On the 17th of Kislev is the Yartzeit of Rav Yosef Yozel, zt"l known as the Alter of Novardok.
Born in the Lithuanian city of Plunigan, Rav Yozel was blessed with great talents as a young child.
His depth of conviction was noticed early on in his youth. He was a great Masmid with a sharp mind. At the age of 17 he wrote a Chibur on the "Ketzos Hachoshen".
For a short while, Rav Yozel was a successful business man. He made more than a living.
When he met Maran R' Yisroel Salanter, zy"a, His life turned around.
He established the 80 branches of Novardok thru-out Russia.
Navardok had great students such as Rav Avrohom Yaffen, zt"l , the Steipler, zt"l , R' Binyomin Silber, zt"l etc...
The distinct approach to Mussar was difficult for some but proved to cultivate great Baalei Mussar who led the Mussar movement years later.
Yehi Zichro Baruch!!!