-Yehoshua bin Nun, Buried in Timnas Serach in Har Ephraim (1354-1244 BCE)
-Rav Ephraim Navon, the Machaneh Ephraim (1677-1735). Born in Andrinople to Rav Aharon, he married the daughter of Rav Yehuda Ergaz. He served as Chief Rabbi of Constantinople.
-Rav Moshe Halberstam (1932-2006). Born in the town of Tshakawe, Galiciato Rav Yaakov Halberstam, he was a great-great-great grandson of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. As a youth, he studied at Yeshivas Beis Avraham Slonim under the Nesivos Shalom of Slonim. His rebbi muvhak was Rav Shmuel Wosner. He delivered shiurim for decades in a kollel for halacha that he headed. He was a member of the Eida Chareidis Beis Din and rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Tshakawe. In 1997, he was appointed a member of Badatz. He published a collection of responsa called Divrei Moshe. He founded the Vaad HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tzedaka, and was the head of the charity Chibas Yerushalayim Kupas Rebbe eir Baal Hannes. His son-in-law Rav Mattisyahu Deitch founded the Yad Ramah Institute under the guidance of the greatest halachic authorities of today, and it deals with solutions for problems in halacha and medicine.
-Rav Moshe Teitelbaum, The Satmar Rebbe (2006). Author of Beirach Moshe, he is buried in Kiyas Yoel.
Today in History – 26 Nissan
· A petition signed by 250,000 Germans, 1881, was presented to the government requesting the barring of foreign Jews from admission into Germany. This petition marked the opening of modern German anti-Semitism.
· Daeth of Albert Einstein, Princeton, NJ, 1955
· Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly in space, orbiting the Earth once before making a safe landing, 1961.