Saturday, June 30, 2007

15 Tamuz - Yahrzeits

R' Chaim ben Moshe Ibn Atar, the Ohr HaChaim HaKodosh (1743) For more, see A Simple Jew, Heichal HaNegina, and another great story here. (Some of these are old but worth seeing again.)

R' Aryeh Leib ben R' Asher Ginzberg, the Shagas Aryeh (1695-1785) One of the greatest minds of his time. The Vilna Gaon said that the Shagas Aryeh was greater than him in nigleh, but not in nistar.

R' Amram Blau, head of Neturei Karta in Yerushalayim (1974) This "Neturei Karta" is not to be confused the one in the news recently. The shita of the real "Neturei Karta" was basically the same as that of the Satmar Rebbe. He fought against the desecration of Shabbos in Eretz Yisroel and was respected by the Chazon Ish and many other gedolim of the time. His brother was R' Moshe Blau of Agudas Yisroel.

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