|Voice of Truth
The life and eloquence of Rabbi Sholom Schwadron, the unforgettable
Maggid of Jerusalem
By Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Ariel
Excitement fills the room as Rabbi Sholom Schwadron ascends the
podium. He was not only the Maggid of Jerusalem -- he was the
Maggid of the world!
Voice of Truth
in an ancient synagogue in Jerusalemís Zichron Moshe or Shaarei
Chesed, or a contemporary structure in suburban America, people
lean forward in anticipation. That unique and inimitable voice.
The brilliant Torah interpretations. The sparkling witticisms. The
story that made you cry -- and think! The observation that made
you roar with laughter -- and think!
Rabbi Schwadron was more than a great speaker. He was an artisan
of the spirit who helped mold the personalities of countless
yeshivah students and adults. He was an architect of the emerging
personality of the Jewish state, a man who was intimately involved
in the struggles to establish a network of Torah schools and
prevent Jewish youngsters from being ensnared by alien cultures.
He was an exceptional Torah scholar, who edited the works of his
illustrious grandfather, the Maharsham, and his teachers, and
wrote his own Torah essays. He was a tzaddik whose private piety
was known to very few. Indeed, much of it became known only in his
later years when he was a widower, and yeshivah students stayed in
his apartment overnight. They saw his hitherto unknown observance
and the reams of his writings.
In this anecdotal biography, this multi-faceted man is revealed in
all his charismatic brilliance: his poverty-stricken youth as an
orphan, his unyielding determination to excel, his incredible
kindness, his total dedication to great causes.
As we read this book, we get to know and understand the total Reb
Sholom -- what a wonderful experience it is!