Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Rabbi Zelik Epstein OBM

A Guest Post By E. Fink

Yesterday the Jewish community, and the world, lost a great Rabbi.

Rabbi Zelik Epstein was one of the last Rabbis educated in European Yeshivos. A contemporary of R' Moshe and R' Yaakov, he stood for clarity and truth above politics.

According to what I have heard and seen Wikipedia as well, R' Zelik wrote to R' Elyashiv in consternation regarding the ban of "The Making of a Gadol". R' Zelik also expressed disdain over the banning of Lipa's music and Slifkin's books. As far as I know, R Zelik strongly supported victims of sexual abuse and vehemently opposed any "alleged""cover-ups.

In short, R' Zelik represented much of what we represent. Honesty, transparency, Torah and one-size-does-not-fit-all Judaism.

He will be missed.

(A fuller treatment is on my blog if you are into that sort of thing.)

Search for more information about Rabbi Zelik Epstein and one-size-does-not-fit-all Judaism at 4torah.com.


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