Hilula and Yarzeit for the Hebrew Month of Sivan

As we develop more information about a particular Tzadik his or her name will appear as a Link. Otherwise it will just be listed below the date.

Below are the Tzadikim who celebrate their Hilulah during the month of Sivan.

The dates listed in the links below actually start the evening before the English date. This means that if the date says June 10th that Hebrew date actually starts the evening of June 9th

1st of Sivan סיוון is Rosh Chodesh Sivan - starts Evening of May 20 2023

Rabbi Meir Halevi Horowitz, the Maharam Titkin (1743 CE). Titkin was founded in 1437 CE. In 1522 CE, ten Jews from Grodno, Lithuania, became the first Jews to settle there. At that time, Lithuania was three times the size of Poland, stretching from the Baltic almost to the Black Sea, including areas known today as White Russia and Ukraine. Titkin’s first Rabbi was Reb Mordechai (1538 CE)

Rabbi Avraham Menachem Halevi Steinberg, Rabbi of Broide (1928 CE)

Rabbi Eliezer David Greenwald of Satmar, author of Keren LeDovid (1867-1928 CE). Born in Tcharna, Hungary, to Rabbi Amram Greenwald, the son of Rabbi Yosef, Rabbi of Tchechowitz. The family traced its roots to the Panim Meiros, the Chacham Tzvi, and the Maharal. As a youth, Eliezer Dovid was a disciple of his brother, Rabbi Moshe, the Rabbi of Chust and author of Arugas Habosem. He founded a large yeshiva in Satmar, Romania, in 1921 CE.

Rabbi Mordechai Shapiro of Kaminka-Koritz (1947 CE)

Rabbi Alexander Sender Linchner (1996 CE), son-in-law of Rabbi Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz and founder of Kiryat Noar (Boystown), Bayit Vegan, in 1953 for children who had escaped the Holocaust and other destitute Jewish immigrant children. Previously, he started a trade school for 14 boys from Yemen in 1949. He was succeeded by his son, Rabbi Moshe Linchner.

Rabbi Aharon Yechiel Leifer, the Nadvorna Rebbe of Tzefas (2000 CE)

Rabbi Mordechai Don Waldman of Yeshivas Bais Dovid Monsey (2000 CE)

2nd of Sivan סיוון is Bet Sivan - starts Evening of May 21 2023

Rabbi Yisrael Hager of Vizhnitz, the Ahavas Yisrael (1860-1936 CE). The grandson of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vizhnitz (the Tzemach Tzadik), he succeeded his father, Rabbi Baruch (the Imrei Baruch), as Admor of Vizhnitz after the latter’s petira in 1893. He was Admor for over 40 years, during which time, Vizhnitz grew to several tens of thousands of Chasidim. Rabbi Yisrael had four sons, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vishav, Rabbi Chaim Meir (the Imrei Chaim), Rabbi Eliezer, and Rabbi Baruch. Rabbi Yisrael’s remains were moved to Bnai Brak in 1950 CE.

Rabbi Chaim Elazar Shapira of Munkacz, the Minchas Elazar, (1871-1937 CE). A 5th generation descendent of the founder of Dinov dynasty, Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech (the Bnei Yisas’char). He learned under his father, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch, author of Darkei Teshuvah on Yoreh De’ah. He succeeded his father as Rabbi of Munkacz in 1914. Munkacz, for centuries the capital of Carpathian Russia, belonged to Hungary before World War I and to Czechoslovakia when that country was created after World War I. He had no children with his first wife, and they decided to divorce. His second wife bore him one daughter, Frimet. From his youth and on, he completed the entire Talmud Bavli and Yerushalmi every two years. He was a prolific author. In addition to Minchas Elazar, he wrote Nimukei Orach Chaim, Os VeShalom on the laws of tefillin and milah, and many other sefarim. In 1930, he fulfilled a lifelong desire and visited Eretz Yisrael. Sadly the Munkatcher died only 3 years after his daughter's wedding. Soon after his petira, most of the 15,000 Munkatch Jews perished in the Holocaust. The son-in-law of the Minchas Elazar, Rabbi Barukh Yehoshua Yerahmiel Rabinowitz, was the son of the the Partzever Rebbe. He made aliyah with his first wife, who fell ill and passed away there. In 1947, he remarried, moved to the United States, and then established a kehilla in Sao Paulo, Brazil, remaining for fifteen years. He then returned to Israel, where he became the Rabbi of Cholon. The Munkatch dynasty was reestablished in Brooklyn and is presently led by two grandsons of the Minchas Elazar, the Munkatcher Rebbe, Rabbi Moshe Leib Rabinowitz of Boro Park, and his brother, the Dinover Rebbe, Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Rabinowitz of Flatbush.

Rabbi Mordechai Yechezkiahu ben Shimon (1994 CE)

Rabbi Yaakov Wehl (1937-2007 CE). He was born in Germany in 1937, and in early 1939, the Wehls left Germany, settling in Boro Park. Yaakov learned at Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yaakov Yosef (RJJ). In 1959, he married Hadassah Galinsky. Rabbi Wehl began learning in the kollel of Yeshiva Ohr HaTorah, under Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, in Bensonhurst. At the time, he attended law school at night but eventually decided to leave law school and go into chinuch, spending his years at Allentown, Pennsylvania; Monsey; Hebrew Academy of Nassau County for 27 years; and Bais Yaakov of Boro Park Elementary School, where he served as principal for 12 years. Rabbi Wehl authored the very popular Haggadah “Ki Yeshalcha Bincha” in lashon kodesh, which was later translated into English and published by ArtScroll as “The Haggadah with Answers.” He was Daf Yomi maggid shiur for many years. He authored seforim on various mesechtos, include Shekolim, Moed Katan, Chagiga, Horios, Me’ilah and Kerisus. He also wrote a weekly Daf Yomi column in the Yated on Seder Nashim. In 1987, Rabbi and Mrs. Wehl authored the book “House Calls to Eternity” about the life story of their mother, Dr. Selma Wehl, who was a pediatrician in Boro Park for over sixty years, helping people until she was in her nineties. In 2001, Rabbi and Mrs. Wehl moved to Lakewood, enabling them to be near their children. A shul was founded at the home of his son, Rabbi Moshe Wehl, on Sharon Court, and named for his father, Rabbi Aharon Wehl -- Bais Medrash Ohel.

