This Day in History

This Day In History 1 Adar/February 27

1 Adar In 5403/1643, the Tosafos Yom Tov, Harav Yom Tov Lipman Heller, was released after being imprisoned as a result of libel. His descendants celebrate this day as a…

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This Day In History 28 Shevat/February 24

28 Shevat In 3598/163 B.C.E., Antiochus V (successor to Antiochus of the Chanukah nes; this incident occurred about a year after Chanukah) abandoned his siege of Yerushalayim, and his plans…

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This Day In History 27 Shevat/February 23

27 Shevat In 5343/1583, Joseph Sanalbo, a ger tzedek, was burned at the stake in Rome. Hy”d. Yahrtzeiten 497/1737, Harav Alexander of Zolkov, zt”l, the Tevuos Shor 5625/1865, Harav Emanuel…

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This Day In History 26 Shevat/February 22

Yahrtzeiten 5689/1929, Harav Mordechai Yosef Leiner of Radzin, zy”a 5700/1940, Harav Shaul Brach of Kashau, zt”l 5746/1986, Harav Yaakov Landau, zt”l, Rav of Bnei Brak 5427/1667, Harav Dovid Halevi, zt”l,…

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This Day In History 25 Shevat/February 21

In 5591/1831, the French government gave financial support to Jewish institutions on a par with Christian institutions. Yahrtzeiten 5490/1730, Harav Yechiel Mechel of Galina, zt”l, mechaber of Nezer Hakodesh 5521/1761,…

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This Day In History 24 Shevat/February 20

24 Shevat In 3409/352 B.C.E, the word of Hashem came to the Navi Zechariah (Ben Ido, the colleague of Chaggai and Malachi), saying, “I have returned to Yerushalayim with mercy,…

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This Day In History 21 Shevat/February 17

In 5417/1657, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, issued a residence permit to the Jews. In 5535/1775, the Jewish homes in a settlement known as “New Jerusalem,” on the outskirts…

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This Day In History 20 Shevat/February 16

20 Shevat Yahrtzeiten 2073/1688 B.C.E., Asher, zt”l, the son of Yaakov Avinu. He was also born on this date in 2196/1565 B.C.E. 5572/1812, Harav Yosef of Yompoli, zt”l 5618/1858, Harav…

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This Day In History 19 Shevat/February 15

In 5109/1349, 700 Jews of Basel, Switzerland, were burned alive in wooden houses especially constructed for that purpose. Hy”d. Yahrtzeiten 5478/1718, Harav Binyamin Zev Shapiro, zt”l, of Prague 5676/1916, Harav…

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This Day In History 18 Shevat/February 14

In 5188/1428, King Alfonso V ordered the Jews of Sicily, Italy, to convert to Christianity. In 5399/1639, 12 Jews were killed al kiddush Hashem in Mexico. This was a continuation…

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This Day In History 17 Shevat/February 13

17 Shevat In 5180/1420, Purim of Saragossa was established because of a miracle in the Jewish community of Saragossa, Spain. Saragossa had 12 kehillos comprising thousands of Jews. Their minhag…

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This Day In History 14 Shevat/February 10

Yahrtzeiten 5516/1756, Harav Yaakov Yehoshua Falk, the Pnei Yehoshua, zt”l 5731/1971, Harav Dovid Shapiro of Yerushalayim, zt”l, mechaber of Bnei Tzion 5654/1894, Harav Yechiel Danziger, zt”l, the Alter Rebbe of Alexander…

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This Day In History 13 Shevat/February 9

13 Shevat In 5550/1790, the French National Assembly granted full and equal citizenship to the Portuguese and Avignonese Jews. Yahrtzeiten 5570/1810, Harav Mordechai of Lechovitz, zt”l 5680/1920, Harav Binyamin Eisenstadt,…

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This Day In History 12 Shevat/February 8

In 5701/1941, Nazis provoked the first anti-Jewish riots in Amsterdam, but the Jews successfully fought off their attackers. In 5703/1943, Jews in the Warsaw ghetto put up their first resistance…

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This Day In History 11 Shevat/February 7

In 5270/1510, the Jews of Colmar, northern France, were expelled. From the end of 5236/1476, the community had suffered greatly at the hands of the Swiss Confederates, who, on their…

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This Day In History 10 Shevat/February 6

10 Shevat In 4995/1234, seven German Jews were tortured and burned al kiddush Hashem Yahrtzeiten 5325/1565, Harav Meir Katzenellenbogen, zt”l, the Maharam Padwa 5537/1777, Harav Shalom Sharabi, zt”l, the Rashash,…

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This Day In History 7 Shevat/February 3

Yahrtzeiten 5347/1587, Harav Naftali Hersch Shorr, zt”l, dayan of Brisk and Lublin 5485/1725, Harav Dovid Nito, zt”l 5574/1814, Harav Dovid of Lelov, zt”l 5590/1830, Harav Nosson Dovid of Partzova, zt”l…

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This Day In History 6 Shvat/February 2

6 Shevat 5153/1393, The Jews of Majorca were guaranteed protection following a massacre of Jews on the island. The governor of Majorca issued an edict for their protection, declaring that…

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This Day In History 5 Shvat/February 1

In the time of the Beis Hamikdash, on this date (70 days before Pesach), barley would be planted so it would be ready for the korban omer. In 2516/1245 B.C.E.,…

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This Day In History 4 Shvat/January 31

5717/1957, Yeshivas Kol Yaakov was established in Moscow with the approval of the Soviet government. The Communists had destroyed all Jewish religious life during the 1920s and ’30s. Yahrtzeiten 5567/1807,…

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