This Day In History – 10 Cheshvan/November 8

Trump with Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama and Joe Biden at his inauguration in 2017. (Lance Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo)

10 Cheshvan


1656, Mesushelach was niftar seven days before the Mabul began (according to some he was niftar on 11 Cheshvan). On this day Noach and his family entered the teivah.

2321, Gad, son of Yaakov Avinu. He was also born on this date in 2196

5421/1660, Harav Yechiel Michel of Cracow, zt”l, mechaber of Seder Gittin

5510/1749, Harav Aryeh Leib of Stanislav, zt”l, mechaber of Nachlas Aryeh

5550/1789, Harav Meir, zt”l, Rav of Lvov and Ostroha, mechaber of Meir Nesivim

5587/1826, Harav Avrohom Oppenheim, zt”l, mechaber of Eishel Avraham on Shulchan Aruch

5592/1831, Harav Yosef Meir, zt”l, Rav of Golina

5612/1851, Harav Yitzchok Schick, Rav of Karlin, zt”l, mechaber of Keren Orah

5633/1872, Harav Meir Shapit of Kobrin, zt”l, mechaber of Nir L’Yerushalmi

5726/1965, Harav Dov Berish Weidenfeld, the Tchebiner Rav, zt”l


Harav Shmuel Zanvil Klapfish, Zt”l, Rav in Warsaw

Harav Shmuel Zanvil Klapfish was born in 5585/1825 in Nemirov. When he was still a young boy, his family moved to Warsaw.

He was a talmid of Harav Moshe Yehudah Leib Silberberg, zt”l, the Zayis Raanan, and received semichah from Harav Chaim Davidson, zt”l, Rav of Warsaw.

Rav Shmuel Zanvil married the daughter of Harav Mordechai, zt”l, known as Reb Mottele, a Rav in Warsaw.

After the petirah of Harav Nosson (Reb Noske) Spiegelglass of Warsaw, zt”l, in 5633/1873, Rav Shmuel Zanvil was appointed his successor.

Rav Shmuel Zanvil headed a yeshivah in Warsaw from which many leading talmidei chachamim emerged. He delivered a daily shiur of seven hours’ duration. Later, when the responsibility of Rav took more of his time, his shiur was “only” four hours long. Rav Shmuel Zanvil purposely located the yeshivah far from his home, so as not to be disturbed with she’eilos while giving a shiur.

Many leading Gedolim addressed their she’eilos to Rav Shmuel Zanvil, among them the Chiddushei Harim, zt”l, who knew Rav Shmuel Zanvil from his days in Warsaw; Harav Yosef Ber, the Brisker Rav, zt”l; and Harav Dov Berish Meizlish, zt”l.

Rav Shmuel Zanvil was niftar on 10 Cheshvan 5662/1901, at the age of 76.

He had written chiddushei Torah on many masechtos and also many halachic teshuvos, but these were never printed.

His son was Harav Mordechai, zt”l, Rav in Warsaw. His sons-in-law were Harav Shlomo Dovid Kahana, zt”l, Harav Chaim Yehudah Leib Yudkowski, zt”l, and Harav Abba Chaim Miklishanksi, zt”l, all of whom served as Rabbanim in Warsaw; and Harav Chaim Fein, zt”l, Rav in Radzin.

Zecher tzaddik livrachah.

Nov. 8

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln won re-election.

In 1923, Adolf Hitler launched his first attempt at seizing power in Germany with a failed coup in Munich that came to be known as the Beer-Hall Putsch.

In 1960, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency.

In 1974, a federal judge in Cleveland dismissed charges against eight Ohio National Guardsmen accused of violating the civil rights of students who were killed or wounded in the 1970 Kent State shootings.

In 2000, a statewide recount began in Florida, which emerged as critical in deciding the winner of the 2000 presidential election.
Earlier that day, Vice President Al Gore had telephoned Texas Gov. George W. Bush to concede, but called back about an hour later to retract his concession.

In 2016, Republican Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president.