3rd of Sivan סיוון is Gimmel Sivan - starts Evening of May 22 2023

Rabbi Ovadia Bartenura (1440-1516 CE). He lived in Italy in the second half of the 15th century and eventually moved to Yerushalayim. He was well known for his role as a Rabbi in Bartinura, Italy, and for his illuminating Pirush on the Mishnah. He also wrote Omer Nekeh, a super commentary on Rashi’s peirush on Chumash. Considered one of the wealthiest mean in all of Italy, he settled in Yerushalayim in 1488 CE.

Rabbi Yosef Irgas, Italian Kabbalist, author of Divrei Yosef, and Shomer Emunim, 1730 CE. He was born in 1684 CE, and wound up becoming the preeminent disciple of Benyamin Marjiv. His pedigree in Kabbalah was essentially, Rav Marjiv who learned from Rav Moshe Zacut, who learned from Rav Benyamin HaLevy, who was a talmid of the Ari and then Rav Haim Vital. As the Jewish world was still reeling form the disaster that was Shabbtai Tzvi, Kabbalah was coming under considerable Rabbinic attack. Rav Irgas not only encouraged the study of Kabbalah, but wrote its definitive defense, which is his Shomer Emunim. The book is written as a dialogue between two individuals: Shaaltiel, who constantly questions the validity of Kabbalah and raises numerous, seemingly valid, objections to its teachings, and Yehoyda who in turn answers those objections and expounds upon how Kabbalah does not deviate so much as a hair’s breadth from the foundations of the Jewish faith.

Rabbi Yaakov Shimshon of Shpitivka (1801 CE). He was a disciple of the Maggid of Mezhrech and a close friend of Rabbi Baruch of Mezhbez. He succeeded his father as rabbi in Shepetovka, but in 1799 he settled in Tiberias where he met Rabbi Nachman of Breslav. He died in Tiberias.

Rabbi Yisrael Tzvi of Koson, the Ohr Moleh (1944 CE)

Rabbi Yehoshua Buchsbaum HY"D Rav of Galanta

Rabbi Reuven Fein, Rosh Yeshiva of Torah Vodaas

4th of Sivan סיוון is Dalet Sivan - starts Evening of May 23 2023

Rabbi Yeshaya Naftali Hertz of Dinov, author of Hanosen Imrei Shefer (1888). Born approximately 1838 to Rabbi David Dinov (the Tzemach Dovid), who was the son of Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech, the Bnei Yissochor. After his father’s petira in 1874, he succeeded him as Rabbi of Dinov and Rebbe of the Chassidim.

Rabbi Avraham Wolf of Wolf's Seminary in Bnei Brak

5th of Sivan סיוון is Hai Sivan - starts Evening of May 24 2023

Rabbi Ze’ev Wolf of Zhitomer, the Ohr Hameir (1797)

Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Safran, Kamorna Admor

Rabbi Eliyahu of Ziditchov (1875)

Rabbi Uri Shraga Kellerman, Ram in Knesses Chizkiyahu - Kfar Chassidim

6th of Sivan סיוון is Wav Sivan - starts Evening of May 25 2023

David Hamelech ( [837 BCE], per Shabbos 30a, Yerushalmi, Chagiga 2:3

Rabbi Chaim ben Betzalel, an older brother of the Maharal and a talmid of the Rema in Krakow (1588).

Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer, Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), founder of Chasidut. When he was thirty-six years old in 1734, Rabbi Yisrael revealed himself to the world. He wrote no books, although many claim to contain his teachings. One available in English is the annotated translation of Tzava'as Harivash, published by Kehos.Some say his Hilula is on the 7th. Others interpret his Hilula on the same day as King David to indicate he is a spark and reincarnation of King David.

Rabbi Avraham Shalom Halberstam of Stropkov (1856-1940). The son of Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam, he became Rav and Av Beis Din of Stropkov in 1897. He was called The "miracle rabbi of Stropkov." His sefer, Divrei Shalom, contains Torah wisdom, and relates the miracles that he performed for people.

Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter, the Imrei Emes of Ger, (1866-1948). The son of Rabbi Yehuda Leib (Sefas Emes) and a great-grandson of the Chidushei Harim, he was the third Rebbe in the Gur dynasty, the leader of over 250,000 Chassidim in pre-WW II Poland. In 1940, he managed to escape with three of his sons to Yisrael. He began to rebuild the Gerrer community in Eretz Yisrael, but he died during the siege of Yerushalayim on Shavuos 1948.

Rabbi Yehuda Rosner, the Imrei Yehuda (1879-1944). Rabbi Rosner opened a yeshiva in Szekelheid, which he headed throughout his years there. Although he was offered rabbinical positions in larger towns, he refused them on account of his yeshiva. Szekelheid had only 120 Jewish families, and that allowed the Rabbi to dedicate most of his time and attention to the yeshiva, which ultimately grew until, in the 1930's, it housed over 300 students.

Rebbetzin Devorah Margulies, wife of of Rabbi Lipa Margulies, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Temimah in Brooklyn (1924-2005). Born in the town of Marashvarshehl, Hungary, Rebbetzin Margulies was the daughter of Rabbi Binyomin Alter and Chaya Rochel Ruttner. Her mother was a direct descendant of the Mareh Yechezkel.

