The life and ideals of Rabbi Avrohom Yaakov Hakohen Pam
By Rabbi Shimon Finkelman
“Our generation sees in him that rare blend, that light of Torah,
righteousness, kindness and truth that few people merit.” This is
how one of our generation’s leaders described Rabbi Avraham Pam.
sixty-three years, he taught Gemara and Halachah, but he taught
more. He taught — and demonstrated in his personal life — how to
bring glory to Hashem and His Torah. He taught his students to be
men of integrity; caring, thoughtful people, whose words heal and
Rav Pam shunned the limelight. He preferred to devote his days and
nights to his life’s passion; the study and teaching of Torah. But
when Heaven decreed otherwise, he accepted leadership reluctantly,
regretfully — and with a sense of responsibility that did not
waver until his last breath.
In this warm, riveting, comprehensive biography, you will meet a
man to whom, scores streamed for counsel and blessing, whose
countenance radiated purity and whose humility masked a clear,
decisive viewpoint that rang with Torah truth. The author, Rabbi
Shimon Finkelman, knew Rav Pam, his soul, and his milieu — and it
shows clearly in this loving, accurate, and inspiring portrait of
a very great man.
This is a
book that must be read.
And then it should be read again and again, so that the image of
Rav Pam will remain fresh in our minds and light the way for us
and our children.