Hashem Giveth and Hashem Taketh Away
Barukh Dayyan HaEmet Rav Shalom Yosef Eliashiv ZTzUK”L was niftar just today. His funeral well be held tonight at 10pm. Rav Shalom Hedayya ZTzUK”L used to say that every Gadol, even those you disagreed with was a gift from Hashem, and should be treated with due respect. Obviously being Sephardi there were some points of disagreement between my halakhic and hashkafic views and those of Rav Eliashiv. However, truly he was a gift from Hashem.
The greatness of his accomplishes surely proceeds him into Olam Haba. Amongst other things he was a staunch supporter of child abuse victims. He was one of the first(if not the first) Gedolim to rule that a child molester was in all cases a rodef and thus the police should be contacted immediately. Even though I disagree with him(more I find myself in agreement with Rav Ovadia and other Gedolim who disagree with Rav Eliashiv, as who am I to disagree with Rav Eliashiv himself) I respect him for his dedication to fighting for the truth of the Torah as he saw it and the holiness of Klal Yisrael.
In a day and age when many Gedolim live in great wealth and have for themselves large homes, Rav Eliashiv lived the life of a pauper in a two room Meah Shearim home. His humility and integrity were beyond question. Even in his later years when he was unfortunately surrounded by many people, some of whom with ulterior motives, who sought to filter the information that came before him, he would take responsibility for his own errors and admit his mistakes. He never passed the blame off on those who fed him bad information, he accepted that as a Rav it was his responsibility to seek the truth. Again just another sign of his great humility.
Klal Yisrael has suffered a great loss with his passing. May we be speedily comforted.