Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 13 Adar

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yahrtzeit-candlesRav Yehuda (ben Shmuel) HeChasid, author of Sefer Chasidim (1150-1217). His father (1120-1175), led a famous yeshiva in Speyer, and served as Rav Yehuda’s rebbe.

Rav Moshe (ben Yehuda Hersch) Langner, the fifth Strettiner Rebbe (1959). In 1921, he moved the family from Galicia to Toronto.

Rav Moshe (ben Dovid) Feinstein (1895-1986). Born in Uzda (near Minsk), Belorussia, he was a great-grandchild of the Be’er Hagolah. His mother was Feige Gittel, daughter of R’ Yechiel, rov of Kopolia. He joined the yeshiva of Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer in Slutzk at the age of twelve. At the age of sixteen, Rav Moshe completed Shas and Shulchan Oruch. He was rabbi of Lyuban from 1921 to 1936. He escaped the Stalinist regime in 1936 and settled in New York as rosh yeshiva of Tiferes Yerushalayim. He authored Igros Moshe, Darash Moshe, and Dibros Moshe and was universally acknowledged as the posek of the American Litvish community.

Today in History – 13 Adar

· Jews fought against their enemies in the Persian empire during the days of Esther and Mordechai, 355 BCE
· Nikonor Day, in which Antiochus Epiphanes’s General Nikonor, leading the elephant infantry against the Jews, was defeated and killed, 161 BCE.
· The Germans entered Sighet and set up a ghetto, 1944.

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  1. Reb Moshe ZTZA”L was the foremost Posek in the USA and world over. Not only or limited to the Litvish world. Wasn’t a Rabbi a Leader or Rov who didn’t respect and accept his Halachik Decisions.
    May he be and continue to be a Meilitz Yosheir for all of Klal Yisroel. Purim Sameach morning

  2. Rav Moshe zatzal’s mother was named Faya Gittel.
    The person whom he considered his rebbi muvhok was Rabbi Pesach Pruskin, following whom he left the yeshiva of Slutzk.

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