Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 104. Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend the influential Haredi leader’s funeral today at 12:00 PM in Bnei Brak.


Shteinman Photo Credit: Yaakov Naumi/Flash 90

The Israel Police continues to prepare for the massive funeral of Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, the leader of the non-Hasidic Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox community. The funeral is set to take place in Bnei Brak at 12:00 PM.

Shteinman passed away at the age of 104 this morning (Tuesday) after his medical state deteriorated in recent weeks. When his condition worsened, his closest students gathered at Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, where he was being treated, in order to pray for his recovery.

Shteinman was born in 1913 in Brest, which was then part of the Russian Empire but is now in Belarus. During the Holocaust, he was teaching at a yeshiva in Switzerland. In 1945, he moved to Israel after the Second World War.

After Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv’s death in 2012, Shteinman became the eldest and most influential Haredi leader in Israel. Shteinman had a pragmatic approach to matters and tried to avoid power struggles as often as possible. It was even claimed that he allowed for the establishment of the IDF’s Haredi Netzah Yehuda Battalion about 20 years ago by turning a blind eye.