7th of Sivan סיוון is Zion Sivan - starts Evening of May 26 2023

In the Diaspora this is the second day of the Holiday of Shavuot. HaNavi Hoshea ben Beeri Avraham ben Avraham, the Ger Tzedek (Count Valentine Potocki) killed Al Kiddush HaShem in Vilna, 1749. Rabbi Aharon Tzvi Landau of Biala (1910) Rabbi Zelig Reuven Bengis, author of Liflugos Reuven, av beis din Yerushalayim (1864-1953). His father, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Bengis, was the rabbi of the town of Shnippishok, Russia. At the age of 17, Rabbi Zelig Reuven went to learn at Volozhin under the Netziv. There, he learned bechavrusa with both Rabbi Baruch Ber Lebowitz and Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer. After several years in Volozhin, he married the daughter of Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Broide, the rabbi of a town named Shverkina-Zhager and spent eight years in his in-laws' Home. Afterward, Rabbi Zelig Reuven became the rabbi of Bodki, Lithuania. In 1937, Rabbi Zelig Reuven was asked to fill the position of av beis din of Yerushalayim's Eida Chareidis. When Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky passed away in 1948, Rabbi Zelig Reuven succeeded him as rabbi of the Eida Chareidis in Yerushalayim. He also served as the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Ohel Moshe in Yerushalayim. Rabbi Shmuel Ehrenfeld of Mattersdorf (1891-1980)

8th of Sivan סיוון is Chait Sivan - starts Evening of May 27 2023

Rabbi Moshe Blau, Agudas Yisrael activist and a 6th generation of the Old Yishuv. He was the editor of Agudah's local weekly, Kol Yisrael, and was the brother of Rabbi Amram Blau of Neturei Karta. From 1933-1945, Rabbi Blau headed the Chareidi community in Jerusalem, working with Yishuv leaders in its dealings with the British Mandate authorities. He died while rescuing Jewish survivors. In 1946, Rabbi Moshe Blau suddenly died in a very dramatic way, at the age of 61: He was on a boat on his way to Europe and the U.S. and died on the Mediterranean island of Messina, where he had been taken off the boat in an effort to perform an emergency operation. His body was flown to Eretz Israel. (1885-1946)

Rabbi Yissachor Dov Goldstein, head of Kolel Shomrei Hachomos, author of the Likutei He’aros on the Teshuvos Chasam Sofer (1988)

Rabbi Menachem Manish Safrin, the Komarna Rebbe of Bnei Brak (1990)

Rabbi Zalman Rotberg, Rosh Yeshivas Beis Meir, Bnei Brak (1913-2002). Born in in Lepnishock, Lithuania, to Rabbi Tuvia Rotberg, a close student of the Chofetz Chaim. Even before he was thirteen, Rabbi Zalman began to study in the Grodno yeshiva under Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Shkop, the son of HaRav Shimon Shkop. When he was fifteen he went to the Mirrer Yeshiva, where he became close to Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel and Rabbi Yeruchom Lebowitz. He moved to Israel in 1936. In 1954, Rabbi Zalman moved to Bnei Brak where he began to serve as a rabbi in the Tifferes Tzion yeshiva. Following the petiroh of his father-in-law Rabbi Meir Karelitz in 1955, Rabbi Zalman established the Beis Meir yeshiva in his memory. The Beis Meir yeshiva opened in 1958 with six students, and slowly developed into a large yeshiva. In addition to his activities in Beis Meir, he was also a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Degel Hatorah. He taught Torah for over sixty years to thousands of students, and produced legions of talmidei chachomim who themselves became gedolim in Torah and Mussar.

Rabbi Moshe Nechemia ben Rabbi Meshulam Kahana, author of Shaar Sholom Yerushalayim (1887 which is 5647 - תרמז in the Hebrew Calendar). The energy for this year of Hilula is "hints"

9th of Sivan סיוון is Tet Sivan - starts Evening of May 28 2023

Rabbi Moshe ben Rabbi Naftali Hirsch Rivkes, author of Be'er Hagolah on Shulchan Aruch (1672 which is 5432 - תלב in the Hebrew Calendar). The energy of this year of Hilula is Balance as well as Heart.

Rabbi Yisrael ben Rabbi Shmuel Ashkenazi of Shklov (1839 which is 5599 - תקצט in the Hebrew Calendar). Talmid of the Gra who moved to Eretz Yisrael. He wrote Pe'as HaShulchon.

Rabbi Yaakov Chaim ben Rabbi Yitzchak Baruch Sofer (1870-1938 which is 5690 תרץ in the Hebrew Calendar). He wrote Kaf HaChaim, for many Sephardim it is the equivilent of the Mishna Berura. The Sefer Kaf HaChaim is used in many other circles as well, and contains many things according to the Arizal. The energy of the Year of Hilula is "honesty".

Rabbi Yitzchak Issac ben Rabbi Yisachar Beirish of Ziditchov (1873 which is 5633 - תרלג in the Hebrew Calendar). The essence of the year of Hilula is "leg" which is a Kabbalistic code word for manifestation.

Rabbi Moshe Asio (1838 which 5590 תקץ in the Hebrew Calendar) known as the Tzadik of Solonika. He wrote Higid Mordechai. The energy of the year of Hilula is "end" which is a Kabbalistic code word for manifestation.

Rabbi Ahron Ben Azriel (1879 which is 5639 - תרלט in the Hebrew Calendar) known as the Av Beis Din of the Sephardim in Yerushalaim. He was also Rosh Yeshiva of Beis El and wrote K'fi Ahron.

10th of Sivan סיוון is Yood Sivan - starts Evening of May 29 2023

Rabbi Elazar Rokeach (1741 which is 5501 - תקא in the Hebrew Calendar) ben Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke, Maaseh Rokeach, descendant of Rabbi Elazar of Garmiza. The essence of the year of Hilula is "vomit".

