This Day in History – 26 Adar II/March 28

A historic marker stands near the Three Mile Island Unit 2 reactor, site of the March 28, 1979, nuclear accident, as steam pours from the cooling towers of the TMI Unit 1 plant. (CAROLYN KASTER / AP)
A historic marker stands near the Three Mile Island Unit 2 reactor, site of the March 28, 1979, nuclear accident, as steam pours from the cooling towers of the TMI Unit 1 plant. (CAROLYN KASTER / AP)

26 Adar II

In 5004/1244, the pope issued a bull ordering the burning of the Talmud.

In 5437/1677, the Jewish community of Newport, R.I., bought land for a cemetery.

Yahrtzeiten

5573/1813, Harav Eliezer Lipa of Chmielnik, zt”l, son of the Rebbe Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk, zy”a

5762/2002, Harav Avraham Chaim Brim of Yerushalayim, zt”l


 

 5682/1922

Harav Moshe Nachum Wallenstein, zt”l, Rav of the Perushim Kehillah in Yerushalayim

Harav Moshe Nachum Wallenstein was born in Pupa, Hungary, in 5601/1841. He learned in the yeshivah of Harav Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Sofer, the Ksav Sofer, in Pressburg. He was one of the closest talmidim of the Ksav Sofer, and received semichah from him. Later, Reb Moshe Nachum went on to the yeshivah of Harav Aharon Dovid Deitsch, the mechaber of Goren Dovid, in Balat.

In 5624/1864, Reb Moshe Nachum moved to Eretz Yisrael. Harav Shimon Deutsch, one of the closest talmidim of the Chasam Sofer and a founder of Kollel Shomrei Hachomos in Yerushalayim, took Reb Moshe Nachum as his son-in-law. In Yerushalayim, Reb Moshe Nachum continued learning Torah with hasmadah, and became a posek of stature.

Reb Moshe Nachum, among the leading talmidei chachamim in Yerushalayim at the time, was chosen in 5663/1903 to be the third Dayan on the beis din of Harav Yehoshua Leib Diskin. In 5668/1908, he was named Rosh Beis Din.

In the manner of the Chasam Sofer before him, Reb Moshe Nachum stood in the breach to protect Yerushalayim from those who wished to destroy true chinuch and the unique character of the religious Jew.

Later, Reb Moshe Nachum was part of the founding group of the beis din of the Eidah Hachareidis in Yerushalayim.

Although Reb Moshe Nachum disbursed funds as head of Kollel Ungarin, he himself lived in poverty; but with hashkafas ha’emes, he made do with what he had.

Reb Moshe Nachum was niftar on 26 Adar 5682/1922 at the age of 81. He was buried in Yerushalayim.

Zecher tzaddik livrachah.


 

March 28

In 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.

In 1854, during the Crimean War, Britain and France declared war on Russia.

In 1898, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen.

In 1930, the names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.

In 1939, the Spanish Civil War neared its end as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco.

In 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington, D.C. at age 78.

In 1979, America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa.