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When Rav Avigdor Miller left was niftar on 27 Nissan 5761 (2001), he
left behind a radically transformed Torah world -- a world he helped
revolutionize. Surprisingly, he did so without almost ever leaving the
confines of his little shul in Brooklyn.
Despite being born in early twentieth century America, attending
public school, and growing up in an environment focused solely on
materialism and assimilation, Rav Miller somehow managed to resist the
powerful tides of his youth. The path of hatshgachah -- a
reflection of his own determination to serve Hashem with all his heart
-- took him to the Yeshivah Eitz Chaim in New York, to the legendary
Slabodka yeshivah in Europe, to Chelsea, Massachusetts, to serve as Rav,
to Mesivta Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin as Mashgiach, and finally to East
Flatbush and later Flatbush as the Rav of a small kehillah.
Along that path, he never stopped working on himself, and he never
stopped learning and teaching Torah. One thought at a time, one small
action at a time, Rav Miller transformed himself into a supreme eved
Hashem. One word at a time, one shiur at a time, Rav Miller
transformed virtually every Jew who came in contact with him. His
mind-expanding, eye-opening Thursday night lectures -- disseminated
around the world through his tape recordings -- changed the lives of
Jews everywhere. His patient, methodical Gemara shiurim turned those who at first could only read from a siddur into accomplished talmidei chachamim.
His numerous published books enriched readers with the gift of
refreshing clarity as they conveyed hard-hitting, no-nonsense Torah hashkafah.
The story of Rav Miller's life -- presented here for the first time
in a fascinating, comprehensive biography -- is a testimony to the power
we all have to transform ourselves, and our world.
This book is a labor of love by a devoted talmid. Although
it is a comprehensive biography, it didn't begin that way. It began as a
collection of anecdotes about Rav Miller that demonstrated how the
lessons he taught in his mussar vaadim were "living lessons" -- what he called his "program for life." To the small groups of b’nei Torah who attended his vaadim, Rav Miller actually revealed the system that helped him become a gadol.
That small collection of anecdotes ultimately grew into this
comprehensive work. But its unusual origin sheds light on what sets it
apart. It paints an astonishing picture of how a revolutionary gadol B’Yisrael developed from humble beginnings through myriad tiny steps. It is thus a testimony and, even more so, a guidebook to how real transformation occurs ....
"There is great benefit to reading
this sefer. As the children of the Gr"a, zt"l, wrote in the introduction
to their father's sefer on Shulchan Aruch, when his students
contemplated the greatness of their rebbi they were motivated to strive
with all their energy to attain greatness themselves. This sefer reveals
how my father constantly grew all the days of his life, ascending from
level to level until his very last day; it will certainly inspire those
who study it to learn from my father's ways and strive to continuously
grow and improve. -- Rav Shmuel Miller, Rosh Yeshivah, Yeshivah Gedolah Bais Yisroel
592 pages with over 200 photos