This Day in History – 14 Elul/September 9

Shaar blatt of sefer Ohel Yoseft
Shaar blatt of sefer Ohel Yoseft

In 5700/1940, the Nazisdecreed that Jews had no rights to property.

In 5701/1941, the Jews of Vilna were confined to the ghetto and 1,668 Jews of Radomysl, Poland, were executed by the Nazis.



5560/1800, Harav Yitzchak Gotinyu of Izmir, Turkey, zt”l, author of Beit Yitzchak

5688/1928, Harav Yaakov Malul, Rav of Vezan, zt”l


5627/1867, Harav Yosef Yoska Ashkenazi, zt”l, mechaber of Ohel Yosef

Harav Yosef Yoske was the son of Harav Yisrael Ashkenazi, author of Halachah Adam M’Yisrael, his chiddushim on mesechtos Brachos, Shabbos, Eruvin, Pesachim and Rosh Hashanah. Reb Yisrael served as Rav in Zlavin and in Lokatch.

He was a grandson of Harav Avraham Abele of Ludmir and Brobshov, who in turn was a grandson of Harav Meir Zak, the Rav of Lvov (Lemberg).

He married the daughter of Rav Shmuel, Rav in Tchorchkov and Zhvallin.

Reb Yosef Yoske was Rav in Fudamkin, near Brod. He was a gaon in Torah, a chassid, and a kadosh. He was mechaber Ohel Yosef on mesechtos Brachos, Eruvin, Pesachim, Yoma, Sukkah and Beitzah. His son Rav Yitzchak Yaakov, Rav in Poritzen, published the sefer with an appendix of his own chiddushim.

Reb Yosef Yoske was niftar on 14 Elul 5627/1867.

Yehi zichro baruch.


September 9

In 1543, Mary Stuart was crowned Queen of Scots at Stirling Castle, nine months after she was born.

In 1776, the second Continental Congress made the term “United States” official, replacing “United Colonies.”

In 1850, California became the 31st state of the union.

In 1919, some 1,100 members of Boston’s 1,500-man police force went on strike. (The strike was broken by Massachusetts Gov. Calvin Coolidge with replacement officers.)

In 1948, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was declared.

In 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, beginning a siege that ended up claiming 43 lives.

In 1976, Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong died in Beijing at age 82.

In 1986, Frank Reed, director of a private school in Lebanon, was taken hostage; he was released 44 months later.

In 1997, Sinn Fein, the IRA’s political ally, formally renounced violence as it took its place in talks on Northern Ireland’s future.