Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 18 Av



Rav Moshe Bernstein, Rosh Yeshivas Kamenitz. Born in the town of Turetz, he learned in Mir. He became the son-in-law of Reb Baruch Ber Lebowitz. Hired Rav Elya Lopian as mashgiach under the recommendation of Rav Moshe Aaron Stern.

Rav Shlomo Chanoch Rabinowitz, the fourth and last Rebbe of Radomsk, perished with his family in the Warsaw Ghetto (1942). He was known for the network of Yeshivos Keser Torah he had established throughout Poland and Galicia. The Radomsker Chassidim during the period between the two World Wars, were counted among the three largest Chassidic movements in Poland.

Today in History – 18 Av

· The Ner Maaravi (the western lamp of the Menorah in the Beis Hamikdosh) which lit all the other lamps of the menorah was extinguished during the reign of King Achaz, c570 BCE.
· A child named Hugh of Lincoln disappeared, and the Jews were accused of murdering him for ritual purposes, 1255. Ninety Jews were arrested and held in the Tower of London; eighteen of them were hanged.
· 160 Jews of Chinon, France were burned to death on charges of well-poisoning, 1321.
· Arab riots and assaults against Jews break out in Yerushalayim and spread throughout the country in 1929. Twenty Jews died in Tzefas and 113 Jews were killed in Chevron, including dozens of talmidim of the Chevron Yeshiva.
· First reliable report of the Nazi plan to murder all the Jews reached the West, 1942. The U.S. State Department suppressed the report for several weeks, until Jews in New York received it through other means.
· Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal, 1956.
· The one millionth oleh since the establishment of the State, arrived in Israel, 1961.

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