There are 23 days of Chagim (Holidays) in the month of Tishrai. One for each of the 23 pairs of chromosomes in the Human DNA sequence. Tishrai is the 7th month of the Hebrew Year yet is considered the beginning of the New Year. One way to reconcile this paradox is to realize the 7th Sefirah is Malchut or Manifestation. This makes us realize the beginning of something is thought but the thought without the completion of the action is not what it is about. The actual action is the true beginning in our physical world while the thought is the potential from our spiritual worlds.
|Days of the month of Tishrai - תשרי|
|Rosh Hashana 1 -Sept 19||Rosh Hashana 2 -Sept 20||Day 3 - ג -Sept 21||Day 4 - ד - Sept 22||Day 5 - ה - Sept 23||Day 6 - ו - Sept 24||Day 7 - ז -Sept 25||Day 8 - ח - Sept 26||Day 9 - ט - Sept 27||Day 10 - י - Sept 28|
|Day 11 - יא - Sept 29||Day 12 - יב - Sept 30||Day 13 - יג - Oct 1||Day 14 - יד - Oct 2||Day 15 - טו - Oct 3||Day 16 - טז - Oct 4||Day 17 - יז - Oct 5||Day 18 חי - Oct 6||Day 19 - יט - Oct 7||Day 20 - כ - Oct 8|
|Day 21 - כא - Oct 9||Day 22 - כב - Oct 10||Day 23 - כג - Oct 11||Day 24 - כד - Oct 12||Day 25 - כה - Oct 13||Day 26 - כו - Oct 14||Day 27 - כז - Oct 15||Day 28 - כח - Oct 16||Day 29 - כט - Oct 17||Rosh Chodesh Alef & Bet-Oct 18 & 19|
Per the sages, it is good just to say the Name of a Tzadik. Of course the more one learns about each individual Tzadik strengthens one's connection to that Tzadik and assists in the Channel of connection between you and he/she. 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.
One spiritual ritual recommended by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov is to say the Names of the Tzadikim starting with Adam and Chava and continuing until today. This list will be added as a link when it is available. In the meantime, try doing this ritual with the Names of all the Tzadikim who passed in an Hebrew month.
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Sara Imeinu (Our Mother)This is Sarah the wife of Abraham the Patriarch. This is both her birthdate and her Hilula. She was born in 1803 BCE which is 1957 in the Hebrew Calendar. Her Hilula is on this same day of her birthday 127 years later in the year 1676 BCE which is 2084 in the Hebrew Calendar. This is also the same date as the binding of Yitzhak known as the Akaidah Yitzhak. There are many midrashim as to why she chose this date to leave our world but the most clear reason as explained by the Kabbalists is that both Avraham and Yitzhak achieved their Tikune by agreeing to perform and submit to the Binding (note it is not the sacrifice of Yitzhak). Therefore, as a wife and mother she had no reason to remain in this world.
Sarah is a Prophetess in her own right and is even on a higher level than Abraham.
Rav Shefatia, He is the author of the selicha, “Yisrael Nosha BaHaShem.” His Hilula is 886 which is 4646 - תרמו in the Hebrew Calendar. The essence of his year of Hilula includes the energy of "his throw" and His lifting.
Rav Amnon of Mainz, who died Kiddush HaShem, while composing the Rosh Hashanah prayer, "Unesaneh Tokef" . HIs year of Hilula is 1011 or some say 1012. This is 4771 and 4772 in the Hebrew Calendar respectively.
Rav Yehuda Ayas, Rav of Algiers and later in Yerushalayim, He is author of Beis Yehuda. The year of his Hilula is 1760 which is 5520 - תקך in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rav Aharon Moshiach Katzenelebogen of Belz His year of Hilula is 1816 which is 5576 תקעו in the Hebrew Calendar. His year of Hilula has the energy of "his thrusting or his inserting".
Rav Meir Yeudah Leibush ben Yechiel Michel (Malbim). (1809-1879). He was born in Volhynia in 1809 which is 5569 - תקסט in the Hebrew Calendar. While he was still a child his father died. He studied in his native town until the age of 13. He then went to Warsaw where he was known as the 'iluy from Volhynia.' From 1838 to 1845 he was rabbi of Wreschen, district of Posen, and in the latter year was called to the rabbinate of Kempen, where he remained until 1860; he was thereafter known as "der Kempener." In 1860 Malbim became chief rabbi of Bucharest, Rumania. But he could not agree with the rich German Jews there who wished to introduce the Reform rite and even threatened violence in the pursuit of their aims. By intrigues they succeeded in throwing him into prison, and though he was liberated through the intervention of Sir Moses Montefiore, it was upon the condition that he leave Rumania. He became Rav of Moghilef, on the Dnieper in 1870, but his lack of subservience provoked the resentment of the richer Jews, who denounced him as a political criminal. The governor of Moghilef ordered him to leave town. Malbim then went to Königsberg as chief rabbi of the Polish community, but there he fared no better than in Bucharest and Moghilef; he was continually harassed by the German Jews. His fame and immense popularity rests upon his widely esteemed commentary to Tanach, in which he details the close relationship between the Oral and the Written Law. His year of Hilula is 1879 which is 5639 - תרלט in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rav Yaakov Dovid ben Ze'ev Wilovsky of Slutzk, Chicago and Tsefas, the Ridbaz, He is one of the great European scholars to come to America. As a consequence of the halachic standards of kashrus that he attempted to impose in Chicago, he eventually had to flee for his life. He was born in 1845 which is 5605 - תרה in the Hebrew Calendar. His year of birth has the energy of touring. His year of Hilula is 1913 which is 5673 - תרעג in the Hebrew Calendar. This year has the energy of scolding or rebuking.
Rav Yitzchak Cohen of Djerba, Tunisia 1918 which is 5678 תרעח in the Hebrew Calendar is his year of Hilula.
Rav Yitzchak Meir of Kopycznitz (Kupishnitz) . He is succeeded as Rebbe by his son, Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heschel.His year of Hilula is 1931 or 1935. these years are 5691 and 5695 in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rav Ezriel Yehuda Lebowitz, Viener Rav 1991 is the year of his Hilula. This is 5751 - תשנא in the Hebrew Calendar.).
Rav Shmuel Halevi Shechter 1915-1999). He was Born in Montreal, Canada in the Year 1915 which is 5675 - תרעה in the Hebrew Calendar. He was only five years old, when his mother passed away. During his years at Rabbi Isaac Elchonon Theological Seminary, he shared a dormitory room with Rav Avigdor Miller. Later, he traveled to Poland to learn at the Mirrer Yeshiva under Rav Yeruchom. After his marriage, he learned at Kelm. When he returned to America, he learned with Rav Aharon Kotler, first at White Plains, NY, then at Lakewood. Years later, he settled in Eretz Yisrael. His year of Hilula is 1999 which is תשנט ־5759 in the Hebrew Calendar.
