This Day in History

This Day in History – January 21/8 Shevat

  8 Shevat In 2516, the last of the Zekeinim, who continued the chain of the mesorah, were niftar. Today is a taanis tzaddikim commemorating that event. According to some,…

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This Day in History – January 20/7 Shevat

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, Rebbe of Lelov, zt”l 5590/1830, Harav Nosson Dovid, Rebbe of…

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This Day in History – January 13/29 Teves

According to Rabi Yehuda, today marks the end of choref (winter season). In 5374/1614, a ta’anis tzibbur was declared in Vermeiza (Worms), Germany, marking the return of the Jews who…

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This Day in History – January 11/27 Teves

27 Teves In 3680, Rabi Shimon Ben Shetach successfully completed the ejection of the Tzedokim (Sadducees) who had dominated the Sanhedrin, replacing them with his Torah-loyal dayanim. In 5626/1866, the…

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This Day in History – January 7/23 Teves

23 Teves In 5256/1496, just four years after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, on this date a decree was issued in Portugal giving the Jews one year to…

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This Day in History – January 6/22 Teves

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 – December 30/15 Teves

In 5248/1487, the first printed edition of Sefer Mitzvot Gadol was printed in Soncino, Italy. Yahrtzeiten 5495/1735, Harav Mordechai, zt”l, Rosh Mesivta of Levov 5683/1923, Harav Shmaryahu Noach Schneerson of…

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This Day in History – December 28/13 Teves

13 Teves In 5387/1626, the first siddur was published, by the Hebrew printing press of Amsterdam. Yahrtzeits 5495/1735, Harav Yitzchok Eizik of Ostraha, zt”l 5701/1941, Harav Menachem Mendel of Vishiva,…

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This Day in History – December 23/8 Teves

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 – December 22/7 Teves

7 Teves Yahrtzeiten 5615/1854, Harav Yecheskel Paneth of Dezh, zy”a 5653/1892, Harav Yom Tov Lipman, zt”l, mechaber of Malbushei Yom Tov 5654/1893, Harav Dovid of Lublin, later of Tzfas, zt”l…

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This Day in History – December 17/2 Teves

2 Teves In 3400, “And Esther was taken to King Achashveirosh, to his palace … He placed the royal crown on her head and made her queen in Vashti’s stead”…

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This Day in History – December 2/16 Kislev

In 5564/1803, the Chayei Adam, although injured, survived a blast, establishing the day as a Yom Tov for himself and his descendants. In 5653/1892, Hermann Ahlwardt was elected to the…

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This Day in History – November 27/11 Kislev

11 Kislev In 5703/1942, 7,000 Jews of Minsk were executed by the Nazis, Hy”d. Yahrtzeiten 5495/1734, Harav Yehoshua Katz, Rav in Cracow, zt”l 5523/1762, Harav Yaakov Yitzchok Halevi of Pressburg,…

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This Day in History – November 26/10 Kislev

10 Kislev In 5587/1826, Harav Dov Ber of Lubavitch, was released from prison. The date of his release is celebrated by Lubavitcher Chassidim as a “festival of liberation.” In 5702/1941,…

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This Day in History – November 25/9 Kislev

In 5155/1394, the Jews of Paris were expelled by Charles VI. Yahrtzeiten 5574/1813, Harav Avraham Chassid of Brodi, zt”l 5588/1827, Harav Dov Ber, the Mitteler Rebbe of Lubavitch, zt”l 5636/1875,…

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This Day in History – November 18/2 Kislev

In 5488/1727, Jews of New York were allowed to take an official oath without reference to Christianity. In 5704/1943, Hitler’s soldiers were chased out of Casablanca, Morocco, prompting the celebration…

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This Day in History – November 12/25 Cheshvan

In 5168/1407, mobs attacked the Jewish community of Cracow. Yahrtzeiten 5549/1788, Harav Avraham, zt”l, mechaber of Maalos HaTorah and brother of the Vilna Gaon 5564/1803, Harav Yissachar Dov Groidtbart, zt”l…

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This Day in History – November 11/24 Cheshvan

In 5701/1940, the SS Patria, with 1,900 desperate immigrants aboard, blew up and sank in Haifa port. Two hundred Jews drowned. Yahrtzeiten 5404/1643, Harav Avraham Azulai, zt”l, mechaber of the…

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This Day in History – October 21/3 Cheshvan

In 5051/1290, 16,000 English Jews were expelled from England in the final expulsion by King Edward I. Yahrtzeiten 5611/1850, Harav Yisrael, the Ruzhiner Rebbe, zt”l 5621/1860, Harav Eliezer Horowitz, Dzikover…

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This Day in History – October 14/26 Tishrei

5577/1816, Harav Aharon, maggid of Zhitomir, zt”l, mechaber of Toldos Aharon 5587/1826, Harav Asher, Rebbe of Stolin, zt”l, son of Harav Aharon Hagadol of Karlin 5753/1992, Harav Nosson Lubart, zt”l,…

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