HaRav Elyashiv: The Passing of a Tzaddik is an Atonement

Our Sages say, that the passing of Tzaddikim, the righteous, is an atonement for the community.

Upon reflection of the mass of people from all shades of the Jewish spectrum, that paid homage to HaRav Elyashiv and congregated at his final earthly journey; a mass that was bound by a commonality that is otherwise not found amongst us, perhaps the meaning of the words of our Sages becomes clear. We achieve atonement, because the righteous Tzaddik who could not unite all these factions in his life, succeeds only in his death.