Thursday, April 30, 2009

Yartzeits 6-12 Iyar

6 Iyar

R' Levi bar Gershom, the Ralbag (1344)

R' Yosef Meir ben R' Shmuel Weiss, First Spinka Rebbe, Imrei Yosef (1909)
Talmid of the Sar Sholom of Belz, Divrei Chaim, Tzemach Tzadik of
Vizhnitz and R' Yitzchok Aizik of Zhidichov

R' Dov Berish Zeitlyn of Vilna (1920)

R' Yaakov Chaim Ben R' Yisroel Perlow, Stoliner Rebbe, was Rebbe in Detroit

R' Menachem Mendel ben R' Avrohom Sholom Halberstam, Stropkover Rebbe (1955)

7 Iyar

Yahrzeit of R' Shlomo Ephraim of Lunshitz, ben R' Ahron, Kli Yakar (1619)
(The yahrzeit is recorded in some places as 7 Adar II. According to the bio in one of the newer printings of Kli Yakar, this is a mistake that was made on the new matzeiva and 7 Iyar is correct. I could see how this mistake was made Iyar rubbed out could look like Adar.)


8 Iyar

R' Yerachmiel Rabinowitz of Peshischa (1831) son of the Yid HaKodosh, R' Yaakov Yitzchok

R' Moshe Mordechai Twersky of Lublin-Trisk HY"D(1943) ben R' Yaakov Aryeh Leib of Trisk

R' Rephoel Binyomin Levine, Rosh Yeshiva of Beis Aryeh-Yerushalayim (2002) son of R' Aryeh Leib, the famous "Tzadik of Yerushalaim"


9 Iyar

R' Avigdor ben Yitzchok Kara (1439) Mekubal and Dayan in Prague, survivor of the the pogrom of Easter 1389 that killed 3000 Jews.


R' Moshe of Shatz ben R' Boruch of Vizhnitz (1926)


R' Yissachar Chaim Abulafia (1781)


R' Shalom Mashash, Divrei Shalom


R' Moshe Hager, the Rosh Yeshiva of Seret-Vizhnitz (1999) son of the
Seret-Vizhnitz Rebbe, the Mekor Boruch, R' Boruch


10 Iyar

Eli HaKohen and his sons, Chofni and Pinchas (890 B.C.E.)

R' Yitzchok ben Yaakov HaKohen Alfasi, the Rif, one of the greatest and most well known Rishonim

R' Yitzchak Issac Yehuda Yechiel Safrin of Komarna (1874), author of Heichal Habracha, Shulchan Hatahor, Zohar Chai, Nesiv Mitzvosecha, Notzer Chesed and other seforim. Son of R' Alexander Sender of Komarna

R' Dovid Twersky of Tolna ben R' Mordechai of Chernobyl (1882)

R' Hillel Lichtenstein of Kolomei, Hungary (1891), talmid of the Chasam Sofer, vigorously fought against the slightest deviation from Yiddishkeit

R' Yosef Teumim, the Pri Megadim

R' Meir ben Tzvi Hirsh Margolies, Meir Nesivim, talmid of the Baal Shem Tov


11 Iyar

R' Eliyahu Shema HaLevi (1804) Av Beis Din in Eretz Yisroel, wrote sefer Korbon Isha

R' Naftali Tzvi of Ropshitz ben R' Menachem Mendel (1827), wrote sefer Zera Kodesh, talmid of the Rebbe, Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk, Reb Mendel of Rimanov and the Chozeh of Lublin See Reb Naftali Ropshitzer On Yichus

R' Yitzchak of Radvil (1832), son of R' Yechiel Michel, the Magid of Zlotchov, his teaching are in sefer Ohr Yitzchok

R' Yehudah Tzvi of Stretin (1844) ben R' Shmuel Zanvil. He was a talmid of R' Aron Leib of Premishlan and talmid muvhak of R' Uri "the Saraf" of Strelisk. He wrote Degel Machane Yehudah.


