This Day in History

This Day In History 4 Sivan/May 29

In 2449/1312 B.C.E., Moshe Rabbeinu explained to Bnei Yisrael the mitzvos of hagbalah and perishah. According to Rabi Yosi (Shabbos 86b), there were three days of hagbalah and the Torah…

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This Day In History 1 Sivan/May 26

According to Rabi Yehudah (Bava Metzia 106:2), today is the start of the summer season. In 2449/1312 B.C.E., six weeks after their exodus from Egypt, Bnei Yisrael arrived at Har…

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This Day In History 29 Iyar/May 25

29 Iyar In 5234/1474, Anusim of Segovia, Spain, were killed al kiddush Hashem, Hy”d. In 5397/1637, Hakadosh Harav Avraham Ben Yitzchok and six other Jews were killed al kiddush Hashem…

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This Day In History 28 Iyar/May 24

Rambam observed this day as a personal Yom Tov in honor of his discovery of Ezra Hasofer’s sefer Torah. In 5677/1917, the Turkish government that ruled Palestine at that time…

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This Day In History 27 Iyar/May 23

In 5705/1945, the Theresienstadt (Terezín, Czech Republic) concentration camp was liberated. Of the approximately 144,000 Jews who were sent to Theresienstadt, 25 percent died, mostly because of the appalling conditions…

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This Day In History 26 Iyar/May 22

26 Iyar In 5705/1945, the Nazis finally surrendered to the Allies, and the war that left millions dead, including six million Jews, Hy”d, was over. In 5726/1967, the Six-Day war…

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This Day In History 23 Iyar/May 19

In 2450/1311 B.C.E., the Jews arrived in Refidim. Moshe Rabbeinu struck the rock to provide water for the people. In 3619/142 B.C.E., Shimon the Chashmona’i expelled the Bnei Chakra from…

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This Day In History 22 Iyar/May 18

22 Iyar In 5491/1731, all the sefarim in the Papal States were confiscated. In 5679/1919, the Romanian government granted citizenship to all native-born Jews. In 5704/1944, the Nazis began the…

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This Day In History 21 Iyar/May 17

In 2449/1312 B.C.E., Bnei Yisrael received double portions of mann on Friday; Moshe Rabbeinu informed them of the holiness of the Shabbos (Shemos 16:22). In 5709/1949, Kfar Chabad, a village…

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This Day In History 20 Iyar/May 16

20 Iyar In 2450/1311 B.C.E., Bnei Yisrael left the area of Har Sinai, after having spent almost a year there. In 5048/1288, Jews of Troyes, France, were condemned to the…

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This Day In History 19 Iyar/May 15

19 Iyar In 5705/1945, Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of propaganda, committed suicide. Goebbels was known for his zealous and energetic oratory, virulent anti-Semitism and perfection of the so-called Big…

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This Day In History 16 Iyar/May 12

16 Iyar In 5699/1939, the Nuremburg anti-Jewish laws went into effect in Hungary. In 5705/1945, the Dachau concentration camp was liberated. Yahrtzeiten 5370/1610, Harav Meir, the Maharam of Lublin, zt”l…

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This Day In History 15 Iyar/May 11

15 Iyar In 5643/1883, anti-Jewish riots broke out in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Yahrtzeiten 5521/1761, Harav Aryeh Leib Shapiro of Vilna, zt”l, mechaber of Me’on Arayos 5609/1849, Harav Chaim Meir Yechiel Shapiro,…

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This Day In History 14 Iyar/May 10

In 5693/1933, thousands of sefarim were publicly burned by the Nazis. Yahrtzeiten 3881/121 C.E., the Tanna Rabi Meir Baal Haness, zt”l 5586/1826, Harav Leib of Zelikov, zt”l, mechaber of Likutei…

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This Day In History 13 Iyar/May 9

In 5027/1267, in Vienna, the Church ordered Jews to wear distinctive attire. In 5187/1427, Jews were expelled from Bern, Switzerland. Bern had a long history of expulsions and anti-Jewish riots.…

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This Day In History 12 Iyar/May 8

12 Iyar In 3830/70 C.E., Roman legions under Titus breached the middle wall of Yerushalayim; a counter-attack by the Jews restored the wall to their command. In 5162/1402, the pope…

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This Day In History 9 Iyar/May 5

In 5414/1654, this date saw the end of a three-month grace period given by the Portuguese to the Jews of Brazil to leave the country. Those who remained after this…

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This Day In History 8 Iyar/May 4

8 Iyar In 5276/1516, the first ghetto for Jews was established in Venice. Yahrtzeiten 5591/1831, Harav Yerachmiel Rabinowitz of Peshischa, the Yid Hakadosh, zt”l  Harav Moshe Mordechai Twersky of Trisk-Lublin,…

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This Day In History 7 Iyar/May 3

In 3318/443 B.C.E., the chomah around Yerushalayim was dedicated. The day is cited in Megillas Taanis as a Yom Tov. In 5058/1298, the notorious Rindfleisch massacres of thousands of Jews…

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This Day In History 6 Iyar/May 2

In 5708/1948, the British mandate over Eretz Yisrael came to an end, exactly 28 years after it began. The armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon promptly invaded Eretz…

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