This Day in History

This Day In History 19 Teves/January 17

In 5398/1637, the Catholic Church in Recife, Brazil, closed the two existing shuls there. Yahrtzeiten 5632/1871, Harav Avraham Shmuel Sofer, zt”l, the Ksav Sofer 5599/1839, Harav Yankele Horowitz of Melitz,…

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This Day In History 18 Teves/January 16

18 Teves In 5699/1939, three riverboats, with 1,210 Jewish refugees from Vienna and Prague aboard, were stopped on the Danube near the Iron Gates gorge and the town of Kladovo…

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This Day In History 15 Teves/January 13

In 5248/1487, the first printed edition of Sefer Mitzvos Gadol was printed in Soncino, Italy. Yahrtzeiten 5495/1734, Harav Mordechai, zt”l, Rosh Mesivta of Lvov 5683/1923, Harav Shemayah Noach of Bobroisk,…

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This Day In History 14 Teves/January 12

14 Teves In 5275/1515, the Jews of Laibach, Austria were expelled. In 5501/1740, the Jews of Chevron were saved from a harsh decree. The pasha had ordered them to come…

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This Day In History 13 Teves/January 11

In 5387/1626, the first issue of the siddur by the Hebrew printing press of Amsterdam was published. Yahrtzeiten 5611/1850, Harav Moshe of Lelov, zt”l 5697/1936, Harav Shraga Feivel of Zalitchik,…

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This Day In History 12 Teves/January 10

In 3339/423 B.C.E., “In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth of the month, the word of Hashem came to me, saying, ‘Son of Man, direct your…

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This Day In History 11 Teves/January 9

11 Teves In 5252/1491, thousands of Jews of Sicily, Italy, were expelled. In 5428/1667, the Jews were expelled from Austria. Yahrtzeiten 5545/1784, Harav Moshe of Ostraha, zt”l, mechaber of Arugas…

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This Day In History 8 Teves/January 6

In 3515/247, at the commandment of King Talmai (Ptolemy), the Torah was translated into Greek. A taanis tzaddikim commemorates the event. (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 580:2) The Gemara relates: “King…

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This Day In History 7 Teves/January 5

7 Teves 5540/1779, Harav Tzvi, zt”l, son of the Baal Shem Tov 5614/1854, Harav Mordechai Yosef Leiner of Izhbitza, zt”l, the Mei Hashiloach 5615/1855, Harav Yechezkel Paneth of Nitra, zt”l…

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This Day In History 6 Teves/January 4

5249/1488, the first edition of the Sefer Mitzvos Hagadol was published in Soncino, Italy. 5626/1865, the Ku Klux Klan was founded in Tennessee. Yahrtzeiten 5493/1732, Harav Yaakov Reisher, zt”l, mechaber…

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This Day In History 5 Teves/January 3

5552/1791, the Pale of Settlement was instituted by Empress Catherine, limiting Jewish rights in Russia. Yahrtzeiten 5295/1534, Harav Shlomo Molcho, Hy”d, who was burned al kiddush Hashem by Roman Emperor…

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This Day In History 4 Teves/January 2

4 Teves Yahrtzeiten 5633/1872, Harav Eizel Charif of Slonim, zt”l 5693/1933, Harav Chaim Shaul Doueck, zt”l, mechaber of Eifah Sheleimah 5756/1995, Harav Mordechai Pinchas Teitz, zt”l, Rav of Elizabeth, N.J.…

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This Day In History 1 Teves/December 30

Yahrtzeiten 2124/1638 B.C.E., Avraham Avinu, according to some sources 5462/1701, Harav Ya’ir Chaim Bachrach, zt”l, the Chavos Ya’ir 5535/1774, Harav Masoud Rephael Alfasi of Tunisia, zt”l 5589/1828, Harav Avraham Moshe…

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This Day In History 29 Kislev/December 29

29 Kislev The fifth day of Chanukah. In 5257 /1496, Manuel I ordered the expulsion of the Jews of Portugal. Yahrtzeiten 5440/1679, Harav Aharon Shimon Shapiro of Prague, zt”l 5458/1697,…

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This Day In History 28 Kislev/December 28

The Chashmonaim defeated the vastly more numerous and powerful armies of the Syrian-Greek king Antiochus IV, who had tried to forcefully uproot the beliefs and practices of Yiddishkeit from Klal…

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This Day In History 27 Kislev/December 27

The Third Day of Chanukah 1657/2105 B.C.E., the 40 days and nights of rainfall that covered the face of the Earth with water during the Mabul ended on this date…

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This Day In History 26 Kislev/December 26

26 Kislev The second day of Chanukah In 4856/1095, the First Crusade was proclaimed. As they trekked toward Eretz Yisrael, the Crusaders killed tens of thousands of Jews all across…

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This Day In History 23 Kislev/December 23

In 5109/1348, Rudolph of Oron claimed that Jews had confessed to poisoning wells (he was later proven to have lied), prompting the Black Death riots against the Jews of Europe.…

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This Day In History 22 Kislev/December 22

22 Kislev In 5118/1357, Charles IV issued letters of protection for the Jews of Strasbourg. Two years later, mobs burned 1,000 Jews, Hy”d, and forced many others to convert, R”l.…

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This Day In History 21 Kislev/December 21

In 5505/1744, Austrian forces massacred many Jews in Prague, Hy”d. 5705/1944, The Satmar Rebbe Harav Yoel Teitelbaum, zy”a, was rescued from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The Satmar kehillah celebrates this…

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