12 Iyar

R' Masoud Abuchatzeira, son of R' Yaakov, the Abir Yaakov, and the father of Baba Sali


(will update for the rest of the month)


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Month of Iyar

Iyar Yartzeits

1 Iyar

Reb Abba Shaul, one of the Talmudic gedolim

R' Yosef Yoska ben R' Yehudah Yudel, Yesod Yosef, rebbe of the Kav Hayosher

R' Tzvi Hirsch ben R' Yaakov Ashkenazi, the Chacham Tzvi (1718)

R' Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk (1788) ben R' Moshe -Together with R' Avrohom Kalisker, they were the first Rebbes to move to Eretz Yisroel. Both of their Torah can be found in Pri HaAretz. For more see here and here.

R' Shmuel Shmelke Halevi Horowitz of Nikolsburg (1778) ben R' Tzvi Hirsh of Chortkov Known as "the Rebbe Reb Shmelke". See here for more on the Rebbe, Reb Shmelke.

R' Avrohom of Slonim-Baranovich ben R' Shmuel, the Beis Avrohom (1933)

R' Akiva Yosef Schlesinger, author of Lev HaIvri (1922)

R' Moshe Shmuel ben R' Aryeh Shapira, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Beer Yaakov(2006) descendent of the Netziv


2 Iyar

R' Moshe Zakan Mazuz of Djerba (1915)

R' Avrohom Badush of Mexico, author of Me'oros Avrohom


3 Iyar


Maharal Tzintz of Plotzk, R' Aryeh Leib ben Reb Moshe (1833) - Wrote many
sforim and said he would be an advocate for anyone that helps print his

Reb Shayalay Kerestirer, Reb Yeshaya ben Reb Moshe Shteiner (1925) Talmid of
the Divrei Chaim of Sanz and the Ach Pri Tevua of Liska. Was known for the
yeshuas he helped bring. His picture is one of the most poular ones around -
it is known as a segula to keep mice away.

4 Iyar

R' Yaakov ben R' Ahron Sasportas, Rov of Amsterdam and antagonist of Shabtai Tzvi (1695)

R' Yosef Dov ben R' Yitzchok Zev Halevi Soloveitchik of Brisk, the Beis Halevi (1892)

R' Shmuel Eliyahu ben R' Shaul Yedidya Elazer Taub, Modzhitzer Rebbe (1984)

5 Iyar

R' Yeshaya Pick, author of Hagaos to Mesores HaShas (1799)

R' Moshe Zorach Eidelitz of Prague, author of Ohr La'yeshorim, Berurei Hamidos and Meleches Machsheves (1780)

R' Meir Auerbach, Imrei Binah, Rov of Yerushalayim (1878)

R' Chaim Eliezer ben R' Boruch Rabinowitz, Yampola Rebbe (1916) He was the first Chassidishe Rebbe in America. Descendent of the Magid of Zlotchov and the Baal Shem Tov. The present Skolya Rebbe, who is his great-grandson, along with a large group of his chassidim and many others go to daven at the kever in Queens, at Mt. Judah Cemetery, on the yahrzeit.


Will be updated IY"H

Friday, April 3, 2009

Pesach Links

Nisan Yartzeits (Updated)

1 Nisan - Nadav and Avihu, sons of Ahron HaKohen
1 Nisan -Rav Rachumai, Tanna
1 Nisan -R' Shmuel Kellin of Boskowitz, wrote Machtzis Hashekel on
Magen Avrohom
1 Nisan -R' Moshe Yosef Hoffman, Dayan in Pupa
1 Nisan -R' Elimelech ben R' Chaim Meir Yechiel of Grodzensk, wrote Divrei Elimelech and Imrei Elimelech. Father of the Piazeczna Rebbe HY"D( Aish Kodesh, Chovas Hatalmidim)


2 Nisan -R' Sholom Dov Ber ben R' Shmuel Schneerson, the Rebbe RaShaB, 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe (1920)

