Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 25 Tishrei

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flicker_100391Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev (1740-1810). At the suggestion of his mentor, Reb Smelke of Nikolburg, he traveled to Mezritch and became a close disciple of the Magid of Mezritch. Following posts at Zelichov and Pinsk, he spent the last 25 years of his life in Berdichev. His teachings are contained in the posthumously published Kedushas Levi.

Rav Moshe Sofer, the Chasam Sofer, Pressburg (1762-1839), learned under Rav Nosson Adler of Frankfort and Rav Pinchas Halevi Horowitz, the Baal Haflaah (a talmid of the the maggid of Mezeritch). He was born in Frankfurt Am Mein. His first position was as a Rav in Boskovitz in Moravia. He married the daughter of the Rav of Prosnitz and was supported by his brother-in-law, Rav Hirsch. Unfortunately, Rav Hirsch eventually lost all his money, and the Chasam Sofer took a position as rav in the Moravian city of Dresnitz. After five years in Dresnitz, Rav Moshe moved to Mattersdorf. The Chasam Sofer was appointed Rav of Pressburg in Tishrei of 1806, and he occupied that position for 33 years. After the petira of his first wife, Rav Moshe married the daughter of Rav Akiva Eiger. She bore the previously childless Chasam Sofer 7 daughters and 3 sons.

Rav Dovid Matisyahu Rabinowitz, Biala Rebbe of Bnei Brak (1997)

Rav Yom Tov Lipman Helprin, author of Kedushas Yom Tov.

Today in History – 25 Tishrei

· Nazi pogrom against the Jews of Lodz, 1939.
· Belgiumbans ritual slaughter, 1940.
· First mass deporting of German Jews to Eastern European ghettos, 1941.
· Pope Clement VI issued a bill denouncing the Black Plague libel against the Jews stating that they were suffering just like the rest of Europe, 1348. Other rulers issued like denunciations but they were only marginally effective.

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