25th of Shevat
Today is R’ Yisrael Salanter’s yahrzeit.
I just want to point you to a biography of Rav Yisrael written in 1899 (16 years after his passing), posted by fellow AishDas-nik R’ Neil Harris on his blog. Translation by Google, with some touch-up by RNH.
Here’s a teaser. Click on the post’s title for the complete blog entry.
Just a spot for ideas about Kehillah, Hashkafa, Mussar, and Avodas Hashem
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
The 25th of Shevat marks the 127th yartzeit of Rav Yisrael Lipkin (Salanter). Thanks to Google Books, I found a very interesting biography of written in 1899, only 16 years after Rav Yisrael was niftar. The original is in German, and I used Google Translate to render in into English. I have attempted the translation from Google in the original form, but had I did have to change some sentence syntax. While this translation is rough, it is amazing that even so shortly after his death, Rav Yisrael’s impact was so strongly felt. The version posted here is also available as a pdf here.
Rabbi Israel Lipkin was born on 3 November 1810 at Sagar in the province Samogitia in Russia, the birthplace and birth land of his father. His father, Rabbi Wolf Lipkin, held the office of a rabbi, first in Goldingen (Courland) and afterwards in Telshe in Russia.From the high learning of his father came his “marginal notes” to the Talmud. These notes can be found reprinted in the latest edition of the great Vilna Talmud. He had also been the first teacher of his son, Israel. In accordance with the custom at that time among the Russian Jews, which was still standing, almost in boyhood Lipkin became engaged to the daughter of one of the religionists named Rabbi Jacob Eisenstein of Salant, called Jacob, who takes over, also according to the fashion, food and drink for the young couple in their home while the young husband is carefree and undisturbed resigns employment with the doctrine….