2 Nisan -R' Yaakov Yosef ben R' Dovid Twersky, Skverer Rebbe (1968)


3 Nisan -R' Aryeh Leib Grossnass, author of Lev Aryeh
3 Nisan -R' Eliyahu Meir Finkel, (father of the current Mirrer Rosh Yeshiva, R' Nosson Tzvi Finkel) Nasi of Mirrer Yeshiva, Yerushalayim

3 Nisan -R' Levi Yitzchak Slonim, was the son of Rebbetzin Menuchah Rochel, daughter of the Mitteler Rebbe

4 Nisan -R' Yochonon Twersky of Rachmastrivka, son of R' Mordechai, the Magid of Chernobyl (1895)
4 Nisan -R' Yaakov Tzvi ben R' Gamliel Mecklenberg, author of Haksav V'hakabolah (1865)

5 Nisan - R' Avrohom Yehoshua Heschel ben R' Shmuel, the Apta Rov, Ohev Yisroel (1825) buried next to Baal Shem Tov. See here for more.
5 Nisan -R' Tzvi Elimelech Shapira of Bluzhov ben R' Dovid of Dinov, wrote Tzvi Latzadik
5 Nisan -R' Moshe ben Shlomo Rokeach(1939) Kiev-Zlotchover Rebbe. He is a descendent of R' Elazar of Amsterdam. He is buried in Mount Judah Cemetery in Queens, NY.
5 Nisan -R' Reuven Yosef Gershonowitz, the Tzaddik of Ofakim (1995)

6 Nisan -R' Aharon ben R' Shmuel Yaakov Roth, Shomer Emunim (1947) The Shomer Emunim, Toldos Ahron and Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok dynasties come from him.
6 Nisan -R' Meir Don Plotsky, author of Kli Chemda (1928)
6 Nisan -R. Hillel ben Zev Tzvi HaKohen Klein, Buried in Brooklyn's Washington Cemetery. See here for more.
6 Nisan -R' Meir ben Yaakov Schiff, the Maharam Schiff (Some sources say 20Adar)

7 Nisan - R' Pinchos Zelig, Rav of Lask and author of Ateres Paz (1670)
7 Nisan - R' Yitzchok of Drohbich (1758) ben R' Yosef, father of R' Yechiel Mechel of Zlotchov
7 Nisan - R' Aryeh Leib Yellin of Bialystock, author of Yefeh Einayim (1884)
7 Nisan - Dr. Moshe Wallach, founder of Shaarei
Tzedek Hospital (1957), known for his tzidkus.


8 Nisan - R' Mordechai ben Dov Ber Shapira of Neshchiz, Talmid Muvhak of R' Yechiel Mechel of Zlotchov
8 Nisan - R' Eliyahu of Prague ben Binyamin Wolf Shapiro, author of Eliyahu Rabba (1712)
8 Nisan - R' Yechiel Michel Tikochinsky, author of Gesher HaChaim

8 Nisan - R' Eliyahu Hakadosh of York, Rabbeinu Yom Tov and several other of the English Baalei Tosafos. They were killed  "al Kiddush Hashem" at Clifford's Tower, in York, during the Crusades 1146. This is where the Cherem of York, forbidding Jews to never sleep in the City of York overnight, started.

8 Nisan - Reb Yaakov Tzvi Yales of Premezyln, author of Melo Haroim and Kehillas Yaakov, 1825

9 Nisan - R' Chaim Meir ben R' Yisroel Hager of Vizhnitz, the Imrei Chaim (1972)
9 Nisan - R' Aryeh Leib ben R' Binyamin Beinish Levine, Mashgiach of Yeshiva Eitz Chaim. (1969)Known as "the tzadik of Yerushalaim". Stories about him are legendary.

