Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman: Ultra-Orthodox spiritual leader dies in Israel

From BBC - December 12, 2017

The death has been announced in Israel of one of the leading figures in ultra-Orthodox Judaism.

Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman - who was widely regarded as "Gadol Hador" or "Leader of the Generation" - died in hospital at the age of 104.

Israel's president said he had "carried the entire weight of the existence of the Jewish people on his shoulders".

Thousands of people were expected to attend his funeral in the central town of Bnei Brak on Tuesday.

Rabbi Shteinman was born in 1913 in what is now Belarus. He was the only member of his family to survive the Nazi occupation of eastern Europe.


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