Today’s Yahrtzeits – 21 Cheshvan


yahrtzeit-candlesRav Dovid ben Zimra, the Radbaz (1480-1573). Arriving in Tzefas as a child after the Spanish expulsion, he emigrated to Egypt in 1514. Shortly thereafter, he was recognized as chief rabbi of Egypt, apost he held for 40 years. His income, however, came through business, from which he became quite wealthy. Among his talmidim in Cairo were Rav Yitzchak Luiria (the Ari) and Rav Betazelel Azhkenazi, the Shita Mekubetzes. In 1553, he returned to Eretz Yisrael, settling in Tzefas.

Rav Avraham Azulai, author of Chessed L’Avraham (1569-1643), which is often quoted in the writings of the Ari HaKodesh. Rav Avraham was the great, great-grandfather of the Chida. Born in Fez, Morocco, he eventually moved to Chevron in 1609 and became the holy city’s Chief Rabbi.

Rav Yichya Halevi Alshich, head of Yemenite community

Rav Dovid Shlomo Eibshitz of Soroka (1755-1813), author of Levushei Serad (on halacha) and Arvei Nachal (a Torah commentary with Chasidic philosophy). In 1809, he settled in Tzefat, Israel, where he died and is buried.

Rav Yissacher Ber of Podheitz, son of the Pnei Yehoshua (1844)

Rav Elazar HaKohen of Poltusk (1881)

Rav Moshe of Shitchelnik (1912)

Rav Betzalel Stern, author of Teshuvos B’Tzel Hachochma, and brother of Rav Moshe Stern (1988)

{Yahrtzeits licensed to by Manny Saltiel and Newscenter}


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