This Day in Jewish History 1904: A Rabbi, Astronomer and Inventor Honored by Russia Dies

The brilliance of Chaim Selig Slonimski, who loved God and science, is evident in the wild span of his innovations, from advanced metal plating to rejigging the Hebrew calendar.

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On May 15, 1904, the Russian-Jewish rabbi, inventor and astronomer Chaim Selig Slonimski died, aged 94. Though surviving engraved portraits suggests a traditional man of Jewish learning, Slonimski was an...