Yahrtzeits – 11 Teves
Rav Moshe of Ostraha, author of Arugas Habosem (1784).
Rav Shlomo Eiger, Rav of Posen, author of Gilyon Maharsha, son of Rav Akiva Eiger. (1851)
Rav Shlomo Zalman Ullman of Makava, author of Yerios Shlomo (1865). Son of Rav Shalom Charif, Rav Shlomo Zalman served as Rav of Rendick for two years and of Makova , Hungary , for 39 years. He fought against any inroads of the Reform movement for much of his life. At the end of his sefer, Rav Shlomo Zalman added Kuntres Beis Yad, where he expounds on fourteen differences in the sugya of eid echad neeman b’issurim. This kuntres is the basis of many of the halachos os issur ve’heter.
Rav Yehoshua Horowitz of Dzikov, author of Ateres Yeshua. (1912)
Dovid Twersky of Zlatipoli (1914). The oldest son of Rav Tochanan of Rachmistrivke, the son of Rav Mordechai of Chernobyl . Reb Dovid married Rebbetzin Bas-Tzion Tzipora Feiga, daughter of Rav Aharon of Karlin. With his father’s petira, Rav Dovid became Rebbe in Rachmistrivke, along with his brothers, but moved his court to Zlatipoli.
Rav Moshe Bergman, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Avi Ezri-Yeshivas Rashbi in Bnei Brak. (1977). He was succeeded by his son, Rav Meir Tzvi Bergman.
Rav Dovid Kronglass, Mashgiach of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore (1973). Was one of the very top Talmidim of the Mirrer Yeshiva in Poland. During the World War II Holocaust, he traveled with the yeshiva across the Eurasian continent to Kobe, Japan and Shanghai, China. After the war, he came to the United States and was given the position of Mashgiach of the (relatively) new 12 year old Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore. He delivered a weekly Sichas Mussar and taught the highest daily Gemara Shiur. He authored the sefer “Divrei Dovid”: a collection of Iyunim on Seder Zeraim, and a set of five Kuntraisim of essays on various Torah topics.
Rav Yaakov Yosef Shlomo Halperin (1902-1984), the Vasloi Rebbe. Born in Rendken, near Vasloi , Romania , he was the grandson of the first Vasloier Rebbe, Rav Shalom Halperin. He moved from Romania to Eretz Yisrael in 1950, following his father’s own aliya earlier that year. He settled in Haifa , then moved to Nahariya one year later. He moved to Tel Aviv in 1955. His father was niftar in 1957. Rav Yaakov Yosef himself was succeeded by his son Rav Avraham Shimshon Shalom, who lives in Bnei Brak.
Rav Shmuel Dovid Tzvi Mayer (known as Rav Dovid Hersh), menahel of Yeshiva Beis Binyamin in Stamford , Connecticut . (2003)
Today in History – 11 Teves
· The Jews of Mezhibizh were saved from pogroms by the Cossacks, thanks to a Jew named Mordechai, whose wife was named Esther. The day was established as “Purim Mezhibuzh.” The Apter Rav (who later in life lived in Mezhibuzh) refused to say tachanun on this day, 1647.
· Jews of Austria expelled, 1667.
· Yiddish writers and other Jewish cultural figures were executed in the Soviet Union on the “Night of the Murdered Poets”, 1952.
· Germany agrees to provide Holocaust reparations, 1952.
· Operation Coresh begins immigration of Iranian Jews, 1952.
Yahrtzeits – 12 Teves
Rav Moshe Margulies, author of Pnei Moshe on the Yerushalmi (1781)
Rav Moshe of Pshevorsk, author of Ohr Pnei Moshe . (1805)
Rav Mordechai Chaim Kastelantiz of Teveria, known as “Reb Mottel Slonimer” (1953)
Today in History – 12 Teves
· A violent earthquake rocked Eretz Yisrael, seriously damaging the walls of Yerushalayim and Migdal Dovid, 1033.
· The New Duchy of Frankfurt passed a law granting Jews civil rights and privileges equal to other citizens, 1811, following a request by including Meyer Anschel Rothschild.