Rav Levi ben Gershon (Ralbag), philosopher, and commentator on Chumash. Though a distinguished Talmudist, Levi never held a rabbinical office. He earned a livelihood most probably by
the practice of medicine. (1288-1344).
Rav Yosef Meir Weiss, Admor of Spinka, disciple of Rav Yitzchak Eizik of Ziditchov and of Rav Chaim of Sanz, author of Imrei Yosef (1838-1909)
Rav Dov Berish Zeitlyn of Vilna (1920)
Rav Yaakov Chaim Perlow of Stolin, buried in Detroit (1946)
Rav Menachem Mendel Halberstam of Stropkov, author of Divrei Menachem, uncle of Rav Yechezkel Shraga Lifshitz (1954). During the Holocaust, the Rebbe initially hid in Budapest, then, with the Nazi occupation of Hungary, was taken to Bratislava, Slovakia–along with his wife, a granddaughter, and one son. He lived in New York after the war, teaching at the Stropkover Yeshiva in Williamsburg. He authored the sefer Divrei Menachem.
Rav Raphael Binyamin Levine, Rosh Yeshiva of Beis Aryeh-Yerushalayim
Rav Tzvi (Hersh) Tevel (1916-2006). Born in Dinov, Galicia, he began learning at Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin when he was 17 where his chavrusa was Rav Chaim Kreiswirth. At the age of 22, he became Rosh Yeshiva in Yeshiva Divrei Chaim in Cracow. After his father was murdered by the Nazis, Rav Tevel escaped to Russia with his mother and six siblings. After his marriage, his moved to Boro Park in 1951, establishing a shul – Siach Hasadeh – in 1966. For two years, he also ran a yeshiva, Zichron Yaakov. He authored several volumes of Tzion L’nefesh and another sefer called Gilyonei Tzvi.
Today in History – 6 Iyar
· Many Jews of Cordova, Spain, massacred by the soldiers of Suleiman ibn Al-Hakim, 1013.
· A Church synod meeting in Vienna ordered distinctive garb for Jews, 1267.
· Council of Hanover ordered the severance of all business connections between Jews and Christians, 1588.
· English physician Edward Jenner successfully inoculated 8-year old James Phipps against smallpox by using cowpox matter, 1796.
· Widespread pogroms broke out in Kiev, Russia, in 1881, and spread throughout the Russian empire. Many downtrodden Jews began feeling that they would be safe only if they had their own homeland. This led to the formation in 1882 of Chovevei Zion, the first organized modern Zionist movement.
· Beginning of England’s 28-year mandate over Eretz Yisrael, 1920. This date became known as San Remo Day.
· The British mandate over Eretz Yisrael came to an end, 1948, exactly 28 years after it began.
· The armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon invaded Israel, 1948.
· The Arab Legion captured Neveh Yaakov, the last Jewish settlement north of Yerushalayim, 1948.