7 Cheshvon - Rabbi Yehuda Meir Shapiro of Lublin (1887-1933)
His father, R' Yaakov Shimshon Katz of Schatz, Romania, was a descendent of R' Pinchas of Koretz, a disciple of the Baal Shem Tov. R' Meir studied Torah with his maternal grandfather from Manestritch, the Minchas Shai. By age 15, R' Meir became known as the Genius of Schatz.
R' Meir Shapiro married in 1906 and became the Rabbi of Glina, where he stayed for 10 years before becoming the Rabbi of Sanok. From there he was offered a position in the city of Pioterkov, and finally he became the Rabbi of Lublin. He founded educational institutions and yeshivot in many places.
A book containing his Halachic responsa, entitled Ohr Meir, was published in Pioterkov and made a great impression on the rabbinic and yeshiva world. He was chosen as the Jewish deputy to the Polish parliament, the Seijm.
In 1923, he began the first cycle of Daf Yomi, having shared this idea at the first Knessiah Gedolah of Agudath Yisrael the previous year. He founded the famed Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin, in 1930.
In 1958 his remains were transported to Israel and buried in the Har HaMenuchos cemetery in Jerusalem.
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