Rav Mosheh Twersky was born on the 15th of Elul, 5715 (Sep. 2, 1955) in Boston, MA to loving and nurturing parents, Ha’Rav Yitzchak Asher zt”l, Talner Rebbe, and Rebbitzen Atarah, may she live and be well. From his earliest youth, Rav Twersky was tutored intensively with paternal devotion by his grandfather, Ha’Rav Ha’Gaon Rabbi Yosef Dov Ha’Levi Soloveitchik zt”l. Rav Twersky was internally driven by an unquenchable thirst for Torah and closeness to Hashem. He was blessed with natural brilliance, but never allowed himself to become complacent. Forswearing physical comfort and material pleasure and always pushing himself to the boundaries of minimal sleep, Rav Twersky ceaselessly studied Torah throughout his life with singular intensity and industriousness. Despite having achieved phenomenal scholarship and towering stature early on in life, he continued to actively seek out great figures – such as Rav Yehuda Zev Segal zt”l, Manchester Rosh Yeshiva, and Rav Yisrael Elya Weintraub zt”l, one of the world’s experts in kabbalah, amongst many others – from whom he could further his Torah knowledge and personal growth. He developed, quietly and inconspicuously, into one of the true greats of our generation, a scion of the Brisker tradition. He craved and, in large measure, preserved humble anonymity. For over twenty years, Rav Twersky served as a devoted Rebbi in Yeshivas Toras Moshe where he selflessly gave of himself – beyond the call of duty – to hundreds of young, budding students. They saw in him a true “Rav who is akin to an angel of G-d”. His profound awe of Heaven informed his every word and deed. Exemplary in his middos tovos and practice of chesed, he lovingly opened his great heart and humble home to all. On the 25th of Cheshvan, 5775 (Nov. 18th, 2014), in the Har Nof neighborhood of Yerushalayim, wrapped in tallis and adorned with tefillin, totally immersed in heartfelt worship of the Almighty with his characteristic transcendent kavanah, Rav Mosheh Twersky’s remarkable life of kiddush hashem culminated in his death al kiddush hashem when he was felled by a terrorist’s bullet.
After garnering a wealth of information from family, friends, and students, Rabbi Yehoshua Berman, a devoted student, has compiled a rare, comprehensive glimpse into the life of this incredibly modest Torah giant. The biography will grant the reader the ability to learn about so many facets of Rav Twersky’s work and accomplishments. How he balanced his singular application to Torah study with all of life’s myriad pressures and responsibilities, the extreme care with which he approached every mitzvah – whether between man and G-d or between man and his fellow man, the tenacity of his aspiration to reach ever higher in forging a deep and abiding connection with Hashem, and so much more. To read this biography is to be enthralled that there existed a person of such lofty caliber in our generation; a person that was as caring for and considerate of others as he was holy and removed from material concerns. As one esteemed colleague put it: “He was the greatest scholar I knew, the most strictly observant person I knew, and the most normal person I knew.”
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