This Day in History

This Day in History – May 12/1 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 Har Sinai…

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This Day in History – March 10/26 Adar

In 5004/1244, the Pope issued a bull ordering the burning of the Talmud. In 5437/1677, the Jewish community of Newport, R.I., bought land for a cemetery. Yahrtzeiten 5573/1813, Harav Eliezer…

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This Day in History – March 4/20 Adar

20 Adar Today, Choni Hamaagel’s tefillah for rain was answered after a three-year drought in Eretz Yisrael, as mentioned in maseches Taanis 19. This incident took place during the time…

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This Day in History – February 24/12 Adar

This date is mentioned as a Yom Tov in Megillas Taanis. The Roman Caesar Traianus caught Lulianus and Papus, two righteous brothers, in the city of Lod, and had them…

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This Day in History – February 10/28 Shevat

In 3598, Antiochus V (successor to Antiochus of the Chanukah nes; this incident occurred about a year after Chanukah) abandoned his siege of Yerushalayim and his plans for the city’s…

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This Day in History – January 27/14 Shevat

Yahrtzeiten 5654/1894, Harav Yechiel, zt”l, the Alter Rebbe of Alexander 5731/1971, Harav Dovid Shapiro of Yerushalayim, zt”l, mechaber of Bnei Tziyon 5516/1756, Harav Yaakov Yehoshua Pollack, The Pnei Yehoshua, Zt”l The…

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This Day in History – January 26/13 Shevat

13 Shevat In 5550/1790, the French National Assembly granted full and equal citizenship to the Portuguese and Avignonese Jews. Yahrtzeiten 5568/1808, Harav Yaakov Shimon, Rav of Zaslov, zt”l 5570/1810, Harav…

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This Day in History – January 25/12 Shevat

12 Shvat In 5701/1941, Nazis provoked the first anti-Jewish riots in Amsterdam, but the Jews successfully fought off their attackers. In 5703/1943, Jews in the Warsaw ghetto put up their…

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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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