November 17, 1278- Six hundred and eighty Jews were arrested and sent to the Tower of London for "coin clipping." This was a very serious charge in the Middle Ages as it involved cutting the edges off of a (gold or silver) coin and melting down the excess for profit. Many prominent community leaders were among those imprisoned. Two hundred and ninety-three of them were sentenced to death and hanged. The "luckier" ones had all of their property confiscated.

 

November 6, 1840- The Sultan of Turkey forbids ritual charges against Jews.

 

October 26, 1860- The Jews of Sweden are allowed to acquire land.

 

November 2, 1949- The Weizman Science Institute opened its doors for the first time in Rechovot, Israel.

 

Torah Portion

ויחי (Vayechi)

 

 

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Today is

Yom Sh'lishi, 10 Tevet, 5779

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

 

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