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The Legacy Of Rav Aharon Kotler

Rav Aharon Kotler

Rav Aharon Kotler

We are at the fiftieth yahrzeit of this towering man. It is appropriate to commemorate the occasion, to speak about his genius and his accomplishments. But this is an occasion that should also challenge us and impel us to strive for more. We must reflect on whether we are sufficiently faithful to his example, the example being our obligation to support basic Torah chinuch. This obligation inherently means that Torah chinuch at any level is never a consumer product. It is always a communal responsibility.

About the Author: Dr. Marvin Schick has been actively engaged in Jewish communal life for more than sixty years. He can be contacted at mschick@mindspring.com.


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