Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 24 Shevat


Rav Shaul Halevi Mortorah, Av Beis Din of Amsterdam, author of Givat Shaul (1660)

Rav Avraham Yechiel of Halberstadt, author of Nezer Hakodesh (1730)

Rav Shlomo Margulies, Rav of Zelitschek, a close talmid of the Baal Shem Tov (1733-1805).
Rav Shabtai Shaltiel, Rav in Yerushalayim (1846).

Today in History – 24 Shvat

· Ritual murder libel of the daughter of the Rav of Speyer, 1195. Although there was no proof of any wrongdoing, she was dismembered and her body was hanged in the market place for a few days. The Rav, along with many others, were killed and their houses burned.
· New Christians (Conversos), especially the wealthy, were attacked in Toledo during a revolt against taxation, 1449. Three hundred citizens banded together to defend themselves and during one attack a Christian was killed. In response, 22 Marranos were murdered and numerous houses burnt.
· Leopold I ordered Jews to be expelled from Vienna within a few months, 1670, having been persuaded to do so by Margaret, the daughter of the Spanish Regent Phillip IV, who blamed the death of her firstborn on the tolerance shown to the Jews.
· Local duke granted Jews right of residence in Stuttgart, Germany, 1779.
· First shul in Madrid dedicated after 425 years, 1917.

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  1. Today is the yartzeit of HaGaon HaRav Isser Yehuda Unterman (1886–1976), a talmid of Rav Shimon Shkop in the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Maltsch. Rav Shkop zt”l was a Talmid of the Netziv and Rav Chaim Soloveitchik.
    Rav was also the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1964 until 1972 and the former chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv from 1946 – even before the establishment of the State of Israel. He was also the author of Shaivet MiYehudah, his response work.

    Rav Unterman is cited authoritatively by Rav Ovadiah Yosef zt”l and the Tzitz Eliezer. His many Teshuvos were crucial in establishing many halachic rulings in regard to the fledgling State of Israel.

    Rav Unterman was born in Brisk, the home town of both the Brisker Rav as well as Menachem Begin. In 1924, Rav Unterman was selected to become the head rabbi of Liverpool, England. Rav Unterman worked hard to relieve the suffering of refugees in England during the Second World War.

    In 1946, Rav Unterman became the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and worked hard to reform the Bais Din system and reach out to chiloni Israelis. Rav Unterman died on 24 Shvat – on January 26, 1976 in Yerushalayim.

  2. To Mr. Anonymous,
    re: “Brisk, the home town of both the Brisker Rav as well as Menachem Begin”.
    No wonder why you choose to remain anonymous.

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