This Day in History

This Day In History 29 Elul/September 20

Fifth day of Creation: Hashem created fish, all marine life and birds. Hashem also created the two sea giants, the Livyasan and his female counterpart. Since the world would not…

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This Day In History 28 Elul/September 19

Fourth day of Creation; Hashem affixed the sun, moon and stars in the sky. In 5468/1708, Peter the Great ordered 13 of his soldiers who had participated in anti-Jewish riots…

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This Day In History 27 Elul/September 18

27 Elul Third day of Creation: Hashem created the seas, the grass and the trees. This is the only day in which the Torah states twice “and Hashem saw that…

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This Day In History 24 Elul/September 15

In 5562/1802, anti-Jewish riots erupted in two Swiss cities. Yahrtzeiten 5381/1621, Harav Mordechai Yaffa, zt”l, Rav in Vienna. 5462/1702, Harav Moshe Charif, zt”l, Rav of Lvov. 5575/1815, Harav Yosef Moshe…

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This Day In History 23 Elul/September 14

In 1656/2105 B.C.E., Noach opened the window of the teivah and dispatched the dove for the second time (according to Rabi Eliezer). “The dove came in to him in the…

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This Day In History 22 Elul/September 13

Today is a Yom Tov cited in Megillas Taanis, commemorating the defeat of the Yevanim by Jews. The Jews had given the Greeks a three-day grace period in which they…

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This Day In History 21 Elul/September 12

In 5699/1939, German forces occupied the town of Piotrokow with an estimated Jewish population of 18,000. The first ghetto in Poland was established there. Yahrtzeiten 5602/1842, Harav Dov Berish of…

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This Day In History 20 Elul/September 11

20 Elul In 5154/1394, the French King, Charles VI, ordered the expulsion of all Jews. In 5702/1942, the ghetto of Mir was liquidated. Yahrtzeiten 5350/1590, Harav Yehudah Muskato, zt”l, mechaber…

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This Day In History 17 Elul/September 8

Today is a Yom Tov cited in Megillas Taanis, commemorating the removal of the Romans who instituted burdensome taxes on the Jews. In 1656/2105 B.C.E., according to Rabi Eliezer, on…

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This Day In History 16 Elul/September 7

In 5700/1940, the Nazis, ym”s, issued a decree forbidding non-Jews to work for Jews. In 5701/1941, the entire Jewish community of Meretsch, Lithuania, was massacred by the Nazis. Hy”d. In…

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This Day In History 15 Elul/September 6

In 5445/1685, the Jews of New York were denied the right to worship publicly. In 5587/1827, Russia decreed the draft of Jewish boys from the age of 12; these youngsters…

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This Day In History 14 Elul/September 5

In 5700/1940, Nazis decreed that Jews had no rights to any property. In 5701/1941, the Jews of Vilna were confined to the ghetto and 1,668 Jews of Radomyśl, Poland, were…

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This Day In History 13 Elul/September 4

13 Elul In 5455/1695, Jews of New York petitioned the governor for permission to exercise their religion in public. Permission was denied, because freedom of religion applied to Christians only.…

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This Day In History 10 Elul/September 1

In 1656/2105 B.C.E., Noach opened the window of the teivah and dispatched a raven to determine if the flood waters had begun to recede (according to Rabi Eliezer). In 5444/1684,…

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This Day In History 9 Elul/August 31

In 5027/1267, Ramban arrived in Yerushalayim after being forced to flee his native Spain. He revived the Jewish community there soon after his arrival. In 5151/1391, Jews of Gerona, Spain,…

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This Day In History 8 Elul/August 30

In 3828/68 C.E. (or 3830/70 C.E.), Jewish resistance to Roman forces during the time of the second Beis Hamikdash came to an end, with the fall of the walls of…

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This Day In History 7 Elul/August 29

In 2450, the Meraglim died in the midbar. They suffered a plague, sickened and were niftar on 7 Elul. A taanis tzaddikim was established for today, which commemorates the fact…

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This Day In History 6 Elul/August 28

6 Elul Yahrtzeiten 5414/1656, Harav Gershon Shaul Yom Tov Lipman Heller, zt”l, the Tosfos Yom Tov 5643/1883, Harav Yekusiel Yehuda Teitelbaum, zt”l, Rav of Siget and author of Yetev Lev…

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This Day In History 3 Elul/August 25

In 4949/1189, the day that King Richard was crowned, Christian mobs converged on the Jews, killing many, including Rav Yaakov of Orleans, one of the Baalei Hatosafos, Hy”d. Richard had…

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This Day In History 2 Elul/August 24

5313/1553, the Pope ordered the confiscation and burning of all copies of the Talmud. In 5315/1555, the first printing of the Shulchan Aruch took place near Tzfas in Eretz Yisrael.…

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