Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 11 Shevat


flicker_100392Rav Dovid Nosan Deutsch, son of R’ Yosef Yoel Deutsch, and the second Rav of Kretchenif (1879). He authored Nefesh Dovid on Chumash.

Rav Yisrael Noach (ben Yitzchak Mattisyahu ) Weinberg (1930-2009). Born in the Lower East Side of New York, he learned at at Chaim Berlin and Ner Yisroel, and completed undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University and post-graduate studies at Loyola Graduate School. He always considered his older brotherf, Rav Yaakov Weinberg, his rebbi muvhak. He married and moved to Eretz Yisrael in 1958, where they raised their 12 children. Disturbed by the high rate of assimilation and lack of Jewish knowledge among Western youth, he opened his first yeshiva for assimilated young men in 1966. That short-lived effort was followed by several others before he co-founded Yeshivas Shma Yisrael (later renamed Ohr Somayach) with Rabbis Nota Schiller, Mendel Weinbach and Yaakov Rosenberg in 1970. His difference in philosophy led to his creation of Aish Hatorah in 1974, which over the next 35 years had expanded to 25 branches over five continents. Tens of thousands have attended seminars or listened to recordings, especially his widely-circulated “The 48 Ways to Wisdom”. He also co-authored a book, What the Angel Taught You: Seven keys to life fulfillment.

Today in History – 11 Shevat

· The town of Colmar in northern France expels its Jews, 1510.
· British troops occupied Baghdad and brought relief to the local Jews, 1917. Their freedom lasted until 1929 when the British granted independence to Iraq and the new rulers passed a series of decrees against them.
· Birth of Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan Hakohen of Radin, the Chofetz Chaim (1838-1933).
· On this night, a Yugoslavian DC-9 jet flying 33,330 feet high over Czechoslovakia suddenly exploded and plunged to the ground, 1972. All 28 passengers perished except one flight attendant (Vesna Vulovic), perished. Responsibility for this horrific crime was claimed by the Ustashe organization, the same group responsible for some of the worst atrocities of World War II. A few of its demented members still dream of an independent, ethnically pure Croatia free of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies.

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