Reb Meir Schuster zt”l – An Appreciation

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5 Responses

  1. Y. Ben-David says:

    I encountered Rav Schuster in 1977 during my first visit to Israel. I was at the Kotel and and he came to me an inquired what I was doing. I was already enrolled in Yeshiva and told him so, which pleased him. What stood out in my mind was the rather unusual combination of black hat and coat combined with a marvleous sun tan! What a priviledge he had in helping bring so many young Jews back to Torah. He will be missed.

  2. Raymond says:

    A couple of hours ago, before I read the above article, I posted the following on a Website accessed by both Jews and gentiles alike:

    Wow. I am feeling chills going up and down my spine, having just learned that Rabbi Meir Schuster has passed away. I realize he is an unknown entity to the world at large, but to any Jew who has ever been at the Western Wall, that man was a legend. He (probably correctly) claimed that he could spot a Jew a mile away, regardless of how that particular Jew dressed or behaved when he spotted them. He would then ask them if they needed a place to stay and food to eat, and if they would not mind perhaps attending a Jewish class or two in the process. He was very respectful of people’s choices and personal space, which, I think, helped him have the tremendous influence he had on the Jewish world, influencing countless thousands of Jews to return to their Jewish faith and people. I would be shocked if he does not make it straight to Heaven without any pitt stops along the way. Rest in peace, good man.

  3. menachemg says:

    The story I heard (many times) is that when R’ Meir’ zt”l sat shiva for his daugther (close to 40 years ago) he asked R’ Elyashiv whether he may go to the kotel instead. R’ Elyashiv ruled that he may not, but was so impressed by the question that he personally went to express his condolences, despite never having met R’ Meir before.

  4. ben dov says:

    The juxtaposition of this article about Rabbi Shuster zt”l with the one reporting blame against women in make-up for cancer is striking. It’s easy to become disgusted with the nuttiness of the frum world. Stories of sincere and loving people reflect the real beauty of Judaism and remind us why we are in the Torah boat in the first place. We should not blame Judaism for Jews but should credit Judaism for its tzadikim.

  5. A says:

    I heard from his daughter tonight at the shiva that the story is as menachemg relates, that it was when he sat shiva for his 6 yr. old daughter and R’ Elyashiv, zt”l decided he must meet (and be menachem) the person who can ask such a shaila. The family very much dislikes when the facts are distorted in retelling this story (and any other story).

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