Today’s History & Yahrtzeits – 28 Nissan

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flicker_100393-Rav Shabsai Sheftl Horowitz II (1590-1660). The son of the Shelah Hakodesh, Reb Shabsai studied under his father and under Rav Shlomo Ephraim Lunshitz. After his father left for Eretz Yisrael, he became dayan of Prague. He then became Rav of Fuerth, then Frankfurt am Main, then Posen, where he founded a yeshiva. In 1654, he was appointed Rav of Vienna. In 1649, he published his father’s work, Shnei Luchos HaBris, along with his own extensive introduction, Vavei HaAmudim.
-Rav Yichiyeh ben Yosef Tzalach, the Maharitz, founder of the Baladi community of Yemen(1713-1805). He is described as “without question,….the greatest rabbi and exponent of Jewish law ever to have been produced by Yemen.” By 1795, he served on the Beis Din of Sanaa.
-Rav Yehoshua of Ostrova, son of Rav Shlomo Leib of Lentcha, and author of Toldos Adam (1819-1873).
-Rav Yosef Yozke Rosenberg of Zalkava, author of Yad Yosef (on the first three perakim of Bava Metzia) and Revid Hazahav (1905).
-Rav Yehoshua Pinchas Bombach of Ushpetzin (1921). [note: according to a frequently told story of the brothers Reb Elimelech and reb Zusia, this city would later be called Auschwitz.]
-Rav Yissacher Leib Weinberg of Slonim (1928).
-Rav Shem Klingberg , the Zaloshytzer rebbe of Krakow(1943).
-Rav Aharon Hakohen Rosenfeld, the Pinsk-Karlin Rebbe (1927-2001). For many years, he served as a maggid shiur in the Eitz Chaim yeshiva, and then in the Belz yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael and Belgium. When he was only thirty his wife was niftar, leaving him with five small children. He later married the widow of Rav Chaim Halberstam, who raised the orphans and brought them to marriage. On Pesach 1991, at the yahrtzeit of his grandfather, Rav Aharon of Karlin, he was appointed Admor of Pinsk-Karlin.Today in History – 28 Nissan
· The walls of Yericho collapse 18 days after entering Eretz Yisrael (Yehoshua 6) on Shabbos, 1270 BCE.
· Sinking of the Titanic in which many wealthy Jewish magnates drowned, 1912 .
· An Arab attack on Petach Tikva was repelled by the Jewish settlers, 1936.
· Jews from Eretz Yisrael bound for Maltadied when their ship was sunk by a German plane, 1943.
· U.S.forces liberated Buchenwaldwith its 20,000 inmates, 1945.
· Widespread Russian pogroms started in Elisabethgrad, 1881.
· Anti-Jewish riots broke out in Vilna, Poland, 1938

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