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Yonah Sztencl

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Rabbi Yonah Sztencl
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BornAugust 3, 1904
DiedJuly 5, 1969 (aged 64)
Resting placeSmomrei Shabbos Cemetery, Bnei Brak, Israel
NationalityPolish, Israeli
Known forFounder of the Mishnah Yomis and the Halacha Yomis
PredecessorNone (Founder)
SuccessorShlomo Sztencl (d. 2013)
Spouse(s)Sheva Fiszel
ChildrenShlomo Sztencl, Rachel Kalikstein, Esther Robinson
Parent(s)Shlomo Sztencl and Miriam Baila Zweigenhaft
RelativesUncle- Avrohom Nachum Sztencl

Rabbi Yona Sztencl (Hebrew: יונה שטנצל, pronounced Shtentzel) (1904–1969) was a Jewish Orthodox Rabbi who founded the Mishnah Yomis and the Halacha Yomis. He also served as the Rabbi of Congregation Bais Hassidim "Arlenger" in Tel Aviv and was a member of the Chief Rabbinate of Tel Aviv.

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, together with Rabbi Yona Shtencel founder Daily Halacha daily mishna
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, together with Rabbi Yona Shtencel founder Daily Halacha daily mishna

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Family background[edit]

Sztencl was born in Sosnowiec, Poland on 3 August 1904 to Rabbi Shlomo and Miriam Baila Zweigenhaft. Sztencl was born into a rabbinical family. His father Shlomo was a Polish Orthodox Jewish rabbi who served as Chief Rabbi of Czeladź, Poland, and Rav, dayan, and rosh yeshiva of Sosnowiec, Poland. He also authored Koheles Shlomo[1] and Beis Shlomo. Sztencl's mother Miriam was the daughter of Rabbi Efraim Mordechai Mottel Zweigenhaft who served as a Posek and Shochet in Sosnowiec.[2]


In his youth Sztencl studied in Kraków, Poland. His study partner, Moshe Mordechai Biderman would later become Grand Rabbi of the Lelov dynasty. Thereafter, Sztencel was one of the first students to study in the famed Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. In 1932, Sztencl married Sheva Fiszel, the daughter of a businessman in Sosnowiec. In 1935, Sztencl immigrated to Palestine and settled in Tel Aviv where, in addition to serving as the Rabbi of a local synagogue named "Bais Chassidim - Erlanger", he was appointed as a member of the Chief Rabbinate of Tel Aviv. Initially his duties involved overseeing the Kashrut in Tel Aviv, a position which he held jointly with Grand Rabbi Shemuel Eliyahu Taub of the Modzitz dynasty. Thereafter, Sztencl was appointed as the sole authority in Sabbath enforcement. After most of his family perished in the Holocaust, Sztencl created the Mishnah Yomis and the Halacha Yomis as a spiritual merit for the millions of deceased. These programs received overwhelming support from many Rabbinical authorities of the time, among them, Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter and Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.[3]

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