There have been a few new Seforim with rulings from Rav Elyashiv that have recently hit the market. One is a small pamphlet written by Rabbi Yehoshua Shimshon Brunner of Lakewood, New Jersey entitled, “Ish Al HaEidah.” It has haskamos from Rav Avrohom Elyashiv (a son), Dayan Dunner, and Rav Olshin, one of the Roshei Yeshiva of Lakewood and contains the author’s questions and observations.
Below we find some of what is contained within this new booklet:
Rav Elyashiv would daven from the siddur called “Kavanas HaShem.” He would also recite a few kepitlach of Tehillim after davening. He did not wear Tcheiles on his Tzitzis. He put on his Talis and Tefillin in the Beis HaMidrash and not in a side room or at home. The Daled on his Tefillin looked like a daled and not a mem. He used a Tefillin mirror to make sure his Tefillin were in the proper spot which he kept in his Tefillin puch. He was always from the first ten in shul and often was the very first. He would say Gashem not Geshem in the Shmoneh Esreh.
Son’s name is Moshe. He is offered a Shiduch where the girl’s father’s name is Dovid Moshe – Rav Elyashiv answered, “Kosher L’Mehadrin.”
Ideally it should be after the Kaddish not before. The kaddish belongs to the reading of the Torah, bentching Gomel does not.
YARTZEIT ALIYAH ON SHABBOS
It is preferable to have one of the seven aliyos rather than Maftir.
Rav Elyashiv said Havdallah sitting down. He did not shut off the lights before the recitation of Borei Meorei haEish. When he said Kos Yeshuos Essah, he lifted up the cup in a recognizable manner.
Finally, the booklet ends off with someone requesting a bracha for his son. Rav Elyashiv blesses that the son become a Talmid Chochom. The father further asked for a bracha that his son also become a Yarei Shamayim. Rav Elyashiv answered, “Is it possible to be a true Talmid Chachom without being a Yarei Shamayim?”
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