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Rav Porat: A Leader and a Visionary

Participants in Rav Hanan Porat's funeral: He was a leader, a visionary, a soul that you can only find once every few generations.
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 10/6/2011, 5:08 AM

More than 10,000 people attended the funeral of Rav Hanan Porat, 67, on Wednesday. Arutz Sheva spoke with some of the participants, who told of his special character.

“Hanan, in his own silent way, was a true leader,” said Rav Avi Berman, Executive Director of OU in Israel. “A person that resembled and represented everything that we believe in.”

Science and Technology Minister Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz said that “it’s essentially impossible to describe Rav Hanan in a few words. He was everything: he was a leader, a visionary, he was a person who really showed the way to so many people.”

“He had a very rare combination of love to people, to the land and to the Torah,” Hershkowitz added. “He was a person who was on one hand very assertive but on the other hand very polite, very gentle, very sensitive.”

MK Ya’akov Katz (National Union) described Rav Porat as “a holy soul that you see only once every few generations. I think today we lost one of the biggest souls we had in the Jewish nation.”