Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 9 Adar

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Rav Mordechai Meisel, the parnes of Prague, a great Jewish philanthropist who saved many Jewish lives in pogroms (1601).

Rav Shlomo Zalman of Volozhin, brother of Rav Chaim Volozhin (1756-1788)

Rav Menachem Mendel Stern (1759-1834). He was a talmid of Rav Yaakov Lorberbaum of Lissa (author of Nesivos Hamishpat, Chavas Da’as, and Derech Chaim). He succeeded Rav Yehuda Hakohen Heller (author of Kuntres Hasefeikos and brother of the Ketzos Hachoshen) as Rav of Sighet, Hungary. Rav Stern was a chassid of Rav Moshe Leib of Sassov and of Rav Mendel of Kossov. Among his works is Derech Emunah.

Rav Aharon Menachem Mendel of Radzimin (1934)

Rav Yechiel Schlesinger, rav and poseik for Kehal Adas Yeshurun (1948). In his youth, he learned at Slobodka and Mir Yeshivos. After his marriage in 1930, he set off for Ponevezh, Lithuania. During his time in Ponevezh, Rav Yechiel Michel also trained to become a dayan, doing shimush in the beis din of the Ponevezher Rov. He was called to serve as a dayan on the Frankfurt beis din, and as the head of Rav Breuer’s Yeshiva there. In 1938, he decided that life as a Jew in Germany was becoming too intolerable. Although he was offered the prestigious position of rosh yeshiva of Torah Vodaas Yeshiva in New York, he preferred to move to Eretz Yisrael. Once he reached Yerushalayim, a few days after Pesach (1939), he founded Kol Torah Yeshiva, setting a clear Torah path for German Jewry.

Rav Chaim Ephraim Zeitchek, Mashgiach of Novardok,Yerushalayim and Rosh Yeshivas Ohr Chodosh (1989)

Rav Shmuel Dovid Ungar, NitraRav and Rosh Yeshiva (1945)

Today in History – 9 Adar

· First controversy of Beis Hillel and Beis Shamai, once a fast day (Megillas Taanis).

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  1. Rav Shmuel (ben Shlomo Zalman) Auerbach (1931-2018), Rosh Yeshivas Kol Torah. In his younger years, Rav Auerbach was Rosh Yeshiva of Shem Olam, affiliated with Amshinov. He was a Ra”m in Yeshivas Itri, led by Rav Mordechai Elefant, before moving to Yeshivas Kol Torah in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Yerushalayim. In 1982 he established Yeshivas Maalos Hatorah in the Shaare Zedek neighborhood. Rav Shmuel authored the sefer Darchei Shmuel (on Meseches Ohelos), as well as on the set of seforim Ohem Rochel (named after his Rebitzen), and Mussar Sichos published by talmidim. Rav Shmuel was opposed to the establishment of Nachal Chareidi. He was among the Gedolei Yisrael, together with HaGaon Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapira, who led the opposition to the Tal Law and to efforts to make changes to the arrangement that existed regarding drafting of bnei torah. He instructed his talmidim not to report to IDF induction centers, accepting a different approach than Gedolim in Bnei Brak, leading to the so-called Peleg Yerushalmi.

  2. Also in this day Adar 9 1940, the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Admor Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn was saved from the clenches of the nazis Y”Sh


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