Rabbi Moshe of Rozvadov (1894 which is 5654 - תרנד in the Hebrew Calendar) ben Rabbi Eliezer of Dzikov. The energy of his year of Hilula is "Vow".

Rabbi Yishmael HaKohen (1811 which is 5571- תקעא in the Hebrew Calendar). He was called the Zera Emes which means "Seed of Truth".

Rabbi Ezra Harari-Raful (1936 which is 5696 - also תרצו in the Hebrew Calendar) Syrian Mekubal in Eretz Yisroel. The essence of the year of his Hilula is "His Desire".

11th of Sivan סיוון is Yood Alef Sivan - starts Evening of May 30 2023

Rabbi Yechi ben Moshe Levi (1932 which is 5692 - also תרצב in the Hebrew Calendar) Rosh Yeshiva and Av Beis Din in Yemen. The essence of this year of Hilula is to strengthen or fortify. It also has the essence of narrowness as well.

Rabbi Yitzchok Yaakov ben Rabbi Yosef Yehuda Weiss (1989 which is 5749 - also תשמט in the Hebrew Calendar), Av Beis Din of Eidah Chareidis in Yerushalaim, his Minchas Yitzchak is one of the most respected halacha seforim of recent times. See the next item for the essence of the year of his Hilula.

Rabbi Yehuda (Yidel) ben Rabbi Alter Yechezkel Horowitz of Dzhikov (1989 which is 5749 - also תשמט in the Hebrew Calendar). The Hebrew Shoresh for this year indicates "to leave fallow" or 'to drop".

Rabbi Shmuel Rosenberg, Rov of Unsdorf. He wrote "Be'er Shmuel".

Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Bloch (1976 which is 5736 in the Hebrew Calendar - also תשלו) talmid of the Chofetz Chaim. The essence of the year of His death is tranquility and calmness.

12th of Sivan סיוון is Yood Beit Sivan - starts Evening of May 31 2023

Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Bar (1765 which is 5525 - in the Hebrew Calendar). He is one of the early great talmidei of the Baal Shem Tov. The energy of his year of Hilula relates to the word "Butt of 25."

A short story about Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Bar: Once, while davening, Reb Menachem Mendel of Bar thought to himself: "How can I daven to HaShem when I am so full of aveiros(sins that pass energy to the Negative side)?" He figured this was a holy thought until he pondered it for a while and realized that such thoughts never bother him while he's eating, only while davening, so it must not be a real holy thought. He immediately banished this thought from his mind.

There is much to learn from this small story, as from every story of tzadikim.

Rabbi David Pardo (1710 - 1792 which is 5552 - תקנב in the Hebrew Calendar). He is the author of Maskil LeDovid on Rashi and Chasdei Dovid on Tosefta.

Rabbi Avraham ben Rabbi Noach Weinberg (1981 which is 5741 תשמא in the Hebrew Calendar) Slonimer Rebbe, author of Birchas Avraham

13th of Sivan סיוון is Yood Gimmel Sivan - starts Evening of June 1 2023

Rabbi Ephraim Katz of Vilna (1616-1678 which is 5438 - ??? in the Hebrew Calendar). He is the author of the Shaar Ephraim. The year of his Hilula is a year of dancing.

Rabbi Avrahom Yitzchaki (1729 which is 5489 - תפט in the Hebrew Calendar), Tzadik in Yerushalaim, author of Zera Avraham. The energy of the year of Hilula is "a little bit".

Rabbi Chaim Yisrael Morgenstern of Pilov (1905 which is 5665 - תרסה in the Hebrew Calendar) ben Rabbi David of Kotzk ben Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk. He wrote Shaelu Shelom Yerushalaim and Maaseh Hamenorah, which are included in Sefer Shearis Yisrael. The energy of the year of Hilula is that of a shield.

Rabbi Yaakov Meir ben Rabbi Shlomo Betzalel Biderman (1869-1941 which is 5701 - תשא in the Hebrew Calendar). He married into the Gerrer Dynasty and was very involved in Agudas Yisroel. Died in the Warsaw Ghetto. The year of his Hilula is considered a year of elevation.

Rabbi Yitzchak Issac Weiss of Spinka HY"D (1944 which is 5704 תשד in the Hebrew Calendar) ben Rabbi Yosef Meir, Author of Chakal Yitzchak. This year for the Hilula is considered devastating.

Rabbi Yaakov Mutzafi (1983 which is 5743 תשמג in the Hebrew Calendar), Mekubal & Rov of the Sefardic Eida Chareidis in Yerushalaim. The year of Hilula is considered a year of modification.

14th of Sivan סיוון is Yood Dalet Sivan - starts Evening of June 2 2023

Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin (1749-1821 which is תקפא 5581 in the Hebrew Calendar). He was a Talmid muvhak of the Vilna Gaon. He wrote Nefesh HaChaim, Ruach Chaim and Nishmas Chaim and Founded the Volozhin Yeshiva. The energy of his year of Hilula is "to congeal" or "to be frozen".  He teaches in Nefesh HaChaim about Mind over Matter. Reb Chaim of Volozhin says it is an "Inyan Gadol V'Segula Niflah" to erase and cancel "harsh judgements" if one implants in his heart that HaShem is the True G-d and אֵין עוֹד מִלְּבַדּוֹ (Devarim 4:35) – there is no power except for HaShem. If one does this, HaShem may help him through "natural" means or supernatural means, as the Gemara (Taanis 25a) says that Rebbi Chanina ben Dosa wife didn't have oil to light the Shabbos candles, but had vinegar, which miraculously stayed lit, to which he said: "the One who tells the oil also told the vinegar to burn".

