Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 29 Tammuz

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Rav Yochanan HaSandler

Rav Shlomo Yitzchaki (Rashi)(1040-1105). He traced his ancestry through the Tanna’im Rav Yochanan HaSandlar and Hillel the Elder back to King Dovid. He received his early talmudic training from his father, Rav Yitzchak. At a young age he went to Worms, Germany, to broaden his knowledge under Rav Yaakov ben Yakar. At the age of 25 he returned to his native Troyes. Amazingly, Rashi accomplished all his work during the Period of the Crusades, when life was extremely dangerous for the Jews. Rashi had three daughters, who were great scholars in their own right, but also were married to men of greatness, and had children known as the “Baalei Tosafos,” the most famous of whom, Rav Yaakov ben Meir, was known as Rabbeinu Tam.

Rav Yehoshua Boaz, the Shiltei Hagibborim, Italian commentator to Rif (1612)

Today in History – 29 Tammuz

· Jews of Frankfurt killed in the Black Death massacres, 1349.
· Jews of Chevron were attacked by Arabs, 1835.
· Nazis murder the entire Jewish male population of Grodz, Lithuania, 1941.

{Yahrtzeits licensed to by Manny Saltiel and Newscenter}


  1. Please correct – today is not the yahrzeit of R. Yehoshua Boaz, but of R. Avraham Portaleone (Shaar Aryeh), author of a different work also called Shiltei Hagibborim, an encyclopedic work concerning the beis hamikdash. He passed away on 29 Tammuz 5372 (1612). His work was reprinted recently in a beautiful edition published by Machon Yerushalayim.


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