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Today’s Yahrtzeits & History - 20 Elul

Monday September 15, 2014 12:09 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, Rosh Yeshiva of Ponovezh (1886-1969). Born in Kuhl, Lithuania, a small town of about 500 of which about a third were Jews. At the age of 14 he went to (more…)

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Today in History - 19 Elul

Sunday September 14, 2014 12:05 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Yaakov of Orleans, one of the Baalei Tosefos and a student of Rabbeinu Tam, was killed with many other Jews in London during pogroms after the coronation of King Richard the Lion-Hearted, (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits & History - 17-18 Elul

Friday September 12, 2014 12:04 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesYahrtzeits, Friday, 17 Elul

Rav Chaim Benveniste (1603 [or 1599]-1673). A disciple of Rav Yosef Trani. Born in Constantinople, he was appointed Rav of Tita (near Izmir) in 1644. In 1658, he was appointed one of (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 16 Elul

Thursday September 11, 2014 12:03 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Avraham Landau, the Strikover Rebbe of Bnei Brak (1917-2001). Born in Kinov, in the Ostrovtze region of Poland. His father, Rav Yaakov Yitzchak Dan, served as rav of the city. Avraham was raised by (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 15 Elul

Wednesday September 10, 2014 12:02 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Chanoch Henach Eiges of Vilna, author of Marcheshes. Learned under Rav Alexander Moshe Lapidus at his Kollel in Rassein. (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 13 Elul

Monday September 8, 2014 12:05 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Yosef Chaim of Baghdad, author of Ben Ish Chai, Od Yosef Chai, Rav Pe’alim, Ben Yehoyada, Aderet Eliyahu, and Imrei Bina, and many other works (1832-1904). Both his (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 12 Elul

Sunday September 7, 2014 12:04 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Simchah Bunim of Pshischa, author of Kol Simchah, (1767-1827). Rav Simcha Bunim studied in the yeshivos of Mattersdorf and Nikolsburg under the guidance of Rav Mordechai Banet. (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 10-11 Elul

Friday September 5, 2014 12:08 AM


Yahrtzeits, Friday, 10 Elul

Rav Yitzchak Friedman, the first Rebbe of Bohush (1834-1896). The eldest grandchild of the Ruzhiner, (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 9 Elul

Thursday September 4, 2014 12:12 AM


Rav Tzadok HaKohen Rabinowitz of Lublin, author of Pri Tzadik, Resisei Layla, and other works (1823-1900). The son of Rav Yaakov HaKohen, Rav of Kreisberg, Rav Tzadok studied only (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 8 Elul

Wednesday September 3, 2014 12:06 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesBirthday (1566 BCE) and yahrtzeit (1441 BCE) of Dan ben Yaakov Avinu (Midrash Tadshe) (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 7 Elul

Tuesday September 2, 2014 12:06 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Reuven Margulios (1889-1971). His published works range from biographies and history books to discussions of the behavior of Talmud sages, including behavior which is seemingly unusual, and explain it in light of those sages’ halachic opinions. It truly appears that there was no section of Shas or  (more…)

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A Remembrance of Hagaon Rav Gershon Yankelewitz zt”l

Monday September 1, 2014 5:29 AM

rav-gershon-yankelewitz1Written during the Sheloshim by Rabbi Eliyahu W. Ferrell


If the reader is expecting a hesped for Mori V’Rabi, Zatzal, HaGaon Rav Gershon Yankelewitz, Zatzal, this article is not the place to turn. This is not a hesped, (more…)


Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 6 Elul

Monday September 1, 2014 12:05 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Moshe Mintz, author of Sha’alos U’teshuvos Maharam Mintz. His teacher was Rav Yaakov Weil, the Mahari Weil, Rav of Augsburg and Erfurt (d. mid-15th century Germany). (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 5 Elul

Sunday August 31, 2014 12:02 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Dovid Zvi Shlomo Biederman, known as Reb Dovid’l (1844-1918), leader of Chassidic community of Yerushalayim. Born in Lelov, his parents were Rav Eliezer Menachem Mendel of (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits & History - 3-4 Elul

Friday August 29, 2014 12:05 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesYahrtzeits, Friday, 3 Elul

Rav Moshe Charif of Pressburg (1758)

Rav Yissachar Ber of Nadvorna (1848) (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 2 Elul

