Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 6 Adar


yahrtzeit-candlesRav Shmuel ben Natronai, one of the Baalei Tosefos, was tortured and martyred (1197).

Rav Daniel Prostitz (1759-1846). Rav of Pressburg and colleague of the Chasam Sofer.

Rav Naftali Amsterdam, disciple of Rav Yisrael Salanter (1916). He immigrated to Eretz Yisrael in 1902.

Rav Yosef Baumgarten, Av Bais Din Schiffschule in Vienna

Rav Dovid Povarsky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Ponovezh (1902-1999). When he was twelve years old, he learned with Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer in Slutzk. Afterward, he transferred to Poltova, where he became deeply attached to his rav muvhak, R’ Yeruchom Levovitz, whom he followed to Kelm and Ponovezh. From Ponovezh, he transferred to Mir yeshiva and became very close to Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz. One of his chavrusas in Shulchan Oruch was Rav Aharon Kotler. A while after his marriage, he transferred to the yeshiva in Baranowitz, where he studied under Rav Elchonon Wassermann. Later, Reb Yeruchom sent Rav Dovid to be a ram in Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin headed by Rav Meir Shapira of Lublin. Rav Dovid merited to form a special bond with Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky.

Rav Chanoch Tzvi HaKohen Levin, the Bendiner Rav (1935).

Today in History – 6 Adar

· The first printed edition of the whole Chumash with Onkelos and Rashi was published in Bologna, 1482.
· Expulsion of the Jews of the Free City of Lubeck, Germany, 1816, 117 years (almost to the day) after they were expelled the first time.

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  1. Rav Chaim Shmulevitz married into the Mir family, but he learned in Shaarei Torah in Grodno, where Rav Shimon Shkop was the Rosh Yeshiva. It is therefore, unlikely that Rav Dovid Povarsky was close to Rav Chaim Shmulevitz while still a Bochur since Rav Chaim was not there. As an aside, in Grodno, Rav Chaim Shmulevitz’s Chavrusa was Rav Yisroel Gustman.