VIDEO & PHOTOS: Preparations Underway for Levaya of Mir Rosh Yeshiva ZATZAL



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)


  1. As a talmid it is so poignant that the Rosh Yeshiva ztvk”l now shares a yahrzeit with the Mama Rochel. We all remember his recounting of Rav Chaim Shmulevitz’s vort of “Vain Mama Vain” before the Tekios on first day Rosh Hashana…..

  2. this is terrible news, he is my cousin and i just met him a couple of months ago, i am shocked!!! i winder what hashem is trying to tell us, so many tzaddikim were niftar in such a short time!! at least one nechama he is in a better palce together with my other cousin rebetzin batsheva kaniefsky and together they will cry and plead to hashem to bring moshiach!!!

  3. There is nothing inappropriate with this photo. In fact, many people had the zechus to see this first hand this morning, and recite some tehillim. This is done by just about every Gadol. Have you never seen the famous photo taken in Ponevezh Bais Medrash of Maran Rav Shach as he lay surrounded by hundreds of candles with his set of seforim (Avi Ezri) placed next to him – as tens of thousands filed past him?

  4. 5, 6, 8, if look at books or seforim of all the Gedolim Zatzal, the last picture is very similiar to the one posted. Reb Moshe Feinstein, Reb Aharon Kotel, are just two that come to mind!! There is nothing wrong. If it scares you, then that is just what HKBH wants, he is sending us messages, powerful messages!! ARE WE RECEIVING THEM? what are we going to change because we have lost our Rosh Hayeshiva?

  5. That is exactly what you need, a Break,
    to begin to think about life more seriously, before it gets too serious for you.
    just for the record, i dont come onto YWN often, i only came on to read about THe Rosh Hayeshiva zatzal, and i saw yout inappropriate comment about the picture.