Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 8 Teves

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yahrtzeit-candlesEzra Hasofer and Nechemya

Rav Ezra of Gerona (1227), the Ramban’s teacher in Kabalah. He himself learned Kabbalah from Rav Yitzchak Sagi Nahor, son of the Ravad III.

Rabbeinu Yosef, son of Shmuel Hanaggid, and son-in-law of Rav Nissim Gaon of Kirouan was murdered in an Arab pogrom with another 1500 Jews in Spain (1067).

Rav Yehoshua Basis (1860). Chacham and Chief Rabbi of Tnisia for many years.

Rav Yehuda (“Reb Yiddel”) Weber (1920-2006). Born in Vodkert, Hungary to Rav Yissacher Weber, a descendent of the Bach, and of Rebbetzin Chana, a niece of the Arugas Bosem. After his Bar Mitzvah, Yehuda was sent to learn in Pupa under Rav Yaakov Yechezkel Grunwald, the Vayaged Yaakov, the Pupa Rebbe, who was his rebbi muvhak for 7 years. Rav Yehuda then served as mashgiach of Pupa. When the yeshiva was closed in 1944, Rav Yehuuda spent 6 months in the local work camps before being deported to Bergen Belsen. In 1946, his sister introduced him to his Rebbetzin, Batsheva. A year later, his sister, Miriam, married the Pupa Rebbe. Both families settled in Antwerp, then moved to Williamsburg, in New York, in 1950. In 1952, he was appointed Rosh Yeshiva of the newly established Pupa Yeshiva, first located in Queens, then in Ossining, in Westchester County. Although his family stayed in Williamsburg, Reb Yiddel made the 40-mile drive for four decades.

Today in History – 8 Teves

· A taanis tzibur was declared to commemorate the translation of the Torah to a foreign language (Greek) under King Ptolemy (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 580:2)
· Adolf Eichmann, HY”Sh, is sentenced to death, 1961.

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  1. NOT TODAY – YAHRZEIT IS ON THE 9TH OR 10TH OF TEVES

    THE GREAT WONDER

    The Mechaber in Shulchan Aruch (O. Ch. 580) lists additional fast days.

    One of the fast days is on the 9th day in Teves. “It is unknown what
    Tzoroh happened on that day”.

    The Taz writes” תימה גדולה (It’s a great wonder) that the Bais Yosef
    doesn’t know what happened that day. In our Selichos (Ezkero Motzok)
    it is written that Ezra Hasofer died on the 9th of the month”.

    It is interesting, this Piyut is said, only by Ashkenazim. The Sefardim
    say the Piyut “Sha’a Elyon” and the Piyut “Yoshev Bashomayim”.
    In both of these Piyutim, it is mentioned that Ezra Hasofer died on the
    10th of Teves.

    The Mechaber, being Sefardi, must have held that Ezra died
    on the 10th and therefore there shouldn’t be a wonder why he
    didn’t know what happened on the 9th of Teves.

    TORASABA

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