Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 9 Iyar

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Rav Avigdor Kara, Rav of Prague and author of Hahanek Hakaneh Hagadol (1439)

Rav Yitzchak Bernays (Barneis) (1792-1849). Born in Mainz, Germany, Reb Yitzchak learned at the yeshiva in Wurzburg. There he forged close ties with Rav Yaakov Ettlinger, future author of AruchLaNer. In 1821, Rav Yitzchak was appointed Rav of Hamburg, a position he kept until his petira. Among his talmidim were Rav Shamshon Rafael Hirsch and Rav Ezriel Hildesheimer.

Rav Chaim Friedlander of Liska (1840-1904). Born in Klienverdan, Hungary, he was a sixth generation descendant of the Maharsha, as well as a descendent the Maharal miPrague, the Taz, the Bach, the Shelah Hakodesh, and the Baal Smichos Chachamim. He married the third daughter of the first Liska Rebbe, Rav Tzvi Hersh, the Ach Pri Tevuah. He was chosen to be Rav of Erdobenye, then Dayan in Liska. When his father-in-law was niftar in 1874, Rav Chaim succeeded him. Liska is located in the hills of the Tokay region of Hungary. In 1904, Rav Chaim tragically choked on a piece of fish. He was succeeded by his son, Rav Tzvi Hersh, the Baal Shaarei Hayasher (a sefer on Tehillim). He and most of his family perished during the Holocauset. His son, Rav Yosef Friedlander, author of Tzvi V’Chammid, resurrected the Liska court and transplanted it in Boro Park. He was niftar in 1971 and was succeeded by his son, Rav Tzvi Hersh Friedlander, author of Chamudei Tzvi.

RavMoshe Hager of Shatz (1926), son of Rav Baruch Hager of Vizhnitz.

Rav Moshe Hager, Rosh Yeshiva of Seret-Vizhnitz, Haifa (1999)

Today in History – 9 Iyar

· The Jews went to war with the Pelishtim and lost, 891 BCE
· Jews of England were thrown into prison on charges of coining, 1278.
· End of a three-month period of grace, given by the Portuguese to the Jews of Brazil to leave the country, 1654. Those who remained after this deadline were surrendered to the Inquisition.
· Jews of Corfu were granted the right to practice law, 1680

{Manny Newscenter}


  1. Rav Isaac Bernays was the leading Rabbi of Germany at the time; he wore ecclesiastical garb and the lie which was often repeated is that when Rav Yisroel Salant visited he left after seeing his garb. After Rav Salant’s notebook was found we know the venerable Rav of Yerushalayim, later in the 1800’s, wrote: I was shocked but who was I to question the greatest posek in Germany.

    Many of his yet unpublished teshuvot miraculously survived hurricane Sandy

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