This Day in History

This Day in History – July 8/16 Tammuz

In 4999/1239, the Pope confiscated all manuscripts of the Talmud. Yahrtzeiten 5701/1941, Harav Aaron Yosef Baksht, Hy”d, Rav in Lomza and Shoval, among other places. 5729/1969, Harav Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of…

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This Day in History – July 1/9 Tammuz

In 5004/1244, at least 20 wagons loaded with Gemaras and commentaries were burned in France. The incident occurred on Friday of Parashas Chukas. There were no printing presses in those…

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This Day in History – June 24/2 Tammuz

In 4856/1096, the Crusaders arrived in the city of Weltzk, assembled all the Jews and led them to their deaths. Hy”d. Yahrtzeiten 2310, according to most opinions, Yosef Hatzaddik. He…

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This Day in History – June 17/25 Sivan

In 4981/1221, the Jews of Erfurt, Germany, were massacred al kiddush Hashem. Yahrtzeiten 5636/1876, Harav Dov Berish Landau, zt”l, Rebbe of Biala. 5646/1886, Harav Chaim Zusman Sofer, zt”l, author of…

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This Day in History – June 15/23 Sivan

In 5558/1798, numerous Jews were murdered in Pesaro, Italy, following the retreat of Napoleon’s army. The community observed a fast to mark the event. Yahrtzeiten 5285/1525, Harav Avraham Mintz of…

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This Day in History – June 12/20 Sivan

In 2450, according to Seder Olam, the unfortunate incident of Kivros Hataavah ended. All those who ate the slav died over a period of 30 days. In 4931/1171, 56 Jews…

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This Day in History – June 11/19 Sivan

Yahrtzeiten 5598/1838, Harav Shlomo Chakim, zt”l, mechaber of Kissei Shlomo 5706/1946, Harav Menachem Nachum Twersky, zt”l, the Skverer-Machnovka Rebbe 5737/1977, Harav Shmuel Hominer of Yerushalayim, zt”l, mechaber of Eved Hamelech…

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This Day in History – June 10/18 Sivan

In 5704/1944, Harav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, zt”l, founded Torah Umesorah, the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools. Though Jewish day schools existed at the time (the first full-time day schools…

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This Day in History – June 3/11 Sivan

In 3828/68 Vespasian captured Yericho In 5318/1558, Germany’s Kaiser restricted certain liberties of the Jews, after previous governments gave them those rights Yahrtzeiten 5502/1742, Harav Eliezer Rokeach, zt”l, author of…

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This Day in History – May 27/4 Sivan

In 2449, 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 was…

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This Day in History – May 20/26 Iyar

In 5130/1370, hundreds of Jews were massacred in Brussels, Belgium, Hy”d. In 5705/1945, the Nazis finally surrendered to the Allies, and the war that left millions dead, including six million…

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This Day in History – May 13/19 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 Lie technique…

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This Day in History – May 7/13 Iyar

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

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This Day in History – May 6/12 Iyar

In 3830, 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 granted certain liberal…

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This Day in History – May 4/10 Iyar

In 2449, according to the Yalkut Shimoni, the incident of the mekoshesh eitzim occurred, in which a Jew was mechallel Shabbos in the Midbar. In 2870, 30,000 Jews were killed;…

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This Day in History – May 1/7 Iyar

In 3318, 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 began…

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This Day in History – April 30/6 Iyar

In 4773/1013, many Jews of Cordova, Spain, were massacred by the soldiers of Suleiman ibn Al-Hakim. In 5680/1920, Great Britain’s mandate to govern Eretz Yisrael began. In 5708/1948, the British…

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This Day in History – April 28/4 Iyar

In 4925/1165, the Rambam and his family left Fez, North Africa, for Eretz Yisrael. The Rambam observed this day as a fast day, commemorating his miraculous survival from a storm…

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This Day in History – April 27/3 Iyar

3 Iyar Yahrtzeiten 5505/1745, Harav Leib Pistiner of Kalmai, zt”l, a talmid of the Besht. 5539/1779, Harav Dov Ber of Zamutch, zt”l 5685/1925, Harav Yeshaya Steiner of Kerestir, zy”a 5593/1833…

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This Day in History – April 24/30 Nissan

30 Nisan According to some opinions, today is the last day one may recite Birkas Ha’ilanos. In 5419/1659, eight Jews were killed al kiddush Hashem in Przemysl, Poland. In 5693/1933,…

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