Today’s Yahrtzeits – 8 Tishrei


yahrtzeit-candlesRav Baruch Schneerson, father of the Baal Hatanya (1789)

Rav Noach of Lechovitz (1775-1832), son of Rav Mordechai, the founder of the Lechovitz dynasty. As he had no sons, his Chasidim were divided as to his successor: some went to his talmid, Rav Moshe of Kobrin, some to his son-in-law, Rav Mordechai, and some to his nephew Rav Shlomo Chaim of Koidenov. His divrei Torah were kept but not written alive until they were written down by the previous Slonimer Rebbe, as Toras Avos.

Rav Elazar Nissan Teitelbaum of Drohbich (Drohbitz) (1855)

Rav Shimon Sofer, Rav of Sandra and Paks (1930)

Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of Biala (1932)

Rav Shlomo Benzion Twersky of Chernobyl (1870-1939). Son of Rav Yeshayahu Meshulam Zusha Twersky, and grandson of Rav Aharon of Tchernobyl, he was orphaned of his father at the age of 11 years. He was appointed Rebbe at his Bar Mitzvah. In 1920, after a pogrom in his city, Rav Shlomo moved to Brahin and then to Kiev.

Rav Binyamin Zeilberger, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Bais Hatalmud of Bensonhurst (1921-2005). Born in Koenigshaufen, Germany. Shortly after Pesach in 1936, he was sent to learn at the Mirrer Yeshiva in Poland, due in part to his parents fears of Hitler. He was zocheh to hear a few shmuzzen by Rav Yerucham before the mashgiach was nifter two months later. In 1939, he traveled with the Mir Yeshiva, first to Vilna, then to Japan and Shanghai. In 1947, he traveled to America to learn in the newly established Mirrer Yeshiva. Soon, he married the daughter of Rav Yisrael Chaim Kaplan, a son-in-law of Rav Yerucham. After the chasuna, Rav Binyamin joined Yeshiva Beis Hatalmud, which had recently been established by members of the Mir. There he remained as Rosh Yeshiva for decades.

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  1. Baal Hatanya’s father’s last name could not have been Schneerson. The Baal Hatanya’s descendants took on the name because they were R. “Shneur” Zalman’s “son”s. Not every family had last names then and those that did often changed them.