The light from Dvinsk: Rav Meir Simcha, the Ohr Somayach

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He was the celebrated rav of a celebrated city. The author of sefarim that have be- come classics in the world of Torah leam- ing. A leader who left his imprint on his generation-and ours. He was Rav Meir Simcha of Dvinsk, the Ohr Somayach, a towering figure in a generation of giants, a sage who illumi- nates our lives to this very day. For twenty-six years, Rav Meir Simcha toiled in Torah learning, rarely venturing out of his tiny room on the side of the beis midrash. Then he was thrust pell-mell into the turbulent life of a major city, as he took on the position of rav of Dvinsk. Together with his counterpart in the Chas- sidic community, the legendary Ro- gatchover Gaon, Rav Meir Simcha led his kehilah with the devotion, love, and understanding that be speak a true leader. Rav Meir Sirncha's contribution to his beloved people did not end with Dvinsk's city limits. As a world-renowned Torah sage, he spoke out on the vital issues affecting a rapidly changing Jewish world. Inhiswritings, Rav Meir Simcha touched the lives of every Jew. Wrth Ohr Somayach, he gave the Jewish people a classic of lom dus and a new approach to the Rambam. In Meshech Chochmah, he proved himself a master of derush, synthesizing hashkafah, haladrah, and Jewhh thought.

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