Gedaliah ben Achikam,. Gedaliah was appointed as governor over the Jews by Nebuchadnetzer after the destruction of the Temple (422 BCE which is 3338 - שלח in the Hebrew Calendar). He was assassinated by Yishmael ben Nesanya. The sages declared a Fast Day for the third of Tishrai to do Teshuvah for causing this action of a Jew killing another Jew in the Land of Israel. This had not happened since Cain killed Abel. This "fast day" applies to all generations.
Rav Yisrael Perlow, the Yanuka of Stolin (1868 which is 5628 - תרכחin the Hebrew Calendar -1921 which is 5681 - תרפא in the Hebrew Calendar). The year of his birth has the energy of leasing.
The Karlin dynasty had its beginnings with Rav Aharon HaGodol of Karlin (1736-1772), a talmid of the Maggid of Mezritch. At that time, Karlin was located in Lithuania, so Karliners are known as "Lithuanian chassidim." It was Rav Aharon's son and successor, Rav Asher the First, who moved the court to Stolin. Rav Aharon's great-grandson, Rav Asher the Second, was childless for many years. In 1869, his wife, Rebbetzin Devorah, was blessed with a boy, whom they named Yisrael. Reb Yisrael was only 4 years old when his father was nifter in the town of Drohobich (Galicia). The Karlin chasidim resolved to meet this lack of leadership by standing firm in their loyalty to the Karlin dynasty, and therefore proclaimed the Yenuka [Child] Yisrael to be their Rebbe. The influence of the Haskalah movement, which had first begun to be felt in Rav Aharon the Second's days grew stronger in Rav Yisrael's time. Rav Yisrael died far away from his native town, in a convalescent home in Homburg, Germany. He was buried in Frankfurt-on-Main. After his petira, his followers were now in a quandary as Rav Yisrael had left no instructions regarding which of his six sons to appoint in his place. Thus, the leadership split into three. His son, Rav Moshe, led the court in Stolin, where he opened the yeshivah, Beis Yisrael, in his father's memory in 1922. Another son, Rav Avraham Elimelech, became rebbe in Karlin, while Rav Yochanan, his youngest son, became rebbe in Lutzk. The Nazis destroyed the Stolin community in Elul 1942, and four of Rav Yisrael's sons perished in the Holocaust. However, thanks to his surviving sons, Karlin-Stolin communities now thrive in Eretz Yisrael and America. These sons were Rav Yaakov, who had moved to America in 1923, and lived in Williamsburg before moving to Detroit where he passed away in 1946. The second surviving son was Rav Yochanan, Rav Yisrael's youngest son, who became the Karlin-Stolin Rebbe in America in 1948, and passed away in 1956. He was succeeded by his daughter's son, Rav Baruch Yaakov Meir Shochet, who was a baby at the time of his passing. History repeated itself when this youngster was coronated as the next Karlin-Stolin Rebbe when he was only eight years old. The year of his Hilula has the energy of healing.
Rav Shemaryahu [or Shmuel] Greineman, He printed the sefer "Chazon Ish" (1980 which is 5740 - תשם in the Hebrew Calendar). This year of Hilula includes the essence of life called breathing.
Rav Ephraim Oshry (1908 which is 5668 - תרסח in the Hebrew Calendar - 2003 which is 5763 - תשסג in the Hebrew Calendar). He was born in Kopishak, Lithuania, he learned in Ponevezh, Talmud Torah Kelm and Slabodka. He was also a talmid of the Chofetz Chaim in Radin. While he was still quite young, he was appointed Rav of the Abba Yechezkel Kloiz in Slabodka. During World War II, he lived in the Kovno ghetto from June, 1941 until August 1, 1944. It was there that he recorded the gripping shaylos he received, publishing them later in five volumes of She'eilos Uteshuvos Mima'amakim. After the liberation, he was the only surviving Rav of Kovno. He worked diligently to restore Yiddishkeit and was especially active in rescuing children left with non-Jews. He then fled to Austria, where he founded a yeshiva in Welsh, a small town near Salzburg. He was then called upon to take over the leadership of the Meor Hagoloh yeshiva in Rome. He later went to America, where he served as Rav of the Beis Hamedrash Hagodol on the Lower East Side of New York City. He published Divrei Ephraim in 1949. He also published chiddushei Torah on many areas, including Imrei Ephraim on Nezikin and other subjects. He also wrote Yahadus Lita which appeared in Yiddish, about his recollections of pre-War Europe.The energy of the year of Hilula is achievement.
This is the Fast of Gedalya.This fast is delayed 1 day in Honor of the Shabbat. Please look above for an explanation of the Fast
Rav Naftali Trop, Rosh Yeshiva Radin (1871 which is 5631 - תרלב in the Hebrew Calendar -1930 which is 5690 - תרץ in the Hebrew Calendar). He was born in Grodno, where he studied with his father, Rav Moshe Trop, who was Rosh Yeshiva of a local yeshiva. At 14, he left for Kelm, then Solodka, then Telz, where he became close to Rav Eliezer Gordon. In 1889, he returned to Slobodka, when Rav Yaakov Yitzchak (Itzel) Rabinowitz was appointed Rosh Yeshiva. There, he became his close talmid. In 1890, Rav Hirshel Levitan appointed him Rosh Yeshiva of Or HaChaim in Slobodka. In 1903, he replaced Rav Moshe Landinski as Rosh Yeshiva in Radin, where he remained for the rest of his life.
Rabbi Yisrael Lipschitz of Danzig, He is the author of Tiferes Yisrael, a popular commentary on the Mishnayos (1782 which is 5542 - תקמב in the Hebrew Calendar -1860 which is 5620 - תרכא in the Hebrew Calendar). He also authored Shevilei D'rakiya, an introduction to the principles of Rabbinical astronomy and determining the Molad; it appears in the beginning of Seder Mo'ed in the "Tiferes Yisrael" sets of Mishnayos. Additionally, he wroted Derush Ohr HaChaim" (Homily on the Light of Life) which debates the eternality of the soul.
Rabbi Shimon Nosson Nota Biderman, the Lelover Rebbe (1929 which is 5659 - תרס in the Hebrew Calendar)
Rabbi Aharon Yechiel (Reb Ahrele) Hopstein of Kuzhnitz (1889 which is 5649 - תרמב in the Hebrew Calendar -1942 which is 5703 - תשג in the Hebrew Calendar). Reb Ahrele was a direct descendent of the Maggid Kozhnitz, who - along with the Chozeh of Lublin, Rav Mendel of Riminov, and the Oheiv Israel of Opt - were the greatest talmidim of Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk and who were primarily responsible for the spready of Chassidut throughout Europe. Rav Aharon Yechiel's father, Rav Yerachmiel Moshe, was the sixth Kuzhnitzer Rebbe, was niftar in 1909. Another son of Rav Yerachmiel Moshe, Rav Yisrael Elazar, moved to Eretz Yisrael in 1923 and helped found Kfar Chassidim and Kfar Ata. The energy of the year of his birth, is concealment. The year of his Hilula has the energyof waiting or sitting.