Rabbi Chaim Ben Yitzak from Volojin

Rabbi Chaim David Amar, talmid of the Ohr HaChaim

Rabbo Moshe ben Rabbo Pinchas David HaLevi Horowitz (1985 which is 5745 - תשמה in the Hebrew Calendar), Bostoner Rebbe.

Rabbi Nissim Chaim ben Rabbi Yaakov Yagen (1999 which is 5759 - תשנט in the Hebrew Calendar) Tzadik from Yerusalayim who was very involved in kiruv.

Rabbi Yaakov Yisroel V'Yishurin Rubin of Sasregen HY"D (1884-1944) ben Rabbi Boruch of Gorla, scion of Ropshitz. Murdered in Auschwitz. Wrote hagaos on Shulchon Aruch.

15th of Sivan סיוון is Tet Vav Sivan - starts Evening of June 3 2023

Yehuda ben Yaakov Avinu (1436 B.C.E. which is 2324 - בשכד in the Hebrew Calendar). The energy of his year of Hilula is "In a Pitcher or Jug). When Judah, the fourth son of Leah and Jacob, was born, Leah said, “This time let me gratefully praise God” (based on the Hebrew infinitive, l’hodot, “to praise”). This is because this 4th son meant that she was being given more than her share of sons. The Midrash teaches that both Leah and Rachel knew that each of Jacob's 4 wives would share in the bringing the 12 Tribes. By having a 4th son Leah realized that she was being rewarded for her spiritual work.

Judah first demonstrated leadership when he suggested that his brothers sell Joseph to a caravan of Ishmaelites (rather than leave him in a pit to die). But the cover-up story that his brothers then told Jacob (that Joseph was dead) so upset Judah that the Torah says, “And it was in that time, and Judah went down from his brothers...” (Genesis 38:1)

Judah married a Canaanite woman and had three sons: Er, Onan and Shaylah. When his first 2 sons unexpectedly died (having successively wed Tamar), Judah promised Tamar that she would wed Shaylah when he came of age. Later, when Tamar realized that Shaylah would never be given to her, she dressed like a harlot and seduced Judah. He gave her his staff, cord and signet as collateral for payment. Tamar became pregnant, and when Judah found out, he demanded that she be burned for harlotry. When she displayed his collateral (proving the paternity), Judah publicly admitted his guilt. He then married Tamar and she gave birth to twins, Peretz and Zerach. By acknowledging his responsibility, Judah finally became a true leader. This story teaches us about a law of reincarnation regarding men who die childless.

Years later, when the brothers needed to return to Egypt for food, it was Judah who convinced Jacob to allow Benjamin to go as Joseph had demanded. Judah offered Jacob his solemn pledge that he would bring Benjamin home safely. And when Benjamin was framed with the crime of stealing the royal goblet, Judah stepped forward and offered himself up as a bondsman instead of Benjamin. The Zohar explains this meeting as a unification between the spiritual worlds, as represented by Joseph, and the physical world, as represented by Judah as the progenitor of King David and eventually the Mashiach. Before his death, Jacob gave each of his sons a blessing reflecting their personalities and their futures. To Judah, Jacob said: “Judah, your brothers shall praise you ... The scepter shall not depart from Judah...and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples...” While much of Judah’s blessing (not included due to length) is understood by the Sages to be an allusion to the time of the Messiah, Jacob clearly conferred the role of leadership upon Judah and his descendants (the Davidic dynasty)

Rabbi Yedidyah Raphael Chai Abulafia (1869 which is 5629 ־ תקכט in the Hebrew Calendar) Head of Yeshiva Beis El, Yeshiva of Mekubalim in Yerushalayim

Rabbi Sholom Shekalo (1919 which is 5679 - תקעט in the Hebrew Calendar) Tzadik of the Syrian community of Aram Soba.

16th of Sivan סיוון is Tet Zion Sivan - starts Evening of June 4 2023

Rabbi Mordechai Menachem Mendel ben Rabbi Yisroel Yitzchok Kalish of Vorke, Talmid of the Kotzker.

Rabbi Sholom Eliezer Halberstam HY"D of Ratzfort (1944 which is 5704 - תשד in the Hebrew Calendar) ben Rabbi Chaim of Sanz. The energy of his year of Hilula is devastation.

Rabbi Sholom Frischman of Satmar HY"D (1944 which is 5704 - תשד in the Hebrew Calendar) ben Rabbi Yosef Areyeh Leibish of Tomashov. His year of Hilula has the energy of devastation

Rabbi Boruch Yosef ben Rabbi Yisroel Zak of Kureslov, Kobriner Rebbe of New York (1949 which is 5709 - תשט in the Hebrew Calendar). He was the son-in-law of Rabbi Dovid Tzvi Rabinovich of Kobrin and a descendant, from Rabbi Yechiel Mechel of Zlotchov. He wrote Birchas Yosef and many other seforim. He is interred in Mount Judah Cemetery in Queens, NY.

17th of Sivan סיוון is Yood Zion Sivan - starts Evening of June 5 2023

Rabbi Aharon ben Rabbi Asher of Karlin, the Beis Ahron (1872 which is 5632 - תקלב in the Hebrew Calendar). His grandfather was Rabbi Ahron "HaGadol", the first Rebbe of Karlin.

Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Broide, Rosh Yeshiva of Kelm

18th of Sivan סיוון is Yood Chait Sivan - starts Evening of June 6 2023

Rabbi Yisachar Dov Ber ben Rabbi Yitzchok, the Sava Kadish of Radositz(1843 which is 5603 - תרג in the Hebrew Calendar). The year of his Hilula has the energy of conversion. He was one of the great legendary Chassidishe Rebbes of his generation. Known as a great miracle worker, he was a mainly a talmid of the Chozeh of Lublin and Yid HaKodosh of Peshischa, but also learned from the Magid of Koznitz, Apta Rov and many others. He used to say: "I served 120 "Ba'alei Ruach HaKodesh". Many make the pilgrimage to his kever for the Hilula - yahrzeit. 

