Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Yorzeits of Note in Nissan-

Note that the 26th of Nissan is the Yorzeit of Reb Nachman Tulchiner (Chazan). See below for a brief biography.

1 Nissan

-Nadav and Avihu , sons of Aharon Hakohen

2 Nissan
-Reb Yaakov Yosef Twersky, Sqverer Rebbe ( Squarer Rebbe )
-Reb Shulem Dov Ber, the Rebbe RaShaB, 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe, 1920

5 Nissan
-Reb Avrohom Yehoshua Heshel of Apt, the Ohaiv Yisroel (1794-1876) ( Ohev Yisroel)

6 Nissan
-Reb Aharon Roth, Shomrei Emunim rebbe
-Maharam Shiff , Reb Meir Schiff (1608-1644)

8 Nissan
-Reb Eliyahu Shapira MiPrague, the Eliyah Rabba and Eliyah Zuta on the Levush to Orach Chaim.
-Reb Eliyahu Hakadosh of York, Rabbeinu Yom Tov, and several other English Tosafists, who perished at Clifford's Tower, during the Crusades, in York 1146. Hence the Cherem of York , the tradition in England of forbidding Jews to never sleep in the City of York overnight.

9 Nissan
-Reb Chaim Meir Hager, the Imrei Chaim of Vizhnitz (1888-1972)
-Reb Aryeh Levine, the Tzadik from Yerushalayim, Mashgiach, Yeshiva Eitz Chaim

11 Nissan
-Reb Moshe ben Nachman, the Ramban, 1270
-Reb Yeshayah Horowitz, author of Shnei Luchos Habris (Shelah Hakodesh) (1560-1630)

13 Nissan
-Reb Yosef Karo, Beis Yosef, Shulchan Aruch, Kesef Mishneh,and Magid Meisharim, (1488-1575)
-Reb Moshe ben Chaim Alshich (1521-1593
-Rabbi Menachem Mendel, the Tzemach Tzedek, 3rd Lubavitcher Rebbe, [1866]

15 Nissan
-Yehuda ben Yaakov Avinu

16 Nissan
-Levi ben Yaakov Avinu
-Reb Mordechai Dov Ber Twerski of Tomashpol, son of Reb Nochum, son of the Mitteler Rebbe, [1920]

17 Nissan
-Reb Shlomo Wolbe, mashgiach of Yeshivas Givat Shaul in Yerushalayims Sanhedria neighborhood (1916-2005)
-Reb Reuven Hakohen Katz of Prague (1673), author of Yalkut Reuveni, a collection of kabbalistic material, arranged according to the verses in the Torah.

18 Nissan
-Reb Yehoshua Falk, author of Meiras Einayim and Dereishah & Pereishah on the Tur, Rosh Yeshiva in Lemberg, grandfather of Pnei Yehoshua (1614)

19 Nissan
-Reb Aharon of Karlin (1736-1772) , Student of the Maggid of Mezritch, founder of Chasidus in Belarus and the Karlin-Stolin dynasty. (1736-1772)
-Reb Menachem Zemba author of Tozaos Chaim, murdered in the Warsaw Ghetto 1943-5703 --Reb Yoshua Falk Katz, author of SMA 20 Nissan Rav Hai bar Sherira Hagaon, rosh yeshivas Pompedisa in Babylon[1038]

22 Nissan
-Reb Yehudah Rosanes of Constantinople, author of Mishneh Limelech [1727]
-Reb Yitzchak Kalish (1779-1848), founder of the Vorki dynasty, father of Reb Yaakov David (founder of the Amshinov dynasty) and Reb Menachem Mendel, who continued the Vorki dynasty.

