Divrei Agadda Revealing Another Side of Rav Elyashiv
One of the least known gedolim of our generation sits right before our very eyes. We put him in the spotlight yet we don’t even pretend to know him. That is Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv shlit”a. The Posek HaDor is from the few public gedolim that manages to stay out of the public and spend most of his time doing what he enjoys most; sitting and learning our holy Torah. The fact that he doesn’t head a yeshiva or make his way around the dinner circuit has protected him from becoming public property.
In fact not many people know that beyond paskening day-to-day halachos, Rav Elyashiv is considered to be a great Mekubal. Rav Aharon Leib Steinman was once quoted as saying in passing, that Rav Elyashiv is the greatest Mekubal of this generation. Of course no one has ever seen him reading from a Zohar.
The Divrei Aggada published by Yifei Nof in 2005 gives an amazing glimpse to another side of Rav Elyashiv not seen or heard by most people of this generation. This collection of fiery “shmuesen” and Divrei Torah on the Parsha and Yomim Tovim tells a picture of, not an elderly posek hiding behind his gemara ,but a young firebrand who speaks clearly and with passion. The drashos and insight on each week’s parsha overflow with and inspire Ahavas Hatorah, Yiras Hashem, and Tikun HaMiddos.
These drashos were given in the years around 1950. At that point Rav Elyashiv had taken his father’s position as the head of Tiferes Bachurim, which his father Rav Avrohom zt”l founded after arriving from Europe, to instill the love of torah learning in the drifting frum society.
Pick up the sefer to enjoy the warmth emanating directly from the neshama of the Gadol HaDor. It is far more exciting than the big Sheitel controversy.