This Day in History

The unveiling of the plaque honoring Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews during World War II, on Boro Park’s 13th Ave., last month. On Jan. 17, 1945, Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.
The unveiling of the plaque honoring Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews during World War II, on Boro Park’s 13th Ave., last month. On Jan. 17, 1945, Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.

6 Shevat

Yahrtzeiten

5512/1752, Harav Yosef of Breslau, zt”l, mechaber of Shoresh Yosef

5639/1879, Harav Yom Tov Lipman, zt”l, the Oneg Yom Tov

5686/1926, Harav Chaim Tzvi Teitelbaum, the Atzei Chaim of Sighet, zt”l

5691/1931, Harav Shalom Halberstam, zt”l, of Pikla–Sanz

5739/1979, Harav Dovid Yitzchak Eizek Rabinowitz of Skolya, zt”l


 

5600/1840

Harav Yitzchak of Kalusch, zt”l

Harav Yitzchak of Kalusch was a son of Harav Aharon of Premishlan who, in turn, was the son of Harav Meir Hagadol of Premishlan, who was one of the talmidim of the Baal Shem Tov. Reb Yitzchak married the daughter of Harav Isamar of Tchizkov, who was a close friend of Harav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, zt”l.

Many tzaddikim attested to the great kedushah and taharah of Reb Yitzchak Kaluscher. Reb Yitzchak would sit in the beis medrash all day, wrapped in his tallis and tefillin, learning and davening with great fervor. He was also known as a tremendous baal chessed and for his hospitality.

Reb Yitzchak was a devoted talmid and chassid of his father. He was also a talmid of Harav Moshe Leib of Sassov, who was very fond of this talmid, and shared with him great sodos haTorah.

Reb Yitzchak became Rav in Kalusch after his uncle Harav David of Kalusch was niftar. He served there as a Rebbe for chassidim, as well.

In his later years he became gravely ill. While his household and chassidim were worried and pained, he remained extremely calm as he prepared himself for his journey to the Olam Haemes.

Reb Yitzchak was niftar on 6 Shevat 5600/1840.

Zechuso Yagen Aleinu.


Jan. 17

In 1893, Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown as a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Lili’uokalani to abdicate.

In 1917, the United States paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.

In 1945, Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II.

Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.

In 1946, the U.N. Security Council held its first session.

In 1950, the Great Brink’s Robbery took place as seven masked men held up a Brink’s garage in Boston, stealing $1.2 million in cash and $1.5 million in checks and money orders. Although the entire gang was caught, only part of the loot was recovered.

In 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his farewell address, in which he warned against “the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

In 1994, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 72 people.

In 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.

In 2007, the Doomsday Clock was set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea’s nuclear testing.