November26-December 2, 2023
Saturday night-Sunday 25-26 November / 13 Kislev
Today is the yahrzeit of the Talmudic Amora Ravina, who completed the work of his teacher, Rav Ashi, in editing the Babylonian Talmud. Because Ravina's father died young, he was taught Torah by his mother.
Sunday night-Monday 26-27 November / 14 Kislev
Today is the birthday and yahrzeit of Reuven, son of Jacob and Leah.
Monday night-Tuesday November 27-28/ 15 Kislev
Today is the yartzeit of "Rebbi", Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi (Rabbi Judah "the Prince"), 2nd century author of the Mishnah, direct descendant of Hillel and King David, and head of the Sanhedrin in the time of the Roman Emperor Antoninus, who was his personal friend.
Thursday night-Friday November 30-December 1 / 18 Kislev
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Baruch of Medzeboz (1757-1810) son of the Baal Shem Tov's daughter Adil and uncle of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. It is also the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Levy Yitzchak Horowitz, the Bostoner Rebbe (1921-2009).
Friday night-Saturday November 1-2
/ 19 Kislev
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezeritch (c.1704-1772), first leader and propagator of Chassidus after the death of Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov. Today is also the anniversary of the liberation of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady, founder of Chabad Chassidus, after being imprisoned by the Russian government in St Petersburg on false charges. It is celebrated as a joyous festival and is regarded as "the New Year of Chassidus" when each Chassid wishes the other:"May you be signed and sealed for a good year in the study and practice of Chassidus!". On the same Hebrew date in 2004 the Iraqi tyrant Sadaam Hussein was captured.
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