I was in Boca Raton two weeks ago and Boruch Hashem I went to visit Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda who is recovering in a nursing home. He is no longer able to give his Shabbos morning class. Unfortunately, his class has been taken off the Boca Raton Shabbos pamphlet. The last time I was at the Boca Raton Synagogue, I felt a sense of loss not being able to hear his Shiur. On Wednesday August 27th, 2014 I visited him at the Regents of Boca Raton located on Verde Trail.
Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda needs a Refuah Shelama. He cannot speak. Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda’s wife assured me that her husband understands everything. I only had 15 minutes with Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda as he had to go for a test outside the nursing home. I told Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda that the last piece of Torah I heard from him, was part of my speech when I spoke in Shul to the family of Rabbi Yisroel Gettinger, read my post on Parshas Naso. Rabbi Gettinger’s wife is a 3th or 4th cousin to Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda. I also told Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda some of the Torah I heard from him over the last two years. Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda looked at me with his blue, unflinching eyes that spoke of great knowledge. I almost melted from the glare of my Rebbe.
Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda eyes saw the Chazon Ish, Reb Aryeh Levin, the establishment of the State of Israel and many, many great people and events. Through my association with Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda, I was able to connect to his world; the world of Israel before and after Statehood, to great leaders I only read about, to a great and wondrous world.
Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda taught me how to understand the Chazzon Ish. The Chazzon Ish’s legacy is one of Ahavas Yisroel and not of dividing Klal Yisroel. His legacy is misunderstood by many people. His legacy is one that connects to the YU, Dati Leumi, and Lubavitch worlds.
When I heard of Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda’s infirmary and could not give Shiur, I could not explain my sense of profound loss.
May Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda have a complete recovery and may he continue to teach Torah.
Update: On Shabbos 9/20/2014, I was learning and used a Kehti to understand a Mishna in Chagiga. Dr. Landa told me that Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda was the main writer of the Kehti Mishnayous. I was consoled that when I was learning the Kehti on Chagiga, I was learning from my Rebbe, Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda, and was able to picture him saying the Mishna and explaining it.