On Erev Rosh Chodesh, Rosh Chodesh, and Tet Vav (15th day) of the Hebrew months (Full Moon), these Tzadikim revisit their Kever (grave) in order for us to have an easier time connecting with them. They are here to help us. Remember these people, for whatever reason have concealed the day of their Hilula. Still they come to help. Please ask them for help.
Rabbi Chaim Vital the main student of the ARI writes in the Shaar Gilgulim from the Teachings of the ARI. "It is good to visit the graves of Tzadikim and pray there. Prayers at the grave of a Tzadik which is unknown to the public or known to only a few people, are more received in Heaven." Meaning the prayers are more easily answered. This is due to the merit to know about this Tzadik and the effort in finding his Kever.
שת בן אדם - Shet Ben Adam. He is the third son of Adam and Chava (Eve). He lived 105 years when he had his first born son Enosh. He lived an additional 807 years and had both sons and daughters. Seth lived 912 years. The midrash says that Seth was the first human being who lived on the Terrestrial Plain.
שם בן נח - Shem Ben Noach.This is the first born son of Noach the Tzadik. He survived the Flood by serving on the Ark with his father and Brothers. It is from this root that Avraham was drawn.
מחלה בת צלפחד - Machlah Bat Zelophechad - The eldest daughter of Zelophechad (the man who tested Working on Shabbat). They received his inheritance of land even though he had died prior to entering the land. See Numbers Chapter 26 Verse 33.
נעה בת צלפחד - Noah Bat Zelophechad - One of five daughters of Zelophechad (the man who tested Working on Shabbat). They received his inheritance of land even though he had died prior to entering the land. See Numbers Chapter 26 Verse 33.
חגלה בת צלפחד - Choglah Bat Zelophechad - One of five daughters of Zelophechad (the man who tested Working on Shabbat). They received his inheritance of land even though he had died prior to entering the land. See Numbers Chapter 26 Verse 33.
מלכה בת צלפחד - Milchah Bat Zelophechad - One of five daughters of Zelophechad (the man who tested Working on Shabbat). They received his inheritance of land even though he had died prior to entering the land. See Numbers Chapter 26 Verse 33.
תרצה בת צלפחד - Tirtzah Bat Zelophechad - One of five daughters of Zelophechad (the man who tested Working on Shabbat). They received his inheritance of land even though he had died prior to entering the land. See Numbers Chapter 26 Verse 33.
Reb Yechiel AskenaziHe is a Son in Law of Baal Shem Tov. He was married to Adel Bat Baal Shem Tov. There is a story told about him detailing that he was taken (by boat) to a far a way city to spend Rosh HaShana alone. The Baal Shem Tov said by accepting this process in his life he raised the sparks of 300 people who were located in that city. If he had not gone, it would have meant the kidnapping of 300 Jewish people that would have had to have been taken to that city by force in order to raise these sparks.
Shlomo Cohen Rabinovitch, one of the most famous tzadikim of the pre-war Poland, lived in a tenement house at 22 Targowa Street in Sosnowiec. He was the founder of a Keter Tora Yeshiva and a chain of 36 outstanding schools in whole Poland. No one has been aware of his existence for thirty years. Until today. A group of tourists from Israel has helped Poles to find traces of Rabinovitch. Somebody has noticed them, standing in front of the building, taking photographs and talking with animation. Piotr Dudała, an activist and a lover of Zagłębie region, has decided to search for information.
The residents have asked the city authorities to attach a commemorative plaque to a wall of the building. Rabinovitch will join the most prominent Jews from Sosnowiec, such as Władysław Szpilman or Jakub Zin, an artist. The discovery will surely make the city an important place promoting Jewish culture.
Bruria Bat Rabbi Hananiah Ben Teradion. Rabbi Hananiah is listed as one of the 10 Martyrs whose death is read on Tisha B'Av. She was married to the Tanna Rabbi Meir. She is one of several women who are quoted as a sage in the Talmud.
