Yahrtzeits – 2 Nissan
-Rabbeinu Baruch, father of the Maharam miRottenberg (1275)
-Rav Eliyahu Kalmankash, Rav of Lublin (1633)
-Rav Shalom Dov Ber Schneerson, the Rebbe RaShaB, 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe (1860-1920). He is the author of hundreds of major tracts in the exposition of Chassidic thought.
-Rav Nachman Shmuel Yaakov Meyudesar (1872-1948). Born in Warsaw, he became Rav and Rosh Yeshiva in Brok, Poland. While there, he published his sefer Amudei Yehonasan, named after his grandfather, Rav Yehonasan Eibishitz. After thirty years, he realized his dream to move to Eretz Yisrael and became the second Rav of Bnai Brak.
-Rav Yaakov Yosef Twersky, Skverer Rebbe (1899-1968). In the summer of 1919, because of the pogroms in the Ukraine that followed the Bolshevik Revolution, the family moved to Kiev. A few months later, on 15 Kislev, his father, Rav Dovid, the Skverer Rebbe, was niftar, and the following fall, the remaining family left for Kishinev, Bessarabia (Moldavia). In 1925, Reb Yaakov Yosef married and moved to Belz. A few years later, he returned to Romania and led the Skverer Chasidim in Kolorash as their Rebbe. In the winter of 1945, he moved to Bucharest, from where he moved to the United States (in 1948). After establishing his court in Boro Park, then Williamsburg, he founded New Square in 1957.
Yahrtzeits – 3 Nissan
-Rav Aryeh Leib Grossnass, author of Lev Aryeh
-Rav Eliyahu Meir Finkel, Nasi Yeshivas Mir, Yerushalayim, and father of the current Mirrer Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel.
-Rav Dovid Stavsky (1930-2004), served in the Columbus (Ohio) Jewish community for the last 47 years of his life, including as Rabbi of Beth Jacob Congregation. He graduated from Yeshiva in 1952, ordained at the RIETS in 1955, and earned a Masters degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1966. Served as Chaplain in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital and was the Post-Chaplain at Fort Carson in Denver, Colorado from 1955-1957. He helped found Columbus Torah Academy in 1958, led the effort to build a mikvah in Columbus in 1970, helped found the Columbus Community Kollel in 1994.
Today in History – 2 Nissan
· Jews of Mayence, Germany, were massacred, 1283.
· King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella signed decree expelling Jews from Spain (later delayed through the actions of Abarbanel), 1492.
· Anti-Jewish riots broke out in Yerushalayim, 1881.Today in History – 3 Nissan
· A decree expelling Jews form Spain and Sicily was issued, 1492.
· Jews of Prussia were granted equality, 1848.
· Ritual charges resulted in pogroms on the island of Corfu, 1891.
· In the Children’s Aktzion of 1944, Nazis raided the Kovno ghetto and removed all children for execution.