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11 Shevat 5780 AM

Today, 185 years ago, in the year 1835 [5595 AM], the Chafetz Chayim was born.

Rabbi Israel Meir HaCohen, a.k.a. the Chafetz Chayim was born in Zhetl [Dzyatlava], a little town not far from Hrodna [Grodna, Belarus].

At the age of ten, his father passed away, and eventually, his mother remarried.  They moved to Radin [Radun], where he lived the rest of his life, until his passing.

Source: Dos leben un shafen fun Chofets Chayyim, NY 1937, page 29, footnote 1

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