Nosson Tzvi Finkel (Mir)
Found in: Haredi rabbis in Israel
Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel (born March 12 1943) is the Rosh Yeshiva of the Mir Yeshiva, which is located in Beis Yisroel, Jerusalem, Israel. He is the son-in-law of Rabbi Beinish Finkel, who was the son of Rabbi Eliezer Yehudah Finkel. Rabbi Nosson Tzvi himself is a direct great-grandson of Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel (Slabodka) (the Alter of Slabodka), whose name he bears. His wife is a distant cousin to him.
Rabbi Finkel suffers from advanced Parkinson's disease. He was once asked by a student why he never took drugs to calm the illness. The Rosh Yeshiva answered that when inquiring about the drugs, his doctor had told him that it would have an effect on his memory. "I'd rather be ill my whole life than to forget even one word of the holy Torah"