Wednesday, November 24, 2010

From Kovna to Yerushalayim - Celebrating the Yom Hazikoron of Maran Harav Tzvi Pesach Frank, zt"l

The twenty first day of Kislev will be fifty years since the Petira of Rav Tzvi (Hersh) Pesach Frank, zt"l the "Yerushalayimer Rav".

Born in Kovna to his father Rav Yehuda Leib Frank, Zt"l . In this town of Kovna the great Rav Leibele Kovner, Zt"l served as Rav of the city. In Kovna there were great Rabbonim such as Maran Rav Yehoshua Leib, zt"l, Maran Harav Yitzchok Elchonon & Maran Harav Yisroel Salanter, zt"l.

At a very young age he made a decision to focus on Ruchniyus only. While others played he learned.

His mother once shared a story about her young Son's priorities. When she once gave him spending money she discovered that he put the money in the Shul Tzadaka box.

For a short period of time he learned under the Gaon Harav Aharon Walkin, zt"l known as the "Zkan Aharon".

He finally decided to cross the river and learn in the great Bais Medrash of Slabodka. The Rosh Yeshiva at that time was "Rav Itzel of Ponovez", Zt"l.

Rav Itzel, Zt"l conquered the Yeshiva world with his creative Torah thoughts.

Rav Tzvi Pesach was 17 years of age when he was accepted into Slabodka. The Rosh Yeshiva had genuine admiration for this young boy.

(To be Cont'd)

1 comment:

MiguelJ said...

Can anyone please tell me when R. Leibele Kovner lived? My ancestor Meir Lefkofsky (the Tzaddik of Grajewo) was his student.
please contact me directly at

thank you,
Michael Reynolds

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