Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Aurbach

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Dena Lebowitz

Have you heard of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach? You probably have. He wasa great torah scholar and teacher. His teachings are still used today. He was a very seriousstudent when he was in school. He was very respected by the orthodox Jewishcommunity. Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach was a very influential rabbi to orthodoxJewish people.Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach was the first child to be born in theneighborhood of Shaarei Chesed, Jerusalem on July 20, 1910 which was founded by hisgrandfather on his mother’s side, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Porush. He was named after hisgrandfather. His grandfather on his father’s side was Rabbi Meir Auerbach, was the firstAshkenazi chief rabbi of Jerusalem. His father was Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Leib Auerbachwho was rosh yeshiva of Shaar Hashamayim Yeshiva, and his mother was RebbetzinTzivia Auerbach. At the age of eleven he knew the entire Kiddush by heart. As a teenagerhe attended Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Jerusalem.Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Aurbach was so immersed in his studies, that on the daywhen the first automobile came on Jaffa Road and all the other students went to thewindow and looked, he stayed in his seat and continued learning. When his father senthim to bed early so that he would have strength to study in the morning He would sneakout of bed so that he could learn at the local Beit Hamidrash. He married Chaya RivkaRuchamkin on erev Shabbat and Purim in 1930.

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