Friday, January 6, 2012

A Beloved Tzadik: Reb Aryeh Levine


Sir, - Jonathan Rosenblum is to be highly commended for introducing a positive note and healing balm into our fragmented and fractious social fabric. He does so by portraying the very exemplary lives of those saintly men who did indeed fulfill the Torah imperative that 'the name of Heaven should become beloved through you.'

I would like to add a name to that very special group; that of Reb Aryeh Levine who was called the 'Tzadik Hayerushalmi.' He earned that title by living his entire life dedicated to the service of others. He was able to bring warmth and hope to those still confined in Jerusalem's leper sanitarium and to those imprisoned by the British in Acre,and especially to those unfortunates who were condemned to the gallows. He permitted neither distance nor travail to discourage him from bringing aid and succor to anyone in need.

I have met members of 'Lehi' who not only revere his memory but admit to having their lives transformed by his noble qualities of heart and devotion. He was the object of adoration by almost all segments of society and his biography in English is aptly titled A Tzadik in Our Time.

ZEV CHAMUDOT
Petach Tikva