This Day in History – 26 Cheshvan/November 19

In 5701/1942, theNazis murdered 12,000 Jews of Minsk. Hy”d.


5398/1637, Harav Shlomo Charif, Rav of Lvov, zt”l

5564/1803, Harav Rafael Hakohen of Hamburg, zt”l, mechaber of Toras Yekusiel and Veshov Hakohen

5702/1941, Harav Simcha Soloveitchik of Mohilev, zt”l, son of the Beis HaLevi

5766/2005, Harav Elya Jurkanski, zt”l, Rosh Yeshivah, Mir, Brooklyn


5691/1930, Harav Aryeh Mordechai Halberstam of Shinev, zy”a

Harav Aryeh Mordechai Halberstam was the son of Harav Moshe of Shinev, son of Harav Yechezkel Shraga of Shinev (son of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz).

Reb Aryeh Mordechai married the daughter of Harav Yisrael Yaakov Teitelbaum of Volove, a descendant of the Yismach Moshe of Ujhel.

After his father was niftar on 12 Cheshvan 5679/1918, Reb Aryeh Mordechai succeeded him as Rebbe in Shinev. Many thousands of Chassidim flocked to his court. In 5682/1922 he moved to Cracow.

Reb Aryeh Mordechai was renowned for his tzidkus, his devotion to avodas Hashem, and his vast humility.

On a visit to Sanz, Reb Aryeh Mordechai was suddenly niftar. This was on 26 Cheshvan 5691/1930. He was buried in the ohel in Sanz near his illustrious father.

His sons were Harav Yekusiel Yehudah, who served as Rebbe of Shinev in Sanz; Harav Moshe, who replaced his father in Shinev; and Harav Yechezkel Shraga of Shinev.

His sons-in-law were Harav Yitzchak Moskowitz of Shotz and Harav Yaakov Ber Elazar Horowitz of Melitz.

Zechuso yagen aleinu.


Nov. 19

In 1794, the United States and Britain signed Jay’s Treaty, which resolved some issues left over from the Revolutionary War.

In 1831, the 20th president of the United States, James Garfield, was born in Orange Township, Ohio.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln paid tribute to the fallen from the Battle of Gettysburg as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.

In 1919, the Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 55 in favor, 39 against, short of the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.

In 1942, during World War II, Russian forces launched their winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front.

In 1959, Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsel.

In 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made the second manned landing on the moon.

In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.