|Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagan, known as the Chafetz Chaim was an outstanding gedol in a generation blessed with great Torah leaders. Other gedolim wrote primarily either on halacha (Jewish law) or on mussar (the ethical, moral way to serve the Almighty). This pious sage wrote authoritatively on the laws of the Torah, but with such glowing simplicity and holiness that his writings became powerful works of mussar. Thus his work Chafetz Chaim, on the laws of evil gossip and slander, made such a profound impact that forever after he has been known as The Chafetz Chaim.|
. Born in Zhetel, Poland on February 6, 1838, he was taught untill age 10 by his parents and then moved to Vilna to further his Jewish studies. Refusing the pulpit rabbinate, the Chafetz Chaim settled in Radin (Poland) and subsisted on a small grocery store which his wife managed and he did the "bookkeeping"-watching every penny to make sure that no one was cheated. He spent his days learning Torah and disseminating his knowledge to the common people.
As his reputation grew, students from all over Europe flocked to him and by 1869 his house became known as the Radin Yeshiva. In addition to his Yeshiva, the Chafetz Chaim was very active in Jewish causes. He traveled extensively (even in his 90s!) to encourage the observance of Mitzvos amongst Jews. One of the founders of Agudas Yisrael, the religious Jewish organizaion of Europe and later the world, the Chafetz Chaim was very involved in Jewish affairs and helped many yeshivos survive the financial problems of the interwar period. Exemplifying the verses in Psalms 34:13-14, "Who is the man who desires life...? Guard your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit," the Chafetz Chaim passed away in 1933 at the ripe age of 95.
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