||Two sided polemic flier strongly attacking those who attacked R. Isaac Jacob Weiss of the Edah Ha-Haredit. The front side in bold letters says protest and quotes the Talmu in Sqnhedrin that one who disparages a Talmudid scholar is called an apikoris (heretic) and has no portion in the world to come. It has become known that the gaon, R. Isaac Jacob Weiss, av bet din of the Edut Ha-Haredit was dishonored and one is require to strongly protest so that the Lord may close the breach in the generation. It is signed by two of the leaders of Torah Jewry, R. Eliezer Mann Shach and R. Jacob Israel Kanievsky. The second side, headed Apikoros, gives the date 17 Tevet 740 (1980) and place, Bet Midrash Abraham in Kiryat Belz in Jerusalem, where this occurred. It gives some details, without mentioning specific names.
R. Isaac Jacob Weiss (1902-89) was born in Poland. He became head of the rabbinical court of the Eidah Ha-Haredit in Jerusalem and was recognized as a noted halachic authority. His responsa contain many rulings on contemporary technological, social, and economic issues.
Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky (the Steipler Gaon (1899–1985), was a world-renowned Posek and Talmudic scholar. He was born in the Russian town of Horensteipl, from which his appelation, "the Steipler", was later derived. Around the age of 11, Rabbi Kanievsky entered the Novardok yeshiva, studying under its famed dean, Rabbi Yosef Yoizel Horowitz. Having progressed rapidly and gained a reputation as a Talmid Chacham, around the age of 19 he was sent by Rabbi Horowitz to set up a branch of the yeshiva in Rogochov. However, the Bolshevik Revolution was in full swing and Rabbi Kanievsky was conscripted into the Red Army. In spite of the harsh conditions, he continued to strictly observe all the mitzvot. Once, during his army stint, Rabbi Kanievsky was court martialled for "failing to do his duty" when there was a possibility of breaking the Sabbath. He was forced to walk between two rows of soldiers who were ordered to beat him as he passed. In later years, Rabbi Kanievsky remarked that the satisfaction he had enjoyed for making a stand for his religious convictions was an achievement never again equalled for the rest of his life.
After serving under arms for some time, Rabbi Kanievsky managed to get discharged. He decided to move to Białystok in Poland in order to continue learning Torah unhindered from Communist interference. There, he studied under Rabbi Avrohom Jofen. In 1925, Rabbi Kanievsky published his first Sefer, Sha'arei Tevunah ("gates of understanding"). This was received with great acclaim, and the work eventually reached Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz (known as the "Chazon Ish) in Vilna. Without even meeting him, Rabbi Karelitz decided that the author of such a work was worthy of marrying his sister Miriam. Rabbi Karelitz was then appointed Rosh Yeshiva of the Novarodok yeshiva in Pinsk. In 1934, he relocated to Bnei Brak in Israel, where his brother-in-law Rabbi Karelitz had already been living for a year and a half. For many years he was head of two yeshivas there. Though known as a massive scholar, Rabbi Kanievsky shunned publicity and lived in humble circumstances, teaching, writing and devoting himself to Torah and good deeds. Over 150,000 mourners attended his funeral.
R. Eliezer Menachem Mann Shach was the leader of the Yeshiva world. From the time Rav Shach was a child, he was recognized not only as a genius and Torah prodigy, but also as a Tzadik whose humility and love for Torah and for all Jews went far beyond mere greatness. At the age of 7 his Rebbi advised his parents to send him away to a Yeshiva Gedolah, since he had already taught Rav Shach all that he possibly could. His parents sent him to Ponovezh, where he became almost an adopted son and student of Rav Yitzchok Blazer, the talmid muvhak of Rav Yisroel Salanter. He learned there until his Bar Mitzvah, at which time he went to Slabodka, to learn by the Alter of Slabodka, and from there, he went to the elite Yeshiva of Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer. In 5711 (1951) Rav Shach was asked by the Ponevezher Rov to become Rosh Yeshiva of Ponevezh. For fifty years he was totally dedicated to educating generations of Talmudic scholars. He was looked up to as the leader of the generation as a whole and of the Torah world in particular. It was a burden that he bore faithfully for tens of years.