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The Lulab must be held in the right hand, and the citron in the left hand. Why is this? Because with the Lulav three commands are performed, and with the citron only one.

Sukkah Chapter 3


1 November in History

Today in 1880, it was the birthdate of the person who said, “To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.” “Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.” “The lash may force men to physical labor; it cannot force them to spiritual creativity.”

Novelist and playwright Sholem Asch (pronounced shō’lum ăsh). Born in Poland Asch first wrote in Hebrew but switched to Yiddish. His writings were well received and he was quite popular. He moved to the United States before World War I and his popularity continued to grow. He became a citizen in the 1920’s. However, during the late 1930’s and 1940’s he wrote a trilogy of novels that dealt with Christianity. The works were well received by the general public, but the Yiddish world rejected the works because of the subject matter. The Forward(newspaper) refused to publish any more of his writings.

In the 1950’s, Asch settled in a suburb of Tel Aviv. After his death in 1957, his home in Israel was turned into a Sholem Asch museum.

Sholem Asch, who said,  “The sword conquered for a while, but the spirit conquers forever!”

24 Cheshvan in History

Today marks the passing of Rav Nachum Dov HaKohen Kreisman (1923-2004). Born in the town of Rakishok in Lithuania’s Ponovezh district from a famous line of rabbanim who served in the Rakishok rabbinate for nine consecutive generations, ending with HaRav Betzalel Yalovetzky.

As a student he went to Yeshivas Telz, where he studied under Rav Eliyahu Meir Bloch. He settled in Baltimore and enrolled at Ner Yisrael, where he studied under Rav Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman. When Rav Aharon Kotler came to Baltimore, Rav Ruderman sent two students to the train station to meet him: Nachum Dov and Shmuel Kamenetsky. Noting the high caliber of the two young men Rav Kotler took them back with him to New York in preparation for starting Yeshivas Lakewood.

In 1954, Rav Kreisman moved to Eretz Yisrael and married, and in 1967, he was chosen to serve as a dayan by Rav Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, Rav Betzalel Zolti, the Rav of Jerusalem, and Rav Shlomo Shimshon Karelitz.

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