Today’s History & Yahrtzeits – 9 Nissan


flicker_100393-Rav Eliyahu Hakadosh of York, Rabbeinu Yom Tov, and several other English Tosafists, who perished at Clifford’s Tower, during the Crusades, 1146.
-Rav Eliyahu ben Binyamin Wolf Shapiro MiPrague, the Eliyah Rabba on Shulchan Aruch, and Eliyah Zuta on the Levush to Orach Chaim. He was a student of the Magen Avraham in his youth (1660-1712).
-Rav Yaakov Tzvi Yales of Premezyl, author of Melo Haroim and Kehillas Yaakov (1825)
-Rav Yechiel Michel Tikochinsky, author of Gesher HaChaim (1955)
-Rav Mordechai of Neshchiz (1740-1800). Descended from the Maharal of Prague and Don Yitzchak Abarbanel, Rav Mordechai was a disciple of Rav Yechiel Michel of Zlotchov. His sayings were collected in Rishpei Eish. He was succeeded by his son, Rav Yitzchak of Neshchiz.

Today in History – 8 Nissan
· The feast of Achashveirosh, which lasted for 180 days, came to an end, 364 BCE
· First rabbinic hisnagdus to Chassidim was announced in Vilna, 1772. A cherem, endorsed by the Vilna Gaon, was published in 1777 and again in 1781.
· Denmarkgrants citizenship to Jews, 1814.
· The Zion Mule Corps, consisting of Jewish volunteers from Palestine, was formed, 1915. This was the first Palestinian Jewish military unit attached to a regular army. It was the forerunner of the Jewish Legion, which was formed in 1918.
· Germanyinvades Denmark and Norway
· Hungary issued a decree ordering all Jews to wear a yellow star, 1944.{ Newscenter/Chinuch .org}