'Rabbi Shteinman carried entire Jewish people on his shoulders'

President eulogizes Rabbi Shteinman: 'He gave thousands of people direction in their lives. His wisdom was second only to his humility.'

David Rosenberg ,

Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman
Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman
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Shortly after Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 104, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin marked the passing of the late rabbi in a statement, lauding Rabbi Shteinman’s wisdom and humility, saying that he ‘gave direction to thousands’.

“Our teacher, the brilliant Rabbi Shteiman, was a leader who bore the entire weight of the Jewish people’s existence on his shoulders,” said Rivlin.

“A Torah giant and a teacher who gave thousands and tens of thousands of people direction in their lives. Despite his firm positions, he knew how to convey his ideas gently, in a pleasant manner, and with a great love of the Jewish people.”

“The rabbi was a tremendously dedicated learner, a Torah genius, kindhearted and generous, rich with the experiences of long life. He was a man whose wisdom was exceeded only by his humility.”

Rabbi Shteinman passed away at the Maayanei Hayeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak earlier Tuesday morning, shortly after his condition deteriorated suddenly. While hospital staff was able to stabilize the rabbi’s pulse after the initial deterioration, they acknowledged that there was little they could do further.

Prof. Ravid, who had been treating the rabbi, made it clear that his condition was critical, and that medically, "there is nothing more to be done."

At the beginning of last month, Rabbi Steinman, 104, was hospitalized for a week, at the end of which he was released to his home under the supervision of his personal physician.