The Sava Kadish of Radoshitz was once seated with his Chassidim by a Rosh Chodesh seuda when a misnaged, known to make disparaging statements about Chassidim, happened by. The rebbe asked him: "Why aren't misnagdim particular about making a meal in honor of Rosh Chodesh, when the Shulchon Aruch says it's a mitzvah to make a meal in honor of Rosh Chodesh?" (The Mishna Berura says that although it's not an actual obligation to eat bread, one who does so is praised.) When the tzadik didn't get an answer he said he would like to offer the reason. When a misnaged does a mitzva he puts that mitzvah away in his collection of mitzvoth and when he does an aveira he puts it in his collection of aveiras. A chosid, however, is always worried whether he sinned or not, without realizing and whether the mitzvot he did do, were done properly, and for the sake of Heaven. Now, Chazal say that since we don't have the Mizbeach to atone for our sins, one's table atones for his sins. Different korbonos atone for different sins, and the korban of Rosh Chodesh atones for those sins that one doesn't even know about.

Putting it all together, the tzadik explained, we can understand why Chassidim are particular to make a special meal in honor of Rosh Chodesh. (Note: I heard that the Vilna Gaon was very particular about having a seuda in honor of Rosh Chodesh)

This misnagid was so inspired by the explanation of the Radishitzer that he became a dedicated chosid of his. From then on this former misnagid would make a Rosh Chodesh seuda every month and tell over this explanation that he heard from the Sava Kadisha.

Rabbi Avrohom HaKohen Sharantzil Rappaport (1651 which is 5411 - תיא in the Hebrew Calendar). He was born in 1584 which is 5344 - שלה in the Hebrew Calendar. The year of his birth is considered to be a year of tranquility. He was a wealthy businessman who was a Gadol in Poland. Served as Rosh Yeshiva in Lvov for over 40 years without pay. As a youth, he learned under Rav Meshulam Feivush, the Rav of Cracow. He married the daughter of Reb Mordechai Shrentzel of Lemberg and continued his studies under Rav Yehoshua Falk in that city. He authored Shailos Uteshuvas Eissan HaEzrachi.The year of his Hilula has the energy of spelling within it.

Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz, Legendary Mashgiach of the Mirrer Yeshiva (1936 which is 5696 - תרצו in the Hebrew Calendar). The energy of his year of Hilula relates to desire as well as explanations.

Rabbi Ahron Cohen, Rosh Yeshiva of Chevron Yeshiva (1961 which is 5721 - תשכא in the Hebrew Calendar).

Rabbi Yisrael Zev Gustman (1991 which is 5751 - תשנא in the Hebrew Calendar), talmid of Rabbi Shimon Shkop, he was on the Beis Din of Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky at age 19. He opened the Netzach Yisrael Yeshiva in Rechavia, Yerushalayim.

19th of Sivan סיוון is Yood Tet Sivan - starts Evening of June 7 2023

Rabbi Yehudah Ibn Atar (1733 which is 5493 - תקצג in the Hebrew Calendar), author of Minchas Yehuda, Rosh Yeshiva in Fez, Morocco, was greatly praised by the Chida in Shem HaGedolim, from the same family as the Ohr HaChaim.

Rabbi Shmuel ben Rabbi Mordechai Hominer, author of Eved Hamelech.

Rabbi Yehuda ibn Ezra

20th of Sivan סיוון is Caf Sivan - starts Evening of June 8 2023

Rabbi Yechiel Michel ben R' Elazar of Nemirov HY"D (1648 which is 5408 - תח in the Hebrew Calendar). He is author of Shivrei Luchos. The energy of the year of Hilula is Fear or Dread which is understandable in view of the fact that he was killed together with the whole town of Nemirov (approximately 6000 Jews) on the first day of the Tach V'Tat massacres. This is commemorated even today by some who fast and say slichos. 20 Sivan is observed as a fast day by certain communities, due to the hundreds of thousands of Jews killed al kiddush HaShem in the Gezeiras Tach V'Tat (years 5408-5409, 1648-1649), also known as the Chelminitzki massacres. There are special selichos said and Vayichal is read. These can be found in some siddurim, such as Siddur Tefila Yeshara, the Berdichiver Siddur and also is found in the Breslov Customs.pdf file from the Breslov Center.

The massacres started in Nemirov, Ukraine, on 20 Sivan when they slaughtered the entire Jewish community. The Berdichiver Siddur says that is why this date was picked as a fast day and points out that 20 Sivan never falls out on Shabbos. After, the massacres spread out to other parts of the Ukraine, Russia and the area known as the Jewish Pale. This happened during the life of the Shach, Tosefos Yom Tov and many other great tzadikim. There were many other great tzadikim killed during the massacres, including Reb Shimshon Ostropolier (3 Av). Yesod Veshoresh Ha'avodah says one should think about the terrible torture and suffering these people went through and all the Torah that was not learned because they were killed.

Rabbi Yisroel Dan ben Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Taub of Modzitz (2003 which is 5763 - תשג in the Hebrew Calendar). The energy of the year of Hilula is acheivement. He is the author of Nachlas Dan. Rabbi Elazar Flecklesh, author of Teshuva Me'Ahava

Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Labaton (1869 which is 5629 - תרכט in the Hebrew Calendar). He Lived in Eretz Yisrael and he was the author of Nechach Hashulchan.

21st of Sivan סיוון is Caf Alef Sivan - starts Evening of June 9 2023

Rabbi Shlomo ben R' Elazar Shapira of Munkach (1893 which is 5653 - תקנג in the Hebrew Calendar). He is the Grandson of the Bnei Yisaschor and grandfather of the Minchas Elazar.

