Yahrtzeits – 15 Teves
The Amora, Mashrisha bar Pekud of Bavel
Rav Raphael of Bershed, a talmid of Rav Pinchas of Koritz (1827)
Rav Chaim Mordechai Rosenbaum of Nadvorna (1904-1977). Born to Rav Issamar of Nadvorna, he learned with his father in his youth, and married a first cousin ag age 19, then learned full-time, supported by his father-in-law. He took a position as Rav of Seret in 1928. In 1941, Romania allied itself with Germany . Of the 420,000 Jews of Romania, 160,000 were murdered by German and Romanain soldiers, and another 150,000 were shipped by cattle cars to Transnitra in the Ukraine ; 10,000 died on the trip and another 80,000 died in the camps there. In 1942, Rav Chaim Mordechai and his family arrived in the Djurin camp in Transnitra. They survived and arrived in Yerushalyim on Sukkos 1948, but moved to Tel Aviv because of the war. He established Yeshivas Ma’amer Moredechai in Yaffo and moved his yeshiva to Bnei Brak in 1961. He was succeeded by his only son.
Yahrtzeits – 16 Teves
Rav Chaim Kreiswirth, Rav and Av Beis Din of Antwerp and son-in-law of Rav Avraham Grodzinski. Rav Chaim was well-known to have memorized Talmud Bavli and Yerushalmi, as well as Rishonim and Acharonim (1920-2001).
Today in History – 15 Teves
· Empress Maria Theresa decreed the expulsion of all Jews from Prague , Bohemia and Moravia , 1774.
· Israel’s first desalinization plant opened, 1963, Eilat.
Today in History – 16 Teves
· The Turkish leader Morad IV conquered Baghdad from the Persians with the help of the Jews, 1640. This day became Baghdad Purim.
· Emperor Joseph II of Austria issued an Edict of Toleration in 1782 which repealed most restrictions on Jews that had been imposed by the Church.
· The ship, “The 29th of November”, with illegal Jewish immigrants, was driven off the coast of Eretz Yisrael by the British, 1947