Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 13 Shevat


flicker_100391Rav Mordechai of Lechovitz, founder of Kobrin and Slonim dynasties (1810). He always told his chassidim that he first learned Torah from Rav Aharon of Karlin, who taught him Torah from the heart. He was succeeded by his son Rav Noach.

Rav Baruch Sorotzkin, Rosh Yeshiva of Telshe in Cleveland . Born in Zhetl , Lithuania , where his father, Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin, was Rav (the father was later known as the Lutzker Rav). Rav Baruch’s mother was the daughter of Rav Eliezer Gordon, Rosh Yeshiva of Telshe. As a young man, Rav Baruch studied under Rav Elchonon Wasserman, in Baranovich, and then under Rav Baruch Ber Lebovitz in Kamenitz. In 1940, he married Rachel Bloch, daughter of the Telsher Rav and Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Avraham Yitzchak Bloch. With the advent of WW2, they escaped to America and settled in Cleveland , where he joined his wife’s uncles, Rav Eliahu Meir Bloch and Rav Chaim Mordechai Katz who re-established Telshe in America . In 1943, Rav Baruch began delivering shiurim in the Yeshiva. In 1964, Rav Baruch, together with Rav Mordechai Gifter, assumed responsibility for the Yeshiva. He was also very active with Chinuch Atzmai, Torah Umesorah, Agudath lsrael of America

Today in History – 13 Shvat

· The French National Assembly granted full and equal citizenship to the Portuguese and Avignonese Jews, 1790. France was the first European country to pass such liberal legislation.

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  1. The Lechovitcher was the founder of Koidenov as well. The 1st Koidenover was his grandson and took over for his uncle R Noach. The Kobriner also became a chasid of the Koidenover for seven years until he became a Rebbe. zchuso yogen alenu v’al kol yisroel

  2. The Lechovitcher TZL.said that who ever is happy and mentions his name at the time of happiness he
    will see to do a favor in shamayim. He was a baal ruach hakodesh and there are many miracles told about him.


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