4th of Shvat is the yarzeit of the Baba Sali. Some information about him appears below, excerpted from Judaicaplus.com
Rabbi Yisrael Abuchatzeirah, was of a well-known rabbinical dynasty. His grandfather was the famous tzaddik, Rabbi Yaakov Abuchatzeirah[link=http://nehora.com/tzadikim/tz_viewer.cfm?page=abuchatzeira.htm](To view more information, first click 'To Read More' below in blue, and then click here)[/link]) . He had great skill in
Talmudic interpretation and many of his halachic decisions were accepted and took root among his followers. He was regarded as someone who possessed the Ruach Hakodesh or "Divine Spirit". Although still very young, people flocked to R' Yisrael for blessings for their parnassa (income), family, and health. Consequently he became known as "Baba Sali," (our praying father) because of the prayers that he would invoke on behalf of those who sought out his
One day, young Yisrael's father told him, "My child, you have a great power to bless people which you cannot measure. Your words can bring great help to
men. From now on, you must use this power to say good things about others and to bless them." Young Yisrael gave his word. Soon it became known that the blessings of this young child brought miraculous results. He became famous as Baba Sali.
May the merit of the Baba Sali, Rav Yisrael Abuchatzera, be a blessing for us.