Chief Rabbi of Tzfat Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu eulogized Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, who passed away last night.
"Rav Rosen touched so many diverse areas; he left his mark. Not only in Tzomet as a technological solution, as an engineer to connect to the halakha, but in all areas - in solving problems in medicine, policing, army, the judicial system - all areas of life. He connected all the areas of life with the Torah, which is after all the central pillar of our lives.
"But not only this: The Rav also touched upon politics as national leadership. We speak of the Rule of the House of David, a holy leadership - there are steps along the way; also there, Rav Rosen left his mark.
"Rabbi Rosen left his mark in the weekly newsletters which have now become an institution. He has many students throughout the land, who clarify the halakhic, ideological, spiritual basis of how Israel meant to live.
"We forget: Settlement today boasts hundreds of thousands of residents, but the credit goes to those who started it: Rabbi Levinger and Gush Emunim. Gush Emunim were the first to establish settlements in Judea and Samaria, and to us today it seems like ancient history, but he deserves the founder's credit.
"The most important thing to remember: Rabbi Rosen has scores, hundreds, maybe more students throughout the country and the whole world. He won't be forgotten, like it says, 'As his progeny is alive, so he is alive,' - as his students live, so he lives."