Lviv, 1702: The famous “Nefilah” happened.
The nefilah refers to a massive explosion in the city of Lemberg [Lwiw, Ukraine], which shattered the Jewish quarter in an instant, surrounding it by fire. Many houses crumbled, and about 36 people were killed. Amongst them was the Pnei Yehoshua’s wife [Leah] and daughter [Gitel].
The Pnei Yehushua, Rabbi Yaakov Yehoshua, eventually the rav of this town, was also trapped inside a burning house. He realized that there was no escape for him. He closed his eyes and made a promise to Hashem, “If I find my way out, I’ll publish my chidushim in a sefer.” He opened his eyes and found a pathway out of the danger.
Indeed he found his way out, but alas, this wasn’t the case for his wife and his daughter and many more.
Source: Preface to the sefer Penei Yehoshua.
𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐫 𝐁𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐝𝐚𝐲?
Present them with the gift of their heritage — their very own family tree!
𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯…