This Day in History

This day in History – 11 Sivan/June 14

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

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This Day in History – 9 Sivan/June 12

9 Sivan Yahrtzeiten 5444/1684, Harav Moshe Ravkash, zt”l, mechaber of Be’er Hagolah on Shulchan Aruch. According to some, his yahrtzeit is on 13 Tammuz. 5599/1839, Harav Yisrael of Shklov, zt”l,…

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This Day in History – 4 Sivan/June 7

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…

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This Day in History – 3 Sivan/June 6

3 Sivan In 2449, Moshe Rabbeinu conveyed Bnei Yisrael’s affirmative reply to Hashem, as they prepared themselves for Mattan Torah. In 4446, Vespasian Caesar, father of Titus, captured Yericho and…

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This Day in History – 1 Sivan/June 4

1 Sivan According to Rabi Yehudah (Bava Metzia 106b), today is the start of the summer season. In 2449, six weeks after their exodus from Egypt, Bnei Yisrael arrived at…

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This Day in History – 29 Iyar/June 3

29 Iyar Today is Yom Kippur Kattan. Many recite Tefillas haShelah. In 3830, the Romans completed the construction of banks around Yerushalayim in preparation for the final assault on the…

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This Day in History – 26 Iyar/May 31

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. In 5726/1967, the Six-Day War broke out. The…

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This Day in History – 25 Iyar/May 30

25 Iyar In 5115/1335, 1,200 Jews of Toledo, Spain, were massacred during a Christian and Moslem mob attack on the Jewish section. Yahrtzeiten 5545/1785, Harav Shaul Halevi, zt”l, Rav of…

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This Day in History – 23 Iyar/May 28

23 Iyar In 2450, the Jews arrived in Refidim. Moshe Rabbeinu struck the rock to provide water for the people. In 4856/1096, on this day the Crusaders attacked the Jewish…

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This Day in History – 22 Iyar/May 27

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 – 19 Iyar/May 24

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 “Big Lie”…

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This Day in History – 18 Iyar/May 23

18 Iyar, Lag BaOmer In 3981, the talmidim of Rabi Akiva stopped dying, after 24,000 had perished. In 5708/1948, the Arabs blew up the Churva Shul in the Old City…

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This Day in History – 16 Iyar/May 21

16 Iyar In 2449, Bnei Yisrael began receiving mann in the midbar on the morning of this date. Moshe Rabbeinu introduced the first brachah of the Birkas Hamazon (Brachos 48:2).…

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This Day in History – 15 Iyar/May 20

15 Iyar In 2448, the supply of matzah that the Jews had brought with them from Egypt was exhausted. When they complained to Moshe Rabbeinu that they had nothing to…

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This Day in History – 12 Iyar/May 17

12 Iyar In 3830, Roman legions under Titus breached the middle wall of Yerushalayim; a counterattack by the Jews restored the wall to their command. In 5162/1402, the pope granted…

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This Day in History – 11 Iyar/May 16

11 Iyar In 5270/1510, 1,500 sefarim and manuscripts were seized in Frankfort, Germany. In 5641/1881, anti-Jewish riots broke out in Wasilkow and Konotop, Russia. Yahrtzeiten 5587/1827, Harav Naftali Tzvi Horowitz,…

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This Day in History – 9 Iyar/May 14

9 Iyar In 2870, the Jews went to war with the Plishtim and lost. In 5414/1654, this date marked the end of a three-month grace period given by the Portuguese…

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This Day in History – 8 Iyar/May 13

8 Iyar In 4856/1096, the Jews of Speyer, Germany, were massacred during the First Crusade. This event occurred on Shabbos. Hashem yinkom damam. In 5276/1516, the first ghetto for Jews…

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This Day in History – 5 Iyar/May 10

Yahrtzeiten 5540/1780, Harav Moshe Zorach Eidelitz of Prague, author of Ohr La’yeshorim. 5559/1799, Harav Yeshaya Pik, author of the additional hagahos of Mesores Hashas, and author of She’eilas Shalom and…

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This Day in History – 4 Iyar/May 9

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…

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