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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Where is the Current Torah Leadership?

The Partial View:
In an  article in this past issue of Ami Magazine the author makes a point of how Torah leadership today has for the most part moved to Eretz yisrael.
Years ago new York had such diverse incomparable gedolim. Today Torah leadership has for the most part moved to EY....For the first time since galus bavel the leadership of Torah is back in Eretz Yisrael. In the past when you had a shaeilah it used to go to Bavel, to Europe, to America. Now the closer we are to yemos hamashiach hashem has brought those levels of Torah back to EY. 
This statement undermines the Gedolei Torah we have here in the US and Europe or elsewhere. B'H In America we have ziknei Roshei yeshiva Admorim, Manhigim and Rabbonim who guide us and lead us. Is the Moetzes of Agudah not enough of a Torah leadership for the Yeshiva and Torah world in the US? Does satmar or other chasidus not have a leadership in America? Not taking anything away from the gedolei Eretz Yisrael. We b'h have a leaadership in America too. Not every sheilah is forwarded to Bnei brak or Yerushalayim.
I would have to agree with the author of the Ami article and disagree with the blogger here.

It seems clear to me that current Torah leadership is in Eretz Yisrael. Not that there are no Gedolim and Hachamim outside E"Y, but the worldwide Torah leadership is definitely in E"Y. With few exceptions, there are currently Torah leaders in the U.S. for the U.S. only - not worldwide.  By contrast, the Torah leaders in E"Y are leaders worldwide. This was true since the passing of Rav Moshe Feinstein ZT"L almost 30 years ago. As proof: The Gedolei U.S. are always looking for Haskamot from the Gedolei E"Y.

And yes, it is a sign of Yemot Hamashiah, as it says:

וְהָיָה בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים, נָכוֹן יִהְיֶה הַר בֵּית-יְהוָה בְּרֹאשׁ הֶהָרִים, וְנִשָּׂא, מִגְּבָעוֹת; וְנָהֲרוּ אֵלָיו, כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם

וְהָלְכוּ עַמִּים רַבִּים, וְאָמְרוּ לְכוּ וְנַעֲלֶה אֶל-הַר-יְהוָה אֶל-בֵּית אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב, וְיֹרֵנוּ מִדְּרָכָיו, וְנֵלְכָה בְּאֹרְחֹתָיו: כִּי מִצִּיּוֹן תֵּצֵא תוֹרָה, וּדְבַר-יְהוָה מִירוּשָׁלִָם


At Tue May 12, 07:06:00 PM 2015, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMHO, I believe there is no Torah leadership in EY nor in America. There may be Chachamim, but there are no true Torah leaders of All Jews.


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