Thanks to Phil Chernofsky of the OU/NCSY Israel Center for Including
This Material in His Remarkable Torah
Tidbits, based on the book Day by Day in Jewish History by Rabbi
Abraham P. Bloch z''l
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Deganiya Alef, Israel's (then
known as Palestine) first kibbutz was founded, 1909.
Jews of Great Russia
expelled by order of Empress Elizabeth, 1742.
David Ben-Gurion died, 1973.
Portuguese Jewish statesman Manuel Fernando de Villareal executed by the
- Touro Synagogue of Newport,
Rhode Island, oldest existing shul in the U.S. dedicated 1763.
Jews were excluded by the Nazis
from all employment benefits, 1939. First shul built in Spain in 600 was
dedicated, 1968. On the same day, the Spanish government officially voided the
order of expulsion of 1492.
- General U. S. Grant ordered the
expulsion of Jews from the Department of Tennessee, 1862.
- Jews of Tel Aviv were
expelled by the Turks and sent to Egypt, 1914.
- Empress Maria Theresa decreed
the expulsion of all Jews from Prague, Bohemia and Moravia, 1774.
- Canada recognized Israel, 1948.
- Austrian constitution abolished
discrimination based on religious differences, 1867.
S.S. commander of Treblinka
sentenced to life imprisonment, 1970.
Vilna massacres end, 32,000 Jews killed,
Emancipation of the Jews of
The Pope bans conversion of Jewish children without consent of
their parents, 1420
- KKK founded in Tennessee, 1865.
- The desecration of a new shul in Cologne, Germany sparked a wave of anti-Jewish
incidents throughout Western Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Africa, 1959.
[If you think that these kind of things can't happen today - think again!]
- Anti-Jewish riots in different
parts of Austria, 1312.
- King of Sicily requires Jews to wear a special badge,
- Anti-Jewish riots broke out in Warsaw, 1881. ("Oh, they don't mean
much; they'll stop soon; we'll be okay here in the future").
- Menachem Begin
and Anwar Sadat met in Ismailia, Egypt, 1977.
Barcelona granted the right to
exclude Jews for all time, 1424.
Religious freedom granted to Jews (and
Catholics) in Brazil, 1634.
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra founded, 1936. First
concert was under the direction of Arturo Tuscanini.
- Followers of Zecharia of Kiev
were burned in Moscow, 1503, on charges of Judaizing.
- Rumanian Jews were
excluded from the medical profession, 1868.
New York City authorities warn
Jews about incompetent and unscrupulous mohalim who were causing the deaths of
many Jewish infants, 1870.
The JNF was founded, 1901.
The ship, "The 29th
of November", with "illegal" Jewish immigrants, was driven off
the coast by the British, 1947.
Decree of Empress Catherine
restricted the right of residence of Russian Jews, 1791.
100,000 Jews of Sicily
were expelled, 1492.
Israel's first desalination plant opened, 1963,
A Russo-U.S. trade treaty, originally ratified in 1832, was abrogated by President
Taft in 1912, because of Russian discrimination against Jews (who were American
citizens). (Sounds pretty good.)
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