As Klal Yisroel is gripped by the Coronavirus pandemic, world-renounced photographer Moshe David Yarmish did something incredible.

In a short conversation he had with YWN he said he felt that “Klal Yisroel needed a distraction”, and released the incredible footage of the Posek Hador, Hagaon HaRav Moshe Feinstein.

Yarmish said he felt that it would be worth releasing this if he would be able to distract everyone for a short while, and take their minds off the depressing news that we keep hearing.

He also said that if people would talk about the Rosh Yeshiva a little more, it would be worth it to release the footage.

The footage was take in Camp Yeshiva Staten Island in Kerhonkson NY, in the summer of 1984.

In one of the videos is seen Hagaon HaRav Yaakov Kamenetsky ZATZAL, the Rosh Yeshiva of Torah Vodaath, and another has Hagaon HaRav Yaaakov Yitchok Ruderman, the Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Yisroel in Baltimore.

In one of the videos below, you will see Rav Moshe talking to a group of people (delivering a Shiur). Yarmish related the background to this video:

“The Rosh Yeshiva wanted to speak to the Oilom on Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul. He knew that if he told anyone before that he wanted to speak, they would not let him do so. So Rav Moshe came out of his house and sat down telling his family that he wanted the oilom to pass by and say sholom (probably without giving the hand). But without warning, he started speaking. No one was prepared for it, and everyone immediately crowded around him. No microphone. No space in between. No one even had a chance to gte a tape recorder and record the drasha.”


(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. Thank you Reb Yarmish for posting. Who is the person in the first video seen talking in learning with Reb Moshe? Was this video (summer of 84) the last time Reb Moshe was in Camp YSI?

  2. “The Kohen who is in your days” “Shmuel bdoro” etc

    The same can be said for every generation, we have gedolim, the gedolim we need are what Hashem gave us.

  3. Baruch H-shem we have “Real Gedolim” today also. Please let’s not slander them, chas v’chalia. Rav Chaim, shlita, said , that it’s especially important with the situation we are in today, to be especially careful not to speak lashon harah.

  4. Indeed we do have Gedolim today.
    The problem is, as the old Chinese saying goes, is that when small people cast giant shadows, it’s a sign that the sun is setting.

  5. @billywee
    sigh. yea, they said that in r” Moshe and r’ Yaakov’s day too.
    Also, can you please explain, to yourself of course, as loshon hora isnt tolerated on YWN, what is the precise definition of “real” gedolim?