Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 30 Shevat


Rav Moshe of Zaloshin, author of Mishpat Tzedek, Tikkun Shabbos, and Geulas Yisrael (1788-1831). In 1815, he was appointed leader of the chassidic community in Zaloshin.

Rav Shmuel Abba of Horedenka (1895). Son of Rav Baruch of Vishnitz, the Imrei Baruch The town of Horodenka sits on the Dneister River some 30 miles from Chernovtsy, in the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains. Kiev is 250 miles northeast of Horodenka and Lviv (Lemberg) is 110 miles to the northwest. This area was also known as Galicia when under Austro-Hungarian rule. Jews first settled there under Polish rule during the middle of the 17th century. According to the census of 1765, there were 863 Jewish families in Horodenka. According to data of 1890, 4340 of the 11,162 inhabitants of the town and 7 of the 18 members of the municipal council were Jews. By the end of the 19th century a local Benei Zion society had been founded, which by 1897 consisted of about 150 members.

Rav Yerucham Fishel Perla (1846-1934). Born in Warsaw in 1846 and studied under R’ Yehoshua Leib Diskin in Lomza and under R’ Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik. While he was still young, he was offered prestigious rabbinates, including in Lublin and Krakow, but he turned them down so he could continue his studies. He is known for his encyclopedic commentary to the Sefer Ha’mitzvot by R’ Saadiah Gaon.

Today in History – 30 Shevat
· Jews of Rome had been subjected to a humiliating medieval practice of running a race in the Roman carnivals, scantily clad, amid insults and blows. This practice of “Black Monday” (the day of the weekly carnival) ended in 1667.
· Allied planes began bombing Dresden, Germany, 1945.
· The Soviets captured the city of Budapest, Hungary, from the Germans, 1945

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