Rabbi Shimon Sofer HY"D (1944 which is 5704 - תשד in the Hebrew Calendar). He is the son of the Ksav Sofer, Rabbi Avrohom Shmuel Binyomin. He was 94 when he was killed in the Holocaust. He was a known as a great talmid chochom, tzadik and miracle worker. The year of his Hilula is known as a year of devastation.

22nd of Sivan סיוון is Yood Beit Sivan - starts Evening of June 10 2023

Rabbi Isamar Rosenbaum (1973 which is 5733 - תשלג in the Hebrew Calendar). He was the Nadvorna Rebbe, son of Rabbi Meir of Kretchnif. The energy of the year of Hilula is "snowing".

Rabbi Refoel Shlomo Erdit (1833 which is 5593 - תקצג in the Hebrew Calendar). He is Rav of Izmir and wrote Shem Shlomo.

Rabbi Eliyahu Bechor Chazan (1908 which is 5668 - תקסח in the Hebrew Calendar). He wrote Talumos Lev.

23rd of Sivan סיוון is Caf Gimmel Sivan - starts Evening of June 11 2023

Rabbi Yaakov Pollack of Lublin (1525 which is 5285 - תקפה in the Hebrew Calendar). He is considered the most outstanding Talmudist of his age. He was the Rebbe of many of the greatest gedolim of the time. The energy of the year of Hilulah is "to coagulate", "to skim", "to overpower", and "to validate".

Rabbi Rafael Tzemach ben Shimon (1780 which is 5540 - תקמ in the Hebrew Calendar). He was the Rosh Yeshiva of Chesed L'Avraham

Rabbi Shmuel Tzvi Kovalski (1993 which is 5753 - תשנג in the Hebrew Calendar) Legendary Rosh Kolel of Sochachov.

Rabbi Yehuda Assad (1866 which is 5626 - תרכו in the Hebrew Calendar). He is the author of Responsa Mahari. The energy of his year of Hilula is "his tenderness" and "to tour or scout".

Reb Yaakov Yitzchak of Balondov (1882 which is 5642 - תרמב in the Hebrew Calendar) ben Rabbi Chaim Meir Yechiel of Moglenitz. The year of his hilula is considered an elevation of the Name of Mem Bet (42 - Ana Bekoach). Among the many great tzadikim of years past there are many that, although they were towering figures, are not as well known as some of their contemporaries. One such great tzadik was Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok Shapira of Balondov, the brother of Rabbi Elimelech of Grodzensk (father of the Piazeczna Rebbe HY"D). He was the son of the Saraph (fiery angel) of Moglenitza, Rabbi Chaim Meir Yechiel. Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak's tefilos were also said to be like flames from a Saraph. He was a descendent (ben acher ben) of the Megaleh Amukos, his mother was the daughter of Reb Elazar of Lizensk, and his great-grandfather was the Magid of Koznitz. With this illustrius family background, this story is easily accepted as truth. 

Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok told over how he got to be named after Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok, the Chozeh of Lublin. His mother had a dream one night. In the dream she was in Heaven and saw someone saying over words of Torah. She saw her grandfather, the Rebbe Reb Elimelech of Lizensk, and asked him who the speaker was. He answered that it was the Rebbe of Lublin, the Chozeh. She told her grandfather that she wants a son like that. He replied: "You should know that you are currently pregnant with a son that has the neshama of the Rebbe of Lublin." She told over the dream to her husband the Saraph of Moglenitz, and a short time later he went to Mezibuz to see the Ohev Yisroel, Rabbi Avrohom Yehoshua Heschel, and related to him the dream that his wife had. The Ohev Yisroel said: "Emes, Emes. (True, True.) Even though it's not possible to give a present to an embryo, nevertheless, I am giving him a present", and he gave him a spodek for when the boy will become Bar Mitzvah. (A spodik is a tall fur hat, as opposed to a shtreimel which is flatter. In certain Chassidic dynasties, even today, from the Bar Mitzvah on, the sons of the Rebbe wear a special type of spodek, until they get married. Then they wear a regular shtreimel or spodek.) This spodik was always very special in the eyes of R' Yaakov Yitzchok of Balandov. Sure enough a son was born to the Saraph of Moglinitz and his wife, who they named Yaakov Yitzchok, after the Chozeh of Lublin, whose neshama they now knew he possessed. He grew up to be the great Rebbe of Balandov.

24th of Sivan סיוון is Caf Dalet Sivan - starts Evening of June 12 2023

Rabbi Moshe b. Shlomo HaKohen, one of the Baalei Tosafos from Germany

Rabbi Avrohom Salim (1938 which is 5698 - תרצח in the Hebrew Calendar) He has the repurtation to be a Mekubal, and he lived in Yerushalayim. The year of his Hilulah has the energy of killing and murder.

Rabbi Masaoud HaKohen Elchadad (1927 which is 5687 - תרפז in the Hebrew Calendar). He was the Head of Yeshiva Beis El of Mekubalim. He died at the age of 107.

25th of Sivan סיוון is Caf Hai Sivan - starts Evening of June 13 2023

Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel, Tanna, one of the Asarei Harugei Malchus (Martyrs that died at the hands of the Romans).

Rabbi Yishmael Kohen Gadol, Tanna, one of the Asarei Harugei Malchus (Martyrs that died at the hands of the Romans).

Rabbi Chaninah Sagan HaKohanim, Tanna

Rabbi David Mireles, author of Korban Ha'eidah on Talmud Yerushalmi (1762 which is 5522 - תקכב in the Hebrew Calendar)

Rabbi Boruch Shimon Schneerson, Rosh Yeshiva of Tchebin (2001 which is תשסא ־ 5761 in the Hebrew calendar).

Rabbi Avraham Barzani, Renowned Mekubal

Rabbi Yissachar Dov Lifshitz (1944 which is 5704 - תשד in the Hebrew Calendar). Stropkover Rebbe. The year of HIlula has the energy of a plunderer or a robber.

