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Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach Portrait

$800

Dimensions: 46 x 46 cm | 18 x 18"
Materials: Stainless Steel and Acrylic

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (1910-1995) was considered the Gadol haDor and supreme Posek of his generation

He was a prolific author on halocha, and he addressed many modern previously untouched issues.

He offered practical advice to those who sought his guidance, and he always lived with a smile on his face.

This modern metal artwork of him will infuse your home with kedusha and modern design.

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach was considered the Gadol haDor and supreme Posek of his generation.

As he left us in the relatively recent past, many can still recall seeing him in the streets and shuls of the Sha’arei Chesed neighbourhood of Jerusalem.

Rav Auerbach was born in 1910 into an old-Yushuv family. He was the first child to be born in the then new neighbourhood of Sha’arei Chesed outside of the Old City.

This new neighbourhood was founded by his maternal grandfather R’ Shlomo Zalman Porush.

His father, R’ Chaim Yehuda Leib Auerbach was the Rosh Yeshiva of Sha’ar haShamayim, which emphasized the study of Kabbolah. His paternal grandfather was the chief Rabbi of Kalish (Poland) and was well respected and honoured by R’ Yisroel Salant and the two worked together on important issues for the small but growing observant community.

R’ Auerbach and his nine siblings lived in dire poverty with few material possessions, yet their parents paid for their Torah education at great personal cost.

He studied at Yeshiva Eitz Chaim and after his marriage in the kollel of R’ Zvi Pesach Frank. He was later appointed as a lecturer in Yeshivas Kol Torah, and after two years as its Rosh Yeshiva, a position he held until his passing.

He was a prolific author on halocha, and he addressed many modern previously untouched issues. He composed the first ever sefer on the use of electricity, a work on the agricultural laws of Eretz Yisroel, and works on medicine and technology. His psakim are widely adhered to today.

Among his most well known talmidim were R’  Nechemia Goldebrg and R’ Yehoshua Neuwirth, both poskim of note.

R’ Auerbach lived modestly and shunned public office of any kind. He was there for every Jew, great and small, religious or secular. He offered practical advice to those who sought his guidance, and he always lived with a smile on his face.

There is a well known story that when he spoke at his wife’s funeral he said “It is the custom for the spouse of the deceased to ask mechila at the interment, but neither my wife nor I ever disagreed or angered one another.”

He passed away in 1995 and was buried with a crowd of 400,000 mourners. As he was largely unknown outside of the religious world, the large funeral attendance came as a surprise to the secular public and its newspapers.

He left seven sons who all became rabbonim and poskim.

The Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo is named after him.

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