This Day in History – 24 Cheshvan/November 22

President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, minutes before the assassination. (Walt Cisco, Dallas Morning News)

In 5701/1940, the SS Patria, with 1,900 desperate immigrants aboard, blew up and sank in Haifa port. Two hundred Jews drowned. Hy”d.

Yahrtzeiten

5524/1763, Harav Gedalya of Zalkaa, zt”l

5663/1902, Harav Dovid Twersky, Rebbe of Makarov, zt”l

5668/1907, Harav Hillel Moshe Meshil Gelbstein, zt”l

5710/1949, Harav Gedalya Moshe, Rebbe of Zhvill, zt”l


5625/1864, Harav Chaim Yosef Brukstein of Pistin, Zy”a

Son of Harav Yehoshua Yitzchok, Harav Chaim Yosef was raised by the Shpole Zeide, and until the age of 15 lived in his home. Rav Chaim Yosef later drew close to the Baal HaTanya, the Berditchever Rav, Harav Dov Ber of Uleinov, Harav Aharon of Paviltch, and Harav Aharon of Zhitomer, zecher tzaddikim livrachah.

Rav Chaim Yosef left Russia and became a Rav in Pisten, near Kossov in Galicia, where he grew close to Harav Menachem Mendel of Kossov, zy”a, and later to his son, Harav Chaim of Kossov, zy”a.

According to his son, Rav Chaim Yosef personally knew more than 100 tzaddikim. Rav Chaim Yosef, who suffered greatly from poor health and poverty, authored the sefer Tosfos Chaim.


5663/1902, Harav Dovid Twersky of Makarov, Zy”a

Harav Dovid Twersky of Makarov, zy”a, was the son of Harav Yaakov Yitzchok of Makarov, zy”a, who in turn was the son of Harav Menachem Nochum of Makarov, zy”a, the son of the Chernobyler Maggid, zy”a. Rav Dovid married his father’s first cousin, the daughter of the Trisker Maggid, zy”a.

Rav Dovid was niftar in Kiev. His sons were Harav Menachem Nochum of Makarov and Harav Nissen Yehudah Leib of Kiltz. His sons-in-law i ncluded Harav Shmuel Abba of Makarov, Harav Yehudah Aryeh Leib of Novominsk, Harav Avrohom Yaakov Panitz, and Harav Chaim Gershon Monzon, zecher tzaddikim livrachah.


Nov. 22

In 1935, a flying boat, the China Clipper, took off from Alameda, California, carrying more than 100,000 pieces of mail on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight.

In 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. A suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president.

In 1967, the U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 242, which called for Israel to withdraw from territories it had captured the previous June, and implicitly called on adversaries to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

In 1977, regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis.

In 2005, Angela Merkel took power as Germany’s first female chancellor.