May 16, 942- Yahrzeit of Rav Saadia Gaon, Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva of Sura and Yahrzeit of the Ramchal, Rav Moshe Chaim Luzatto, author of Mesilat Yesharim, a famous mussar work.


1370- Hundreds of Jews are massacred in Brussels, Belgium

 

1945- Nazis surrender to the Allies.

 

June 5, 1967- The Six-Day War began.  On the first day of fighting Israel liberated the Egyptian base at El-Arish after liberating Rafiah and Sheikh Zuweid in the Sinai.  By day's end Egypt had lost 286 jets (all but 20 of which were destroyed on the ground).  Syria lost 52 jets, Jordan 27 jets, Iraq 9 jets; not including 34 other probable hits.  Eight Israeli pilots were killed and 11 were declared MIA.

 

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שׁפטים (Shoftim)

 

 

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Today is

Yom Shabbat, 7 Elul, 5778

Saturday, August 18, 2018

 

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