Dec. 1804- The author of the halachic works Chayei Adam and Chochmat Adam, Rabbi Avraham Danzig, (1748-1820), survived a blast and fire on the eve of the 16th of Kislev. The inferno engulfed many homes, including his own home and the very room where all of his family members were, causing some of the walls to collapse. Rabbi Avraham Danzig then established the day as a Yom Tov (Pulver Purim) for himself and all of his future descendants to mark the miraculous escape.


1892- Hermann Ahlwardt elected to the German Reichstag, marking the beginning of political anti-Semitism in Germany.


November 28, 1939- In order to comply with German wishes to be "free of Jews," the newly annexed town of Suvalki, Poland deported its 6,000 Jewish residents.


November 9, 1946- The 22nd World Zionist Congress met in Basle, Switzerland. In the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust, Zionist leaders had lost all patience with British stonewalling about the creation of a Jewish state. Thus the Zionists decided to forcibly resist British policy, and Jewish underground movements redoubled their campaign to damage British installations such as rail lines, police stations and army bases. In one night in 1946, Ben Gurion's Hagana blew up 12 critical bridges. The efforts were largely successful, and by 1947 Britain declared its intention to withdraw, thus leading to the UN Partition Plan of November 1947.


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Yom Rivi'i, 16 Kislev, 5784

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