"Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv was not a charismatic figure, lived in small, modest apartment in Mea Shearim, did not meet with Israeli government or other political leaders, is said to have never spent a night outside of Jerusalem, and devoted all of his waking hours to studying the Talmud, usually alone. Yet he was widely acknowledged to be the posek [religious decisor] for Ashkenazi, non-chasidic Orthodox Jews in Israel and throughout the diaspora, on issues from conversion to helping followers choose a marriage partner.
Can you think of another Jew who would attract a quarter of a million followers to pay their respects by attending his or her funeral?"
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