Rav Tzvi Hirsch of Nadvorna, the Tzemach Hasehm Letzvi (1801)
Rav Haim Mordechai Labaton (1780-1869). The son of Luna and Helfon Labaton, became Chief Rabbi and Av Beis Din of Aleppo. Rabbi Haim Mordecai married Morhava and had three sons, Helphon, Eliezer and Joseph Labaton, all of whom became rabbis. At age 70, Rabbi Haim Mordecai was disturbed that he did not have a daughter. After much discussion, he decided to marry a younger woman, who could bear him daughters. Sure enough, his wife bore him a daughter, Luna, who was wed to Rabbi Ezra Suede.
Rav Elazar Flecklesh, author of Teshuva M’Ahava
Rav Feivish Shneelbalg of London (2000)
Rav Yisrael Dan Taub, the Modziter Rebbe (1928-2006). He was born in Warsaw, and made aliyah with his family at the age of seven. In 1950, he married Rochel, the daughter of Rav Shmuel Aharon Shadrovitzki from Bialistok. He became Rebbe upon the passing of his father, the Imrei Eish. He led his Chassidim for many years from his beis medrash in Tel Aviv, and in 1995, he moved to a new location in Bnei Brak. He was also a member of the Agudas Yisrael Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah. He was buried next to the kever of his father at Har HaZeisim. The Modzitz dynasty descends from Rav Yechezkel of Kuzmir, Poland, who was a talmid of the Chozeh of Lublin. Reb Yisrael Dan, was Rav Yechezkel’s grandson’s great-grandson. The tradition of composing and singing niggunim was started by the second Modzitzer rebbe, known as the Zvoliner Rebbe, Rav Shmuel Eliyahu.
Today in History – 20 Sivan
· Declared a fast day by Rabbeinu Tam, to commemorate the burning at the stake of 51 Jews in the French city of Blois in 1171.
· Declared a fast day in the Polish communities to commemorate the 5408-09 (Tach V’Tat) Cossack Massacres [1648-49] following the murder of 6000 Jews of Nemirov during the Chmielnicki massacres [Magen Avraham 580]. It is well known that the Tosefos Yom Tov attributed the massacres to talking in shul. He accordingly composed a special Mi She’Berach to be recited on behalf of those who refrained from talking in Shul, which is recited to this very day.
· Israelannexed the Old City and officially united all of Yerushalayim, 1967.