from yahrzeits mailing list
His 1st Yahrzeit is 30th of cheshvan. That was a bifg loss!
Rav Eliezer Yehudah Waldenberg (1914- 2006). He was born in Yerushalayim to Rav
Yaakov Gedalyahu who came to Eretz Yisrael from Kovno in the early 1900s. He
learned in the Eitz Chaim Yeshiva and developed a very warm bond with Rav Isser
Zalman Meltzer. Rav Waldenberg wrote his first sefer, Dvar Eliezer, when he was
only 19. Upon the passing of his mother and later his father both in the 1960s,
he published two separate sefarim on the halachos of mourning. Rav Waldenberg
got involved with medical ethics during the period that he served as rabbi of a
shul adjacent to the old location of Sha'arei Tzedek Hospital in downtown
Yerushalayim. Among those who attended was Professor Avraham Steinberg, a
pediatric neurologist and head of the Medical Ethics Center at Sha'arei Tzedek,
as well as the editor of the Talmudic Encyclopedia. "Doctors who prayed at the
synagogue, myself included, started asking him questions. Eventually, he began
teaching a weekly medical ethics class for doctors and nurses." His teshuvos were compiled in his magnum opus, a 21-volume set of responsa entitled Tzitz Eliezer.
The first volume of Tzitz Eliezer was published in 1945, when he was not yet 30. In addition, he
authored a book on the laws of sea travel on Shabbat called Shvisa b'Yam, a book
on mourning laws called Ein Ya'acov and a book on legal issues in the modern
state called Hilchos Medina. He was also a member on the Beis Din Hagadol where
he sat together for many years with Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. Rav and Rebbetzin
Waldenberg merited to have one child, a son, Rav Simcha Bunim Waldenberg. Rav
Simcha Bunim became a dayan in the Eidah Hachareidis and served as its appointed
Rov of the neighborhood of Ezras Torah. He himself was known as a posek muvhak.
Tragically, Rav Simcha Bunim passed away about two years ago.