A years-long battle with an illness is unable to quell Toronto Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Akiva Wagner‘s love for Torah, and he continues giving shiurim in-person and via Zoom.
By Anash.org reporter
“Many waters cannot quench the love, nor can rivers flood it.”
A years-long battle with a severe illness is unable to quell the love of Torah displayed by Rabbi Akiva Wagner, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Lubavitch Toronto.
Over the past three years, Rabbi Wagner has been courageously battling a terrible illness, with thousands around the world davening for his complete recovery. The treatment for the illness required him to move to New York, far away from his beloved yeshiva in Toronto.
Yet, despite it all, Rabbi Wagner continues to dedicate his time to learning Torah and giving shiurim, continuing to guide his students in their study of Gemara. Whenever possible, he delivers shiurim and leads farbrengens, both in-person in Crown Heights, as well as over Zoom for his yeshiva in Toronto.
Over the past two weeks, despite his weak state, he has been delivering shiurim over Zoom to his students in Toronto almost every day. The shiurim, with his trademark chayus and geshmak, ensure that the bochurim will continue to grow in their learning and make the most of their year in yeshiva.
On Thursday, Rabbi Wagner also delivered an in-person shiur in Crown Heights for his alumni who are studying in Oholei Torah. The bochurim gathered together with mashpia Rabbi Nachman Schapiro for the shiur, examining the finer points in Maseches Gittin, the masechta that Chabad yeshivos are studying this year.
The shiur was followed by an animated discussion between Rabbis Wagner and Schapiro, discussing topics in Nigleh and Chassidus as the students listened in.
Please continue to recite Tehillim for the recovery of Harav Michoel Akiva Gershon ben Rochel Basya.