Rabbi Yitzchak Zekel Leib Wormeiser (Wormer), also known as the Baal Shem of Michaelstadt (1768 which is 5528 - תקכח in the Hebrew Calendar -1847 which is 5607 - תרח in the Hebrew Calendar). At the age of 17, he left home to learn at the yeshivah gedolah of Frankfurt, headed by Rabbi Pinchas Horowitz, the Baal HaFla'ah. He also became close to Rav Nosson Adler, the Chasam Sofer's rebbi. After his marriage at the age of 22, he moved to Michelstat, where he founded a yeshiva.
Rabbi David Rapaport (1890 which is 5650 - תרן- in the Hebrew Calendar - 1941 which is 5701 - תשג in the Hebrew Calendar). He was born in Minsk. His mother was a descendant of the Gaon of Vilna while his father, Rabbi Akiva, was the grandson of Rabbi Akiva Eiger. When he was still a young man, he enrolled in Ponovezh, having already written his sefer, Tzemach David, on the chiddushim and halachic responsa of his grandfather. From Ponovezh, Rabbi David went on to study in Kollel Beis Yisrael of Slabodka. After his marriage, he and his wife were supported by his father-in-law, during which period Rabbi David was able to compile his second major work, Mikdash David, which focuses on the tractates of Kodshim, Taharos, Bechoros and Sanhedrin. Then, during World War One, Rabbi David had to flee and found refuge in Vilna. Later on, Rav Elchanan Wasserman invited Rabbi David to deliver shiurim in Yeshivas Ohel Torah in Baranovich.This yeshivah was founded in 1907 at the initiative of Rabbi Yosef Yozel Horowitz, the Alter of Novhardok. During the outbreak of World War Two, Rabbi David remained in Ohel Torah, joining the yeshivah on its treks to Vilna and, from there, to Turkey and Smilishuk. On the 19th of Sivan, 1941, an NKVD agent burst into the yeshivah and arrested him. After his trial, Rabbi Dovid was sent to a forced labor camp in a distant village, near Finland. The year of his birth has the energy of singing and chanting prayers. The year of his Hilula has the energy of elevation.
Rabbi Noson Sternhartz (1972 which is 5732 - תשלג in the Hebrew Calendar ). He is the son of the Kochav Lev, the leader of Breslov, Rabbi Avraham, great-grandson of Rabbi Noson of Breslov. The year of his hilula has the essence of joining.
This year this is the Fast of Gedalia
Rabbi Yoel Baal Shem His year of Hilula is 1713 which is 5473 - תעג in the Hebrew Calendar and has the energy of "drawing near." Rabbi Yoel Baal Shem (Hebrew:ר' יואל בעל שם הראשון) was an Orthodox Jewish scholar of Halacha and Kabbalah who lived in Zamość ([ˈzamɔɕt͡ɕ]; Yiddish: Zamoshtsh) during the 17th century. He became renowned as a Baal Shem (lit; Master of [Divine] Names) for performing miracles, commanding demons and authoring Kabalistic amulets. Yoel married before the age of 20 and started learning Kabbalah. Upon a dream, Yisrael Yosef sent his son Yoel to Prague to learn kabbalah from Rabbi Eliyahu Baal Shem. Yoel became one of the closest students of Rabbi Eliyahu Baal Shem who confided all his special teaching to him. Yoel returned to Zamosc and opened a Yeshiva there which became renowned for teaching both niglah and nistar.
Baal Shem of Michelshtat, Rabbi Yitzchok Aryeh (Zekel Leib) Wormser. 1847 which is 5607 - תרז in the Hebrew Calendar is his year of Hilula. Numerous people go to his kever (grave) on the yartzeit/Hilula and also throughout the year.
Rabbi Avraham Danzig, He is the author of Chayei Adam and Chachmas Adam. (1748-1820). He was born in Danzig (Gdansk) in 1748 which is 5508 תקח in the Hebrew Calendar. He learned at the yeshiva in Prague under Rabbi Yechezkel Landau. He settled in Vilna. He was related by marriage to the Vilna Gaon. He studied in Prague. It appears that he lived in Vilna for most of his life where he served as a dayan - judge. Other sefarim he authored include Zichru Toras Moshe - an introduction to the laws of Shabbos, Kitzur Sefer Chareidim - an abridgement of the classic Sefer Chareidim by Rabbi Elazar Ezkari, and Toldos Adam - a commentary on the Passover Hagadah. The year of his birth has the energy of taking or seizing. The year of his Hilula is 1820 which is 5580 - תקף in the Hebrew Calendar has the energy of forcing and overpowering.
Rabbi Baruch Refael Soloveitchik, He is the son of the Brisker Rov, Rabbi Yitzchok Zev Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Halberstadt (the Maharshashach), the Kos Hayeshuos, great-grandfather of the Chasam Sofer. The year of his Hilula is 1747 which is 5507 - תקז has the energy of bleeding.
Naftali ben Yaakov Avinu Naphtali was born on the 5th of Tishrei and died on the same day 133 years later. Born in 1562 BCE, he died in Egypt in 1429 BCE, and was buried in Kedesh Naftali (Eretz Yisrael). Naphtali was the Son of Jacob the Patriarch and Bilhah. He honored his father exceedingly, and was often dispatched to fulfill missions. He was quick to complete these missions ("swift as a hind") so that his father was pleased with him. Moreover, Naphtali's speech was pleasant to his father; therefore his father blessed him. He was a herald of good tidings, and brought the news Joseph was still alive, after Joseph's elder brothers wanted to kill him. Naphtali went and told Judah, who came and rescued Joseph.
Rabbi Naftali HaKohen Katz of Lublin (1645). He is Grandfather and namesake of the Semichas Chachamim, he was also the son-in-law of the Maharal of Prague, as well as a descendant of the Maharam Padwa through his father. So respected was he that even the Taz sent sheilos to him. Rabbi Naftali was a maggid in Prafue, a dayan in Prositz, Nicholsburg, and Pinsk, and finally a dayan and Rav in Lublin. The year of his Hilulah is 1645 - 5405 - תה in a Hebrew Calendar which is Tea in modern Hebrew.
