Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 25 Nissan

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Rav Dan of Radvil (1838)

Rav Chaim Halberstam of Sanz, author of Divrei Chaim (1793-1876), founder of the Sanzer Chasidus. Born in Tarnograd, Poland. At the age of 18, he was appointed Rav of the small town of Rudnick, where he became a close talmid of Rav Naftali Tzvi of Ropshitz. In 1830, he became Rav of Sanz (Tzanz), where he stayed for 46 years. He had 15 children, including Rav Yechezkel of Shinov. His third son, Rav Meir Nosson, died of an epidemic at an early age; his only son was Rav Shloime, who would become the first Bobover Rebbe. Another scion of Sanz, Rav Yekusiel Yehuda Halberstam, the Klausenburger Rav, has erected several towns, yeshivos, and a modern medical center in Israel, as well as yeshivos in New Jersey and New York. The Sanz Chassidimhave a yicchus document showing how they are descended via the Maharal of Prague from Rav Yosef I of Rome and back to King Dovid.

Rav Moshe Ulman (1899), author of ShU”T Yerios Shlomo.

Rav Nachum Tzvi (ben Kalman Avraham) Goldberg (1922-2006). Born to the Rav of Vasilkov, he moved with the family to America in 1926. As a bachur, he learned with Rav Shlomo Heiman for 5 years, then moved to Lakewood to learn with Rav Aharon Kotler for 9 years (1943-1952). As a married man, he moved back to the East Side and taught at Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yaakov Yosef (RJJ) for over 20 years. After his father was nifter in 1968, he replaced him as Rav of Adas Yisrael. In 1973, he also became administrator of Ezras Torah and made out the checks for all the yungeleit.

Today in History – 25 Nissan

· 30 Jews killed in riots in Cracow, 1464.
· The Chumash with Yiddish translation was published in Cremona, Italy, 1570.
· Soldiers, incited by ritual charges, riot and kill 128 Jews in Bucharest, 1801.
· All civic limitations imposed on Jews of the German Empire were lifted, 1871. This brought medieval anti-Semitism to a conclusion but ten years later, almost to the day, Germany opened a new epoch of modern anti-Semitism. (See 26 Nissan 1881)
· Shechita is banned in Germany, 1933
· Anti-Jewish riots broke out in Eretz Yisrael, 1936.
· An embargo went into effect on the property of Austrian Jews, 1938.
· The trial of Adolph Eichmann on charges of genocide opened in Yerushalayim, 1961.

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  1. I believe he had more children, 18 perhaps. His last, born to his 4th wife before he died a few years later became the Zhiliner Rebbe, who was killed by the Nazis YSvZ. Remarkably, he was considered a maikil in various matters regarding amira le’akum


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