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As the Torah community seeks to digest the bitter news of the petira of the Mir Rosh Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel Zatzal, preparations are underway for the levaya which is scheduled to begin at 12:00 at The Mir, and then proceed to Har Menuchos for kvura.
Despite his weakened condition of late, Posek HaDor HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv is expected to attend the levaya. Rav Elyashiv and other gedolei Torah have instructed roshei yeshiva and avreichim to take time out from learning to give Kovod HaTorah and attend the levaya. Admorim are expected to attend as well.
Chadrei Chareidim reports that HaGaon HaRav Chaim Pinchas Sheinberg Shlita broke down in tears upon hearing the news, calling this “a day of mourning for Klal Yisrael”. He added that despite his weakened condition, he hopes to attend the levaya as well.
Magen David Adom, Ichud Hatzolah, Zaka and other chessed organizations are setting up for the levaya, which is expected to bring over 100,000 to the Mir area. Senior police commanders are meeting with heads of MDA and other agencies as they review the logistical realities of the operation.
Police will not have an easy time as today being Rachel Imeinu’s yahrzeit, there are also buses running through Geula providing shuttle service to and from the tziyun in Beit Lechem.
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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)