Today’s Yahrtzeits – 14 Tammuz


flicker_100393-Rav Yosef Trani, the Maharit (1568-1639). Born in Tzefas, he married to a descendant of Rav Yosef Caro, but fled Tzefas due to plague outbreak. Returned to Tzefas to head a yeshiva in 1594. Moved to Constantinople in 1604, becoming Rabbi of the city and leader of Turkish Jewry a few years later. Best known for his teshuvos.
-Rav Shmuel Shatin, the Kos Hayeshuos (1719). Rav of Dramesht.
-Rav Yehoshua Heshel Frankel-Teumim (1843). The son of Rav Baruch, the Baruch Ta’am. He lived in Komarna and was a devoted chassid of the Chozeh of Lublin but refused the Chozeh’s suggestion that he lead the Chassidim of eastern Galicia (a position that went to the Sar Shalom of Belz instead).
-Rav Yaakov HaLevy Ruderman, (1901-1987) Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Israel, Baltimore. Born on Shushan Purim in 1901 in Dolhinov, Russia; studied in Yeshivas Knesset Yisrael in Slobodka, then headed by Rav Nosson Zvi Finkel (the Alter) and Rav Moshe Mordechai Epstein. Among his colleagues in Slobodka were Rav Reuven Grozovsky; Rav Ruderman’s first cousin, Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky; Rav Aharon Kotler; Rav Yitzchak Hutner; In ~1926, Rav Ruderman published his only written work, Avodas Halevi. In 1930, Rav Ruderman joined his father-in-law, Rav Sheftel Kramer, at the latter’s yeshiva in Cleveland. In 1933, Rav Ruderman moved to Baltimore and founded the Ner Israel yeshiva, leading that yeshiva for 54 years until his passing. His death in 1987 followed less than one-and-a-half years after the passing of Rav Kamenetsky and Rav Moshe Feinstein. Posthumously, Rav Ruderman’s students have published two volumes of his teachings: Sichos Levi contains mussar/ethical insights
based on the weekly parashah, while Mas’as Levi contains lectures on the 19th century work Minchas Chinuch and other Talmudic and halachic insights.
-Rav Mordechai Attiah, Rosh Yeshiva in Yerushalayim
-The Zutchke Rebbe (2000)

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