This Day in History

This Day in History – 17 Adar/February 22

17 Adar I In 5703/1943, the Bulgarian Commissar for Jewish Affairs, Alexander Belev, signed an agreement permitting Germany to deport 26,000 Jews to extermination camps. Hy”d. In 5708/1948, the Jewish…

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This Day in History – February 21, 2019

16 Adar In 4178, a decree that Jews were to be excluded from public offices in the Roman Empire went into effect. In 5416/1656, the Jews of New Amsterdam (later…

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This Day in History – 15 Adar/February 20

In 3341, nineteen months after the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash, Yechezkel Hanavi received an additional prophecy about Mitzrayim, which is found in Perek 32. In 3406, the Jews of…

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This Day in History – 14 Adar/February 19

14 Adar I Today is Purim Kattan. No Tachanun is recited and no eulogies are conducted. The Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 697:1 cites an opinion that joy and festivity should…

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This Day in History – 13 Adar/February 18

13 Adar In 3600, Nikanor was defeated; the day is designated as a Yom Tov in both Megillas Ta’anis and Masechta Ta’anis 18. Nikanor was one of the nobles of…

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This Day in History – 10 Adar/February 15

10 Adar In 5109/1349, mobs rioted during the Black Death epidemic and massacred Jews in the town of Freiburg, Germany. In 5609/1849, Jews of the Austrian Empire were granted equal…

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This Day in History – 9 Adar/February 14

9 Adar Today is a taanis tzaddikim (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 480:2) commemorating the initiation of the dispute between the house of Shammai and the house of Hillel. The Gemara…

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This Day in History – 8 Adar/February 13

In 5434/1674, the Jews of Barbados were granted permission to take an oath on the Torah. One hundred fifty-one years later, also on 8 Adar, the Jews of Maryland were…

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This Day in History – 7 Adar/February 12

7 Adar Today is a Taanis Tzaddikim commemorating the petirah of Moshe Rabbeinu, zy”a. It is customary for the chevrah kaddisha to fast on 7 Adar. Moshe Rabbeinu was born…

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This Day in History – 6 Adar/February 11

6 Adar In 2369, [as recorded in Yalkut Shimoni] Moshe Rabbeinu completed the Mishneh Torah and was told by Hashem that his petirah was near. In 5109/1349, a plague killed…

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This Day in History – 3 Adar/February 8

3 Adar In 3413, the joyous dedication of the second Beis Hamikdash was celebrated today after four years of work. Yahrtzeiten 5372/1612, Harav Mordechai Yaffa, zt”l, the Baal HaLevushim 5611/1851,…

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This Day in History – 1 Adar I/February 6

Today is the second day of Rosh Chodesh Adar. According to Rabi Shimon, today is the beginning of the season referred to as kor. In 5403/1643, the Tosafos Yom Tov,…

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This Day in History – 30 Shevat/February 5

30 Shevat (Rosh Chodesh Adar I) Yahrtzeiten 5559/1799, Harav Dovid Hakohen, zt”l, Rav of Molitin and mechaber of Nefesh Dovid 5570/1810, Harav Reuven Horowitz, zt”l, Rav of Zarnovtza, mechaber of…

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This day in History – 29 Shevat/February 4

29 Shevat In 5700/1940, the Lodz Ghetto was established. It was the first major ghetto to be established by the Nazis, with a population of over 200,000. The ghetto was…

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This Day in History – 26 Shevat/February 1

26 Shevat Yahrtzeiten 5427/1667, Harav Dovid Halevi, zt”l, the Turei Zahav 5700/1940, Harav Shaul Brach, Rav of Kashau, zt”l 5746/1986, Harav Yaakov Landau, zt”l, Rav of Bnei Brak 5689/1929 Harav…

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This Day in History – 25 Shevat/January 31

25 Shevat In 5591/1831, the French government allotted financial support to Jewish institutions on par with the level of funding that Christian institutions received. Yahrtzeiten 5490/1730, Harav Yechiel Mechel of…

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This Day in History – 24 Shevat/January 30

In 3409, the word of Hashem came to the Navi Zechariah (Ben Ido, the colleague of Chaggai and Malachi) saying, “I have returned to Yerushalayim with mercy, my home will…

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This Day in History – 23 Shevat/January 29

23 Shevat In 5098/1338, the Ralbag completed his Peirush al Hatorah. In 5701/1941, the first transport of Polish Jews to concentration camps left Plotsk, Poland. Polish Jews were barred by…

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This Day in History – 22 Shevat/January 28

22 Shevat In 3801, Gaius Caligua (Geskeleges) — a Roman Emperor, was killed, and Shimon Hatzaddik, the Kohen Gadol, heard a bas kol pronouncing the termination of his intention to…

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This Day in History – 19 Shevat/January 25

19 Shevat In 5109/1349, seven hundred Jews of Basel, Switzerland, were burned alive in wooden houses especially constructed for that purpose. Hy”d. Yahrtzeiten 5478/1718, Harav Binyamin Zev Shapiro, zt”l, of…

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