Rav Aharon Soloveichik zt'l emphasized the centrality of amailus baTorah specifically in respect to leadership in Klal Yisrael. Also for Dayanim and Poskim, it is insufficient to have only bekiyus-type knowledge and broad familiarity with piskei Halachah. A Posaik b'Yisrael should be steeped in Gemara learning, in shakla vetarya, in Shach and Taz, R' Akiva Eiger, Noda b'Yehuda.. He must continually be involved in learning Gemara, Rishonim vaAchronim. He must be an amail baTorah.
We feel it very important to protest here what two balabatim did to Yeshivas Brisk of Chicago since Rav Aharon Soloveichik passed away. We are taught that the Halacha is:
הוא ובניו בקרב ישראל.
A Gadol in any type of position is to be succeeded by his sons.
Two balabatim "sat themselves down" on the premises and took control of the Yeshiva. One of Rav Aharon's children went to discuss this scandalous situation with the Novominsker Rebbe, HaRav Yaakov Perlow shlit"a, nasi of Mo'etses Gedolei HaTorah of America and also a talmid of Rav Aharon. The Novominsker Rebbe said that he heard from two separate people that someone, an accountant, I don't know him, has taken control of the Yeshiva. He said that he heard this from two separate people. One of them was Rabbi Moshe Meiselman. Rav Perlow shlit"a emphatically declared, "This is an INTOLERABLE situation."
Let us put aside for a moment the major issue of the sons being the rightful yorshim.
Not only are these two balabatim not involved in high-level learning of Gemara. They are not even involved in learning and they are not Talmidai Chachamim. Rav Aharon always emphasized that a Talmid Chacham is someone who is involved in learning. And they are not involved in learning. One is an accountant, the other is an electrical contractor. This is unquestionably a colossal bizayon of the Torah of Rav Aharon. They are blocking the Torah of "their Rebbe" from going forth.
This is NOT LASHON HARAH. Anyone who has any feeling of connection to Rav Aharon Soloveichik and to his Torah has an obligation to cry out in protest! On the contrary, such an absurd and exaggerated situation was able to evolve only as a result and as an expression of the lashon harah, jealously and systematic ayin ra'ah that has taken place over many years and still continues. Various people were jealous of Rav Aharon because of the extraordinary Torah he was teaching, the great Mesorah that he represented, and the outstanding unparalleled personal example of Tzidkus, Chessed, Mesirus Nefesh that he was.
The target of this jealousy was Rav Aharon's children - gaonim, tzaddikim, mamshichei darko.
(This painful story of the jealousy and ayin ra'ah will yet be written about and documented in further detail in a forthcoming sefer.)
The control over the Yeshiva today does not represent the Torah of Rav Aharon and does notrepresent the chessed of Rav Aharon. We ask anyone who has any AUTHENTIC respect, not just self-serving lip service loyalty (I'm a talmid, I have Rav Aharon's picture on my wall..), what are you doing to enable the Torah of Rav Aharon to stay alive through his children in his Yeshiva?!
DEVOTED TALMIDIM, speak up and protest!! The time has come to be mesakain this bizarre and scandalous situation.
The time has come to fully return the Yeshiva to its rightful owners.