Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 29 Adar


flicker_10039Rabbeinu Yitzchak ben Rabbeinu Asher, and grandson of the Riva, was murdered with numerouis other Jews because of a blood libel (1196).

Rav Shlomo HaCohen Rabinowitz of Radomsk, first Rebbe of the Radomsk dynasty (1803-1866). Born in Volotchova, he learned with the Bris Avraham of Pietrikov and became a chassid of the Ohr Lashamayim of Apt. He first took the position of Rav of Radomsk in 1834 and later took on the yoke of Rebbe. His chassidus grew significantly after Reb Moshe of Lelov moved to Eretz Yisrael and instructed his Chassidim to follow Rav Shlomo. He was the author of Tiferes Shlomo on Chumash and the moadim.

Rav Chaim Shmuel Birnbaum, son-in-law of Rav Akiva Eiger and author of Maseh Choshev (1887).

Rav Chaim Welfried of Lodz (1942).

Rav Yaakov (ben Rav Binyomin) Kamenetsky (1891-1986). Born on the 21 Adar, in hamlet of Kalushkove (from which his family moved to Dolhinov), he left for Minsk at the age of 11. Among his friends there were the future Rav Reuven Grozovsky, and the young Aaron Kotler. Shortly after Pesach in 1905, Reb Yaakov and Reb Aaron traveled to Slobodka to learn under the supervision of the Alter of Slobodka. Reb Yaakov also learned in Slutzk. During World War I he took refuge in Lomza in the yeshiva of Reb Yechiel Michel Gordon. On 22 Sivan, 1919, he married the Rebbetzin Ita Ettel. On 11th Av 1937, he left for America and was appointed Rav in Toronto. In 1945, he accepted the request of Reb Shraga Feivel Mendelovitz that he take up the position of rosh yeshiva in Mesivta Torah Vodaas. He stayed there for the rest of his life. His chidushim were printed in his seforim Emes LeYaakov, on Torah and on Shas. As he requested, he was buried in Brooklyn, since he pointed out that most of his family live in America and would not always be able to travel to his kever in Eretz Yisrael. From this, his last request we learn yet another chapter of his feelings for others.

Dr. Joseph Kaminetsky (1911-1999). Born in Brooklyn, he attended Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, and later Talmudical Academy High School on East Broadway. After high school, he became a member of the very first class of Yeshiva College, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1932. He later earned his doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. When he began his tenure at Torah Umesorah, the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools, in 1946, he set as his goal that every town and city with a Jewish population of at least 5,000 have a Jewish day school. In those days, there was only a handful of yeshivos and day schools; there are now 600 such schools with 170,000 students all over the United States. In 1980, he retired and moved to Yerushalayim, to devote himself to full-time learning.

Today in History – 29 Adar

· Jews of Speyer massacred in Crusades, 1096.
· Emperor Charles V confirmed the privileges of Austrian Jews, 1544.
· Napolean captured Jaffa, 1799.
· The first Jewish immigrant to Israel to disembark at the Port of Eilat, 1957.
· Jews of Austria were required by law to belong to the government-established religious community in their town, 1890.
· Jews of Vienna were slaughtered in their shul and the remainder were forcibly converted, 1421.

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    for many years. It was an honor and a great learning experience to be associated with Dr. Kaminetsky. Unfortunately, he also was the Rabbi who officiatd when my 21 year old son Michael passed away On August l4, l972 from Leukemia.He was a great source of solace to us. I met Dr. Kaminetsky’ cousin, Carol Eisman last week and was very excited to learn that she was related to my dear DR. Joseph Kaminetsky. Thank you for your grat article on his 13th Yar Zeit. ethel bluefield golub


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