Yahrtzeits – 9 Tishrei
Rebbi Elazar ben Rav Shimon (123 CE)
Rav Avraham Saba, author of Tzror Hamor (1519)
Rav Avraham Abali ben Chaim HaLevi Gumbiner (1634-1682), born in Gumbin, he witnessed the massacre of his parents in the Chmielnitzki pogroms at the age of 18. He escaped to Lissa, and then to Kalish, where he became Rosh Yeshiva and afterwards Dayan of the city. He is the author of Magen Avraham, a definitive commentary on the Orach Chaim section of the Shulchan Aruch. He also authored Zayis Ra’anan on Yalkut Shimoni.
Rav Yitzchak Yehuda Shmeliks, the Beis Yitzchak (1905)
Rav Yitzchak Zev Soloveichik (Rav Velvel) of Brisk, also referred to as the Griz (1886-1959). Son and most prominent disciple of Rav Chaim Solevetchik, succeeded his father in Brisk, survivied WWII and moved to Eretz Yisrael. Among his descendents are Rav Dovid and Rav Yoshe Ber Soloveitchik.
Rav Eliezer Zusman Sofer, author of “Et Sofer”
Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heschel Twersky, Admor of Machnova-Bnei Brak, grandson of the Maggid of Chernobyl (1895-1987)
Yahrtzeits – 10 Tishrei
Zecharia Cohen Godol
Rabbi Akiva ben Yosef, died al kiddush Hashem in Caesaria, 135. Born ~50 CE, he received most of his teaching from Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol. Rabbi Akiva was one of four Tannaim who entered the Pardes. The others were Ben Azzai, Ben Zoma, and Acher [Elisha ben Avuya]. According to some, Rabbi Akiva was the redactor of the Sefer Yetzira.
Rav Achai Gaon, son of Rabba bar Ahuva (511)
Rav Naftali Chaim of Dzikov (1894)
Rav Yehuda Leib Ashlag of Yerushalayim (1886-1954). Rav Ashlag translated the Zohar into Hebrew from the original Aramaic, and he authored the Sulam, a commentary on the Zohar. Rav Ashlag reedited the “Etz Chaim” which is the definitive Lurianic work on essence and cosmology. To this he added a commentary transposing the somewhat abstract notion of “receptacle&” (Kli) into the experientially more accessible term “desire” (Ratzon) in all its many permutations. This work is known as the “Talmud Esser Sphirot.”
Rav Avraham Binyomin Silberberg, the Pittsburgher Rav (1962).
Rav Moshe Yitzchak Gevirtzman, “Reb Itzikel” of Pshevorsk and Belgium (1976)
Rav Shlomo Shimshon Karelitz (1910-2001). Born in Vilna on Tisha B’Av, his father, Rav Mayer was a moreh tzedek and the right-hand-man of the Chafetz Chaim and Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky. His grandfather was Rav Shemaryahu Karelitz, the rav of Kosova. The Chazon Ish, Rav Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, was Rav Shlomo Shimshon’s uncle. When he was fourteen, Rav Shlomo Shimshon left Kosova and went to the Mirrer yeshivah, where he became the talmid muvhak of its mashgiach, Rav Yerucham Levovitz. Shortly before the rise of the Third Reich, Rav Shlomo Shimshon and his parents moved to Eretz Yisrael. Several years later, he served as a dayan in the Petach Tikvah beis din. His publications included Divrei Shlomo and Shu”t Ateres Yisrael on Choshen Mishpat and Even HaEzer.