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Beit Midrash-Yad David Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

iAttach-Prayer-Amidah-Parsha-iPray-KavanotThe 28th of Shevat is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Yosef Dovid (ben Yitzchak Isaac) Zindheim (Sinzheim; Zunzheim; Zintzheim Sintzheim), (1745 (or 1736)-1812). Born in the Alsace region on the border between France and Germany, Reb Yosef Dovid married at age 20. In 1778, his wife’s wealthy brother, Naftali Herz (aka Cerf Berr de Medelsheim) established a yeshiva in Bischeim (near Strasbourg), and he appointed his brother-in-law to be Rosh Yeshiva. It was also at this time that Rav Zintzheim began composing his commentary on Shas, Yad Dovid. He also wrote Shelal Dovid on Chumash, Da'as Dovid on the Shulchan Aruch, and an encyclopedia of halachic and Talmudic topics called Minchas Ani. He was appointed to the Assembly of Jewish Notables convened by Napoleon (1806), appointed president of the Great Sanhedrin, and named by Napoleon as inaugural chief rabbi of Central Consistoire.

 

While I and my students were wandering from village to village, hiding in forests during the Napoleonic wars, we had none of our holy books. We were more destitute in our lack of sources and books than we were in the basic necessities of life. I determined at that time that if and when I would survive and have an opportunity, I would write a book. This is the fulfillment of my promise. (Yad David)

iAttach-Prayer-Amidah-Parsha-iPray-Kavanot“On the righteous, on the devout, on the elders of the remnant of Your people the Family of Israel, on the remnant of the academy of their scholars...” When we read stories such as the above of how the “remnant of the academy” keep Torah alive, we can connect to this prayer, thanking God, the Guider of History, for giving us such leaders who help keep Torah alive.

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