Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 6 Kislev


flicker_100391Rav Yakov Schick of Karlin, author of Mishkenos Yakov (1844).

Rav Menachem Ash, Rav of Ungvar (1869)

Rav Mordechai Dovid Teitelbaum of Drohbitch (1919).

Rav Eliezer Horowitz of Grodzisk (1881-1942). Appointed Rav of Grodisk, in western Galicia (near Tarnow) in 1909, he moved to Tarnow with his family during World War I, serving as Rav and Dayan. He was murdered by the Nazis, along with 3500 other Jews, in Tarnow.

Rav Yaakov Moshe Charlap (1883-1951). Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Merkaz Harav and Rav of Yerushalayim’s Sha’arei Chessed neighborhood. He was a close disciple of Rav Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook. Author of Mei Marom and Michtavei Marom.

Rav Chaim Michoel Dov Weissmandel, Rosh Yeshiva Nitro (Mt. Kisco, NY) yeshiva, Holocaust rescue activist. Author of Min Ha Metzar (1957).

Rav Shlomo Abu Maaravi -founder of Otzer HaTorah network

Rav Yechezkel Shraga Lipshitz-Halberstam, the Stropkover Rebbe (1908-1994). Born in Stropkov, Czechoslovakia, to Rav Yissacher Dov Lifshitz of Ungvar. His paternal grandfather was Rav Rav Aryeh Leibush from Apta, the Yismach Tzadik, and his maternal grandfather was the Rebbe of Stropov, the Divrei Shalom, who was the son of the Divrei Yechezkel of Shinava, the eldest son of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. Rav Yechezkel Shraga’s first public post was as Rav of Yablonka. After a few years there, he became dayan of Bergsas. During WW2, he was sent to Auschwitz, where his wife and five children perished. After the war, he moved to Eretz Yisrael. In 1954, upon the death of his uncle, Rav Menachem of Stropkov, and Rav Yechezkel was appointed Admor by the Sanz elders of Shinava and Stropkov. He authored Divrei Yechezkel Shraga.

Rav Yechezkel Shraga Landau (1996). Rav of Veretzky in pre-War Europe, he founded Khal Veretzky in Flatbush.

Rav Chaim Shmuel Lopian, author of Ravcha Shmaatsa (1998). The son of Rav Eliyahu Lopian, he was amongst the first students in the Gateshead Kollel under Rav Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler, in 1942. He was the author of Ravcha Shmaatsa

Today in History – 6 Kislev

· Pope Martin V reinstated old privileges of the Jews and ordered that no child under the age of twelve could be forcibly baptized without parental consent, 1420.
· The Shelah Hakadosh arrived in Yerushalayim, 1621.
· Jews barred from settling in Stockholm, Sweden, 1685.
· Recapture of Rostov by Russian forces marks the first major setback suffered by Germany in World War II, 1941.
· Yerushalayim’s new reservoir was opened, 1958, ending a long history of water problems that made Yerushalayim more vulnerable to siege.
· UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring Zionism to be a form of racism, 1975

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