9 Nisan - R' Yosef Yoska Han Nargolin ben Pinchos, Yosef Ometz


10 Nisan - Miriam Hanevia (1270 B.C.E.)

10 Nisan - R' Shalom Mashash, Sephardic Rav of Yerushalayim, passed away Shabbos Hagadol 5763/2003


11 Nisan - R' Moshe ben Nachman, the Ramban (1270)
11 Nisan - R' Yeshaya ben R' Avrohom Halevi Horowitz, the Shelah (1630)
11 Nisan - R' Shlomo Zalman Lipschitz, Chemdas Shlomo (1839)
11 Nisan - R' Betzalel Hakohen of Vilna, Mareh Kohen


12 Nisan - R' Shimshon Dovid Pincus ZY"A ben R' Chaim Avrohom shlita, Rav in Ofakim and Johannesburg (2001) Was tragically killed in a car accident together with his wife and a daughter.


13 Nisan - R' Yosef ben R' Ephraim Karo, the Beis Yosef (1575)
13 Nisan - R' Moshe ben R' Chaim Alshich, Toras Moshe (1593)
13 Nisan - R'  Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch ben R' Sholom Shachna, Tzemach Tzedek (1866)


14 Nisan - R' Avrohom Yaffen, Rosh Yeshiva, Novardok (1970)
14 Nisan - R' Asher Yeshaya of Ropshitz ben R' Eliezer Lipman (1845), son-in-law and successor of R' Naftali of Ropshitz

15 Nisan - Yitzchak Avinu (also Birthday)
15 Nisan - Yehuda ben Yaakov Avinu
15 Nisan - Iyov
15 Nisan - R' Yona ben R' Yeshaya Tumim, author of Kikayon L'Yona (1669)

16 Nisan - Levi ben Yaakov Avinu
16 Nisan - R' Nosson Ordman, Rosh Yeshiva - Eitz Chaim, London (1996)
16 Nisan - R' Simcha Zissel Broyde, Rosh Yeshiva - Chevron (2000)

17 Nisan - R' Avrohom Reuven of Prague ben Hoshke Hakohen, Yalkut Reuveni (1673)
17 Nisan - R' Meir Abuchatzeira of Ashdod (1983) ben R' Yisroel, Son of Baba Sali. His sons are all great tzadikim who are sought after by people around the world.

17 Nisan – R' Yisroel Noach of Niezhin ben R' Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch
17 Nisan - R' Moshe Mordechai ben R' Avrohom Yehoshua Heschel, Kapishnitzer Rebbe (1975)
17 Nisan - R' Shlomo ben Moshe Wolbe, Mashgiach,Yeshiva Be'er Yaakov – Wrote Sefer Alei Shur (2005)

18 Nisan - R' Moshe Ellinson, Rov of Ohel Torah Manchester
18 Nisan - R' Meir Halevi, author of Yad Ramah (1244)

19 Nisan - R' Yehoshua Falk ben R' Alexander Hakohen, author of Me'iras Einayim and D'risha & P'risha on the Tur(1614)
19 Nisan - R' Aharon Hagadol of Karlin ben R' Yaakov "the Nistar"(1772)
19 Nisan - R' Menachem ben R' Elazar Ziemba of Warsaw HY"D (1943)
19 Nisan - R' Shmuel Alexander Unsdorfer of Montreal-Petach Tikva (2002)

20 Nisan - R' Hai bar Sherira Hagaon, Rosh Yeshivas Pompedisa. The last of the gaonim of Pumpedisa (1038)
20 Nisan - R' Yitzchak Chori, Dayan in Djerba
20 Nisan - R' Yechezkel Panet of Karlsberg ben R' Yosef, Wrote Mareh Yechezkel (1845)

20 Nisan – R' Yaakov of Moglonitza ben R' Elimelech of Lizensk, was called Tzadik Nistar"


21 Nisan – R' Shmuel Shapiro (1989), Ziknei Breslov
21 Nisan - R' Shimon Yisroel Posen, the Shoproner Rebbe

22 Nisan - R' Yehuda Rosenes, author of Mishna Lamelech (1727)
22 Nisan - R' Yisroel Yitzchak of Vorki ben R' Shimon "Baal Rachmonis" Kalisch, (1848) Tenth generation from the Levush, Vorka and Amshinov chassidus comes from him
22 Nisan - R' Moshe ben Yosef Mitrani, Mabit (some say the 23nd) (1585)

