Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 3 Shevat


yahrtzeit-candlesRav Yosef Katz, brother-in-law of the Rema and author of She’eris Yosef (1591). Note: the Admor of Desh, Rav Tzvi Meir Panet (1923-2003) also authored a sefer called Shearis Yosef.

Rav Yosef Rakover, Rav of Eibeshetz, author of Mirkeves Hamishna (1703)

Rav Pinchas of Plotzk, talmid of the Vilna Gaon, and author of Maggid Tzedek (1823)

Rav Simcha Bunim of Peshischa (1767-1828). After learning at Mattersdorf and Nikolsburg, Rav Simcha Bunim was introduced to chasidus by his father-in-law, and became a chasid of of the Magid of Kozhnitz and then the Chozeh of Lublin. He followed Rav Yaakov Yitzchak (the Yid Hakadosh) as leader of Pshischa, emphasizing Torah study. Among the followers of his methods were the Kotzker Rebbe, the Vorker Rebbe, the Chadushei Harim of Ger and Rav Chanoch of Alexander.

Rav Moshe Yehuda Leib Zilberberg, Rav of Kutna and Yerushalayim, author of Zayis Raanan and Tiferes Yerushalayim (1865)

Rav Yechezkel Shraga Frankel-Teumim (1885). The son of Rav Yehoshua Heshel and grandson of Rav Baruch (the Baruch Taam), Rav Yechezkel Shraga was a close of chassid of his uncle, the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. He was appointed Rav of Klasna-Vielitshke, two towns which were located close to each other. His thoughts on Chumash and halacha are written in the sefer Divrei Yechezkel. He was succeeded by his son-in-law, Rav Shmuel Shmelke Azriel Frankel-Teumim.

Rav Yosef Kalish, Rebbe of Amshinov (1878-1935). The son of Rav Rav Menachem of Amshinov, grandson of Rav Yaakov Dovid of Amshinov, and great-grandson of Rav Yitzchak of Vorka. Rav Yosef was appointed Rav of Ostrova at the age of 27. He then succeeded his father in 1918. His son, Rav Yaakov Dovid (1906-1942), became Rebbe of Amshinov, upon Rav Yosef’s petrira.

Today in History – 3 Shevat

· Jewish mourners attacked in Fostat , Egypt , 1012
· King Philip Augustus of France arrests large numbers of Jews in shuls on the Shabbos, 1180.
· Jeronimo Jose Ramos, a merchant from Braganza , Portugal, was the last known Jew to be burned alive for secretly practicing Judaism, 1755.
· Date that Hitler (Y”Sh) became Chancellor, 1933.
· Beginning of the evacuation of Auschwitzconcentration camp, 1945
· Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw, 1945.
· FormerU.S. State Department official Alger Hiss, accused of being a Soviet spy in 1948, was found guilty of lying to a Grand Jury. He served 44 months in prison. Hiss maintained his innocence and fought his perjury conviction until his death at age 92 on November 15, 1996.

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