Morenu Rabbenu, Hakham Mordechai Eliyahu. The year of his passing is 2010 which is 5770 - תשע in the Hebrew Calendar. This year has the connection to Tesha which means 9 in Hebrew and therefore relates to both Chochma and Yesod. He was born in 1929. He was the former Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel, and was born in Iraq. A noted sage in all areas of Torah study, as well as a significant kabbalist, he was considered to be one of the leading authorities on Jewish law in Israel. His son, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, is currently the Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Zefat. He was 108 years old at the time of his Hilulah.

26th of Sivan סיוון is Caf Vav Sivan - starts Evening of June 14 2023

Rabbi Yonothon ben Uziel, tanna and reputed to be the author of Targum Yonathon ben Uziel. There is a custom about soulmates associated with Jonathan Ben Uziel.

Are you Looking for your Soulmate?

This day marks the passing of Yonatan ben Uzziel, a Tanna who lived 2000 years ago during the Second Temple era. His love for Torah was so great that he never married. As he studied, birds flying over his head were burnt up by the fiery intensity of his learning. He passed away at a young age, unmarried, but just before his death, he realized his mistake by never marrying, since he would have ascended to even higher levels with a wife, because a wife brings completion. From then, a tradition developed that anyone seeking their soulmate would meet their intended within a year if they came to pray at his gravesite in Amuka, a deep valley near Tsfat. Tonight, the 26th of the Hebrew month of Sivan, marks the day of his passing and thousands come to his gravesite for this very purpose. Many have seen miracles. Even if you can not physically attend his Kever (gravesite) you can strengthen your relationship or help find your soul mate by connecting to his Hilula.

Rabbi Yosi ben Kisma, tanna

Rabbi Yitzchak ben Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin

Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of Moglenitz (1878 which is 5638 - תרלח in the Hebrew Calendar) ben Rabbi Chaim Meir Yechiel "the Saraph" of Moglenitz. The yahrzeit of his older brother, Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok of Balondov, was two days ago.

Rabbi Refuel Yosef ben Robi, author of Derech Hamelech on Rambam

Rabbi Shimon Ashriki (1930 which is 5690 - תרץ in the Hebrew Calendar), Av Beis din in Yerusholayim

Rabbi Yehoshua Buchsbaum HY"D Rav of Galanta

Rabbi Reuven Fein, Rosh Yeshiva of Torah Vodaas

27th of Sivan סיוון is Caf Zion Sivan - starts Evening of June 15 2023

Rabbi Chanina ben Tradyon, tanna - one of the Asara Harugei Malchus. We read about his passing on Tisha B'Av.

Rabbi Chananya ben Tradyon, one of the "Ten Martyrs" (see entry for Sivan 25) was killed on this date. When the Romans discovered him teaching the outlawed Torah they wrapped him in a Torah scroll, piled bundles of twigs around him, and before setting him afire they placed damp woolen cloths on him to prolong the agony of being burned to death.

As the flames engulfed him, his disciples asked him, "Master, what do you see?" Rabbi Chananya replied: "I see a scroll burning, but the letters flying up to Heaven."

chanoch's Commentary

One interpretation is the Rabbi is the burning Torah and the Letters are His words of Torah.

Rabbi Meir ben R' Issac Eisenstadt, Maharam Ash, author of Panim Me'iros (1744 CE which is 5504 - תקד in the Hebrew Calendar).

28th of Sivan סיוון is Caf Chet Sivan - starts Evening of June 16 2023

Rabbi Meshulom Feivish HaLevi Lowy of Tosh (1873 CE which is 5633 - תרלג in the Hebrew Calendar) ben Rabbi Mordechai. Talmid of Maharam Ash (yahrzeit was yesterday) and then Rabbi David of Dinov and then became one of the important Chassidim of Rabbi Yitzchok Issac of Kaliv. His great-grandson, the present Tosher Rebbe, who bears the same name, is one of the most respected tzadikim alive today. He has a community, called Kiryas Tash, near Montreal, and people travel to see him from all over the world, in order to receive his blessings. The Tosher Rebbe and his Chassidim are known for their love of all Jews and welcome visitors there with open arms.

Rabbi Avraham Adadi (1874 CE which is 5634 - תרלד in the Hebrew Calendar), Rov in Tripoli, wrote Vayikra Avraham.

Rabbi Shimshon Aaron Polansky, Rov of Teplik

29th of Sivan סיוון is Caf Tet Sivan - starts Evening of June 17 2023

There are no known Tzadikim that chose to Leave this date. See the Hidden Tzadikim Link below.

30th of Sivan סיוון is Lamed Sivan - starts Evening of June 18 2023

This year 30th Sivan is also Rosh Chodesh Aleph Tammuz

Rabbi Moshe ben Rabbi Levi Najara (1580 CE which is 5340 - השמ in the Hebrew Calendar). He is a talmid of the Arizal , wrote Lekach Tov on Rashi. He is also the father of Rabbi Yisroel Najara. The energy of the year of his Hilula connects directly with THE NAME - HaShem.

Rabbi Chaim ben R' Yitzchok Kitza (1849 CE which is 5609 - תרט in the Hebrew Calendar). He is the Av Beis Din of Irsha, one of the great tzadikim of Hungary

Rabbi Shlomo Kluger (1869 CE which is 5629 - תרכט in the Hebrew Calendar) ben Rabbi Yuda Ahron, Rov of Brod, author of Chochmas Shlomo and many other seforim, He was raised by the Dubno Magid.

Rabbi Meir Rosenbaum of Kretchnif (1908 CE which is 5668 - תרסח in the Hebrew Calendar) known as a great Baal Mofes and writer of kameyas He was the son of Rabbi Mordechai of Nadvorna. His year of Hilula has the energy of "being lessened".

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