Thursday August 28, 2014 12:07 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Yitzchak Bar Sheshes, the Rivash (1326-1407). Born in Barcelona. The son of Sheshes Perfet, Rav Yitzchak is considered a student of Rav Shlomo ben Aderes (the Rashba) as he followed (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits & History - 1 Elul

Wednesday August 27, 2014 12:06 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Dovid Hanaggid ben Avrohom ben Rambam (1224 or 1233-1300). Rav David lived in Eretz Yisrael for a number of years then moved back to Egypt where he died. His remains (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits & History - 29 Av

Monday August 25, 2014 12:08 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Shmuel Salant, Rav of Yerushalayim (1816-1909). Born in Bialystok, Russia, his father passed away soon afterwards, and he was sent off to study in Salant, Lithuania, where it had already (more…)

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Rav Avrohom Yaakov Hakohen Pam zt”l, On His Thirteenth Yahrtzeit, Today

Sunday August 24, 2014 2:20 AM

rav-pamBy Rabbi Nosson Scherman

Some years ago, a highly regarded family was sitting shivah. One of those sitting was an elderly Reform rabbi, (more…)

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Gathering this Morning at Rav Pam’s Kever for Yahrtzeit

Sunday August 24, 2014 1:11 AM

rav-pam-younger Today, the twelfth yahrtzeit of the unforgettable rosh yeshiva and rebbi, Rav Avrohom Yaakov Hakohen Pam zt”l, will be marked. (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits & History - 28 Av

Sunday August 24, 2014 12:04 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin, the Netziv, (1817-1893). He was born in Mir, the son-in-law of Rav Isaac, son of Rav Chaim of Volozhin (1749-1821) he married the granddaughter of Rav Chaim (more…)

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Rav Pam’s Yahrtzeits This Sunday

Friday August 22, 2014 1:42 AM

rav-pamThis Sunday, 28 Menachem Av, August 24, is the 13th yahrtzeit of the unforgettable rosh yeshiva and rebbi, Rav Avrohom Yaakov Hakohen Pam zt”l. Talmidim,  (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits & History - 26-27 Av

Friday August 22, 2014 12:09 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesYahrtzeits, Friday, 26 Av

Rav Yehuda Fatiyah (1859-1942), the foremost student of the Ben Ish Chai, who said that he was (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 25 Av

Thursday August 21, 2014 12:03 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Moshe Hager of Antiniya (1994)

Rav Yeshayahu Menachem ben Yitzchak of Cracow, the originator of the Heter Iska (1599) (more…)


Today’s Yahrtzeits and History - 24 Av

Wednesday August 20, 2014 12:03 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Aharon of Terbeli, author of Machneh Aharon (1741).

Rav Ephraim Zalman Margulies, Rav of Brod, author of Mateh Ephraim, Beis Ephraim, Olelos (more…)

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The Steipler Gaon zt”l, On His 29th Yahrtzeit, Today, 23 Av

Tuesday August 19, 2014 1:14 AM

steiplerRav Yaakov Yisroel Kanievsky, known as The Steipler Gaon, lived from 1899 to 1985, and was from the gedolei Torah of the last century. Rav Kanievsky was born in the Ukrainian town of (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeits & History - 23 Av

Tuesday August 19, 2014 12:13 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Dovid Sutton Dabbah (1885-1949). Born and raised in Aleppo, Syria, he married in 1910, and was asked to serve as the Rav of Killis, Turkey, near  (more…)

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Today’s Yahrtzeit and History - 22 Av

Monday August 18, 2014 12:02 AM

yahrtzeit-candlesRav Mordechai ben Hillel, the “Mordechai” (~1230-1298). A descendent of the Ravyah, he was a principle disciple of the Maharam miRottenberg, and a close friend of the Rosh. The Mordechai (more…)

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Rav Chaim Soloveitchik zt”l, On His Yahrtzeit, Today 21 Av

Sunday August 17, 2014 2:22 AM

rav-chaim-soloveitchikBy Rabbi Chaim Leib Balgley

What was it like to grow up in Brisk? What was the nature of the leadership of this city, their personalities? (more…)

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The Belzer Rebbe, Rav Aharon Rokeach zt”l, Upon His Yahrtzeit, Today, 21 Av

Sunday August 17, 2014 1:18 AM

rav-aharon-of-belzRav Aharon Rokeach zt”l was the fourth rebbe of the Belzer dynasty. He led the chassidus from 1926 until his passing in 1957. Rav Aharon inherited the mantle of leadership from his father, Rav Yissachar (more…)