Rav Menachem Mendel Hager of Kosov (1768-1825), founder of the Vizhnitz and Kosov dynasties and author of Ahavas Shalom. The son of Rav Yaakov Koppel Chassid, Rav Menachem Mendel was a student of Rav Moshe Leib of Sassov, Rav Tzvi Hirsch of Nadvorna, and Rav Ze’ev Wolfe of Tcharne-Ostra. His grandson was Rav Menachem Mendel of Vizhnitz.
Rav Reuven Katz, rav of Petach Tikva and author of Degel Reuven. His son, Rav Leizer Katz, was a rav in Passaic, New Jersey, for many years until his petira in 2001.
Rav Meshulam Zushe Twersky, the Chernobyler Rebbe of Bnei Brak (1917-1987). An eighth generation direct descendent of the Rav Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl, Rav Meshulam Zushe was born in Mozyr, Belarus. He lived and learned with his maternal grandfather, the Admor of Tchetchov, Rav Yeshaya Halberstam, the youngest son of the Divrei Chaim. In 1959, he moved his court to Bnai Brak. He was succeeded by his son, Rav Menachem Nachum.
Rav Tzvi Pruzansky (2005). He helped found the Toronto Kollel, and established, along with his friend, Rav Dovid Hersh Mayer zt”l, Yeshivas Beis Binyamin in Stamford, which was named after Rav Tzvi’s father and funded by Rav Tzvi’s brothers, ybl”c, Reb Yosef and Reb Moshe
Today in History – 17 Cheshvan
· Chmielnicki’s forces massacred 12,000 Jews, 1648.
· Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party, 1927.
· A Hezbullah terror group truck-bombed a military barracks in Beirut, murdering 241 United States Marines, and later killing 58 French soldiers in a separate attack, 1983. The notorious Imad Mugniyah, the group’s most dangerous and barbaric operative orchestrated these operations.