Rav Avraham, son of the Vilna Gaon (1808)
Rav Yaakov Ettlinger (1798-1871), son of Rav Aharon, rosh yeshiva of the local mesivta in Karlsruhe, Germany and grandson of the Shaagas Aryeh. In 1823, he was appointed Rosh Yeshiva of the Beis Midrash in Mannheim, and 12 years later he became Rav and Rosh Yeshiva of Altona. He authored many sefarim, including Aruch LeNer, Binyan Tzion, Bikurei Yaakov. He gave smicha to Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch after the latter learned with him for barely a year.
Rav Avraham Mordechai Nissim Harari Raful
Rav Yochanan Twersky, the Tolna Rebbe (1906-1988). He was the son of Reb Dovid Mordechai in Tultchin, where his grandfather, Rav Menachem Nachum was Rav. The latter had moved there from Tolna a year earlier.
Rav Raphael Avraham Sharabi (1875-1927). Son of Rav Shalom Mizrachi Sharabi, he was active in helping the victims of the Damascus blood libel. He authored Divrei Shalom.
Rav Chaim of Antineya, the Tal Chaim (1931)
Today in History – 25 Kislev
· The Mishkan was finished, 1308 B.C.E. The dedication, however, only took place on Rosh Chodesh Nissan.
· The Mizbeach was dedicated anew by the Chashmonaim, 140 B.C.E.
· Jews ordered expelled from Tennessee by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant during Civil War in 1862. In New York City, 7000 Jews marched in protest against his decision. President Lincoln rescinded his order
· Founding of Zichron Yaakov, 1882.
· President Roosevelt nominated Oscar Strauss to be Secretary of Commerce and Labor. Strauss became the first Jewish cabinet member.
· The order to expel the Jews of Spain (which was carried out on Tisha B’Av 1492) was officially voided on the first day of Chanukah, 1968.