Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 8 Sivan


yahrtzeit-candlesRav Moshe Blau, Agudas Yisrael activist and a 6th generation of the Old Yishuv. He was the editor of Agudah’s local weekly, Kol Yisrael, and was the brother of Rav Amram Blau of Neturei Karta. From 1933-1945, Rav Blau headed the chareidi community in Jerusalem, working with Yishuv leaders in its dealings with the British Mandate authorities. He died while rescuing Jewish survivors. In 1946, Rabbi Moshe Blau suddenly died in a very dramatic way, at the age of 61: He was on a boat on his way to Europe and the U.S. and died on the Mediterranean island of Messina, where he had been taken off the boat in an effort to perform an emergency operation. His body was flown to Eretz Israel. (1885-1946)
-Rav Yissachor Dov Goldstein, head of Kolel Shomrei Hachomos, author of the Likutei He’aros on the Teshuvos Chasam Sofer (1988)
-Rav Menachem Manish Safrin (Safra), the Kamarna Rebbe of Bnei Brak (1990)
-Rav Zalman Rotberg, Rosh Yeshivas Beis Meir, Bnei Brak (1913-2002). Born in in Lepnishock, Lithuania, to Rav Tuvia Rotberg, a close student of the Chofetz Chaim. Even before he was thirteen, Reb Zalman began to study in the Grodno yeshiva under Rav Moshe Mordechai Shkop, the son of HaRav Shimon Shkop. When he was fifteen he went to the Mirrer Yeshiva, where he became close to Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel and Rav Yeruchom Lebowitz. He moved to Israel in 1936. In 1954, Rav Zalman moved to Bnei Brak where he began to serve as a ram in the Tifferes Tzion yeshiva. Following the petiroh of his father-in-law Rav Meir Karelitz in 1955, Rav Zalman established the Beis Meir yeshiva in his memory. The Beis Meir yeshiva opened in 1958 with six students, and slowly developed into a large yeshiva. In addition to his activities in Beis Meir, he was also a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Degel Hatorah. He taught Torah for over sixty years to thousands of students, and produced legions of talmidei chachomim who themselves became gedolim in Torah and mussar.

Today in History – 8 Sivan
· Anti-Jewish riots broke out in Emden, Prussia, 1762.
· “The Great Plunder” of Tzefas began June 15 (8 Sivan), 1834, and resulted in many deaths and tremendous destruction and injury. At the time, Tzefas, with a population of about 2,000 Jews, was the largest community in the entire land of Yisrael.
· A pogrom broke out in Bialystok, Russia, 1906.
· Auschwitz was opened, 1940. Approx. 2.5 million people were killed and another 500,000 died of starvation and disease there.
· Himmler ordered the liquidation of all Polish ghettos, 1943.
· Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi – along with 14 other people – was assassinated by a female suicide bomber near Madras, 1991. The assassin, Thenmuli Rajaratnam, was an associate of The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the Tamil Tigers)

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