-Rav Yisrael Yaakov Algazi, grandson of Rav Shlomo Algazi, author of Yavin Shemua. He served the Sephardic community of Yerushalayim, replacing the batei Kehuna and led the Beit El Yeshiva. His sefarim included Ar’a Derabanan, Emes LeYaakov, Neos Yaakov, and Sheiris Yaakov (1680-1756)
-Rav Chaim De la Rosa, mekubal and author of Toras Chacham (1786)
–Rav Shmuel ben Dovid Madjar, Av Beis Din in Yerushalayim (1848).
-Rav Moshe Hager of Kossov, author of Leket Ani (1860-1926). The Kossov dynasty began with Rav Menachem Mendel, the Oheiv Yisrael of Kossov (1768-1826), the son of Rav Koppel Chassid, a talmid of the Baal Shem Tov. It was Rav Menachem Mendel who first adopted the family name, “Hager,” which still prevails in the Vizhnitz dynasty, an offshoot of the Kossov court. Kossov is a town that lies at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, in East Galicia, near the confluence of Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Romania. Jews had lived there since the fifteenth century at least. Rav Menachem Mendel’s grandson, Rav Yaakov Shimshon, married at the age of 15, but had remained childless for about thirty-two years, remarrying twice during that time. Then, Rav Moshe born. Rav Yaakov Shimshon passed in 1880, when his son, Moshe, was only 20. One year later, he took his post as Rebbe. Rav Moshe was succeeded by his son, Rav Chaim, who ultimately perished in the Holocaust. After the war, the Kossov dynasty was continued in Boro Park by a son of Rav Moshe’s daughter, Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heschel.
-Rav Aharon Levin, Rav of of Reisha-Sambur (1940)
-Rav Yitzchak Chaim Krisnetzky, Rosh Yeshiva Metzuyanim, Yerushalayim (1996).
Today in History – 6 Tammuz
· Crusaders massacred Jews of Mehr, 1096
· 24 wagonloads of Sifrei Kodesh burned in Paris, 1242
· Massacre of the Jews of Ifhauben, Austria, 1298
· Solomon de Media became the first professing Jew to receive a knighthood in England, 1700. Medinahad helped finance what became known as the “glorious revolution” which installed William of Orange and Mary (the daughter of James II) on the throne. Their rule ended any hope for a restoration of Catholic rule in England.
· Jews of Ostroha established this day as Purim Ostroha, to commemorate their community being saved during the Russian-Polish war, 1792.
· Catherine II of Russia restricted the area where Jews were permitted to trade, 1794.
· Pogrom in Yassy (Jassy), Romania claimed 5000 Jewish lives, 1941
· Nazis capture Lvov (Lemberg), in present-day Ukraine, home to over 100,000 Jews, over 5000 of whom were murdered within a matter of days, with the assistance of local citizens, 1941
· American forces completed their capture of the French port of Cherbourg from the Germans, 1944
· Raid at Entebbe, saving 265 Jews from Palestinian and Ugandan terrorists, 1976
· German-born conductor Otto Klemperer (5733)