2017-12-20 / Obituaries

Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, giant of Orthodox Jewry

Hundreds of thousands of mourners attended the funeral for Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the leader of the non-Hasidic Lithuanian haredi Orthodox community, who died at the age of 104.

Shteinman, who has been considered the “gadol hador,” or great sage of his generation, died of cardiac arrest after being in and out of the hospital for much of the last year.

The funeral later that day began in front of his home in Bnei Brak, a mostly haredi city in central Israel. There were no eulogies in response to a request that Shteinman put in his will. He also asked that his followers not name their children after him.

Shteinman was the spiritual leader of the Degel Hatorah faction of the United Torah Judaism party and served as the dean of the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. He has been considered the gadol hador since the death of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliyashiv in 2012. (JTA)

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