This Day in History

This Day in History – 19 Av/August 20

19 Av In 5674/1914, Russian authorities in Mitchenick, Poland, expelled the Jews in the first of a long series of expulsions that uprooted many Polish and Lithuanian Jewish communities. Yahrtzeiten…

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This Day in History – 18 Av/August 19

18 Av In 5689/1929, Arabs rampaged in Eretz Yisrael, killing 133 Jews and injuring and maiming hundreds of others, most of them in a massacre in Yeshivas Chevron. Hy”d. The…

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This Day in History – 15 Av/August 16

15 Av Yahrtzeiten Nachum Ish Gamzu, buried in Tzfas 5348/1588, Harav Shimon ibn Lavi, zt”l, mechaber of Kesem Paz and composer of the song “Bar Yochai” 5633/1873, Harav Asher of…

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This Day in History – 14 Av/August 15

14 Av In 4396/636, Arabs wrested control of Eretz Yisrael from the Byzantines. In 5701/1941, 407 Jews of Zhitomir (western Ukraine) were killed by the Nazis. Hy”d. In 5702/1942, Nazis…

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This Day in History – 12 Av/August 13

12 Av In 5023/1263, by order of King James I of Aragon (Spain), the Ramban was forced to participate in a public debate, held in the presence of the king,…

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This day in History – 11 Av/August 12

11 Av In 5493/1733, commemorating the defeat of the Persian army, the Jews of Baghdad established a Purim. In 5508/1748, Empress Maria Theresa revoked the Edict of Expulsion of Bohemian…

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This day in History – 7 Av/August 8

7 Av In 3339, Nevuzaradan and his soldiers broke into the Beis Hamikdash compound, where they feasted and committed acts of vandalism until the afternoon of Tisha B’Av, when they…

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This Day in History – 5 Av/August 6

5 Av Yahrtzeiten 5332/1572, Harav Yitzchak Luria, zt”l, the Ari Hakadosh (5333/1573 according to another opinion). 5571/1811, Harav Shimon Isserlish, zt”l, Rav of Slutzk, son of the Rema. 5659/1899, Harav…

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This Day in History – 4 Av/ August 5

4 Av In 3314, the silver and gold that Ezra and his followers brought along to donate to the second Beis Hamikdash was weighed. In 3317, Nechemiah began to construct…

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This Day in History – 29 Tammuz/ August 1

29 Tammuz In 5701/1941, the Nazis murdered all the men of Grodz, Lithuania. Yahrtzeiten 4865/1105, Rabbeinu Shlomo Yitzchaki, Rashi HaKadosh 5372/1612, Harav Avraham Shaar Arye of Porto Leone, mechaber of…

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This Day in History – 27 Tammuz/July 30

27 Tammuz In 4965/1205, Pope Innocent III promulgated a church doctrine that the Jews were doomed to perpetual servitude and suppression because they had killed oso ha’ish. This charge was…

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This Day in History – 26 Tammuz/July 29

26 Tammuz In 5519/1759, the Baal Shem Tov and Harav Chaim Hakohen Rappaport of Lemberg, commanded by that city’s bishop, debated the heretical Frankists. By winning the debate, they prevented…

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This Day in History – 22 Tammuz/July 25

22 Tammuz In 5317/1557, the Marranos were given permission to leave Portugal. Yahrtzeiten 5371/1611, Harav Manoach Hendel, zt”l, author of Chochmas Manoach. 5633/1873, Harav Dovid Morgenstern, Rebbe of Kotzk, zt”l.…

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This Day in History – 20 Tammuz/July 23

20 Tammuz In 5654/1894, many Jews of Vilna were killed during the Polish uprising. Jews of Vilna held a fast day to commemorate this event. In 5701/1941, the Jews of…

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This Day in History – 19 Tammuz/July 22

19 Tammuz In 5701/1941, 6,000 Lithuanian Jews were killed in the Viszalsyan camp. Yahrtzeiten 5434/1674, Harav Aharon Shmuel Koidenover, author of Bircas Hazevach. 5725/1965, Harav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, Rosh Yeshivah…

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This Day in History – 15 Tammuz/July 18

15 Tammuz In 3414, Ezra HaSofer left Bavel to go up to Yerushalayim. He left from the Euphrates River (Nehar Peras) and arrived in Yerushalayim 15 days later. In 5598/1838,…

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This Day in History – 13 Tammuz/July 16

13 Tammuz In 5283/1523, the first printed edition of Sefer Hachinuch appeared. In 5687/1927, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Harav Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, zt”l, was freed from the exile imposed upon…

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This Day in History – 12 Tammuz/July 15

12 Tammuz In 3333, Yechezkel Hanavi was instructed by Hashem to lie on his left side for 390 days, in order to atone for the sins of Klal Yisrael. From…

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This Day in History – 9 Tammuz/July 12

9 Tammuz In 3175, Nevuchadnetzar’s army breached the walls of Yerushalayim prior to the destruction of the first Beis Hamikdash. During the 70-year exile of Bavel, this date was the…

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This Day in History – 8 Tammuz/July 11

8 Tammuz In 5327/1567, the Jews were expelled from Genoa, Italy. In 5594/1834, Spanish Queen Maria Christina abolished the Spanish Inquisition, which had existed for 300 years. In 5663/1903, a…

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