24 Nissan
-Reb Avrohom Yehoshua Heshel Weinberg, the Slonimer Rebbe

25 Nissan
-Reb Chaim Halberstam of Sanz, author of Divrei Chaim (1794-1876)

26 Nissan
-Reb Nachman of Tulchin (1813-1884) - Reb Nachman's grandfather was a follower of Rebbe Nachman. Born shortly after the Rebbe passed away, Reb Nachman was named after the Rebbe. Orphaned as a very young child, he grew up in his uncle's house, where he met Reb Noson on the latter's pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1822. Reb Noson made such a deep impression upon him that the young Nachman decided to be close to Reb Noson forever. He indeed became Reb Noson's most intimate follower and eventually was leader of the Breslov movement. Reb Nachman was the chazon (prayer leader) for the Musaf Prayer on Rosh HaShannah, hence the family name Chazan. His supplications were so intense, that those assembled felt he was 96 standing on air" while reciting the prayers. His great fervor was matched by his modesty. Though he was the leader of the Breslover Chassidim at that time, Reb Nachman did not consider it beneath him to serve others. Immediately after praying the daily prayers with great devotion, he would take the water buckets to draw water for the synagogue. Reb Nachman published the first volume of his mentor's Likutey Halakhot while Reb Noson was still alive. Later, he edited and published the remaining seven volumes. Reb Nachman lived for eighteen years in Tulchin and then moved to Breslov after Reb Noson passed away so that he could continue Reb Noson's work. After eighteen years in Breslov he moved to Uman, where he lived an additional eighteen years. It was this move that shifted the focus of Breslover Chassidut to Uman. For all his greatness, he was extremely modest and humble, serving as shaniash (sexton) of the Breslover Synagogue in Uman
-Reb Efraim Navon, the Machaneh Efraim
-Yehoshua bin Nun (1243 BCE)

29 Nissan
-Rav Mordechai Shlomo Yosef Friedman, Sadigora Rebbe

30 Nissan
-Reb Chaim Vital, student of the Ari ZaL, author of Eitz Chayim, [1620]
-Reb Yaakov Berav, born in Spain, lived in Tzefas (1474-1546)
-Reb Yaakov Emden (1698-1776), known as Yavetz (Yaakov ben Tzvi), son of the Chacham Tzvi.
- Rabeinu Yosef Halevi Migash, talmid of the Rif, known as the Ri MiGash

Monday, March 27, 2006

Rabbi Berland of Shuvu Bonim in the News

In Eretz Yisrael a row has broken out over some controversial literature being disseminated in Haredi communities. Rabbi Eliezer Berland, shelit"a, has issued some very strong remarks about this issue- please see the following link for the article:,7340,L-3232686,00.html

(Note: This site merely reports information pertaining to the world Breslov community and neither espouses nor advocates any particular political view or shitta regarding Zionism).

Divre Torah for Parshas Vayikra from Breslov

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Today, 22nd of Adar - Is the...

Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yechiel Michal Epstein HaLevi of Novogrudok, Russia, author of the Aruch haShulchan, 1908.

Breslov Dial-a-Shiur in Yiddish

Students of Rabbi Nachman's teachings in the US now can hear shiurim in Yiddish from prominent Breslover mashpiyim at the touch of a button.

Lecturers on the new Breslov "Dial-a-Shiur" series include Rabbi Yaakov Meir Schechter of Jerusalem, Rabbi Meir Sirota, Rabbi Dovid Herzog, and others.

US number: 212-990-7361

The dynamic Rabbi Eliyahu Godlevsky may be heard locally in New York on Breslov Radio 96.7 FM, 24-hours a day.

Chazek ve-nischazek!

Divre Torah for Parshas Vayakhel/Pekude from Breslov

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Great New Articles On the Web

Here are some wonderful new articles on the net that are worth the study:
- From Rav Yaakov Meir Shechter
-On Breslov customs during Adar and Nissan by Rabbis Dovid Sears and Dovid Zeitlin
-A Q & A session with Rabbi Dovid Sears. Interesting information on the connections between Purim and Pesach.

Divre Torah for Parshas Ki-Sisa

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Divre Torah for Parshas Tetzaveh and Purim

Please check the following links for divre Torah on the parsas ha-shavua (Tetzaveh) and for the upcoming Holiday of Purim-



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- Gut Shabbos!