This Day in History – 6 Adar I/February 15

In 2369/1392 B.C.E. [as recorded in Yalkut Shimoni], Moshe Rabbeinu completed Mishneh Torah and was told by Hashem that his petirah was near.

In 5109/1349, a plague killed hundreds of Yidden in the kehillah of Worms, Germany.

In 5242/1482, the first printed edition of the entire Chumash with Targum Onkelos and Rashi was published in Bologna, Italy.



5549/1789, Harav Aryeh Leib, zt”l, mechaber of Panim Chadashos

5695/1935, Harav Chanoch Tzvi Levin, zt”l, the Bendiner Rav

5696/1936, Harav Yosef Baumgarten, zt”l, Rav of the Schiff Shul in Vienna

5759/1999, Harav Yehoshua Dovid Povarski, zt”l, Rosh Yeshivah of Ponevez


Shaar blatt of Machneh Dan.
Shaar blatt of Machneh Dan.

5606/1846, Harav Daniel Prustitz, zt”l, of Pressburg, mechaber of Machneh Dan

Harav Daniel Prustitz was born in 5519/1759. His father was Harav Binyamin Wolf.

Rav Daniel was a talmid of Harav Meir Berabi, the Maharam Berabi.

He was very close to the Chasam Sofer, and was appointed as Rosh Beis Din in Pressburg.

Rav Daniel was recognized already in his youth as one who learned Torah in depth, and was also known for his tzidkus. He was accustomed to fasting quite often, and was very particular about the observance of every minhag.

Many in Pressburg considered Rav Daniel their spiritual leader and would ask his advice in all matters. He was very generous when informed of unfortunate cases of widows and orphans and would support these families far beyond his own ability to do so.

Although offered other, more prestigious, posts, Rav Daniel did not wish to gain materially from his Torah, and preferred to stay on in Pressburg.

In his later years, Rav Daniel would give a daily Gemara shiur to the Chevras Shas. Never missing one, he delivered shiurim until a few days before his petirah.

Rav Daniel was niftar on 6 Adar 5606/1846, at the age of 87. He was buried near the Chasam Sofer.

His chiddushim on Maseches Pesachim were published under the name Machneh Dan.

Zecher tzaddik livrachah.


Feb. 15

In 1764, the site of present-day St. Louis was established by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau.

In 1971, Britain and Ireland “decimalized” their currencies, making one pound equal to 100 new pence instead of 240 pence.

In 1986, the Philippines National Assembly proclaimed Ferdinand E. Marcos president for another six years, following an election marked by allegations of fraud. (Marcos ended up being ousted from power.)

In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.