Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger eulogized Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth on Tuesday. "Rabbi Neuwirth created a revolution in the world... all Jews who want to learn, understand and comply with the laws of the Sabbath can now do so easily," Rabbi Metzger stated. He added, "after studying for years all the contemporary technological issues and their implications on the laws of the Sabbath, he wrote a basic book.... full of sources and details applying to all issues that may occur."
Rabbi Neuwirth passed away Tuesday at the age of 85. Born in Germany, he and his family escaped the Holocaust and hid in Holland before moving to Israel. Thousands attended his funeral. Click here for photos. Rabbi Neuwirth helped issue numerous halachic rulings dealing with the use of electronic devices on Shabbat. Such issues dealt with necessary hospital and army equipment, wheelchairs, elevators and more. He also issued commentary within the strict guidelines of halacha regarding such contemporary issues as AIDS, genetic screening, and euthanasia.