Today’s History & Yahrtzeits – 16 Sivan


flicker_100392Rav Mordechai Menachem Kalish, of Vorke (1868). A talmid of the Kotzker Rebbe. He passed away at a young age.
Rav Shalom Eliezer Halberstam of Ratzfort, son of the Divrei Chaim (1944)
Rav Gedalyah Nadel, son of Rav Reuven Heschel Nadel, born in the Lithuanian city of Shavel (1923-2004). When he was thirteen, his parents moved to Eretz Yisrael, and made their home in Balfouria, a small settlement in the Valley of Jezreel. He became the Chazon Ish’s closest talmid. Though he never gained the prominence that some of the Chazon Ish’s other confidantes assumed with the passing of the Chazon Ish in 1953, Rav Nadel did become the head of the Vizhnitz yeshiva. Rav Chaim Kanievsky was Rav Gedalyah’s chavrusa. At the advice of the Chazon Ish, when Rav Gedalyah was still young, he began to study in the Lomza Yeshiva in Petach Tikvah. He married the daughter of Rav Eliyahu Weiner, a student of the Chafetz Chaim.

Today in History – 16 Sivan
· The Pope suspended the Portuguese Inquisition due to its severe treatment of Marranos, 1679.
· The beginning of a substantial Jewish settlement in Massachusetts, 1716.
· French Marshall Petain surrenders to the Germans and leaves England alone on the front, 1940.
· French (Vichy) planes bombed Tel Aviv, 1941.{ Newscenter}


  1. I was told that Rav Gedalia Nadel, ztzvk’l, zy’a, prepared but never published a new perush on Shulchan Oruch Orach Chaim.