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Lemberg 1659: Rabbi Yossef HaLevi Heller passed away.

R’ Yossef, was a twin brother of Rabbi Lipmann Heller, known as the Tosfos Yomtov. 

The Tosfos Yomtov tells us that he himself never met his father R’ Nathan, as his father passed away at the mere age of 18, before the Tosfos Yomtov was born. We also know that the Tosfos Yomtov was born in 1579. Therefore his brother, R’ Yossef, was 80 years of age when he passed away.

From R’ Yossef’s gravestone inscription, we learn that he was a leader of the community of Lemberg, [Lviv, Ukraine], as well as the Rosh Beis Din. It is also inscribed there that he was an ‘Ish HaElohm–A godly Man’

Sources: Metzeivas Kodesh; preface to Tosfos Yom Tov; preface to Tuv Taam.


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