Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 21 Adar


flicker_100393-Rav Avraham ben Musa (1660-1733). Born to Rav Shlomo in Tutiuan, Morocco, he moved to Saly, Morocco some time before 1706, and was probably Rav of the city. A learned mekubal, he later moved to Fez. His most famous sefer is Minchas Sotah. His only remaining work on kabalah are his noted on Kisvei HaAri.. In about 1720, he moved to Tunisia where he appointed Rav and Rosh Yeshiva.
-Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk, author of Noam Elimelech, (1717-1787). Learned under the Maggid of Mezritch. Among his students were Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta, The Chozeh of Lublin, the Maggid of Kozhnitz, and Rav Menachem Mendel of Rimanov.
-Rav Aryeh Leib Halberstam of Dukla (1877)
-Rav Yitzchak Elchonon Spector, rav of Kovno (1817-1896), lived in Kovno 1866-1896. The 3rd son of Rav Yisrael Isser ben Elchonon, the rav of the Lithuanian town of Roush, located in the Grodno district. After he married (to Sara Raizel), he moved to Volkovisk where his father-in-law comfortably supported him. The rav in Volkovisk at that time was Rav Binyamin Diskin. A great luminary in and of himself, he was also famous for his illustrious son, Rav Yoshua Leib Diskin, the rav of Brisk, who later moved to Eretz Yisrael. Rav Binyamin Diskin was so impressed with Yitzchak Elchonon that he set up a special chavrusa to study with him Choshen Mishpot two hours a day. In 1837, when he was 20 years old, he accepted the offer to become rav of the small village of Zebelen, and then became rav in Baraze in 1839. He became rav of Novardok in 1851 and rav of Kovno in 1864. He held the position in Kovno for 32 years. He authored Be’er Yitzchak and Eyn Yitzchak (both teshuvos) and Nachal Yitzchak on Choshen Mishpat.
-Rav Itzele Ponevezher, Rosh Yeshiva in Slabodka and Ponevezh (1919 or 1918). He wrote Zecher Yitzchak.
-Rav Moshe Shmuel Glasner, a great-grandson of the Chasam Sofer, was born in Pressburg and later moved with his family to Klausenberg, where his father served as Rabbi. Rav Moshe succeeded his father in that post in 1878. His best known work is Dor Revi’i on Tractate Chullin, in which he explains those places where Rambam’s understanding differs from that of other Rishonim. (1924)
-Rav Shlomo Yosef Zevin, editor of the Talmudical Encyclopedia (1976)
-Rav Yitzchak Horowitz of Stetchin (1862-1940). His father was a direct descendent of Rav Naftali Tzvi of Ropshitz, and his uncle was the Imrei Noam of Dzikov. Rav Yitzchak was succeeded by his son Rav Yehuda, who moved to New York before passing away in 1982.
-Rav Shalom Schnitzler, the Tchaba Rav of London (1989)

Today in History – 21 Adar                      
·      The first dated edition of the Mishneh Torah was published, 1490.

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  1. Moshe Shmuel Glasner was born on 21 Adar 5516 (1856). His yahrzeit is 21 Tishri (Shemini Atzeret). He passed away in 5585 (1924).


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