This Day in History – 25 Sivan/June 3

Astronomer William Baum installs a photographic plate at the prime focus of the 200-inch Hale telescope on Palomar Mountain at Palomar Observatory in California in August 1956. He works in the observers' cage. (AP Photo)
Astronomer William Baum installs a photographic plate at the prime focus of the 200-inch Hale telescope on Palomar Mountain at Palomar Observatory in California in August 1956. He works in the observers’ cage. (AP Photo)

25 Sivan

In 3448, 313 B.C.E, in the presence of Alexander Mokdon (Alexander of Macedonia), Geviha ben Pesisa, the Jewish delegate, won the debate against the Yishmaelites, Egyptians and Canaanites in their claim to Eretz Yisrael, as cited in Megillas Taanis.

In 3875/115, the Tanna’im Rabi Shimon ben Gamliel, Rabi Yishmael ben Elisha Kohen Gadol, and Rabi Chanina Sgan Hakohanim of the Asarah Harugei Malchus were killed by the Romans. A taanis tzaddikim was decreed to mark this tragic event, as mentioned in Megillas Taanis and Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 580.

In 4981/1221, the Jews of Erfurt, Germany, were massacred al kiddush Hashem.

Yahrtzeiten

5581/1821, Harav Shmuel of Brod, zt”l, son of the Pnei Yehoshua

5636/1876, Harav Dov Berish Landau of Biala, zt”l

5704/1944, Harav Naftali Tzvi Shmerler, zt”l, mechaber of Imrei Naftali

5753/1993, Harav Reuven Fein, zt”l, Rosh Yeshivah, Torah Vodaath and mechaber of Bein Hamishpesayim

5761/2001, Harav Baruch Shimon Schneerson, zt”l, Rosh Yeshivah, Tchebin and mechaber of Birchas Shimon

5732/1972, Harav Moshe Tzvi Twersky, zt”l, the Tolna Rebbe of Philadelphia


 

5646/1886

Harav Chaim Sofer, zt”l, Rav of Budapest and mechaber of She’eilos U’teshuvos Machaneh Chaim

Harav Chaim Sofer was the son of Harav Mordechai Efraim Fishel of Pressburg. He was born in Pressburg in 5576/1816. Reb Chaim’s brothers were also noted Gedolim.

He learned in the yeshivah of Harav Binyamin Wolf Lev, mechaber of  Shaarei Torah, and later in the esteemed yeshivah of the Chasam Sofer.

Reb Chaim was known as an outstanding gaon, especially in the field of halachah. Many halachic she’eilos were addressed to him from many Gedolei Yisrael. These formed the basis for his 10-volume work She’eilos U’teshuvos Machaneh Chaim.

Reb Chaim served as Rav in Gyömöre, Sajószentpéter, and Munkacz. He was later appointed Rav in Budapest.

Among his talmidim were his brother, Harav Eliezer Zussman Sofer, Rav of Paksch and Harav Moshe Sofer, Rav of Tisaforder.

Reb Chaim wrote a number of sefarim, including the aforementioned She’eilos U’teshuvos Machaneh Chaim, Kol Sofer on the Mishnayos, Shaarei Chaim on the Torah and Tehillim, Peles Chaim and other works.

Reb Chaim was niftar on 25 Sivan 5646/1886, at the age of 70.

His sons were Harav Yosef Tzvi, Rav of Shamshan; Harav Yaakov Shalom, Rav of Budapest and Harav Moshe David, Rav of Sasregen.

Zecher tzaddik livrachah.


 

June 3

In 1621, the Dutch West India Co. received its charter for a trade monopoly in parts of the Americas and Africa.

In 1808, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was born in Christian County, Ky.

In 1943, Los Angeles saw the beginning of its “Zoot Suit Riots” as white servicemen clashed with young Latinos wearing distinctive-looking zoot suits. The violence finally ended when military officials declared the city off-limits to enlisted personnel.

In 1948, the 200-inch reflecting Hale Telescope at the Palomar Mountain Observatory in California was dedicated.

In 1965, astronaut Edward White became the first American to “walk” in space during the flight of Gemini 4.

In 1989, Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died.

Chinese army troops began their sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.