Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 23-24 Kislev


Rav Dovid of Novhardok (1837), author of Galya Maseches

Rav Dovid Teveli Shiff, author of Lashon Zahav, and the son of Shlomo Zalman HaKohen Shiff

Rav Elimelech of Tosh (now Nytass), Hungary (1946). Son of the founder of the Tosher dynasty, Rav Meshulem Feish Lowy.

Rav Shabsai Yudelevitz, Yerushalmi maggid (1924-1996).

Today in History – 23 Kislev

· Jews were coerced into confessing that they had poisoned wells to cause the Black Plague in Europe. This brought on a wave of expulsions and pogroms against Jews throughout Europe from Poland to Spain. (1349).
· Death of Johann Andreas Eisenmenger, the most dangerous libeler of the Talmud, 1704. He wrote a two-volume, two thousand page book on the “wickedness of the Talmud” entitled “Endecktes Judenthum” (Unveiled Judaism). While negotiations were going on between the Jews of Frankfurt-on-Maine, Eisenmenger, and the banker involved with the publication, Eisenmenger suddenly died of apoplexy.
· Frederickthe Great took Prague in the Wars of Succession and the populace ransacked the ghetto, 1744.
· The “Jewish Free School” was established by Isaac Daniel Itzig and his brother in law, David Friedlander in Germany, a milestone in the spread of Haskalah, 1778.
· The desecration of a new shul in Cologne, Germany sparked a wave of anti-Jewish incidents throughout Western Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Africa, 1959.
· In twin attacks in Kenya, three suicide bombers killed 14 people at an Israeli-owned hotel, while at least two missiles were fired at (but missed) an Israeli airline taking off from Mombassa airport, 2002.

Yahrtzeits – 24 Kislev

Rav Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini, the Sdei Chemed (1832-1904). Rav Chaim was born in
Yerushalayim and was married at 18. After his father was niftar two years later, Rav Chaim’s cousins in Constantinople offered to support his learning if he moved there. After 13 years in Turkey, he took a position of Rav in the small city of Karasubazar in Crimea. He served there for 33 years, fighting the forces of the Kariites, before moving back to Yerushalayim. He lived there for 2 years, then moved to Chevron, where he was appointed Rav of the city in 1880. His Sdei Chemed is a monumental, universally-acclaimed 18-volume Talmudic and halachic encyclopedia.

Today in History – 24 Kislev

· Chanukas habayis of the Second Beis Hamikdash (Chaggai 2:10-23), 3409
· Austrian constitution (Ausgleich ) abolished discrimination based on religious differences, 1867. It included the right to hold office, freedom of occupation, settlement and religion.
· The sinking of the Patria in Haifa, 1940. The Patria was a French ship which carried 1,771 illegal immigrants. The Hagana tried to prevent the British from deporting those aboard Mauritius, but the explosive charge destroyed the ship and it sank, drowning 257 people.
· S.S. commander of Treblinka sentenced to life imprisonment, 1970
· Death of Ido Zoldan, 29 and a father of two, was murdered in a terrorist shooting attack in Samaria. Palestinian Authority terrorists fired on the man as he drove past the village of Funduk, near Kedumim.

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