Today’s Yahrtzeits and History, 25 Elul


yahrtzeit-candlesR. Elazar son of R. Shimon bar Yochai (102 CE)

Rav Yechiel Michel of Zlotchov (1721-1786). The son of son of Rabbi Yitzchak of Drohovitch, he was introduced by his father to the Baal Shem Tov at a young age. He was also a student of the Maggid of Mezritch. Many of his teachings are collected in Mayim Rabim. His disciples included Rav Yehoshua Heshel of Apta. The Zlotschover Maggid also had five sons, each of whom became Rebbe in a different place. They were R’ Yosef of Yampola, R’ Mordechai of Kremnitz, R’ Yitzchak of Radvil, R’ Binyamin of Zbariz and R’ Moshe of Zvhil, the first Zvhiller Rebbe.

Rav Avraham Horowitz, talmid muvhak of the Steipler Gaon. He learned at Novardok Yeshiva in Tel Aviv, then at Eitz Chaim in Yerushalayim. When he was 18, he married the daughter of Rav Chaim Yehuda Leib Auerbach, father of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach. He became the chavrusa of the Steipler Gaon for decades and wrote a sefer called Orchos Rabbeinu detailing the customs and daily life of the Steipler and the Chazon Ish (with whom he was also very close). He also authored a set of halachic sefarim called Devar Halacha. (1925-2004).

Today in History, 25 Elul

· The wall around Yerushalayim was completed under the leadership of Nechemia (Nechemia 6:15), 371 B.C.E.

· A group of 23 Jews from Recife, Brazil arrived in New Amsterdam (later to be called New York), 1654. They were the pioneers of New York’s Jewish community.

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