This framed artwork of Rav Yisroel Zev Gustman is rendered in laser cut stainless steel on a background of acrylic.
Rav Yisroel Zev Gustman was the youngest Dayan to be appointed to the Vilna Beis Din and the only one to survive the Holocaust.
Once in America he founded Yeshivas Netzach Yisrael which he moved to Eretz Yisroel in the 1970s.
The materials used to describe the portrait of Rav Gustman are carefully selected. The portrait comprises of several simple shapes which are cut out from brushed, matt, stainless steel. The lines are sleek and neat. The result is a modern work of art which gives off a dignified spiritual aura.
Thie strength of the metal in the artwork echoes Rav Gustman’s unique steength and intense love of torah.
His intense love of Torah would characterize him throughout his long, unusual, and productive life.
At the age of 21, Rav Gustman was the youngest dayan to sit on the famed Vilna Beis Din.
Even before that, his brilliance and diligence brought him into close relationships with many of Lithuania’s most revered gedolim: Rav Shimon Shkop, Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinski, Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz, and the Chazon Ish, among others.
When the horrors of war came to Vilna, Rav Gustman was saved from certain death by the prophetic words of Rav Chaim Ozer and by a deathbed brocha from Rav Chaim Ozer that he would survive.
Escaping the Vilna Ghetto with his wife and daughter just before it was “liquidated” he joined the partisans, having obtained a rifle by killing a Nazi soldier with his bare hands. Rav Gustman’s war experiences were nothing short of incredible. He survived being shot in the head at point blank range. He hid for six months in a pit with his family, living on scraps thrown in by a non-Jewish farmer – and during that time he learned Meseches Zevachim from memory twenty times.
With war’s end, Rav Gustman helped rebuild Torah learning, first in Vilna, then in New York, and, finally, in Eretz Yisrael.
Helped by Rav Aharon Kotler and Rav Moshe Feinstein he moved to the United States after the war and after teaching in the Lubavich yeshiva of Tomchei Temimim he opened Yeshivas Netzach Yisrael-Ramiles in Brooklyn.
His yeshivah became a legendary place of learning for anyone who wanted to plumb the wisdom of Hashem’s Torah, be they talmidei chachamim, young yeshivah students, or Supreme Court judges and Nobel Prize laureates.
In 1971 he immigrated to Eretz Yisrael, where he reestablished his yeshiva in Yerushalayim.
This framed Jewish artwork is a special addition to a torah home looking to adorn its wall with gedolim pictures and aesthetic beauty.