This Day in History – 29 Cheshvan/November 27

In 4402/641, following the Arab capture of Egypt, Jews were again permitted to live in Alexandria. (The Egyptian Jewish community was already 1000 years old by that time.)


5600/1839, Harav Chaim Hakohen Rapaport of Ostraha, zt”l, mechaber of Mayim Chaim

5607/1846, Harav Tzvi Hersh Meshares, Rebbe of Rimanov, zt”l

5613/1852, Harav Yitzchak Eizik Chaver, zt”l

5633/1872, Harav Shimon Yehudah Fonfeder, zt”l, Rav of Tokai and mechaber of Mayanei Mayim

5744/1983, Harav Avraham Abish Kanner, zt”l, the Tchechover Rebbe of Haifa

5603/1842, Harav Shloime Tzvi Berliner, zt”l, Rav of London

Harav Shloime Tzvi Berliner was born in 5522/1762.

He was the son of Harav Tzvi Hirsh, zt”l, Rav of Berlin and mechaber of Ateres Tzvi. Rav Tzvi Hirsh was the son of Harav Aryeh Leib, zt”l, Rav of Amsterdam, who was the son of the Rebbe Harav Heschel of Cracow, zt”l.

On his mother’s side, Rav Shloime Tzvi was a descendant of the Chacham Tzvi and the Maharal of Prague, zecher tzaddikim livrachah.

The brothers of Rav Shloime Tzvi were all famous Gedolei Torah: Harav Shaul, zt”l, Rav of Frankfurt Am Main and mechaber of Kassa Deharsana; and Harav Dovid Tebeli of Pietrikov.

An outstanding talmid chacham, he led with authority. He was zocheh to both Torah and gedulah, being a wealthy man.

Rav Shloime Tzvi’s first Rabbinic post was in Franslow; later he was appointed Rav of London, where he served for 41 years, and helped build Yiddishkeit in the city by introducing many new beneficial takanos.

Rav Shloime Tzvi was niftar on 29 Cheshvan, 5603/1842, at the age of 81.

Zecher tzaddik livrachah.

Nov. 27

In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington, D.C.

In 1910, New York’s Pennsylvania Station officially opened.

In 1942, during World War II, the Vichy French navy scuttled its ships and submarines in Toulon to keep them out of the hands of German troops.

In 1945, General George C. Marshall was named special U.S. envoy to China by President Harry S. Truman to try to end hostilities between the Nationalists and the Communists.

In 1962, the first Boeing 727 was rolled out at the company’s Renton Plant.