December 25, 1622- Prague Jews celebrated this day, when the shamash of the kehilla was freed. Every year the community read its Megilla Pur Haklaim or Purim Forhangen -
Purim of the curtains - in commemoration of the miraculous salvation of the Jewish ghetto after the shamash had been charged with stealing the governor's priceless curtains.


January 10, 1798- Anti-Jewish riots erupted in Ancona, Italy, a day after a "local" Purim which had been celebrated there since 5451/1691. Roman mobs attempted to set fire to the Jewish ghetto and to sack it, but rains put out the fire. The day was then designated as a holiday by Roman Jews. . (see 20 and 21 Tevet). (The Roman Ghetto had been in existence since 1555, when the Pope segregated the Jews in a walled quarter with three gates that were locked at night. The Jews were also subjected to various restrictions and degradations, including having to attend compulsory Catholic sermons on Shabbat. During Rome's annual carnival, scantily-clad Jews were forced to race along the main street, while the crowd mocked them, threw trash, and reigned heavy blows. (The event often proved fatal.) Hygienic conditions inside the ghetto were terrible, and there was constant flooding from the nearby Tiber River. Outside the ghetto, Jews were required to wear identifying yellow clothing. When Napoleonic forces occupied Rome, the ghetto was legally abolished
in 1808, and the city of Rome tore down the ghetto walls in 1888.)


January 10, 1961- 43 Maapilim were sunk as they were secretly helping Jews escape from Morocco to ascend to Eretz Yisroel on the ship Egoz. In 5753/1993 the bodies of the victims of the Egoz were retrieved and brought to Eretz Yisroel for burial.

 

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Yom Rishon, 12 Cheshvan, 5779

Sunday, October 21, 2018

 

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