Mourning a Beloved Torah Giant – Rabbi Matisyahu Salomon, ZT”L

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The Jewish world suffered a great loss with the passing of Rav Matisyahu Chaim Salomon, zt”l, the beloved mashgiach of Beth Medrash Govoha (BMG) in Lakewood, New Jersey on January 2nd. 

Rabbi Salomon passed away at 86, after a long illness. He leaves behind a profound legacy as a greatly respected Torah scholar, speaker, author, and authority on Jewish education. He was a leading advocate for the study of mussar, and for the practice of spiritual introspection. 

Rabbi Salomon was a leader of klal Yisrael. He had a unique ability to address our generation’s needs and challenges. With intense passion and compassion he was able to inspire diverse crowds to commit to  greater adherence to Torah and mitzvot. 

From England to America 

Born in 1937 in Gateshead, England, Rabbi Salomon dedicated his life to the pursuit of Torah study and spiritual growth.  

Rabbi Salomon served as the mashgiach in Gateshead Yeshiva for 35 years. He was recognized for his deep commitment to Jewish education and his unwavering dedication to his students. He left Gateshead to assume the position as the mashgiach of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, New Jersey, one of the leading yeshivas in the United States. 

Throughout his illustrious career, Rabbi Salomon inspired generations of students with his profound wisdom, humility, and devotion to Torah values. His teachings emphasized the importance of character development, ethical conduct, and the pursuit of excellence in both religious and secular studies. 

Reaching Out and Reaching In 

In addition to serving as a mentor and spiritual guide to many, Rabbi Salomon was a prolific author. He  explored various aspects of Jewish philosophy, ethics, and personal growth. His writings will continue to inspire those seeking a deeper understanding of their Jewish faith. 

Rabbi Salomon was actively involved in community outreach, offering guidance and support to individuals from all walks of life. His compassionate nature and ability to connect with others on a personal level made him a beloved figure both inside and outside of the Jewish community. Stories abound regarding Rabbi Salomon’s empathic approach to helping all Jews who came to him for guidance, advice, questions, or just to cry on his shoulder.  

In recent years, Rabbi Salomon became a sought-after speaker, delivering lectures and shiurim that resonated with audiences around the world. He touched the hearts of thousands, while providing them with needed guidance as they embarked on their spiritual journeys. 

As the leader of Ichud HaKehillos, Rabbi Salomon was a driving force behind the famed 2012 asifah (rally) at Queens’ Citi Field, which addressed the dangers of the internet. 

Inspiring Influence  

Rabbi Salomon’s passing has left a void in the hearts of the American Jewish community. His extraordinary life and unwavering commitment to Torah values have influenced the countless individuals he touched. We have lost a tremendous Torah voice, which was imbued with compassion. Rabbi Salomon truly cared about each and every Jew. 

Rabbi Salomon tremendously influenced his students, community members, and followers. His words, teachings, and acts of kindness will continue to inspire and guide the Jewish community. 

May his memory be a blessing… 

Yehi zichro baruch.