22 Nisan - R' Shimon "Caftan" Shlisgal, Gabbai Tzedaka who the Chofetz Chaim said was a hidden tzadik


23 Nisan - R' Yisrael Shalom Yosef ben R' Yitzchok of Bohosh (1926) author of Peer Yisrael

24 Nisan - R' Avrohom Yehoshua Heschel Weinberg, the Slonimer Rebbe of Tel Aviv (1978)

24 Nisan - R' Chaim Yitzchak Chaikin, Rosh Yeshiva of Aix-les-Baines


25 Nisan - R' Chaim of Sanz ben R' Aryeh Leibish Halberstam of Ternigrad, author of Divrei Chaim (1876) Descendant of the Chacham Tzvi and son-in-law of R' Baruch Frankel Teumim, author of Baruch Taam. He was a talmid of his father-in-law and R' Naftali of Ropshitz. Many great dynasties descend from the Divrei Chaim, most famous among them is Bobov and Klausenberg.


26 Nisan - R' Nachman Tulchiner ben R' Avrohom Halevi (1884) prominent talmid of R' Noson of Breslov

26 Nisan - R' Efraim Navon, Rov of Constantinople, and author of Machaneh Ephraim

26 Nisan - R' Nachman of Tulchin ben R' Avrohom, Talmid of R' Noson of Breslov

26 Nisan - R' Moshe ben R' Chaim Tzvi Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe


27 Nisan - R' Yehuda Kahana, the Kuntress Hasfeikos (1819)

27 Nisan - R' Yeshayahu Asher Zelig Margulies, famous Yerushalayimer mekubal, author of Kumi V'Roni

27 Nisan - R' Levi Yitzchak Greenwald, Tzelemer Rov (1980)

27 Nisan - R' Avigdor ben Yisroel HaKohen Miller (2001)

27 Nisan - R' Sholom Moshe Ungar, Nitra Rav of Mount Kisco, Holocaust rescue worker in Slovakia together with his brother-in-law Rav Michoel Ber Weissmandl

27 Nisan - R' Moshe ben R' Yaakov Halberstam, moreh tzedek of Badatz Eida Hachareidis


28 Nisan - R' Shabsei Sheftel Halevi Horowitz, son of the Shlah Hakadosh, R' Yeshayah

28 Nisan - R' Shem Klingberg HY"D ben R' Avrohom Mordechai, the Zaloshytzer Rebbe of Krakow, from the Komarna dynasty. Killed in a concentration camp. One of the greatest Mekubalim of his time. Wrote sefer Ohelei Shem

28 Nisan - R' Yichiyeh ben Yosef Tzalach, the Maharitz, founder of the Yeminite Baladi community and Dayan in Sanaa (1805)
28 Nisan - R' Yehoshua of Ostrova ben R' Shlomo Yehuda Leib (1873), author of Toldos Adam, talmid of R' Moshe of Kobrin (whose yartzeit is tomorrow)
28 Nisan - R' Aaron ben R' Yitzchok Menashe Hakohen Rosenfeld, Pinsk-Karliner Rebbe (2001)


29 Nisan - R' Moshe of Kobrin ben R' Yisroel (1858), talmid of R' Mordechai and R' Noach of Lechovich His talmid muvhok was R' Avrohom of Slonim. Some of his Torah is in Toras Avos
29 Nisan - R' Mordechai Sholom Yosef ben R' Ahron Friedman, Sadigerer Rebbe, Keneses Mordechai (1979)


30 Nisan - Rabeinu Yosef Halevi Migash, talmid of the Rif (1141)
30 Nisan - R' Chaim Vital ben R' Yosef Calabrisi, talmid muvhak of the Arizal (1620)

30 Nisan - R' Yaakov Berav (1546)

30 Nisan - R' Yaakov Emden ben R' Tzvi Hersh, the Yaavetz, son of the Chacham Tzvi (1776)
30 Nisan - R' Nesanel Weill, Korban Nesanel, Av Beis Din of Karlsruhe