For a person who thinks, “I will sin and the Day of Atonement will atone for my sins,” the Day of Atonement does not atone.

Yoma Chapter 8

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30 August in History

In 1835, today marks the founding of Melbourne, Australia. The first synagogue opened in Melbourne in 1847. Melbourne provided the first native born Australian to serve as Governor-General – a lawyer named Isaac Isaacs. King George V was reportedly reluctant to appoint Isaacs to the post because he was Jewish. Prime Minister James Scullin assured the reluctant monarch that Australians took a more liberal view than most Englishmen did in such matters. They were not bothered by the matter of religion and therefore, the appointment was made without further complications

20 Elul in History

Today is the passing of Rav Eliyahu Lopian (1872-1970), author of Lev Eliyahu. He was the mashgiach (spiritual advisor) of Kelm; Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Etz Chaim in London, and mashgiach at Kfar Chassidim. R’ Shalom Schwadron (1911-1997) was one of his students.

After having dedicated 25 years of his life to Yeshivat Eitz Chaim, Reb Elyahu passed the leadership of the yeshivah over to Rav Greenspan.

Reb Elyahu moved to Israel in 1950, when he was 76 years old.