Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 29 Iyar


yahrtzeit-candlesRav Meir of Premishlan (1773), a talmid of the Baal Shem Tov.

Today in History – 29 Iyar

· Napolean defeated at Waterloo, 1815.
· A delegation of the National Convention of the World Agudah, headed by Rav Meir Don Plotzky, landed in New York to help establish a strong Agudah branch there and to raise money to strengthen Agudas Yisroel. The delegation included Rav Asher Lemel Spitzer, Rav of Kirchdorf, Rav Dr. Meir Hildesheimer, Rosh Bais Hamedrash LeRabbanim in Berlin, Dr. Nosson Birnbaum, Rav Yosef Lev and the Ozerover Rebbe, Rav Moshe Yechiel Epstein, as well as Rav Yitzchak Meir Levin, son-in-law of the Imrei Emes.
· The Communists complete their takeover of Czechoslovakia with the resignation of President Eduard Benes, 1948.

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  1. 29 Sivan(1997) is the yartzeit of my grandfather, Rabbi Alexander Sender Linchner z’l, founder of Boys Town, Jerusalem.

    Rabbi Linchner was a visionary who devoted his every thought, action and moment to Toras Yisroel, Am Yisroel and Eretz Yisroel. Inspired and guided by his legendary father-in-law, Reb Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, zt”l, founder of Torah U’Mesorah, and spiritual force behind virtually every major institution of Torah, Rabbi Linchner set out with a passionate commitment to teach and inspire Jewish youth, both here and in Israel.

    As a young American yeshiva student, he went to pre-war Europe to study with the sainted Chofetz Chaim, whose love for the Jewish People would continue to inspire Rabbi Linchner throughout his life. He returned to the U.S. only to be devastated at the loss of six million Jews, particularly one and a half million innocent children. He was permanently affected by the Nazis carefully orchestrated plan to bring about the spiritual demise of the Jewish People by systematically murdering the Roshei Yeshiva, rabbis and Torah scholars and destroying of all of Europe’s Torah centers, cities, towns and shtetlach. He viewed himself as a Holocaust survivor, committing his life to restore the Jewish People to their glory-primarily through its youth-return Torah learning to its primacy and build the Land of Israel.

    Profoundly influenced by Rabbi Shamshon Raphael Hirsch’s philosophy of Torah im Derech Eretz, he founded Boys Town Jerusalem where he would teach students that they stood in the place of that lost generation of Jewish children and would inspire them to carry on with our timeless Torah heritage.

    Rabbi Linchner nurtured Boys Town not just as a school, but as a movement. Its 5,000 graduates have taken the value system imbued in them to virtually every Israeli city, town and village which now bears indelible imprint of the sterling character and values of Rabbi Linchner and his revered and sainted mentors, the G’doley Yisroel.

    Most important, he touched the lives of countless Israeli youth, giving them hope, opportunity and the means to lead a self-respecting life as they collectively build the Land of Israel while molding its spiritual fiber.

  2. I thank you for your words on your grandfather, ZT”L. I have added them to my weekly yahrzeit list, from which the list originates. If you would like to be added to the list, please write me at


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