Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Name a Gadol

Name a Gadol and in 2-3 sentences tell me why you think he qualifies as such.

Note: For purposes of this post, the fact that someone sits on some council or regularly appears on a standard list of signatures does not suffice to qualify one as a Gadol. Nor is simply being the Rosh Yeshiva of a major Torah institution.

UPDATE: For the sake of those (including me) not familiar with all the rabbinic All-Stars, please also include one or two sentences describing your pick's bio.

UPDATE II: The GHassid just informed me that this "game" was played twice before by GH and Hakira, respectively. I was unaware of this when I posted. Nonetheless, in light of recent developments and posts on other blogs, I think it is a good exercise.

44 Comments:

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Gil Student said...

R. Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg. He is a great talmid hakham who is accepted in and accepting of nearly every circle of the Orthodox community.

 
At 1:12 PM, Blogger The Gabbai said...

gil--please see Update. thx.

and yasher koach on your explanation of your pick.

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Gil Student said...

RZNG is a dayan and rosh kollel in Jerusalem. He's the son-in-law of R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and gives semikhah pretty freely to Bnei Torah.

 
At 1:25 PM, Blogger The GHassid said...

R' Gil,

....gives semikhah pretty freely to Bnei Torah.

You mention this like it is a good thing. Why?

 
At 8:15 PM, Anonymous the ghassid said...

Apparently our "players" have called a timeout. We'll be back after this.....

 
At 8:37 PM, Blogger Ezzie said...

Rabbi Henoch Leibowitz. Rosh Yeshiva of the Rabbinical Seminary of America, more commonly known as Chofetz Chaim. Son of Rabbi Dovid Leibowitz, who founded the yeshiva. R' Henoch Leibowitz took over the yeshiva upon his father's passing when he was 24 (?).

Incredible ba'al mussar and talmid chacham, author of Chiddushei HaLev and upon whose "talks and essays" Majesty of Man is based. Instrumental in the building of communities and yeshivos across America (and Canada, Israel) that emphasize mussar and derech eretz, and himself is the paragon of those traits and virtues. Does not sign any bans, ever. I've never heard anyone with a negative perception of or comment about him, which I think speaks for a lot in this day and age.

 
At 12:40 PM, Blogger Mississippi Fred MacDowell said...

>You mention this like it is a good thing. Why?

Traditionally there are two schools of thought regarding giving what we call semicha:

1) Give it our very sparingly
2) Give it out rather freely

It's pretty obvious what proponents of the former approach believed. Proponents of the latter approach, however, believed that semicha should be given to promising candidates so that they can grow. Proponents of such an approach were people like R. Yitzhaq Elhanan and, I think, R. Meir Simcha (the Ohr Sameach).

 
At 12:48 PM, Anonymous justme said...

I was going to mention Rav Leibowitz myself. He is a Gadol in many ways not the least of which is his inclusiveness and refusal to issue or sign korehs. He has had a tremendous positive impact on the jewish world through his imparting of his derech to his thousands of talmidim who are taught respect, derekh eretz and in-depth learning. A rare combonation these days.

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger dilbert said...

R. Yitzchok Breitowitz- musmach of Ner Yisroel, professor of Law at U. of Maryland law school. Combines Torah and other wisdom. Writes extensively and teaches extensively, brilliantly. Impeccable personally. And, doesn't mind having women at his gemara shiur.

 
At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

R' abraham joshua Soloveitchick. Is a massive kanoi.

 
At 4:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbi Bezalel Rudinsky of Monsey NY

Anyone who meets him is blown away by his sheer breadth of knowledge, as well as his extreme ahavas Yisrael - for any Jew - religious or not. He also does not jump on the bandwagon when people are out mudslinging.

 
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At 5:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bostoner Rebbe
He is in the forefront for ahavas yisroel, in all segments of klal yisroel.

 
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