Plain Speaking Profundity: Rav Shimon Schwab Speaks – עמקות בפשטות: רב שמעון שוואב זצ”ל דובר

A public spirited יהודי has just made available for viewing a valuable historic collection of several video clips of Rav Shimon Schwab zt”l, famed Rav of KAJ WH, and author of various renowned ספרים.

The recording consists of the following:

1) It opens with some brief, quiet clips of Rav Schwab and Rav Dr. Joseph Breuer zt”l, senior Rav and meyaseid of KAJ WH. From the 5730’s/1970’s I would guess (approximately two and a half minutes).

2) Following that quiet segment, a segment from the yovel (50th) anniversary commemoration of KAJ WH is featured. That was in approximately 5750/1990. One can see in attendance there prominent personalities of the present Torah world, שליט”א, such as R. Avrohom Ausband,  Rosh Yeshiva of Telshe Riverdale (Rav Schwab zt”l learned in Telshe in his youth), and R. Yaakov Perlow (aka Novominsker Rebbe), who served for years as a marbitz Torah with KAJ WH. Rav Schwab expounds upon the meaning of the words יובל and דרור, as stated in the Torah with regard to such a jubilee and shares appropriate Torah השקפה for the occasion. The shofar is blown as well (thirteen minutes approximately).

3) That is followed by a segment from the installation of Rav Zechariah Gelley שליט”א (he should have a רפואה שלמה במהרה בתוך שאר חולי ישראל), which I guess is from the early 5750’s/1990’s (nine minutes approximately).

It is in turn followed by video messages from Rav Schwab

4) on the occasion of the simcha of the wedding of Rav Gelley’s son (six minutes approximately),

and, concluding,

5) to a dinner of the KAJ branch in Monsey, where he expounds upon the future of the kehillah based on the words in Bereishis of ועתה הייתי לשני מחנות (six and half minutes approximately).

We are indebted to the one who has shared this great material with us, and hopefully we will be zoche to see more such treasures in the future.

In these video clips we see Rav Schwab’s combination of profundity with deceptive simplicity and straightforwardness.

I would propose to say that that might  describe his מהלך החיים, way of life, in general, not just his דרך הלימוד, and way of speaking, and that that is also a מורשת אשכנז, a way of great gedolim of אשכנז.

יהי זכרו ברוך – זכרונו לברכה לחיי העולם הבא

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4 Responses to “Plain Speaking Profundity: Rav Shimon Schwab Speaks – עמקות בפשטות: רב שמעון שוואב זצ”ל דובר”

  1. Moshe Says:

    Please note that R’ Perlow was not a “marbitz torah” he was the Rosh Yeshiva for approximately 12-15 years through the late 80’s until he moved to Boro Park to assume the Novominsker title upon the petira of his father ztl

  2. Halevi Says:

    Hi! Some of us out there don’t have access to YouTube – Boruch Hashem. Maybe you could place the clips (and from other posts) directly onto your server – so that we may also enjoy and get uplifted.

    • Treasures of Ashkenaz Says:

      Hi –

      Thanks for the comment. At the moment I don’t have that capability. Would have to look into it.

      However, with regard to the last three clips featured here, as well as some others, there is another way for you to view them. The fine person who posted them included the following words with the postings (for the sake of brevity I am just sharing an abridged version) – “Full Disclosure:
      Although I have opened this channel as a medium for disseminating valuable resources, it is not my belief that youtube is a resource that one should have quick access to. I personally use an internet filter…….that blocks access to this site…….. any video that I post here can be sent privately as a link to Google Drive. For this service please email me”, and then the address of breuers2gether at gmail dot com is given. So you might drop a line in that direction and hopefully it will get you what you need.

      זיי געזונד – חזק

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