Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 23 Sivan

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yahrtzeit-candlesRav Eliezer Yosef, son of Rav Yitzchak HaLevi Ledenberg, Belzer Rebbe (1954). He learned Beitza and Rosh Hashanah over 4000 times (memorized over 6 months when he was threatened by blindness).

Rav Yehuda Assad, author of Responsa Mahari Assad and Yehuda Yaaleh (1796-1866). Born in Assad, north of Budapest, Rav Yehuda learned under Rav Mordechai Banet in Nikolsburg. He served as Rabbi of Szerdahely from 1853 to 1866. After the petira of the Chasam Sofer, Rav Yehuda was regarded as the head of Hungarian Jewry.

Rav Yaakov Pollak, Rav of Prague, then Krakow, then Lublin (1455-1530 or 1525, per Yated 2007). He is considered the father or Torah scholarship and rabbinic authority in Poland. His main disciple was Rav Shalom Shachna (1490-1558), who headed the yeshiva in Lublin for over 40 years.

Today in History – 23 Sivan

· Yerovam ben Navat stopped the Jews from bringing Bikurim to Yerushalayim; once a fast day, (Megillas Taanis 3).
· Mordechai issued a royal decree calling upon the Jews of the kingdom to defend themselves against attack by anti-Semites, 355 B.C.E.
· A mob led by the Queen Mother’s confessor, killed many Jews in Seville, Spain, 1391. The riots spread throughout the country.
· Jews of Posen, Poland were saved from a mob set to avenge the murder of a soldier, 1696. A peasant woman seized carrying the victim’s clothing, confessed to her son’s murder.
· American forces entered Philadelphia as the British withdrew, 1778
· Fast day of the Jewish community of Pesaro, Italy, to mark the murder of Jews following the retreat of Napoleon’s army, 1798.
· The KGB swooped down on Lemberg and arrested all those who had refused Russian citizenship. The Yidden were taken to the train station and put on trains to Siberia, 1940.
· The last British armed forces left Israel, 1948.

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  1. “Rav Eliezer Yosef, son of Rav Yitzchak HaLevi Ledenberg, Belzer Rebbe (1954).”

    Sorry, I don’t get it. What is the Belzer Rebbe doing here?

  2. Aszod, not Assad, is the name of the town and of the Yehuda Yaaleh. He was the Rabbi of Dunaszerdahely, Hungary (now Dunajská Streda, Slovakia) where he is buried.


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