250,000 mourn loss of Rabbi Elyashiv at J'lem funeral

ByJPOST.COM STAFF,
July 19, 2012 01:38

Some 250,000 people mourned the death of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv at his Jerusalem funeral on Wednesday night, according to police estimates.

Elyashiv, the leading rabbi of the Ashkenazi non-hassidic haredi community, died on Wednesday afternoon, age 102, at the capital’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.



The funeral procession set out from the rabbi's residence in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood and made its way to Har Hamenuchot cmetary in Givat Shaul.

In accordance with Elyashiv’s wishes, eulogies were not given during the funeral procession and ceremony, but psalms were recited by the mourners.

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