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Tens of thousands of people gathered in the Shaarei Chesed neighborhood of Yerushalayim, where the Levaya was held for Hagaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach ZATZAL.
The funeral procession began at 10:20AM, when the Niftar was taken from his home at 3 Even Shaprut Street to the Gra Shul nearby, on Yeshayahu Bar Zakai Street.
The Hespedim began at 11:00AM until 1:00PM, when tens of thousands of people walked behind the Niftar from Shaare Chessed towards Har Menuchos.
Police issued the standard warnings, for drivers to distance themselves from the Levaya route with private vehicles, stating delays were likely on both Highways 1 and 443 and tens of thousands were making their way to the capital to participate in the levaya.
United Hatzalah highlighted its warning, to refrain from climbing on roofs and balconies – especially this time – because in Shaare Chessed neighborhood, there are many older structures with balconies and rooftops that cannot support the extreme loads.
At 10:45 The mita of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach was brought into the Gra Shul, to the sound of the students crying.
At 10:55 Tehillim was recited to the sound of weeping and the cries of the thousands gathered at the Levaya.
The Maspidim were:
* His brother Hagaon HaRav Avraham Dov Auerbach, Rav of Tiveria.
* HaRav Tzvi Friedman.
* His brother Hagaon HaRav Azriel Auerbach, the Rav of the Bayit Vegan neighborhood.
* HaGaon HaRav Yisrael Kalmanovitz is now maspid.
* His brother Hagaon HaRav Mordechai Auerbach, the Rov of the Abir Yaakov Shul in Tel Aviv.
* HaRav Baruch Shmuel Deutsch of the Kol Torah Yeshiva.
* Hagaon HaRav Moshe Sternbuch.
* HaRav Tzvi Vidar, the Rov of Kiryat Yovel in Jerusalem.
* R’ Yosef Petrov.
At around 1:00PM Tehillim and slichos were recited before the Levaya procession departed from the Gra Shul towards Har Menuchos.
1:13PM: The levaya continued with the mita placed in the waiting chevra kadisha vehicle.
1:46PM: The procession headed to Betzalel Street.
1:59PM: The procession went to Ben-Tzvi Blvd, and from there, Binyanei Ha’uma towards the entrance to the city.
1:15PM: At the Cords Bridge
1:55PM Arrival in Har Menuchos.
The Niftar was buried alongside his wife, Rebitzen Rachel A”H.
Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)