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Friday, June 10, 2022

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Jewish History

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory's, parents, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944) and Rebbetzin Chana Yanovsky (1880-1964) were married on the 11th of Sivan, 1900. Their oldest son, Menachem Mendel, was born two years later, on the 11th of Nissan of 1902.

Links:
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson
Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson
Marriage: an Anthology

Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Weiss, known as the Minchat Yitzchak (the name of the responsa he authored), was born in Galicia in 1902. He headed of the court of Jewish law, the Beit Din, in Grosswardein, Romania before WWII, and after miraculously surviving the war he assumed the same position in Manchester, England.

In the aftermath of the Holocaust he worked diligently on aiding the many women whose husbands disappeared, and presumably perished, during the war; finding halachic "loopholes" which allowed them to remarry according to Jewish law.

He authored a nine-volume set of responsa. In this widely-used work, he addresses many modern-day halachic issues which resulted from the technological explosion, as well as many medical ethics issues.

In 1979, he assumed the position of Av Beit Din (Head of Court) in the Edah Hachareidit, one of the most prominent rabbinical bodies in Israel. He served in this capacity for the remainder of his life.

He passed away on the 11th of Sivan. An estimated 30,000 people attended his funeral.

Daily Thought

He found him in a desert land, in a desolate, howling waste…As an eagle awakening its nest, fluttering over His eaglets, so did He spread His wings and take Him…

In the month of Elul, He found you wandering in a desert.

Did He ever lose you?

No. But the Torah uses the word “found” to say that what He found there was unexpected.

Because He saw you there and He exclaimed, “How long has this neshamah wandered in such a desolate wasteland of spiritual life—and yet she remains whole and pure, and even senses that she does not belong in such a place!”

So He surrounded you, protected you, and gave you the strength to return.

And now, in the month of Tishrei, He carries you up to His palace of light on eagle’s wings.

Maamar Kanesher Ya’ir Kino 5742, 5722.