Rabbi Mordechai Schneerson of Vitebsk His Hilula is 1907 which is 5667 - תרסז in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Baruch Sholom HaLevi Ashlag He is the author of Birkas Shalom and also Shamati (I heard), the publication of his notes from his fathers teachings. His father, Rabbi Yehuda Leib was the great Mekubal of the 20th Century, the Baal HaSulam on Zohar. His year of Hilula is 1991 which is 5751 - תשמא in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben Rabbi Boruch His Hilula is 1811 which is 5571 - תקעא in the Hebrew Calendar. He is the legendary "Shpole Zeide". There is a famous Machlochet between the Shpole Zeide and rRabbi Nachman of Breslov. Shortly before Rosh Hashana 1800, Rebbe Nachman moved to the town of Zlatopol. The townspeople invited him to have the final word on who would lead the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur prayer services. The man chosen to lead Neilah, the final prayer service of Yom Kippur, did not meet the Rebbe's approval. Suddenly the man was struck dumb and forced to step down, to his great embarrassment. After the fast ended, Rebbe Nachman spoke in a light-hearted way about what the man's true intentions had been, and the man was so incensed that he denounced Rebbe Nachman to Rabbi Aryeh Leib of Shpola, known as the "Shpoler Zeide", a prominent Hasidic rabbi and early disciple of Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz, who was a leading figure in the first generation of Hasidut. Thus began the Shpoler Zeide's vehement campaign against Breslov Hasidism.
Rabbi Mordechai of Tolna His Hilula year is 1871 which is 5631 - תרלא in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Yisrael Tosig, the Rav of Mattersdorf HIs year of Hilula is 1967 which is 5727 - תשכז in the Hebrew Calendar.
Birthday and Hilula/Yahrtzeit of Zevulun ben Yaakov Avinu, Head of the Tribe. His year of Hilula is1450 BCE which is 2310 - שי in the Hebrew Calendar. The energy of his year of Hilula is "reality".
Dina bas Yaakov born in 2312 which is 1448 BCE in the Gregorian Calendar. She was the daughter of Yaakov and Leah. Leah had great power to change circumstances through her prayers. She did not desire to have a son at that time, and prayed that the child she was carrying would be a girl. God listened to her prayers and switched the baby's gender, and Dina was born. When Yaakov and his family, including Dina, finally make their way back to the Land of Israel (Canaan at that time), there was a very bloody war with Esav and his army on the way, in which Yaakov was the victor. Just afterwards, Dina was kidnapped and raped by Shechem, the son of Chamor, the Hivite. Schechem fell in love with her, perhaps drawn to the enormous spiritual power latent in this young girl. He agreed to convert and have all the men of his city be circumcised. However while the Hivites were recovering from their circumcision, Dina's brothers, outraged, took retribution upon the male population of the city. The energy of her birth year is "ill fated".
Rabbi David Oppenheim He was born to Rav Avraham Oppenheim in Worms in 1664 which is 5424 - תכד in the Hebrew Calendar. When he was young, he studied in the city of Metz, under Rav Gershon Ashkenazi (author of Avodas HaGershuni), Rav Yaakov, the father of the Chacham Tzvi, and in the yeshivah of Rav Yitzchak Binyamin Wolf (author of Nachlas Binyamin). In Elul of 1689, at the ae of 25, he succeeded Rav Binyamin Banet, as rav of Nickolsburg, which included the entire state of Maherin. In 1702, he became Rav of Prague. In time, Rav David was appointed rav of the entire state of Moravia and, eventually, rav of all Bohemia and served as rav in Vienna. His eventual successor as rav of Prague was the Noda B'Yehuda. His vast library serves as a tribute to his outstanding personality. The catalogue of the books in his library, published under the title, VaYikain Dovid lists hundreds of books. His year of birth reveals the energy of oppression. His year of Hilula is 1736 which is 5496 - תצו in the Hebrew Calendar. The year of his Hilula has the energyof "his destruction" as well as "command".
Rabbi Avraham Calfon . He was born in Tripoli, Libya in 1735 which is 5495 - תצה in the Hebrew Calendar. Actually, in those days, Libya did not exist - the region was comprised of three independent regions, Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Fazzan. He learned under several sages, most notably the Italian gadol, Rav Malachi ben Yaakov HaKohen, author of Yad Malachi, a sefer that discusses the methodology and rules of the Shas and poskim. Blessed with wealth from both his parents and his in-laws, Rav Avraham was able to devote himself to Torah his whole life. He was appointed sheikh (president) of Tripoli's kehillah, in 1778. By the time of Rav Avraham’s birth, Ahmed Karamanli controlled much of modern Libya. Karamanli was a member of the Sultan's household guard, assassinated Tripoli's evil Ottoman governor in 1711, and installed himself as a semi-independent ruler in his stead. As a result, Tripoli became a Corsair (Barbary pirate) base. the year of his birth has the energy of quarreling as well as flying. The year of his Hilula is 1819 which is 5579 - תקעט in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Makarov, 4th of the 8 sons of Rav Mordechai, the Chernobyler Maggid. He married Hinda Mattel, daughter of Rav Yosef HaLevi Horowitz, the Admor of Turchin, who in turn was the son of the Chozeh of Lublin. In 1833 he became Rebbe in the town of Makarov. His year of Hilula is 1851 which is 5611 - תריא in the Hebrew Calendar. This year has the energy of illustration.
Rabbi Noach of Lechovitz (1775 which is 5535 - תלה in the Hebrew Calendar -1833 which is 5593 - תקצג in the Hebrew Calendar. Some believe his Hilula is 5592), He is the son of Rav Mordechai, the founder of the Lechovitz dynasty. As he had no sons, his Chasidim were divided as to his successor: some went to his talmid, Rav Moshe of Kobrin, some to his son-in-law, Rav Mordechai, and some to his nephew Rav Shlomo Chaim of Koidenov. His divrei Torah were kept but not written alive until they were written down by the previous Slonimer Rebbe, as Toras Avos. This year of his birth has within it the essence of burning or roasting. It also has the idea of an obstacle and malfunction. Also the energy of disgrace.
Rabbi Baruch Schneerson, He is the father of the Baal Hatanya. The year of his Hilula which is 1789 - 5549 - תקמט in the Hebrew Calendar, has the energy of wrinkling or crushing.
Rabbi Elazar Nissan Teitelbaum of Drohbich 1855 is his year of Hilula. It is also 5615 - תרטו in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Shimon Sofer, He was Rav of Sandra and Paks. 1930 which is 5690 - תרץ in the Hebrew Calendar is his year of Hilula.
Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of Biala 1932 which is 5692 - תרצב in the Hebrew calendar. The essence of this year of Hilula is to strengthen or fortify. It also has the essence of narrowness as well.
Rabbi Shlomo Benzion Twersky of Chernobyl 1939 which is 5699 - תרצט in the Hebrew Calendar is his year of Hilula.
