Rav Yitzchak Bar Sheshes, the Rivash (1326-1407). Born in Barcelona. The son of Sheshes Perfet, Rav Yitzchak is considered a student of Rav Shlomo ben Aderes (the Rashba) as he followed his teachings, though he actually studied under the Ran. He wrote commentaries on the Talmud, Torah and halachos and served as Rav of Saragossa. He strongly opposed Aristotle’s approach and strongly discouraged the study of kabbalah. When the widespread massacres started in 1391 CE, Rivash fled to the safety of North Africa, settling in Algiers. There he was appointed to be Chief Rabbi, a position recognized by the Algerian government.
Rav Eliezer Hager of Vizhnitz, the Damesek Eliezer, born to the “Ahavas Yisrael” of Vizhnitz, a small town in Bukovina on the eastern slopes of the Capathian Mountains. He married Chava, daughter of Rav Yitzchak Meir of Kapishnitz (1891-1946)
Rav Avraham Yaakov of Boyan-Levov (Lemberg), Galicia (1941), 3rd of the 4 sons of Rav Yitzchak of Boyan, the Pachad Yitzchak.
Rav Shmuel Dovid Walkin, son of the Pinsker Rav (the Bais Aharon), Rav in Shanghai during WWII and after the War in Queens, NY (1979). His son, Rav Chaim Walkin, is the menahel ruchani of yeshivas Ateres Yisrael.
Today in History – 2 Elul
· 160 Jews in France burned to death on charges of well-poisoning, 1321
· Jews of Poland and Lithuania granted a Charter of Rights, 1447.
· Pope orders confiscation and burning of all copies of the Gemara, 1553
· First printing of the Shulchan Aruch, near Tzefas, 1555
· Jews of Bologna, Italy granted equal rights, 1796.
· Berlinwas divided, as East Germany sealed off the city’s eastern sector with a wall in order to halt the flight of refugees, 1961.
· Terrorist attacks by Abu Nidal organization on the Neve Shalom Shul in Istanbul, Turkey killing 22 people, 1986