Bruriah was very involved in the halachic discussions of her time, and even challenges her father on a matter of ritual purity (Tosefta Keilim Bava Kamma 4:9). Her comments there are praised by Rabbi Judah Ben Bava. In another instance, Rabbi Joshua praises her intervention in a debate between Rebbi Tarfon and the sages, saying "Bruriah has spoken correctly" (Tosefta Keilim Bava Metzia 1:3).
She was also renowned for her sharp wit and often caustic jibes. The Talmud (Tractate Eruvin 53b) relates that she once chastised Rabbi Jose, when he asked her "Which way to Lod?" claiming that he could have said the same thing in two words, "Where's Lod?" instead of four, and thereby keep to the Talmudic injunction not to speak to women unnecessarily.
In the Midrash on Psalms 118 it states that Bruriah taught her husband, Rabbi Meir, to pray for the repentance of the wicked, rather than for their destruction. According to the story, she once found Rabbi Meir praying that an annoying neighbor would die. Appalled by this, she responded to him by explaining the verse "Let the sinners be consumed from the earth, and the wicked shall be no more" (Psalms 104:35), that the verse actually states: "Let sin be consumed from the earth," adding that "the wicked shall be no more" because they have repented. Another interpretation of the passage, one that fits with the Masoretic vocalization, suggests that Bruriah explained that the verse does not refer to "those who sin" (as a participle), but habitual "sinners" (as an agent noun).
She is also described as having enormous inner strength. The Midrash on the Book of Proverbs tells that her two sons died suddenly on the Sabbath, but she hid the fact from her husband until she could tell him in a way that would comfort him. In response, Rabbi Meir quoted the verse, "A woman of valour, who can find?" (Proverbs 31:10).
In the Talmudic commentaries (e.g. Rashi on Tractate Avodah Zarah, 18b), a story explains how she died. According to the story, she mocked a Talmudic assertion that women are not to be considered as witnesses in rabbinical court (Beth Din), due to the possibility of being easily swayed or influenced. In order to prove her wrong, Rabbi Meir sent one of his students to seduce her. After some time, he succeeded, even though it did not get all the way to intercourse. (The point here was to prove to her that even a woman of her wisdom and virtue could be swayed or seduced.) Bruriah committed suicide (by strangling, according to Rashi) out of shame. Other sources have it that she fell ill emotionally due to shame, and a group of Rabbis prayed for her death and peace. Rabbi Meir, who never expected things to spiral out of control in this way, imposed exile on himself and left Palestine for Babylonia. This story may be made up and never happened. It is thought that the story is made up to keep women from studying.
But Rabenu Nissim Ben Yakov of Kairouan brings on a different explanation that is closer to the text. According to him, Rabbi Meir and Bruriah had to flee to Babylonia after the Romans executed her father, sold her mother to slavery and her sister to a brothel (to be rescued by Rabbi Meir) and were looking for her. Other Rabbinic sources also take issue with Rashi's commentary, and indeed, there exists a tradition among Orthodox Rabbis to name their daughters Bruriah, as an assertion of her righteousness.
The Wife and Two Sons of Rabbi Avraham Elimelech Perlow of Stolin-Karlin ben Rabbi Yisael (1891-1942). Born to Rav Yisrael “the Yenuka” of Stolin, Reb Avraham Elimelech married in 1912. He succeeded his father as Rebbe in 1922; most of his father’s Chasidim followed him as he settled in Karlin, while his brother, Rav Dovid of Zlatipol led a flock to Stolin. In 1929, Rav Avraham Elimelech founded a yeshiva in Luninetz. He, his Rebetzin, and his two sons were murdered by local Ukranian peasants. These deaths are considered Kiddush HaShem. His actual Hilula is not known. This day (14th of Cheshvan) has been chosen as his Yom Hazikaron. A collection of his chidushei Torah have been recorded as “Kuntres Pri Elimelech” and printed in Yalkut Divrei Aharon and in Birchas Aharon.
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