Rav Yisrael Dov Ber Odesser, leader of Breslaver Chassidim (1888-1994). He is best known for revealing and teaching the Na Nach Nachma mantra. born in Tiverya to a family which for generations were Karliner Chassidim. Later a follower of Breslav, his revelation of the Na Nach Nachma mantra was rejected by mainstream Breslovers for many decades. In 1980, however, a group of baalei teshuva discovered him in an old-age home in Yerushalayimm and were attracted to his teachings.
Rav Yishayah Bardaky (1862). R’ Bardaky was born in Pinsk and taught Torah there, but he decided to settle in Eretz Yisrael after his first wife died. When the ship carrying R’ Bardaky, his son, Shmuel Akiva, and his daughter, neared the port of Akko, it was wrecked, and all the passengers were thrown into the sea. R’ Bardaky, however, was a powerful swimmer, and, with his two children on his back, he swam ashore. Upon reaching Yerushalayim, R’ Bardaky was appointed head of the Ashkenazic community. He also was appointed vice-consul of the Austrian Empire.
Rav Yaakov Friedman of Bohush-Husyatin (1956)
Rav Raphael Baruch Toledano of Morocco, author of Sephardic Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (1970)
Rav Nachum Pertzovitz, Rosh Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim (1986). At the age of 9, he attended Ramailles Yeshiva in Vilna, and became close to its rosh yeshiva, Rav Shlomo Heiman.
Rav Nechemiah Kibel (1952-2005). Born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Holocaust survivors, R’ Kibel entered the newly founded Yeshiva of the South, under Rav Meir Belsky, who was one of the first talmidim of Rav Yitzchak Hutner. He served as a magid shiur at the yeshiva in Memphis, then founded and taught at RITSS (Regional Institute for Torah and Secular Studies), Cincinnati’s Bais Yaakov in 1989. A few later, he played a major role in the founding of Cincinnati’s Community Kollel.
Today in History – 18 Cheshvan
· Jews of Barbados forbidden to engage in retail trade, 1668.
· Birth of Rav Yechzkel Landau of Prague (1713-1776), Noda BeYehuda
· Hermann Goering announced plans for Madagascar as a home for European Jewry, 1938.
· 16,000 Jews of Pinsk murdered by the Nazis, 1942.
· Rabbi Meir Kahane assassinated November 5, on a visit to New York City, 1990.