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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Jews of New York were allowed to
swear without reference to Christianity, 1727.
Yahrzeit of Rabbi Bernard Revel,
Yahrzeit of HaRav Aharon Kotler, 1962.
The first auto-da-fe (burning at
the stake of those condemned by the Inquisition) in the Americas, Lima, Peru,
several Jews burned, 1581.
36 Jews killed in Lemberg explosion, 1702.
mass-murder of Warsaw Jews, 1939.
1538 Jews of Poltava, Russia, executed by the
A delegation of Babylonian Jews
arrived in Jerusalem, 518 b.c.e. to ask Zecharia HaNavi if
Tish'a b'Av should be
discontinued. (Their question was asked during the construction of the Second
Beit HaMikdash, two years before completion.)
Jews of Pressburg were expelled by
order of Maria of Hapsburg, 1526.
Empress Elizabeth ordered the expulsion of all
Jews from Great Russia, 1742.
Portuguese Jews had to leave by
this date in 1497 (the decree of expulsion was earlier, but there was a grace
Rumanian Jews were barred from the practice of law, 1864.
Road of valor
connecting besieged Jerusalem with the rest of the Yishuv was opened, 1948.
The SHLA"H arrived in
Jews barred from settling in Stockholm, Sweden, 1685.
King Yehoyakim burned a Sefer
Torah, 603 b.c.e. - day was made a fast day.
Ancient Jewish holiday (from the
end of the Second Beit HaMikdash era) - the exact reason is disputed by
Jews of Paris expelled (again) by
Charles VI, 1394. (Rabbi Bloch z"l points out that English, French, and
Spanish Jewry were expelled roughly at 100 year intervals - 1290, 1394, 1492.)
7000 Minsk Jews executed 1942.
Yeshiva University received its charter, first American university under Jewish
Yahrzeit of Ravina, 499,
co-author of Talmud Bavli. His death marks the end of the Talmudic period.
murder of Jews of Mogilev, 1761.
Birth of Reuven
2192 from creation.
Czar of Russia provides for the
establishment of Jewish schools and seminaries, 1844.
Nazi's place Jews of
Poland outside the law and beyond protection of the courts, 1941.
First plane of
Operation Magic Carpet bringing Yemenite Jews to Israel, 1948.
A pagan altar was set up in the
Beit Hamikdash, 167 B.C.E.
Pulver Purim established by the Chayei Adam, 1804.
Massacre of Jews of Ausburg,
Anti-Jewish riots in Paris, many Jews killed, 1380.
author in America, and his mother, burned to death in Mexico City by the
Jews of Nassau, Germany granted equality, 1848.
violence in Bucharest, 1897.
Hebrew date of the U.N. vote to partition
Yahrzeit of Avraham Maimuni, the
son of the Rambam, 1237.
Jews of Strasbourg were forbidden to circumcise, to
wear beards, and to own Hebrew books (which were to be burned), 1793.
forces attack Jews of Lvov, 1918.
Yahrzeit of the Magid of Mezrich,
early leader of Chasidut, 1771.
Rabbi Shneur Zalman, the Baal HaTanya, was
released from prison, 1798. YUD-TET KISLEV is celebrated by Chabad chasidim.
Har G'rizim Day, ancient festival
celebrating victory over the Samaratins, 331 b.c.e.
Austrian forces kill many
Jews in Prague, 1744.
Charles IV issued letters
of protection for the Jews of Strasbourg in 1357. Two years later, mobs
burned 1000 Jews and baptized many others.
King of Denmark invited
Amsterdam Jews to settle in Norway and have religious freedom, 1622.
Year of Terror against Jews of
Alsace began (with a well-poisoning accusation), 1348.
Massacre of the Jews of
Nuremberg in Black Death riots, 1349.
Foundation of second Beit
HaMikdash was completed.
Chaggai prophesied the
downfall of Persia and the salvation of the Jews.
British captured J'lem
from the Turks, 1917.
First day of Chanuka.
Cain killed Abel.
Construction of the Mishkan
Yahrzeits of the Vilna
Gaon's father and son, 1758, 1808.
Jews ordered expelled
from Tennessee by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.
ichron Yaakov founded,
The order of the
expulsion of the Jews of Spain (associated with Tish'a
b'Av 1492) was officially voided on the first day of Chanuka 1968.
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