The Life of a Multi-dimensional Gadol: Rosh Yeshivah, Rebbi, Posek, Genius, Adviser, and Friend
By Rabbi Shimon Finkelman
Rosh Yeshivah; renowned posek; av beis din; kashrus expert; mohel; sofer; shochet, musician, artist . And the list goes on. Rav Yisroel Belsky was all of these and much, much more. He was brilliant beyond description and was fluent not only in all of Torah but in the sciences and other fields of worldly knowledge -- and he applied that knowledge to Torah and psak halachah. As senior Posek for OU Kosher, his vast knowledge of Jewish law, combined with his deep understanding of food technology, impacted every kosher consumer - but all of this does not define Rav Belsky's greatness.
In this riveting and carefully researched biography, we will learn of Rav BelskyÂ’s incomparable passion for learning and teaching Torah, his burning desire to share Hashem's greatness with others. We will be moved by story after story of how he connected with generations of talmidim both at Mesivta Torah Vodaath where he was Rosh HaYeshivah and at Camp Agudah, where he served as Mara D'Asra.
We will be inspired by the selfless hachnasas orchim of Rav and Rebbetzin Belsky, of his dedication to the mitzvah of tzedakah, of his willingness to extend himself on behalf of total strangers, if only he could make anothers Jew's life a bit brighter.
Rabbi Shimon Finkelman a talmid of Rav Belsky, shares with us shares with us story after story about this towering Torah personality. We meet him as a brilliant youngster and later as a camp counselor, learning Mishnayos between pitches as he umpires a baseball game.
We see him at a turning point of his life, as he defers and ultimately declines a prestigious scholarship in order to learn Torah. We see him with his talmidim. With gedolei hador. With campers, young and old. With Jews who have emigrated from the former Soviet Union. With Klal Yisrael, whom he loved so deeply.
Rav Belsky is the unforgettable biography of a truly unforgettable gadol baTorah.
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