Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his condolences over the petirah of HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, zt’l, Rosh HaYeshiva of Ponevezh Yeshiva and  leader of Ashkenazic Jews in Eretz Yisrael Israel, reports Arutz-7. He described Rabbi Edelstein as a wise and renowned leader who devoted his life to holiness and Torah, impacting not only the Torah community but the entire people of Israel.

Netanyahu recalled Rabbi Edelstein's beginnings studying the Torah in secrecy during his youth in Soviet Russia, and how he transitioned to being an open advocate for Torah study in Israel. He praised Rabbi Edelstein's tireless commitment to shaping the spiritual image of numerous Jews, guiding and supporting them with a love for all of Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu lauded Rabbi Edelstein's lessons in Gemara and Halacha, pointing out their representation of his immense diligence. He noted that HaRav Edelstein’s determination will continue to inspire those who follow his teachings. Netanyahu also reflected on a meeting with Rabbi Edelstein, where he saw understanding and deep wisdom in the Rabbi's eyes.

Netanyahu concluded his remarks by referring to a recent Torah portion that mentions the sons of Gershon, linking this to the memory of Rabbi Edelstein, and expressed his belief that his name and memory will be a blessing for generations to come.