Chafetz Chaim: Giant in Torah and Middos
Special Youth Edition
By Rebbetzin Shulamit Ezrachi Feldheim Publishers, (2011)
Reviewed by Boris Segel - September 19, 2011
Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan is a name you might not recognize, but you've heard I'm sure of the Chafetz Chaim (also spelled Chofetz Chaim). They are both one in the same person. Yisrael Meir was born in 1839, in Russian controlled Polish–Lithuania. Covering the period from his birth, until his neshamah (soul) returned to the Creator in 1933, Rebbetzin Shulamit Ezrachi chronicles the life, works, and impact of the Chafetz Chaim. Along the way she examines how he became such a prominent spiritual leader to the Jewish people, and the deep impact and meaning that his actions, words, and writings still have for Jews today, such as his writings on lashon ha'ra (evil speech) which are still studied today.
The The Chafetz Chaim: Giant in Torah and Middos was written especially for young adults. However, this biography of the Chafetz Chaim is so moving and detailed, that readers of all ages will enjoy reading and learning from this book.
In writing this book, Rebbetzin Ezrachi has included first hand accounts of the Chafetz Chaim's life, and reminiscences from those who met him. She has taken these first hand accounts, along with the historical information know about Chafetz Chaim, and crafted a gripping narrative that will have you glued to the pages of this book from start to finish. In telling the story of the Chafetz Chaim's life, Rebbetzin Ezrachi also opens a window into what life was like for Jews in Eastern Europe during the turbulent times that the Chafetz Chaim lived through. The Chafetz Chaim was a tower of strength during a difficult period, and through his character, wisdom, and teachings, he helped to strengthen the Jewish people. He was a true Gadol (great teacher) of his time, and he still has much to teach us today.
The Chafetz Chaim: Giant in Torah and Middos should be in every school and home library, and it is an ideal text for use in the classroom. I highly recommend this biography to anyone interested in learning about the life and times of the Chafetz Chaim!