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Adar

February 5, 2014, by

[1 Adar] Beginning of the Plague of Darkness. Yahrzeit of Ibn Ezra, 1164. Private Purim of Rabbi Yom Tov Lipmann Heller, Rav of Cracow, 1643. Yahrzeit of the “Shakh” (major commentator of the Shulchan Aruch), 1662. Yahrzeit of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklov, 1827. (He was the leader of the Aliya of the followers of […]

April

February 7, 2014, by

[April 1] Anti-Jewish riots broke out in Jerusalem, 1881. The official Nazi boycott of German Jewish merchants started, 1933. Hebrew University of Jerusalem was opened by Lord Balfour, 1925. The emergence of the Nazi Party, 1920. (This happened on the anniversary of the day that Haman published his decree of extermination of the Jews.) [April […]

August

February 9, 2014, by

[August 1] World War I broke out, 1914. The Russian army liberated Kovno in 1944. First reliable report of the Nazi plan to murder all the Jews reached the West, 1942. The U.S. State Department suppressed the report for several weeks, until it had otherwise been received by Jews in New York. [August 2] The […]

Av

February 9, 2014, by

[1 Av] Peaks of the tallest mountains emerged above the receding waters of the Flood. Egypt was afflicted with Frog(s). Yahrzeit of Aharon HaKohen. (This is the ONLY yahrzeit mentioned in the Torah. It is not recorded in Parshat Chukat, which tells of Aharon’s death, but rather in Mas’ei, when we bench Rosh Chodesh Av.) […]

December

February 9, 2014, by

[December 1] 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 Inquisition, 1652. [December 2] Touro Synagogue of Newport, Rhode Island, oldest existing shul in the U.S. […]

Elul

February 9, 2014, by

[1 Elul] Beginning of the Third Plague in Egypt. G-d tells Zerubavel (via Chaggai) to rebuild the Beit haMikdash. Beginning of the year for purpose of animal-tithes. according to the Tana Kama in Rosh HaShana 1:1. Persian Jews made annual pilgrimage to the tomb of Serach b. Asher. Jews of Palma massacred, 1391. Anti-Jewish riots […]

February

February 9, 2014, by

[February 1] First time a rabbi gave the invocation at a session of the U.S. Congress, 1860. The Palestine Post building in Jerusalem was bombed, 1948, resulting in the loss of many lives. Khomeini takes over Iran, 1979. [February 2] The surrender of the German army in Stalingrad, 1943, marked a significant turning point in […]

Iyar

February 9, 2014, by

[1 Iyar] Egypt was afflicted by the first biblical plague. An Israelite gathered wood on Shabbat in the Midbar. This marked the first public violation of Shabbat. Moshe was ordered, in the second year of the exodus, to take a census of the Jewish people. The foundation of the Second Temple was laid, 537 B.C.E. […]

January

February 9, 2014, by

[January 1] Violent earthquake shook Eretz Yisrael; over 2000 died in Tzfat, another 700 in T’veriya, 1837. Several restrictions on Jewish ownership of land went into effect in Russia, 1808. The Decree for the Elimination of Jews from German Economic Life took effect, 1939. First Jewish censor was appointed by the Russian government, 1798, to […]

July

February 10, 2014, by

[July 1] Titus set up battering rams to assault the walls of Jerusalem, 70c.e. Russian Jews granted permission to print Jewish books, 1862. Pogrom in Jassy, the cradle of Rumanian anti-Semitism claimed 5000 Jewish lives, 1941. First Jew to lose his life in the American Revolution, 1776. Sir Herbert Samuel became first British High-Commissioner of […]