Rabbi Binyomin Zeilberger, He was Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Bais Hatalmud of Bensonhurst (1921-2005). He was born in Koenigshaufen, Germany in 1921 which is 5681 - תרפא in the Hebrew Calendar. The energy of his birth year includes the energy of healing. Shortly after Pesach in 1936, he was sent to learn at the Mirrer Yeshiva in Poland, due in part to his parents fears of Hitler. He was zocheh to hear a few shmuzzen by Rav Yeruchom before the mashgiach was nifter two months later. In 1939, he traveled with the Mir Yeshiva, first to Vilna, then to Japan and Shanghai. In 1947, he traveled to America to learn in the newly established Mirrer Yeshiva. Soon, he married the daughter of Rav Yisrael Chaim Kaplan, a son-in-law of Rav Yeruchom. After the chasuna, Rav Binyomin joined Yeshiva Bais Hatalmud, which had recently been established by members of the Mir. There he remained as Rosh yeshiva for decades. His Hilula is 2005 which is 5765 - תשסה in the Hebrew Calendar. The energy of this year is to instigate as well as to plunder and pillage.
Rebbi Elazar ben Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai Rabbi Elazar is well featured in the Zohar as he reveals many secrets along with his father. He is also the cause of many of Rabbi Shimon's revelations by asking questions of his father. In addition there is a story told in the Talmud that many people do not understand. There is a unique meaning behind this story. It says in the Talmud that Rabbi Elazar was a very large (some would say obese) man. The story continues describing that he was taken into a tiled room and given a sleeping draught after which his stomach was cut open and a large amount of fat was taken from his body. Was this the first liposuction? The other questions one might ask - was the sleeping draught an anesthetic? Was the tiled room to prevent infection? The year of his Hilula is 102 in the Common Era which is 3862 - תתסב in the Hebrew Calendar. Some people believe it to be 123 CE and also his Hilula to be the 25th day of Elul - the Day of creation. If any one is able to explain this conundrum please advise, or we will await the resurrection of the Dead to clarify the matter.
Rabbi Yitzchak Shmelkes, the Bais Yitzchak of Lemberg
Rabbi Avrahom Saba, author of Tzror Hama'or (His Hilula is after 1500) Anyone who can shed light on the exact year please advise or we will wait for Eliyahu HaNavi.
Rabbi Avraham Abale ben Rabbi Chaim HaLevi Gumbeiner of Kalish (1682), the Magen Avrohom. Rav Avraham Abali ben Chaim HaLevi Gumbiner (1634-1682), born in Gumbin, he witnessed the massacre of his parents in the Chmielnitzki pogroms at the age of 18. He escaped to Lissa, and then to Kalish, where he became Rosh Yeshiva and afterwards Dayan of the city. He is the author of Magen Avraham, a definitive commentary on the Orach Chaim section of the Shulchan Aruch. He also authored Zayis Ra’anan on Yalkut Shimoni. [according to Hamodia 2005- 3 Tishrei]
Rabbi Elazar Nisan ben Rabbi Moshe of Drobitich (1854) He is the son of the Yismach Moshe and father of the Yetev Lev. 1854 which is 5614 - תריד in the Hebrew Calendar is his year of Hilula. This year, of his Hilula, has the energy of building animal pens or being a tenant.
Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Shmeliks, the Beis Yitzchak 1905 which is 5665 תרסה in the Hebrew Calendar is his year of Hilula. The energy of this year, of Hilula, is that of a shield.
Rabbi Yitzchak Zev Soloveichik (Rav Velvel) of Brisk, also referred to as the Griz. (1886-1959). He is the son and most prominent disciple of Rabbi Chaim Solevetchik. He succeeded his father in Brisk, survivied WWII and moved to Eretz Yisrael. Among his descendents are Rabbi David and Rabbi Yoshe Ber Soloveitchik. He was born in 1886 which is 5646 - תרמו in the Hebrew Calendar. That year has an energy of "throwing an election" or deception. His year of Hilula is 1959 which is 5719 - תריט in the Hebrew Calendar and has the essence of sailing.
Rabbi Eliezer Zusman Sofer, He is the author of Et Sofer. His year of Hilula is 1902 which is 5662 - תרסב and also has the energy of turning aside or deviation.
Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel Twersky, He is called Admor of Machnova-Bnei Brak, and is the grandson of the Maggid of Chernobyl. He was born in 1895 which is 5655 - תרנה in the Hebrew Calendar -1987 which is 5747 - תשמז in the Hebrew Calendar. the year of his birth has the energy of singing or shouting out loud as well as being a tourist. Some say his Hilula is on 10 Tishrei.
Rabbi David Halevi Maggid of Shtepin He is a Student of the Baal Shem Tov.
This is Yom Kippur
Zecharia Cohen Gadol. He is the son of son of Yehovada the Prophet. This is not Zecharia HaNavi (the Prophet).
Rebbi Akiva ben Yosef HY"D (153 which is 3913 - תתקיג in the Hebrew Calendar) Rebbi Yehuda Hanassi was born on that day. Some think his Hilula is 123. Rabbi Akiva Ben Yosef is the highest soul to ever come into the world and yet his path to Torah was through Tshuvah. There are many stories in the Talmud and elsewhere about and around Rabbi Akiva. Please run several searches and you will be amazed by what you learn about this man who makes mistakes and is still considered a Tzadik.
Rabbi Achai Gaon (511 which is 4271 - רעא in the Hebrew Calendar) He is the son of Rabba - one of the Tanaim who was involved in redacting the Talmud as is Rabbi Achai.
Rabbi Naftali Chaim of Dzikov His Hilula is 1894 which is 5654 - תרנד in the Hebrew Calendar. The energy of this year has the essence of a vow.
Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag of Yerushalayim, also known as Yehuda Leib Ha-Levi Ashlag (Hebrew: רַבִּי יְהוּדָה לֵיבּ הַלֵּוִי אַשְׁלַג), or the Baal Ha-Sulam (Hebrew: בַּעַל הַסּוּלָם, "Author of the Ladder") in reference to his magnum opus, the Sulam, a commentary on the Zohar. He was an orthodox rabbi and kabbalist born in 1886 in Łódź, Congress Poland, Russian Empire, to a family of scholars connected to the Hasidic courts of Porisov and Belz. Ashlag reputedly studied Kabbalah from the age of seven, hiding pages from the book Etz Chaim (The Tree of Life) of Isaac Luria (also known as the Arizal) in the Talmudic tractate he was meant to be studying. By nineteen, Ashlag’s knowledge of the Torah was profound enough for the rabbis of Warsaw to confer upon him the title of rabbi. Rabbi Ashlag lived in the Holy Land from 1922 until his death in 1954 (except for two years in England). In addition to his Sulam commentary on the Zohar, his other primary work, Talmud Eser Sefirot is regarded as the central textbook for students of Kabbalah. Ashlag systematically interpreted this wisdom and promoted its wide dissemination. In line with his directives, many contemporary adherents of Ashlag’s teachings strive to spread Kabbalah to the masses. Rav Ashlag translated the Zohar into Hebrew from the original Aramaic, and he reedited the "Etz Chaim" which is the definitive Lurianic work on essence and cosmology. To this he added a commentary transposing the somewhat abstract notion of "receptacle" (Kli) into the experientially more accessible term "desire" (Ratzon) in all its many permutations. This work is known as the "Talmud Esser Sphirot." He also wrote many other articles and essays including "Matan Torah" (Gift of the Bible), Article on Peace, Article on Freedom, and many others. In the 1930s Ashlag, now in his fifties, gathered around him a group of disciples, including Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein. Ashlag differs fundamentally from all Kabbalists of the past, who studied and taught Kabbalah in a concealed manner, in that he felt a great need to reveal and clarify the teaching of Kabbalah to the masses. This was because he saw that the evil inclination in people (human egoism) would rise to an altogether new height in this era of humanity, causing an altogether new era of internal suffering felt as a meaningless and confused existence. He taught that through intensive study of Kabbalah, a person's desire to give to others is developed in relation to this goal. Rav Ashlag believed that the coming of the Messiah meant that humans would attain this quality which would allow them to give up their selfishness and devote themselves to loving each other for the sake of life's purpose, as stated in the commandment "love thy neighbor as thyself." There are 2 working groups that stem frorm his teachings. One is the Kabbalah Center and the other is Benai Baruch. His year of Hilula is 1954 which is 5714 - תשיד in the Hebrew Calendar. The energy of this year is threshing as well as trampling.
Rabbi Moshe Yitzchak ben Rabbi Naftali Elimelech Gewirtzman of Antwerp and Belgium He is known as Reb Itzikel of Pshevorsk (1976 which is 5736 - תשלו in the Hebrew Calendar). He is a Great beloved tzadik. He was a descendant of the Noam Elimelech and was said to be from the 36 hidden tzadikim. The year of his birth has the energy of "throwing an election". The essence of the year of His death is tranquility and calmness.
Rabbi Naftali Chaim ben Rabbi Meir of Dzhikov His year of Hilula is 1894 which is 5654 - תרנד in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Avraham Binyomin Silberberg, the Pittsburgher Rav His year of Hilula is 1962 which is 5722 - תשכב in the Hebrew Calendar. The year of his Hilula has the energy of reclining or lying down.
Rabbi Shlomo Shimshon Karelitz . He was born in Vilna on Tisha B'Av, 1910 which is 5670 - תרע in the Hebrew Calendar. His father, Rabbi Mayer was a moreh tzedek and the right-hand-man of the Chafetz Chaim and Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky. His grandfather was Rav Shemaryahu Karelitz, the rav of Kosova. The Chazon Ish, Rav Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, was Rav Shlomo Shimshon's uncle. When he was fourteen, Rav Shlomo Shimshon left Kosova and went to the Mirrer yeshivah, where he became the talmid muvhak of its mashgiach, Rav Yerucham Levovitz. Shortly before the rise of the Third Reich, Rav Shlomo Shimshon and his parents moved to Eretz Yisrael. Several years later, he served as a dayan in the Petach Tikvah beis din. His publications included Divrei Shlomo and Shu"t Ateres Yisrael on Choshen Mishpat and Even HaEzer. His year of Hilula is 2001 which is 5761 - תשסא in the Hebrew Calendar.
The next link is to a story about a Tzadik that comes from www.kabbalaonline and is quite appropriate to read on Yom KippurClick Here for a wonderful Yom Kippur story about Teshuvah
Rabbi Huna berei Mar Zutra He is known from his comments written in the Talmud. His year of Hilula is 466 of the common era which is 4226 רכו in the Hebrew Calendar.
mar bar Rav Ashi He is known from his comments written in the Talmud. His year of Hilula is 466 of the common era which is 4226 רכו in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Tavyomi Also known as Rav Tavot. He is known from comments written in the Talmud about him. Here is one example: Rava said: I used to say that there is no truth in the world. A certain sage -- Rav Tavot by name, and some say he is called Rav Tavyomi -- once told me that if he were given all the universe he would not alter his words. Once this Rav Tavot happened by a certain place, Kushta [meaning Truth] was its name, and [the people there] never altered their words, and not a single one of them ever died before his time. [Rav Tavot] wed one of their women and she bore him two sons. One day his wife was washing her hair. Along came her neighbor and knocked on the door. He, thinking it lacking in propriety [for his wife to be seen thus], said to her [the neighbor], "She is not in." Both his sons died. The residents came to him and said, "What has happened?" He told them, such and such happened. They answered, "Please, leave our midst and do not tempt death to visit our people."
Even a truthful person like Rav Tavot or Rav Tavyomi,who is a fifth generation Babylonian amora (sage), who was prepared to give all in order not to lie, preferred telling a white lie to being immodest. The outcome, however, speaks for itself: his white lie is presented as no different than any sort of falsehood, whose punishment according to the tale is the untimely death of his sons. Uttering a falsehood harms the order of the universe. His year of Hilula is 350 of the common era which is 4110 קי in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbeinu Yitzchak Halevi of Speyer, the Rivoh, He is a talmid of Rashi. His year of Hilula is 1133 which is 4893 תתצג in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Avraham Abish of Frankfurt (1768 or 9), the Birchas Avraham. The year of his Hilula is 1768 which is 5528 תקכח in the Hebrew Calendar. Some people think it is 1769 fo his Hilula.
Rabbi Tzvi Aryeh of Alik The year of his hilula is 1811 which is 5571 תקעא in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Bohush The year of his Hilula is 1942 which is 5702 תשב in the Hebrew calendar. This year has the energy of waiting or sitting.
Rabbi Avraham the Malach (1776), son of the Magid of Mezritch, who is Rabbi Dov Ber. He was born in 1741 which is 5501 תקא in the Hebrew Calendar. According to his peers his teaching was "out of this world" which is why he was named the Malach (Angel). Rabbi Avraham learned Kabbalah from the Maggid and the revealed Torah from Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi the founder of the Chabad movement. This teacher was chosen specifically by the boy's father for a reason unknown to us. When Rav Avraham's first wife passed away, he married the daughter of Rav Feivel of Kremenitz, author of Mishnas Chachomim. He wrote Chesed Le'Avraham, a commentary on the Torah, Talmud, Mishna and holidays. His grandson was Rav Yisrael of Rizhin. His year of Hilula is 1776 which is 5536 תקלו in the Hebrew Calendar. The year of his birth has the energy of vomiting. The year of Hilula has the essence of roasting and toasting which ends as a burning or disgracing.
Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Zhvil, the 2nd Zhviller Rebbe (1856). His father, Rav Moshe (the 1st Zhviller Rebbe), was one of the five sons of the Zlotschover Maggid, Rabbi Yechiel Michel. His year of Hilula is 1856 which is 5616 תרטז in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Shalom Shachena
Rav Akiva Eiger of Posen He is a descendent of the Eshel Avraham. He was born in Eisenstadt in 1761 which is 5521 תקכא in the Hebrew Calendar.. He married the daughter of Reb Itzik Margolies, one of the wealthiest Jews of Lisa. Because of a fire in 1791, his father-in-law lost all of his possessions, and Rav Akiva Eiger was forced into the rabbinate. In 1814, he took the position in Posen, a position he kept for the rest of his life. He was the father-in-law of the Chasam Sofer. He wrote close to 1000 responsa, half of which have been published. His year of birth has the energy of Zealousness or its negative counterpart Jealousy. His year of Hilula is 1837 which is 5597 תקצז in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Shmuel, the Rebbe Maharash . He was born in 1834 which is 5594 תקצד in the Hebrew Calendar, the 7th and youngest son of the Tzemach Tzedek. He became the 4th Rebbe of Lubavitch after the passing of his father in 1866. He remained the Head of Lubavitch until his year of Hilula 1882 which is 5642 תרמב in the Hebrew Calendar. This year relates to the elevation of the Name of Mem Bet (42) also called the Ana Bekoach.
Rabbi Yisrael Friedman, the Sadigerer Rebbe He was born in 1853 which is 5613 תריג in the Hebrew Calendar.1907). After Reb Yisrael was niftar, all 5 of his sons became Rebbes: Reb Aharon (the Kedushas Aharon), Reb Shalom Yosef of Chernovitz, Reb Avraham Yaakov (the next Rebbe of Sadigerer), Reb Yitzchak of Rimanov and Reb Shlomo Chaim (Reb Shlomenu). The year of his birth connects to the idea of "Conversion to Judaism". His year of Hilula is 1907 which is 5667 תרסז in the Hebrew Calendar. Some think his Hilula is 1906.
Rabbi Chaim Berlin (1832-1912). He was born in Volozhin, in 1832 which is 5592 תקצב in the Hebrew Calendar, to Rav Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin (the Netziv). He became a Rav in Moscow in 1865). In 1889, he returned to Volozhin, where he served as Av Beis Din until he moved to Jerusalem In 1906. In 1909 - he served as Chief Rabbi of the Azhkenazi community. His Hilula is 1912 which is 5672 תרעב in the Hebrew Calendar. The year of his birth has a connection to the essence of budgeting while the year of his Hilula relates to starving.
Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky, Av Beis Din of Chust and Yerushalayim In his youth, he became a close talmid of the Shevet Sofer. His 1st marriage was to the daughter of Rav Mordechai Yehuda Winkler, the Livushei Mordechai. He became the Rav of Galanta. Sadly, he and his rebetzen were not zocheh to have children despite the blessings of many tzadikim. His rebetzen passed away during an epidemic in World War I. He then married Esther, the daughter of Rav Yoel Tzvi Neuhaus, and a son - Yisrael Moshe - was born on the 21st of Kislev in 1921. In Adar of 1930, the family moved to Erezt Yisrael. One month later, Rav Yosef Chaim Zonenfeld was nifar, and Rav Yosef Tzvi was appointed Rav of Yerushalyim, and - in 1933 - Av Beis Din of the Eidah Chareidis. His year of Hilula is 1949 which is 5709 תשט in the Hebrew Calendar. Some say his Day of Hilula is the 14th of Tishrai.
Rabbi Shalom Shachna of Prohovitch, son of Rabbi Avraham HaMalach and father of the Ruzhiner Rebbe (1760-1802). He authored a sefer called Mashmea Shalom. He was born in 1760 which is 5520 תקך in the Hebrew Calendar. His year of Hilula is 1802 which is 5562 תקסב in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Yisrael Hopstein, the Maggid of Kozhnitz (1737-1816). The son of Shabsi, a poor bookbinder, Rav Yisrael became a disciple of four great chassidic rebbes - Rav Shmuel Shmelke of Nikolsburg, the Maggid of Mezritch, Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk, and Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. For nearly 50 years he led the Kozhnitz community. Most popular among his many books is Avodas Yisrael, thoughts on the weekly parsha. He also wrote BeisYisrael on the Talmud; Nezer Yisrael and Or Yisrael, both on the Zohar; and Tehillos Yisrael on Psalms. He was succeeded by his son Rav Moshe Elyakim Beriah. He was born in 1737 which is 5497 תצז in the Hebrew Calendar, and his year of Hilula is 1816 which is 5576 תקעו in the Hebrew Calendar. The energy of this year is "Thrusting or inserting".
Rabbi Mordechai of Zhvill (1900). He is a great grandson of Rabbi Avraham Ha-Malach (the son of the Maggid of Mezrich). Rabbi Mordechai became the third Zhviller Rebbe. He left two sons, the elder Rabbi Yechiel Michel, who was succeeded by Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael, and the younger Rabbi Shlomo, who was succeeded upon his death in 1945 by Rabbi Gedaliah Moshe. Rabbi Mordechai Hilula is 1900 which is 5660 תרס in the Hebrew Calendar and has the energy of a shield.
Rabbi Chaim Elazar Benzion Bruk, Rosh Yeshivas Novardok in Yerushalayim (1985), among the five main disciples of the Alter of Novardok. He was one of the 600 Novardok students who were secretly taken out of Communist Russia to Poland in the Summer of 1922. Rabbi Bruk left Grieve, Poland, for Yerushalayim in 1934, and founded the Bais Yosef Novardok Yeshiva. Rav Hillel Goldberg, executive editor of the Inmtermountain Jewish News in Denver, learned with Rav Bruk from 1972 to 1985. 1985 is his Hilula. It is 5745 תשמה in the Hebrew Calendar.
Rabbi Yitzchak Mordechai Schapiro of Gvodzitz-Sadigura (1934-2005). He was born in Vienna, in 1934 which is 5694 תרצד in the Hebrew Calendar. He is a descendent of the Maggid of Mezritch, the Noam Elimelech, the Berditchever Rebbe, and the Kozhnitzer Maggid. He moved to New York with his family in 1949. He attended Torah Vodaas. In 1962, he married the grand-daughter of Rav Yeruchim Leiner, the Radziner Rebbe of Boro Park. His Hilula is 2005 which is 5765 תשסה in the Hebrew Calendar. This year has the energy of plunder and pillage.
Yaakov Avinu. Many calculate that he was born in 1651 BCE which is 2109 בקט in the Hebrew Calendar. His Hilula is 1506 BCE which is 2256 רנו in the Hebrew Calendar. He is buried in the Cave of Machpela along with his wife Leah, while his wife Rachel is buried along the way. There are many stories and lessons to be learned from his life. Please read the Book of Genesis the Parasha of Toldot through the end of Genesis.
Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Delmedigo, the Yashar of Candia (1591-1655). His forefathers moved to Crete from Germany in the early 15th century. As a youth, he excelled in his Torah studies as well as mathematics, astronomy, medicine and mastered several languages, all before he was 15. He then traveled to Padua to enroll in the University, where he studied under Galileo. After graduation, he returned to Candia. He married and began to practice medicine, by which he earned his acronysm, “Yashar” (Yosef Shlomo Rofeh). He wrote an encyclopedic treatise entitled Bais Yaar HaLevanon, a summary of all branches of knowledge studied in his days (never published). He also amassed a library of over 7000 volumes. He became the personal physician of Prince Radzivil of Lithuania while he lived in Vilna. While there, he replied at length to a series of deep questions on philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy. His treatise is called Mayan Ganim, but the reference is sometimes called by the name of the book of the questions, Sefer Eilim. Rabbi Yosef became Rav of Hamburg, where he wrote Matzreif LaChachmah, a defense of the study of kabalah. In 1628, he became the Sephardic Rav of Amsterdam, where his sefer Novlos Chachmah, was published.
Rabbi Yitzchak Eizek of Koritz (1787)
Rabbi Meshulam Katz, author of Ikar Tosefos Yom Tov (1799)
Rabbi Mordechai of Lechovitch (1810), disciple of Rav Shlomo of Karlin. He was exceedingly charitable, particularly toward the poor of Eretz Yisrael.
Rabbi Meir Arik of Tarnow, Galicia. He was the teacher the Maharsham, Reb Yehuda (Yeedle’le) Horowitz of Dzikov, and Rav Meshulam Roth; author of Teshuvos Imrei Yosher and Tal Torah (1925)
Rabbi Mordechai Leifer of Nadvorna (1835-1894). The great-grandson of Rabbi Meir "The Great" of Premishlan, Rabbi Mordechai was orphaned early and raised by his uncle, Reb Meir’l of Premishlan. His teachings are collected in Gedulas Mordechai.
Rabbi Moshe Zacusa (Zacutto)(the Ramaz) (1625-1697). One of the foremost kabbalists of his generation, he was the author of Kol Haramaz, a commentary on the Zohar, as well as Shorshei HaShemos, on the names of G-d. He taught Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzato (the Ramchal) when the latter was still quite young.
Rabbi Yitzchak Dov Halevi Bamberger, Av Beis Din of Wurzburg, 19th century posek.(1878)
Rabbi Shimon ben Rabbi Yisroel of Yaraslov (1849) talmid of the Rebbe, Reb Elimelech of Lizensk and the Chozeh of Lublin, author of Toras Shimon
Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Shapiro of Munkacs, author of Darkei Teshuva on Yoreh Deah (1850-1913). He was the great-grandson of Rav Zvi Elimelech of Dinov (the Bnei Yissoscher) and the father of Rav Chaim Elazar Shapiro (the Minchas Elazar), who published the final volume of Darkei Teshuva.
Rabbi Nachman Kahana of Spinka in Bnei Brak (1976)
Rabbi Moshe Rosen (1957), author of Nezer Hakodesh, Buried in Mt. Judah Cemetery, Queens, NY.
Rabbi David Kahana Shapira of Piorda (1970)
Rabbi Nachman of Breslav, born to Feige, grand-daughter of the Ba'al Shem Tov, and Simcha, son of Nachman of Horodenka, the Ba'al Shem Tov's close friend, in Mezhbizh. (1772-1810). He contracted tuberculosis at some point between 1806 and 1810, a period during which he lost his son, daughter, and wife. He moved from Breslav to Uman on May 9, 1810, and died there October 16. He is the Father of the Breslover Chasidim who follow his teachings directly. His famous teaching (paraphrased) is "After Me, there will be no Tzadikim until Mashiach, Until then use me as your Tzadik.".
Rabbi Betzalel Reneshburg, author of the notes known as Hagaos Harav Reneshburg on the lateral columns of the Vilna Shas (1820). (Some say his Hilula is 15 Tishrei)
Rabbi Naftali ben Rabbi Yehuda of Melitz (1915)
Rabbi Yona Mertzbach (1900-1980), Mashgiach of Yeshiva Kol Hatorah, and a central figure in the redaction of the Encyclopedia Talmudica. He was also renowned as an authority on the Hebrew grammar and language, and also on the authentic German minhagim. The Nazis assumed power in Germany on the 3rd of Shevat (January 30), 1933. Darmstadt, the city where Rav Mertzbach was then rav, was the first city in the country where the Nazis closed all Jewish shops for an entire day, on the 28th of March. Their pretext was that the opening of the Jewish stores, "endangered communal order and tranquility." Approximately 300,000 Jews left Germany before the war and another 150,000 managed to escape after the war started, whereas approximately 160,000 perished in concentration and forced labor camps. Four months after Kristallnacht, the family arrived in Eretz Yisrael on Shushan Purim, 1939.
Rav Ahron HaLevi Soloveichik, a scion of the great Soloveitchik family, son of Rav Moshe Soloveitchik, and grandson of Rav Chaim Soloveitchik, the famed Rosh Yeshiva of Volozhin and Rav of Brisk. Rav Ahron was born in Khaslavichy, a city in western Russia. When the communists invaded Khaslavichy in 1919, the Soloveitchiks escaped to Poland. As a young man Rav Ahron gained from such Torah giants as the Chafetz Chaim and the Imrei Emes. When the Soloveitchik’s moved to New York in 1928 with Rav Moshe assuming the position of Rosh Yeshiva in Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchonon, young Reb Ahron continued learning under the tutelage of his father who gave him semicha. He was taught English by Rav Avigdor Miller, who later would serve as the Mashgiach at Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin. In the easrly 1950s he became a magid shiur in Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin under the leadership of Rav Yitzchak Hutner. After the petira of his father in 1941, Reb Ahron lived in Washington Heights to aid his mother. In 1966, he came to Chicago as Rosh Yeshiva of Bais Medrash LaTorah, Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, a post he held until 1974. He eventually left that institution and started Yeshivas Brisk of Chicago. In 1983, a debilitating stroke left Rav Ahron partially paralyzed. His body racked with pain, his mind was still sharp and he continued his shiurim, despite tremendous physical difficulties. After the passing of his brother Rav Yosef Ber he would travel each week to Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan to give shiurim in his late brother’s stead. (1917-2001)
Rabbi Meshulam Igra (1801). He taught Rav Naftali Tzvi Ropshitz during the latter’s early years.
Rabbi Yeshaya Schneelbalg, Rav of Bnei Brak Re’em (2002)Click Here for the balance of the month of Tishrai
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