TO UPLIFT THE BANNER OF TORAH

AND THE KOLLEL REVOLUTION

 

An Overview of Torah Dissemenation

in Two Worlds

 

The Pre-eminent Godol of his time, Rav Aharon Kotler zt"l, does not need to be introduced to the great majority of Orthodox Jews in America and in Eretz Yisroel. The beneficial impact that he had on his and on all future generations in every level and aspect of Torah, Chesed (charitable deeds) and Hatzola (rescue -- both physical -especially in WWII- and spiritual), is remembered, felt and appreciated. His Chidushei Torah/Talmudic novellae/ are avidly studied in all senior level yeshivos. His mussar works are classic texts of Hashkofa, daas Torah/Torah outlook and insight/ and the in-depth treatment of a panoramic array of Aggadic Topics. His talmidim and their talmidim are active in all levels of Torah education.

Yet, nearly forty years have gone by since his passing. A lot can be forgotten, even more distorted, and in all likelihood one can't take for granted that there will not be readers who will know very little, if anything at all about the Rosh Yeshiva.

For their sake some background information is in order.

Additionally, as mentioned in the preface, the focus of this selection is living with Torah values and achieving Sholom -- friendship and harmony on a personal and communal level. Nevertheless, it is inconceivable that a book on Rav Aharon Kotler should not contain within its covers some significant treatment of his lifelong effort to uplift the banner of Torah in Klal Yisroel, which was without the slightest question what he viewed as his divinely imposed mission in life and to which he devoted all his days and strength. Additionally, Torah dissemenation was certainly related in the Rosh Yeshiva's eyes to the topics dealt with in this book for he saw in sincere Torah study the fundamental bottom line basis for the relief of all personal and Jewish-societal ills.

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