According to some opinions, today is the last day one may recite Birchat HaIlanot [the Blessings over Trees].


1559- Sixtus Senesis, a Jew who converted to the Dominican denomination of Christianity, tried to convince the governor of Cremona, Italy, to burn the Talmud. The governor demanded witnesses before he would give the order. Vittorio Eliano, the converted grandson of Elias Levita and one Joshua dei Cantori, bore witness that the Talmud was full of lies about Christianity. A few days later approximately 10,000 books were burned. The Zohar was not touched since the Pope and the Catholic church was interested in its publication, believing that it would supplant the Talmud and make it easier to convert the Jews. Ironically, Eliano himself who wrote the preface to the Cremona Zohar.


April 26, 1933- Jewish students were barred from all German schools.

April 26, 1933- The notorious Nazi Gestapo was established.


April 23, 1982- Demolition of the city of Yamit, Israel was completed.


April 12, 2002- Female suicide bomber blows herself up at the Mahane Yehuda market, Yerushalayim's main outdoor market, killing six people and wounding over 104 just hours before Shabbat. Among those killed was Rivka Fink, 74, grandmother of nine.


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Today is

Yom Shabbat, 26 Kislev, 5784 - 2nd day of Chanukkah

Saturday, December 09, 2023


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