Mayor Gutterman Calls On Deri To Change The Name Of Modi’in Illit


After reports that Interior Minister Aryeh Deri is thinking of changing the name of Elad to “Ayelet HaShachar” in memory of HaGaon HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman ZT”L ZY”A, Modi’in Illit Mayor Yaakov Gutterman calls on Deri to change the name of his city to Ayelet HaShachar.

Gutterman reminds in his letter to Deri that the late Rosh Yeshiva was among the founders of the city and naming it after him would be most appropriate.

Now, the interior minister will have to decide which chareidi community is more suited to perpetuate Maran’s name?

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Is this what “Reb Aharon Yehuda Leib […] Shteinman” (as it says on his matzeivah) would have wanted?
    Why don’t we ever listen to our Gedolim … instead of pretending to hear what we want to hear?

  2. It is already taken by a new neighborhood in RBS dalled.
    By the way, a cursory reading of the Gadols tzava leads me to believe that he would be pretty mad to see all these frum cities fighting over his name.
    I suggest it is possible that they care more about their own honor then the gadol hador zatzal.