5411/1651, Harav Avraham Hakohen Rappaport, zt”l, mechaber of Eisan Ha’ezrachi
5696/1936, Harav Yerucham Levovitz, zt”l, Mashgiach of Yeshivas Mir
5704/1944, Harav Yaakov Elimelech and Harav Chaim Menachem Mendel Paneth of Dezh, Hy”d
Harav Moshe Mordechai Shteger, zt”l, mechaber of Meged Shamayim
5713/1953, Harav Avraham Yosef Pesachovitz, zt”l, mechaber of Be’er Mayim
5723/1963, Harav Aharon Cohen, zt”l, Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas Chevron
5732/1972, Harav Moshe Leib Shapiro, zt”l, mechaber of Taba’os Hachoshen
Harav Yisachar Dov, the Saba Kadisha of Radoshitz, Zy”a
Yisachar Dov Ber of Radoshitz (Radoszyce) was born in 5525/1765. His father, Harav Yitzchak, zy”a, was renowned for his profound yiras Shamayim. Rav Yitzchak merited serving as a meshamesh to the Maggid of Mezeritch, and it was the Maggid who made Rav Yitzchak’s shidduch with the sister of Harav Zundel, zt”l, Rav of Radoshitz. The Maggid promised them a son who would enlighten the entire world. Rav Yitzchak’s brother-in-law, Harav Zundel, used to take young Yisachar Dov to Lizhensk to the Rebbe Reb Elimelech, zy”a.
At a very young age Yisachar Dov was already known for his perishus and sensitivity to kedushah; at only 7 years of age, he would immerse in the mikveh every morning. In the winter this was a serious undertaking, because it was necessary to break through the ice of the frozen river and then to immerse in freezing water, but nevertheless, Yisachar Dov did so every day.
After his marriage, Rav Yisachar Dov settled in Chanshin and served as Rav. Because of the poverty of the community, Rav Yisachar Dov could not support himself there and was forced to try his hand at peddling. However, this activity distracted him too much time from learning, so he moved on to Chimiyalnick. He was no better off there, however, so he moved on to Radoshitz, where his uncle, Harav Zundel, who had served as Rav, had just been niftar, leaving the post available.
Rav Yisachar Dov had traveled to many of the generation’s leading Rebbes. His Rav muvhak was the Chozeh of Lublin, zy”a. He also followed Harav Moshe Leib of Sassov, Harav Mendel of Rimanov, the Kozhnitzer Maggid and the Yehudi Hakadosh of Peshischa, zechusam yagein aleinu.
It is said that Rav Yisachar Dov once asked of the Chozeh of Lublin, “Show me one general path to avodas Hashem.”
The Chozeh replied, “It is impossible to tell people what path they should take. One way to avodas Hashem is through learning, another is through tefillah, another through fasting, and still another through eating. Everyone should choose the path to which his heart draws him.”
In 5575/1815, after the petirah of the Chozeh and the Yehudi Hakadosh, Rav Yisachar Dov followed Harav Avraham Yehoshua Heschel, zy”a, the Ohev Yisrael of Apta.
On Erev Shabbos Parashas Behaaloscha, 18 Sivan, 5603/1843, Rav Yisachar Dov was niftar. He was buried in Radoshitz. His kever is known as a place where people daven for yeshuos.
Rav Yisachar Dov’s divrei Torah are found in the sefer Niflaos Hasaba Kadisha, and in the sefer Dibros Chaim.
Zechuso yagen aleinu.
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