Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan, “Chofetz Chaim” 1839-1933. 16×20 Acrylic on canvas. Original Art
Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan, also known as the Chofetz Chaim still has an impact on
Jewish life today. He is considered the most influential figure in 20th century Orthodox
Judaism. He was a highly respected Talmudic scholar, teacher and writer. He
emphasized ethics as well as Talmud as did others in the Lithuanian Yeshivot tradition.
His most popular book The Hafetz Hayyim deals with Lashon Hara (slander/gossip).
His personality was charismatic and he spoke to all Jews in an unpretentious manner, for
this he has been compared to the Hassidim. He remains a Rabbi of significant