Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 9 Teves



Ezra Hasofer and Nechemya

Rav Ezra of Gerona (1227), the Ramban’s teacher in Kabalah. He himself learned Kabbalah from Rav Yitzchak Sagi Nahor, son of the Ravad III.

Rabbeinu Yosef, son of Shmuel Hanaggid, and son-in-law of Rav Nissim Gaon of Kirouan was murdered in an Arab pogrom with another 1500 Jews in Spain (1067).

Rav Yehoshua Basis (1860). Chacham and Chief Rabbi of Tnisia for many years.

Rav Yehuda (“Reb Yiddel”) Weber (1920-2006). Born in Vodkert, Hungary to Rav Yissacher Weber, a descendent of the Bach, and of Rebbetzin Chana, a niece of the Arugas Bosem. After his Bar Mitzvah, Yehuda was sent to learn in Pupa under Rav Yaakov Yechezkel Grunwald, the Vayaged Yaakov, the Pupa Rebbe, who was his rebbi muvhak for 7 years. Rav Yehuda then served as mashgiach of Pupa. When the yeshiva was closed in 1944, Rav Yehuuda spent 6 months in the local work camps before being deported to Bergen Belsen. In 1946, his sister introduced him to his Rebbetzin, Batsheva. A year later, his sister, Miriam, married the Pupa Rebbe. Both families settled in Antwerp, then moved to Williamsburg, in New York, in 1950. In 1952, he was appointed Rosh Yeshiva of the newly established Pupa Yeshiva, first located in Queens, then in Ossining, in Westchester County. Although his family stayed in Williamsburg, Reb Yiddel made the 40-mile drive for four decades.

Today in History – 9 Teves

· Yosef, the son of Shmuel Hanaggid, and son-in-law of Rav Nissan of Kirouan, was murdered in an Arab pogrom with another 1,500 Jews in Muslim Spain, 1066.
· Avraham Ibn Ezra begun work on his Iggeres HaShabbos, a work defending the traditional reckoning of Shabbos and Yom Tov against the trend to begin them only at day break rather than the previous night, 1158.
· Ritual murder massacre at Fulda resulted in the death of 32 Jews, 1235. Following this event, Emperor Frederick II declared that since Jews are prohibited from eating animal blood, they would surely be banned from using human blood. He forbade anyone from accusing Jews of this charge.
· The Pope bans conversion of Jewish children without consent of their parents, 1420, a ban which was often ignored.
· French Captain Alfred Dreyfus was falsely convicted of passing secret French military documents found in the German embassy in Paris, 1894. He was court-martialed for treason and sent into exile to Devil’s Island. A worldwide campaign to vindicate his name eventually led to his pardon.
· Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich name Adolf Eichmann leader of “Referat IV B” (in charge of transport of Jews for Final Solution), 1939.
· The United Nations repeals the Zionism is Racism proclamation, 1991.

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