This Day in History – 19 Tammuz/June 27

Shaar blatt of Birkas Hazevach.
Shaar blatt of Birkas Hazevach.

19 Tammuz

In 5701/1941, 6,000 Lithuanian Jews were killed in Viszalsyan camp. Hy”d.

Yahrtzeiten

5666/1906, Harav Yehoshua Frisherman, zt”l, of Tomashov

5719/1959, Harav Yitzchak Herzog, zt”l, Chief Rabbi of Israel

5725/1965, Harav Eliezer Yehudah Finkel, zt”l, Rosh Yeshivah of Mir

5758/1998, Harav Benzion Abba Shaul, zt”l, Rosh Yeshivah Porat Yosef


 

 

Shaar blatt of Birkas Shmuel.
Shaar blatt of Birkas Shmuel.

5436/1676

Harav Aharon Shmuel Kaidenover, zt”l, mechaber of Birkas Hazevach

Harav Aharon Shmuel was born in Kaidenov, in 5384/1624. His father, Harav Yisrael, served as Rav there.

He learned under the Rebbe Reb Heshel in Cracow.

At a young age, Reb Shmuel was appointed Rav in a number of kehillos. Among his noted talmidim is the Shach, to whom Reb Shmuel gave a warm haskamah on the first edition of his sefer.

During the calamities of the rebellion of Chmielnicki, known by the acronym of its years Tach v’Tat, 5408–9/1648–9, Reb Shmuel was forced to flee, and his two young daughters were killed. His house was burned down and many of his sefarim were destroyed.

He settled in Poland, and was appointed Rav and Rosh Yeshivah of Nikolsburg.

Following the petirah of the Rebbe Reb Heshel, Reb Shmuel was considered by many to be the leading posek hador. He would often travel from kehillah to kehillah, and was always received with much honor.

Besides being a leading talmid chacham and posek, Reb Shmuel was also known as a mekubal.

Later, Reb Shmuel also served as Rav in other kehillos, among them Brisk, Fiorda and Frankfurt. His last post was in the city of Cracow.

When Reb Shmuel was appointed Rav of Frankfurt, one of the foremost Jewish cities, he thought of remaining there. When he was offered the post of Rav in Cracow, he accepted, explaining that with this he saw a chance to continue the legacy of his Rebbi.

Reb Shmuel was niftar on 19 Tammuz 5436/1676, at the age of 52.

He wrote several sefarim: Birkas Hazevach, on Seder Kodshim; Birkas Shmuel, on the Torah; Teshuvos Emunas Shmuel, his responsa; and Tiferes Shmuel, his chiddushim on the Rosh.

His son, Harav Tzvi Hirsh, wrote the sefer Kav Hayashar. It is also known that Harav Nachum, the brother of the Shach, was the son-in-law of Reb Shmuel.

Zecher tzaddik livrachah.


 

The Samuel F.B. Morse 1849 patent model of his Electric Telegraph. Morse began experimenting with electromagnetic telegraphy in the 1830s, but did not achieve practical success until 1844, when he transmitted a coded message along a wire from Baltimore to Washington. (AP Photo/Smithsonian Institution, John Dillaber)
The Samuel F.B. Morse 1849 patent model of his Electric Telegraph. Morse began experimenting with electromagnetic telegraphy in the 1830s, but did not achieve practical success until 1844, when he transmitted a coded message along a wire from Baltimore to Washington. (AP Photo/Smithsonian Institution, John Dillaber)

June 27

In 1846, New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires.

In 1893, the New York stock market crashed.

In 1942, the FBI announced the arrests of eight Nazi saboteurs put ashore in Florida and Long Island, N.Y. (All were tried and sentenced to death; six were executed while two were spared for turning themselves in and cooperating with U.S. authorities.)

In 1944, during World War II, American forces liberated the French port of Cherbourg from the Germans.

In 1950, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling on member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy spent the first full day of a visit to Ireland, the land of his ancestors, stopping by the County Wexford home of his great-grandfather, Patrick Kennedy, who’d immigrated to America in 1848.

In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws and bar association rules that prohibited lawyers from advertising their fees for routine services.

In 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black jurist to sit on the nation’s highest court, announced his retirement.