Lag B'Omer – Yahrtzeit of The Rema

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    charliehall
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    I have read numerous sources on the internet that say that Rabbi Moses Isserles a.k.a. The Rema died on lag B’Omer, that his grave was a pilgrimage site for hundreds of years after his death, and that ended with the Shoah.

    Can anyone confirm any of this?

    We should remember the person who was arguably the most important Ashkenazic Jew of the past 500 years.

    #948891
    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
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    Yes, it’s his yahrtzeit.

    #948892
    haros
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    source is taz o.c. 420

    #948893
    The little I know
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    It is quoted from the Bobover Rebbe Reb Shloimele ZT”L that Lag Baomer was a major pilgrimage to Krakow, where the throngs would visit the grave of the Rem”a. He described that the average year on Lag Baomer there were as many as 120 weddings in Krakow, with wedding beginning the night of Lag Baomer, more in the morning after Shacharis, more at mid-day, and again before nightfall. He described how the trains knew there was major travel in the Jewish community, and typically made a “buy one, get one free” sale on train tickets. He described a common practice of entrepreneurial Yidden who would take a horse and wagon ride from Krakow to the nearest other train station, buy a ticket to Krakow which was short distance and inexpensive, and take the free ticket to distant cities for business such as Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, etc. These tickets were then often scalped.

    #948894
    147
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    Yes, it’s his yahrtzeit.

    DaasYochid:- Let me complete your staterment:- Today is the Rema’s 441st Johrzeit.

    I was at his Kever earlier today, and now am sending this e-mail from the internet cafe at my hotel in Krakow.

    It is too bad that he only lived to be 52; Notwithstanding, he was very close with the Mechaber who lived into his 80’s,a nd they corresponded together extensively.

    I was at the Mechaber’s Kever this past summer in Safed he died Nisson 13, 1575], and guess what:- When returning on Route 85:- The traffic jams were also imposssible & impassable, and this wasn’t even Lag b’Omer, but just a routine day in the middle of the year, so something is going to have to be done about Route 85 soonest?

    If not, on Lag b’Omer 2021 & 2025 when on Friday, there is going to be a mass Chilul Shabbos on Route 85.

    #948895
    zaidy78
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    The Rem”a was nifter on 33 Omer, wrote 33 Seforim, and died at the age of 33.

    Kach Mikublani MiRaboisai…

    #948896
    147
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    Since he was born on February 22, 1520, and passed away on May 11, 1572 = Lag b’Omer 5332, The arithematic does not come out to 33, but comes out to 52 years old.

    #948897
    hello99
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    zaidy78: That’s what the Chida in Shem HaGedolim quotes his son as relaying was written on the Rema’s Matzeiva. However, it is not accurate, as the Matzeiva makes no mention of his age.

    #948898
    charliehall
    Participant

    The Rema was an amazing person. “Gedol” is inadequate to describe his greatness. Thank you all for this information, especially the sources!

    #948899
    Dr Uri Bakay
    Member

    And another interesting thing is that the Rema’s Yartzhiet always comes out the Shabbos of Parshas Emor……osios of R M A

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