No account of Yeshivah Gedolah would be complete without mention of Reb Zalman z”l. From Yeshivah Gedolah’s moment of conception, until his last days, Reb Zalman was there every step of the way. At the time of his passing, on the third of Tammuz, only one book was left on his table – Hayom Yom; a collection of sayings for every day of the year, prepared by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Reb Zalman would read it daily. The selection for Tammuz 4, the day of his funeral, reads as follows:
“... one single Chassid or student who devotes his heart, mind and soul to Torah and to bolstering Torah, effects wonders in a large city, in all that city's affairs – in a manner that transcends the natural order.”
This one short paragraph encapsulates the achievements of Reb Zalman's life, which are described in the following pages.