Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 25 Tammuz

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Rav Yosef Yitzchak Rottenberg, head of Belgian community

Rav Aharon Berachia ben Moshe of Modina (1639). A student of the Rema. He was the author of Maavar Yabok, a collection of mitzvahs related to bikur cholim and everything having to do with the dead until burial.

Rav Meir of Apta, the Ohr Lashamayim (1831)

Rav Yeshaya Dovid Zilberstein of Veitzen, author of Maasei Lamelech (1930).

Rav Yisrael Eliyahu Yehoshua Trunk (1821-1893). Born in Plotsk, he received most of his teaching from his father, who was niftar when the boy was just 11. As a teenager, he spent 3 months with the Kotzker Rebbe, who’s direction he followed for the remainder of his life. When he was twenty, Rav Yisrael Eliyahu Yehoshua founded a yeshivah and served as rav in Shrensk for seven years. Later in Vorka, his fame as a posek grew. In 1860, he moved to Kutna, which lies near Gustenin and Zichlin. The first record of Jews in Kutna is a document from 1513, in which King Zigmund of Poland grants a year’s moratorium to the gentile debtors of three Kutna Jews – Moshe, Shlomo and Liebke. Rav Yisrael Eliyahu Yehoshua published several sefarim, including Yeshuas Yisrael, on Choshen Mishpat, Yeshuos Malko, and Yavin Daas. His only son, Rav Moshe Pinchas, succeeded him as Rav in Kutno. The demise of the Kutna kehillah came when the Nazis finished liquidating its remaining Jews on March 26, 1942.

Today in History – 25 Tammuz

· Jews of Lithuania received a Charter of Privilege, 1388.

·  Anti-Jewish rioters attacked the funeral procession of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef in New York City, resulting in injuries to over 300 Jews, 1902

{Yahrtzeits licensed to by Manny Saltiel and Newscenter}


  1. Rav Meir’l Apta was the one who wrote the words for the beautiful Niggun ריבון העולמים ידעתי, ידעתי. כי הנני בידך, בידך לבד וכו’
    יהי זכרו ברוך

  2. Rav Aharon Berachia of Modena was a talmid of the Rema (Rav Menachem Azariah) miFano, rather than of Rav Moshe Isserel’s of Krakow, who is universally known as the Remo.


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