Rav Menachem Azariah deFano (from Pano), Italian mekubal, known as the Rema miPano (1548-1620).
Rav Benzion Halberstam of Bobov (1874-1942). Born in Bokovosk, Galicia , to Rav Shlomo Halberstam, a grandson of Rav Chaim of Sanz. In 1893, Rav Shlomo moved to Bobov and appointed his son, Rav Benzion Rav of the town. His father’s work at working with youth was sadly cut short when he died suddenly in 1905, at the age of 58. On the following Shabbos, Rav Shlomo’s brothers appointed Rav Benzion the Bobover Rebbe. He followed in his father’s footsteps by focusing on the youth. He was murdered with 20,000 Jews after being forced to dig a mass grave in a forest outside of Lvov (Lemberg). Rav Benzion was survived by two sons – Rav Shlomo Halberstam, the Bobover Rebbe (d. 2000), and Rav Yechezkel Dovid (d. 1978), as well as 7 daughters, the oldest of whom was Devora Leah Twerski, of Milwaukee.
Rav Eliyahu Glucksman, dayan of the Washington Heights (New York) community, teacher at Bais Yaakov and Rika Breuers Teachers Seminary. Born in Berlin, he escaped to England in 1938, where he studied under Rav Eliyahu Dessler. He later emigrated to Eretz Yisrael, where he learned at Bais Yosef, Petach Tikvah, and then 10 years in Bnei Brak at Kollel Chazon Ish (1921-2004).
Today in History – 4 Av
· Nechemia starts building the wall around Yerushalayim, 444 BCE
· Anti-Jewish riots in Arnstadt, Germany, 1264
· Rashba proclaimed a ban on the study of metaphysics and philosophy by students under the age of 30, 1305. The Cherem was both famous and controversial
· Jewish males of Aniksht and the Jews of Vilkovishk, both in Lithuania, were killed by the Nazis, 1941
· Russians liberate Lublin concentration camp, 1944