Thursday, October 06, 2011

HaRav Chanan Porat, z"l

Manhigut Yehudit joins the entire Nation of Israel in mourning the passing of HaRav Chanan Porat z"l. Chanan Porat was the personality most identified with the renewed settlement of Judea and Samaria. Without Chanan and the settlement movement that he pioneered in Yesha, Israel would have lost Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria long ago and would be in a very difficult situation today. We all bow our heads in memory of this exemplary personality. May he be a righteous advocate for the Land of Israel and the Nation of Israel before the Heavenly Throne.

Comment from Dovid Shirel, Educational Director of Manhigut Yehudit:
“Coming from America as a young student, I moved immediately to Hebron. I remember Chanan Porat well. He used to come to our Yeshiva in Kiryat Arba to talk about the situation in Yamit and Yehuda ve’Shomron. Each time, during his talk he would do an incredible thing. He would suddenly stop, turn to one of the Yeshiva students and ask him what page in the Talmud he was learning. The student would answer and then, with no books in front of him, Chanan Porat would start explaining the Gemara complete with Rashi and Tosafot! He would then tie that particular Gemara into what he was talking about! It was simply incredible! The man was not only a great activist for the Land of Israel, he was truly a Talmid Chacham! While I did not always agree with his opinions, I always held him in the highest regard. He was humble, simple and a great leader. Am Yisrael will miss him.”

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