NAME: Greenblatt Ephraim

LEHI ALIAS: Nachshon


DATE OF DEATH: January, 2014

Ephraim Greenblatt was born to Rabbi Avraham Baruch and Aliza in Jerusalem in 1932. He studied Torah in Rehovot with Rabbi Menachem Shech and also studied at a yeshiva in Jerusalem. Ephraim was diligent and studied Torah 16 hours a day in yeshiva. In 1946 or 1947 he joined the Lehi, together with a few of his friends from the yeshiva. His alias in Lehi was Nachshon. Weapons were hidden in the attic of his parents’ house. Ephraim was arrested by the British and held in Kishla, Jerusalem, for several days, when he managed to escape through a window. When Lehi camps were established in Jerusalem, Ephraim left his home for about three months and was responsible for the incoming and outgoing communications from the “Yoav” camp in Sheikh Bader. He called himself a “telephonist.” Even during his service in Lehi, he did not abandon his studies, and while in the camp, he continued his study of the Talmud. Ephraim enlisted in the IDF as a Lehi member but was not called to service for health reasons. At his father’s request, he moved to the United States when he was about 18 years old, and despite his young age he became a rabbi in New York and over time became a prominent disciple of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. Rabbi Feinstein, who was later considered the “greatest of the generation”, sent 20-year-old Rabbi Greenblatt to serve as rabbi in Memphis, Tennessee, where he stayed for 60 years. During that time, he wrote religious literature books, including “Rivevos Ephraim”, one of the most important religious books of the last century. Since then, Rabbi Greenblatt has become known in the religious world as “Rivevos Ephraim”. He received the Lehi badge and the State Warriors badge. In 2009, the Rabbi returned to Jerusalem. Ephraim died on Monday in January 2014.