This Day In History 23 Kislev/December 11

Harav Dovid Twersky of Yass, zy”a.

23 Kislev

In 5109/1348, Rudolph of Oron claimed Jews had confessed to poisoning wells (he was later proven to have lied), prompting the Black Death riots against the Jews of Europe which cost tens of thousands of lives over the next years, Hy”d.


Yahrtzeiten

5453/1692, Harav Avraham Oppenheim, zt”l

5516/1755, Harav Mordechai Heilpren of Ostraha, zt”l

5575/1814, Harav Avraham of Oleinov, zt”l

5597/1836, Harav Dovid of Novardok, zt”l, mechaber of Galya Maseches

5703/1942, Harav Elimelech Lowy, Rebbe of Tosh, zt”l


5698/1937

Harav Dovid Twersky, Rebbe of Yass, Zy”a

Harav Dovid Twersky was the son of Harav Mordechai Zusya of Hotzalas, zy”a, a descendant of the Tchernobyl dynasty.

Reb Dovid married the daughter of his uncle Harav Yisrael Shalom Yosef Friedman of Bohush (Reb Mordechai Zusya was a son-in-law of Harav Yitzchak of Bohush, zy”a). After his marriage, Reb Dovid settled in Bohush near his father-in-law.

There he founded a yeshivah in 5668/1908, appointing as Roshei Yeshivah Harav Shimshon Aharon Derbarmdiger and Harav Yoel Zimmerman, zecher tzaddikim livrachah. He appointed his sons-in-law, Harav Menachem Mendel Friedman, son of Harav Dovid of Bohush, zt”l, and Reb Dovid, zt”l, as the hanhalah of the yeshivah. This was the only functioning yeshivah in Romania.

Following the petirah of his father-in-law, on 23 Nisan 5683/1923, his two sons-in-law were appointed Rebbes in his place.

From Bohush, Reb Dovid moved to Yass.

He was revered for his exemplary middos, and his home was open to all at all times of day and night.

Reb Dovid was niftar on 23 Kislev 5698/1937.

Zechuso yagen aleinu.


The victorious General Allenby dismounted, entering Jerusalem on foot out of respect for the Holy City, December 11, 1917.

Dec. 11

In 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.

In 1917, British Gen. Edmund Allenby entered Yerushalayim two days after his forces expelled the Ottoman Turks; in a show of respect, Allenby and his officers made their way into the Holy City on foot.

In 1946, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating a $1.6 billion environmental “superfund” to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps.

In 1997, more than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth’s greenhouse gases.