According to Rabbi Hoenig's article, "The Orthodox Rabbi as Military Chaplain" (Tradition Fall 1976, emphasis in the original):

This situation brought up the question of proper ordination, the recognition of other Yeshivot, and that of individual rabbis bestowing a certificate which read

וידיו רב לו להשפיע על דור הצעיר להורות באורחות החיים

("May his efforts succeed [play on word with "rabbi" highlighted] to influence the young[er] generation, to instruct in the ways of life.")

Any idea who gave that ordination? Who received it? What it was about? Who originated the phrase?

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    Re "What it was about": It sounds as though the sentences preceding what you quoted would help with that. – msh210 Jul 12 '11 at 21:11
  • The context has to do with rabbis joining as chaplains who had ordinations other than the most-common RIETS/RCA one. It sounds like some individual rabbis gave this "yadav rav lo" ordination; I'm curious what its requirements were, how often this was done, and who these rabbis were (among other questions). – Shalom Jul 13 '11 at 16:06
  • It's a play on Devarim 33:7 (I thought you might have figured it out but you didn't explicitly mention it, so I thought I should point it out) – b a Dec 14 '12 at 4:40

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