Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 28 Sivan


flicker_100393Rav Shimshon Aaron Polansky, the Teplik Rav (1876-1948). Rav of Midovia in Ukraine’s Kiev district at age 20. Five years later, he became Rav of Teplik in Ukraine’s Podolia’s region. Rav Polansky

immigrated to Eretz Yisrael in 1922, settling in the Beis Yisrael area of Yerushalayim.

Rav Yisrael Zev Gustman (1908-1991), a talmid of Rav Shimon Shkop in Grodno. Rav Gustman became rosh yeshiva of Ramailles when he was still a young man in Vilna. He served on the beis din of Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky. In fact, he was the youngest dayan in the history of Vilna (at age 19). When the Nazis invaded Vilna, they stormed the yeshiva beat Rav Gustman him until he collapsed. By a miracle he was spared, and he fled for his life. In 1961, Rav Gustman moved to Eretz Yisrael and transferred his yeshiva, Netzach Yisrael Ramailles, to the Rechavia section of Yerushalayim. Today its rosh yeshiva is his son- in-law, Rav Michel Berniker. One of his first students in Yerushalayim was Rav Moshe Francis, Rosh Kollel of the Chicago Community Kollel. Another talmid was Rav Moshe Lipke, Rosh Kollel of Y’kar Mordechai in Yerushalayim. Rav Gustman authored Kuntresei Shi’urim.

Rebbetzin Pesha Leibowitz, wife of Rav Henoch Leibowitz, Rosh Yeshiva of Chafetz Chaim in Queens (1928-2004). She was born in Radin, the daughter of Rav Avraham Trop, and the grand-daughter of Rav Naftali Trop, the Radiner Rosh Yeshiva. The Rebbetzen’s father-in-law, Rav Dovid Leibowitz, the founder of Chofezt Chaim Yeshiva, was a talmid muvhak or the Alter of Slabodka, a nephew of the Chafetz Chaim, and a close talmid of Rav Naftali Trop. Rav Shmuel Birenbaum once remarked that “‘the Rebbitzen is a ‘gaon’ in chesed.”

Today in History – 28 Sivan

· 24 wagonloads of Gemaras and 200 other kisvei yad were burned in Paris, 1242.
· Jews of Genoa were expelled, 1567.
· The yeshivos of Slabodka and Telz closed their doors the day after Germany invaded Lithuania, 1941.
· Walther Rathenau, Jewish foreign minister of Germany, is assassinated by members of Organization Consul, a clandestine, right-wing political organization led by Captain Hermann Ehrhardt.

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  1. on 28 of sivan 1941 the lubavitcher rebbe and hia rebbetzin arivved on the last boat to america during ww2; and bechasdei hashem arrived in america safely.