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Section: Stories   Category: Gadlus
Reb Elchonon Wasserman Reads The Newspaper On His Shtender
After the passing of his Rebbe the Chofetz Chaim, Reb Elchonon inherited the mantle of being Daas Torah for his generation.  He would defend Torah against attack from the outside and mercilessly fought those seeking to destroy it from within. 

To this effort Reb Elchonon felt the need to keep up with the goings on in the world and would read the newspaper daily.  It was placed on his shtender and each morning he would spend three minutes going through it and digesting it with his incisive mind.

When asked why he would read the newspaper on his shtender out of all places, he said, if I must read the paper then it is because it is a mitzva and I can read in right here on my shtender.  if there is an issue with reading the paper then I cannot even do it behind closed doors.