Today’s Yahrzteits and History – 27 Nissan


flicker_100393-Rav Asher Margulies, a Yerushalmi mekubal, author of Kumi V’Roni
-Rav Yehuda Kahana, the Kuntres Hasefeikos (1819)
Rav Levi Yitzchak Greenwald, the Tzelemer Rav (1980). He arrived in Americain 1939, just before the onset of WW2, after his Beis Medrash was destroyed on Kristellnacht, and he re-established his Beis Medrash in Williamsburg. He also established one of the first Chasidishe yeshivos in America, Arugas Habosem, named after his father, the Chuster Rav, who was known as the Argas Habosem.
-Rav Shalom Moshe Ungar, son of Rav Shmuel Dovid Ungar, a descendent of the Abarbanel (who was himself a descendent of Dovid Hamelech). (1916-2003) Born in Krumpach, Slovakia. In 1941, he married the daughter of Rav Simcha Greenberg, an ardent Munkatcher chasid. Supported by his father-in-law, Rav Shalom Moshelearned bechavrusa with his brother-in-law, Rav Meir Greenberg, later to become the Kezmarker Rav of New York. Rav Shalom Mosheworked with another brother-in-law, Rav Michoel Ber Weissmandl, in rescue operations during the War. Deportations from Nitrabegan in Elul of 1944. The Nitrayeshiva (of 200 bachurim) was the last yeshiva in Europeto remain open and was liquidated on the 17th of Elul. Hiding in the forest for the remainder of the War, Rav Shalom Moshelost his father, his wife, and his three children. In 1947, he was officially named Rav of Nitra. In 1948, the Nitrakehilla was established in MountKrisco, Westchester County, NY.
-Rav Avigdor Miller (1908-2001). Born in Baltimore, Rav Avigdor attended public school like all the other Jewish boys from religious homes, and he studied Torah with his grandfather and other local rabbonim. At the age of 14, he left to study at Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchak Elchonon, which at the time was the only Jewish high school offering high-level Jewish studies in the U.S.It was there that he met future leaders of US Jewery, such as Rav Nosson Wachtfogel, Rav Yehuda Davis and Rav Mordechai Gifter. They met met secretly in Rav Miller’s dormitory room in to hear a shiur in Mesillas Yeshorim by Rav Yaakov Yosef Herman. In 1932, he followed Rav Aizik Sher to Slobodka, where he spent six years learning. In 1935 he married his life partner for 64 years, Ethel Lessin. The first rabbinical position which Rav Avigdor accepted was in Chelsea, Massachusetts. In 1945, Rav Miller was offered a job as mashgiach of Chaim Berlinby Rav Hutner, a position he kept for 19 years. He was then invited by the Young Israel of Rugby to be their unofficial rov. The shul, located at East 49 street in the East Flatbushsection of Brooklyn, a position which became official in 1946-47. He began writing his first book, Rejoice O Youth, in 1963. In 1964, when Yeshivas Chaim Berlinmoved to Far Rockaway, Rav Miller decided to resign and devote himself full time to his congregation and his writing. He finished writing the book in 1965.

 Today in History- 27 Nissan
· Jewish residents of Speyer, Germany, were expelled, 1435.

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  1. RE : Rav Avigdor Miller

    You state “They met secretly in Rav Miller’s dormitory room in to hear a shiur in Mesillas Yeshorim by Rav Yaakov Yosef Herman”
    I question the use of word secretly as it implies covert actions .. why ?? who cared ?? who would have stopped them ??

    You state: “1935 he married his life partner for 64 years, Ethel Lessin”
    I think she was the daughter of Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Lessin (Slabodka) Mashgiach at YU (ok.. RIETS)

    Historical revisionism by means of omissions and obfuscation

    Rabbi Moshe Hakohen Lessin
    Rabbi Lessin was born in Kapoli, Minsk. He received his rabbinical training in Yeshivat Knesset Yisroel from 1905 until 1912, and was a prominent talmid of the Sabah, the famed Rabbi Finkel of Slobodka. He attended to the personal needs of the Sabah and absorbed his teachings. He received semikhah from Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein zt’l, the noted Slobodka rosh yeshiva, and Rabbi Boruch Dov Leibowitz zt’l, rosh yeshiva of Kaminetz. He served as a rabbi in Lithuania, specifically in the cities of Gertigoli and Neishtat-Sugind. In 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, he came to America and served for three years as a rabbi in Boston. He founded yeshivot in Chelsea and Dorchester. In 1942, he was appointed mashgiach ruchani of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary by its president, Rabbi Samuel Belkin zt’l. Rabbi Lessin had great impact upon the lives of many students who acquired an appreciation of the fear and service of Heaven from him. He authored three works of mussar: Derech Chaim; Orach Chaim; and Hamaor Shebatorah.


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