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Writing on the Wall

"The world might see different camps and sectors, but they're all giants and they all inspire me"

How much can you tell about a person by his succah decorations? When it comes to the pictures of gedolim they put up, it’s usually much more than a random art project from the kids. Mishpacha asked some of its prominent columnists and readers which images they make sure grace the walls of their succah.

We have pictures of my rebbe, the Lelover Rebbe, but also of Rav Shach and of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Baba Sali too. The Chazosh Ish, the Steipler and the Vizhnitzer Rebbe. The world might see different camps and sectors, but they're all giants and they all inspire me.

—Rav Yitzchok Dovid Grossman


“The most prominent poster in our succah is on the wall directly opposite my seat. It’s a painting, based on a photograph of Rav Eliezer Menachem Shach ztz”l, standing in front of the grand aron kodesh of the Ponevezher yeshivah. Every time I look up, it conjures up memories of the zechus I had to learn from him. The backdrop features the beautiful aron that the Ponevezher Rav procured for the yeshivah from an Italian shul from hundreds of years ago, but the light comes from the face of one of the most important mamshichei hamesorah of my lifetime. It makes me wonder what our next generation will know, who our grandchildren will look up to.”

—Rabbi Henoch Plotnik


“On my succah wall, there is a picture of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach ztz”l. His image is there to keep me in check. Rav Shlomo Zalman had a unique quality. When you spoke to him, you felt you were the most important person in the world. As guests visit me on Succos, I look at Rav Shlomo Zalman to remind me that each one of them is the most important person in the world.”

—Rabbi Ron Yitzchak Eisenman


(Originally featured in Mishpacha, Issue 878)

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