Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 16 Cheshvan


yahrtzeit-candlesRav Elazar Menachem Man Shach (1894-2001). Born in Vaboilnick, Lithuania, and left for Ponevezh (38km away) at age 7. Learned at Slabodka under Rav Yechezkel Bernstein (Divrei Yechezkel), then under

the Alter (Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, and developed a close relationship with Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer, whose niece Rav Shach eventually married. In 1927, he served as Rosh Mesivta at Kletzk under Rav Aharon Kotler, holding the same position at Novardok from 1932-34. In 1951, he started his career as Rosh Yeshiva at Ponevezh under Rav Yosef Kahanemen.

Rav Simcha Sheps, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas for over 50 years

Today in History – 16 Cheshvan

· Jews, with the exception of peddlers and petty traders, are granted civil rights in Hesse-Cassel, Germany, formerly part of the kingdom of Westphalia, 1833. Emancipation is granted to the remainder of German Jews nearly 40 years later.
· Ulysses S. Grant (future president of the U.S.A.) orders Jews barred from service under his command, during the civil war 1862.
· 1500 Jews of Kolomyya, Galicia and 15,000 Jews of Rowno, Poland massacred by the Nazis, 1941.
· Aliya of Yemenite Jews began, 1949. Operation Magic Carpet brings almost 40,000 Jews from Yemen to Israel.
· Reb Shlomo Carlebach, the foremost Jewish songwriter in the 2nd half of the 20th century, passes away, 1994.

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  1. Worth reading the article on Wiki about Grant’s General Order in Dec 1862 regarding the removal of Jews from the southern command. It is a conversation with some issues that are not entirely kosher in jewish ways perhaps as well (jews were involved as per the article in a black market of cotton trade that was interfering with the war effort). Not a good decree at all and Lifted a month later. Jews stood with distinction in the Civil War.

  2. In the early to mid 1930s Rav Shach became rosh yeshiva at the chasidic Karlin Stolin yeshiva in Luninets. He also functioned as the mashgiach ruchani of the yeshiva, giving customary mussar sermons to the yeshiva students. Rav Shach remained at the yeshiva until the outbreak of World War 2.

    My Granfather Rabbi Yosef Ber Kaplan (not a Karlin Stolin chossid ) learned by Rav Shach in the Stoliner yeshiva (which was under Reb Avrohom Elimelech Perlow)

    THIS IS WRONG•16 Cheshvan 5623 Nov 9, 1862 (wrong date because It was on December 17, 1862 Kislev 25 5623) General Order No. 11
    Ulysses S. Grant (future president of the U.S.A.) orders Jews barred from service under his command, during the civil war 1862.

    Aliya of Yemenite Jews began, 1949.
    Not 16 Cheshvan as stated but started in June 1949 and ended September 1950 that brought 49,000 etc.

  4. #2, from the very website you cite:

    “Following protests from Jewish community leaders and an outcry by members of Congress and the press, President Abraham Lincoln ordered this revoked a few weeks later. During his campaign for the presidency in 1868, Grant repudiated the order, saying that it had been drafted by a subordinate and that he had signed it without reading it during warfare.”