This Day in History

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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This Day in History – September 16/27 Elul

Third day of Creation: Hashem created the seas, the grass and the trees. This is the only day in which the Torah states twice “and Hashem saw that it was…

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This Day in History – September 2/13 Elul

In 5455/1695, Jews of New York petitioned the governor for permission to exercise their religion in public. Permission was denied, because freedom of religion applied to Christians only. Yahrtzeiten 5361/1601,…

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This Day in History – August 26/6 Elul

In 5700/1940, Italian planes bombed Tel Aviv, killing 117, Hy”d. Yahrtzeiten 5414/1654, Harav Yom-Tov Lipmann Heller, the Tosfos Yom Tov, zt”l 5580/1820, Harav Shabsi, zt”l, Rav of Orla and mechaber…

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This Day in History – August 19/29 Av

Yahrtzeiten 5591/1831, Harav Moshe of Zaloshen, zt”l, mechaber of Mishpat Tzedek 5669/1909, Harav Shmuel Salant, zt”l, Rav of Yerushalayim 5671/1911, Harav Yisrael Shalom Yosef Heschel, zt”l, Rebbe of Mezhibuzh 5702/1942,…

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This Day in History – July 22/1 Av

In 5703/1943, the mostly Jewish captives in Treblinka initiated a revolt. In 5707/1947, a British ship seized the S.S. Exodus, which was carrying 4,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors to Eretz Yisrael,…

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This Day in History – July 15/23 Tammuz

In 5415/1655, Chmielnicki’s hordes attacked Vilna, killing many Jews, Hy”d. In 4859/1099, the Crusaders captured Yerushalayim from the Muslims. In 5615/1855, Harav Avraham Yaakov of Sadigura, zt”l, was released from…

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This Day in History – July 8/16 Tammuz

In 4999/1239, the Pope confiscated all manuscripts of the Talmud. Yahrtzeiten 5701/1941, Harav Aaron Yosef Baksht, Hy”d, Rav in Lomza and Shoval, among other places. 5729/1969, Harav Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of…

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This Day in History – July 1/9 Tammuz

In 5004/1244, at least 20 wagons loaded with Gemaras and commentaries were burned in France. The incident occurred on Friday of Parashas Chukas. There were no printing presses in those…

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This Day in History – June 24/2 Tammuz

In 4856/1096, the Crusaders arrived in the city of Weltzk, assembled all the Jews and led them to their deaths. Hy”d. Yahrtzeiten 2310, according to most opinions, Yosef Hatzaddik. He…

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This Day in History – June 17/25 Sivan

In 4981/1221, the Jews of Erfurt, Germany, were massacred al kiddush Hashem. Yahrtzeiten 5636/1876, Harav Dov Berish Landau, zt”l, Rebbe of Biala. 5646/1886, Harav Chaim Zusman Sofer, zt”l, author of…

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This Day in History – June 15/23 Sivan

In 5558/1798, numerous Jews were murdered in Pesaro, Italy, following the retreat of Napoleon’s army. The community observed a fast to mark the event. Yahrtzeiten 5285/1525, Harav Avraham Mintz of…

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This Day in History – June 12/20 Sivan

In 2450, according to Seder Olam, the unfortunate incident of Kivros Hataavah ended. All those who ate the slav died over a period of 30 days. In 4931/1171, 56 Jews…

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This Day in History – June 11/19 Sivan

Yahrtzeiten 5598/1838, Harav Shlomo Chakim, zt”l, mechaber of Kissei Shlomo 5706/1946, Harav Menachem Nachum Twersky, zt”l, the Skverer-Machnovka Rebbe 5737/1977, Harav Shmuel Hominer of Yerushalayim, zt”l, mechaber of Eved Hamelech…

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This Day in History – June 10/18 Sivan

In 5704/1944, Harav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, zt”l, founded Torah Umesorah, the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools. Though Jewish day schools existed at the time (the first full-time day schools…

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This Day in History – June 3/11 Sivan

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

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