Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 11 Cheshvan

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flicker_10039Mesushelach ben Chanoch, grandfather of Noach (3074 BCE – 2105 BCE)

Rochel Imeinu (1554 BCE) (according to the Vilna Gaon, she was 36 years old; according to Sefer Hayashar, 45)

Binyamin ben Yaakov Avinu (1554-1445 BCE)

Rav Menachem Nachum Twersky, the Chernobyl Rebbe (1730-1797), a student of the Baal Shem Tov and the Magid Mezritch. He authored Meor Einayim. He was succeeded by his son, Mordechai, founder of the Chernobyl dynasty, the descendents of which are the Skverer Chasidim, the current Rebbe of whom is Rav Dovid Twersky of New Square, NY.

Rav Pesach Prushkin, Rav and Rosh Yeshivah in Kobrin (1879-1939). Born to his widowed mother (he was named after his father, who died several months prior to his birth), he grew up in the home of his mother’s grandfather, Rav Pinchas Michael (Rav in Antipole). In his teens, he joined the yeshiva of the Chofetz Chaim in Radin. He later went to Slobodka and spent a year at Kelm. When the Alter of Slobodka selected Slutsk, a large city in White Russia, to place one of his yeshivos, he dispatched Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer as Rosh Yeshiva, with fourteen talmidim – among them Pesach “Kobriner.” Rav Pesach became mashgiach in Slutsk. In 1911, he became Rav of Amtsislav (also called Mistsislav) and also opened a yeshiva there. When the Bolsheviks took over Russia, and his native city of Kobrin was incorporated into Poland by the Soviet-Polish treaty of Riga, 1922, he escaped the Communist rule to Kobrin where he became Rav and opened another yeshiva. The mashgiach there was Rav Yosef Leib Nenedek. Among his talmidim was Rav Moshe Feinstein. A collection of his shiurim were published posthumously (by Rav Noson Zachovsky) as Shiurei Maran Rav Pesach M’Kobrin.

Rav Avraham Elimelech Weinberg, founder of Slonimer Chassidus (1804-1883), a disciple of Rav Noach of Lechovitz, and author of Be’er Avraham on Mechilta, Yesod Ha’avodah, and Chessed L’Avraham. He was was active in the spread of the Chasidic movement in Lithuania and was a main organizer of support for the religious communities in the Holy Land.

Rav Yehuda Leib Chasman, mashgiach of Yeshivas Chevron (1869-1935). Learned in Kelm under Rabbi Simcha Zissel Ziev, in Volozhin under the Netziv as well as that of the Rabbi Chaim Halevi Soloveichik of Brisk. In 1897, he was brought to serve as the Telz yeshiva’s Mashgiach. He established the independent Yeshiva in Shtutshin in 1908. In 1912, he was rabbi of Shtutsin. In his last years, he was the spiritual director of the Slabodka Yeshiva in Hebron and in Jerusalem. In 1926, he became mashgiach at Chevron. Author of Ohr Yohel. Among his talmidin was Rav Shlomo Schwadron.

Today in History – 11 Cheshvan

·       180 Jews Killed in Munich, 1285
·       Nazi war crimes trials open in Nuremberg, 1945.
·       Abe Beame, first Jewish mayor of New York City, 1973.
·       Cpl. Nachshon Wachsman and Captain Nir Poraz are killed by terrorists in Bir Naballah, 1994.

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