This Day in History

This Day In History 1 Shevat/January 17

In 2489/1272 B.C.E, “It was in the 40th year, in the 11th month, on the first of the month, that Moshe spoke to the children of Israel, etc.” (Devarim 1:3)…

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This Day In History 29 Teves/January 16

In 5553/1793, Purim Burgel was established in Tripoli, commemorating the downfall of the Burgel Pasha. Yahrtzeiten 5562/1802, Harav Alexander Margulies, Rav of Stanov, zt”l 5650/1890, Harav Nosson Adler of London,…

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This Day In History 28 Teves/January 15

Yahrtzeiten 5618/1858, Harav Avraham Entebi, zt”l, Rav of Aram Tzova, (Aleppo) Syria, and mechaber of Yoshev Ohalim 5688/1928, Harav Gedalya Shmelkes of Pshemishel, zt”l 5716/1956, Harav Yerachmiel Eliyahu Botchko, Rosh…

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This Day In History 25 Teves/January 12

In 5072/1312, anti-Jewish riots erupted in various parts of Austria. In 5319/1559, the first edition of Chovos HaLevavos was published in Italy. In 5478/1717, Frankfurt’s Jewish streets and shuls were…

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This Day In History 24 Teves/January 11

In 5597/1837, a devastating earthquake shook Eretz Yisrael, killing at least 2,000 people in Tzfas and over 700 in Teveria. Many of the survivors migrated to Chevron. Yahrtzeiten 5572/1812, Harav…

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This Day In History 23 Teves/January 10

In 5465/1705, “Purim Sharif” was established in Tripoli, Libya, to commemorate deliverance from Ibraham A-Sharif. The cruel dictator who had laid siege to the town suddenly and miraculously died. With…

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This Day In History 22 Teves/January 9

In 5383/1622, Prague Jews celebrate Purim Forhangen — Purim of the Curtains – in commemoration of the miraculous salvation of the Jewish ghetto after the head of the community was…

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This Day In History 21 Teves/January 8

      21 Teves Yahrtzeiten 2075, Shimon, son of Yaakov Avinu. He was also born today in 2195 (according to some, the date is the 28th of the month).…

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This Day In History 18 Teves/January 5

In 4231/470, Rav Huna bar Mar Zutra, the head of Babylonian Jewry (Reish Galusa), and Rav Mesharshiya bar Pekod were arrested by the Persian authorities and killed al kiddush Hashem.…

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This Day In History 17 Teves/January 4

In 5285/1524, the pope approved the organization of a Jewish community in Rome. In 5488/1727, Congregation She’aris Yisrael purchased a lot in Lower Manhattan for the purpose of erecting the…

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This Day In History 16 Teves/January 3

In 5399/1639, the Turkish Sultan, Morad the 4th, conquered, with the help of the Jews, the city of Baghdad for the second time from the Persians. Because of that event…

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This Day In History 15 Teves/January 2

In 5248/1487, the first printed edition of Sefer Mitzvos Gadol was printed in Soncino, Italy. Yahrtzeiten 5495/1735, Harav Mordechai, zt”l, Rosh Mesivta of Levov 5587/1827, Harav Rafael of Bershad, zy”a,…

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This Day In History 14 Teves/January 1

  14 Teves In 5275/1515, the Jews of Laibach, Austria, were expelled. Yahrtzeiten 5634/1874, Harav Levi Yitzchok of Stefin zt”l 5761/2001, Harav Alter Menachem Mendel, Rebbe of Lelov, zt”l 5764/2004…

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This Day In History 11 Teves/December 29

In 5252 (1492), 100,000 Jews of Sicily, Italy, were expelled In 5408 (1648), during the terrible pogroms that took place at that time, known as Gezeiras Tach Vatat, in which…

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This Day In History 10 Teves/December 28

In 3336/426 B.C.E., Nevuchadnetzar, the Babylonian emperor, began the siege on Yerushalayim. Thirty months later, on 9 Tammuz 3338/423 B.C.E. (the 17th day of Tammuz was designated to commemorate this…

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This Day In History 9 Teves/December 27

In 5655/1895, the Defamation Ceremony of Alfred Dreyfus took place. Dreyfus was a captain in the French army who was falsely accused by French anti-Semites of having sold classified documents…

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This Day In History 8 Teves/December 26

In 3515/247, the Torah was translated into Greek, at the command of King Talmai (Ptolemy). 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/December 25

  Yahrtzeiten 5540/1779, Harav Tzvi, zt”l, the son of the Baal Shem Tov 5615/1854, Harav Yecheskel Paneth of Nitra, zt”l 5653/1892, Harav Yom Tov Lipman, zt”l, mechaber of Malbushei Yom…

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This Day In History 4 Teves/December 22

Yahrtzeiten 5490/1729, Harav Moshe Zev Bialystok, zt”l, mechaber of Mar’os Hatzovos 5651/1890, Harav Gershon Henoch Leiner, Rebbe of Radzin, zt”l, the Baal Ha’techeles 5693/1933, Harav Chaim Shaul Doueck, zt”l, Rosh…

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This Day In History 3 Teves/December 21

Yahrtzeiten 5670/1909, Harav Yaakov Hakohen Gadisha, zt”l, Rav of Djerba, Tunisia 5702/1941, Harav Yechezkel Ezra Yehoshua, zt”l, Rav of the Iraqi kehillah in Yerushalayim 5739/1978, Harav Chaim Shmulevitz, zt”l, Rosh…

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