism has different types of leaders. Some are tzadikim, righteous men known for their virtuousness. Some are great poskim, who make major decisions on Jewish law. Rabbi Schach was an ideologue. He was a zealot who repeatedly led his followers into ideological battles. By Shahar Ilan
Rabbi Schach - does he have a successor?The obvious question is who will succeed Rabbi Schach, but the real question is will there be any successor. Rabbi Schach was the unchallenged leader of the Lithuanian camp and his Hasidic rivals also accepted his greatness. It is highly doubtful any successor will enjoy the same standing. By Shahar Ilan