This Day In History 11 Tishrei/October 13

In 2450/1312 B.C.E., Yisro advised Moshe Rabbeinu to appoint others to help him judge the nation.


Yahrtzeiten

5529/1768, Harav Avraham Abish of Frankfurt, zt”l

5572/1811, Harav Tzvi Aryeh of Alik, zt”l

5644/1883, Harav Alexander Yom Tov of Zidichov, zy”a

5703/1942, Harav Menachem Mendel of Bohush, zy”a


5696/1935, Harav Pinchas Chaim Taub of Rozla, Zy”a

Harav Pinchas Chaim Taub was the son of Rav Yehudah Tzvi of Rozla. He was born on Shemini Atzeres in 5627/1866.

In his youth, Reb Pinchas Chaim knew his maternal great-grandfather, Rav Yitzchak Eizik of Kaliv, but was closer to his other grandfather, Rav Eliezer Tzvi of Komarna.

Reb Pinchas Chaim married the daughter of Harav Avraham Chaim Horowitz of Linsk, a descendant of Harav Naftali Tzvi of Ropshitz. Following his marriage, Reb Pinchas Chaim settled in Linsk.

After the huge fire that broke out in Linsk in 5646/1886, Reb Pinchas Chaim returned to his father’s home in Rozla.

That year, Reb Yehudah Tzvi was niftar, and Reb Pinchas Chaim was appointed Rav of the city in his place. He was only 19 years old at the time.

As Rav, Reb Pinchas Chaim continued to travel to the court of his grandfather and, after the latter’s petirah, to Rav Yechezkel Shraga of Shinev.

With the outbreak of World War I in 5674/1914, Reb Pinchas Chaim fled to Margareten, where he lived for the next eight years. In 5683/1923, he returned to Rozla.

Tragedy struck again in 5686/1926, when a fire broke out and his house was destroyed along with many valuable possessions. The Chassidim built him a new, larger house.

He was niftar on 11 Tishrei, Motzoei Yom Kippur 5696/1935. In accordance with his tzavaah, his son Rav Yehudah Yechiel was appointed his successor.

His other sons were Rav Naftali Betzalel, Rav Dovid Shlomo of Stry, and Rav Moshe Ezra of Samvishuer. His son-in-law was Harav Yechiel Michel Zukerberg of Stry.

Zecher tzaddik livrachah.


Oct. 13

In 1775, the United States Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.

In 1792, the cornerstone of the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.

In 1932, President Herbert Hoover and Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes laid the cornerstone for the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.

In 1999, the Senate rejected the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, with 48 senators voting in favor and 51 against, far short of the 67 needed for ratification.