Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 13 Adar, Taanis Esther

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yahrtzeit-candlesRav Yehuda (ben Shmuel) HeChasid, author of Sefer Chasidim (1150-1217). His father (1120-1175), led a famous yeshiva in Speyer, and served as Rav Yehuda’s rebbe.

Rav Moshe (ben Yehuda Hersch) Langner, the fifth Strettiner Rebbe (1959). In 1921, he moved the family from Galicia to Toronto.

Rav Moshe (ben Dovid) Feinstein (1895-1986). Born in Uzda (near Minsk), Belorussia, he was a great-grandchild of the Be’er Hagolah. His mother was Feige Gittel, daughter of R’ Yechiel, rov of Kopolia. He joined the yeshiva of Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer in Slutzk at the age of twelve. At the age of sixteen, Rav Moshe completed Shas and Shulchan Oruch. He was rabbi of Lyuban from 1921 to 1936. He escaped the Stalinist regime in 1936 and settled in New York as rosh yeshiva of Tiferes Yerushalayim. He authored Igros Moshe, Darash Moshe, and Dibros Moshe and was universally acknowledged as the posek of the American Litvish community.

Today in History – 13 Adar

· Jews fought against their enemies in the Persian empire during the days of Esther and Mordechai, 355 BCE
· Nikonor Day, in which Antiochus Epiphanes’s General Nikonor, leading the elephant infantry against the Jews, was defeated and killed, 161 BCE.
· The Germans entered Sighet and set up a ghetto, 1944.

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  1. Rav Moshe (ben Dovid) Feinstein . . . was universally acknowledged as the posek of the American Litvish community.

    Furthermore, Rav Moshe Feinstein was THE GADOL HADOR (THE ABSOLUTE LEADER OF THE GENERATION). These were the exact words spoken by Rav Elazar Shach, ZT’L, in his euolgy on Rav Moshe.

    This was recognized by all segments of the Torah/Orthodox world: Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Misnagdish, Litvish, Chassidic, Chareidi/Ultra Orthodox, Yeshiva University, Modern Orthodox.

    Even the Lubavitcher Chassidim, who, of course, viewed their rebbe, Rav Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZT’L, as much more than the Gadol HaDor, greatly revered Rav Moshe and sent a delegation to the funeral.

    Even the Satmer Chassidim, who, of course, viewed each of their rebbes, Rav Yoel Teitelbaum, ZT’L, and Rav Moshe Teitelbaum, ZT’L, as virtually the Gadol HaDor, greatly revered Rav Moshe and sent a delegation, led by Rav Moshe Teitelbaum himself, to the funeral.

    Even the Yeshiva University and Modern Orthodox people, who, of course, viewed their rebbe, Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, ZT’L, as virtually the Gadol HaDor, greatly revered Rav Moshe and sent a delegation to the funeral.

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