1165- The Rambam (Maimonides) reached Yerushalayim, six months after his arrival in Eretz Yisroel. He and his family celebrated the date as a private holiday. (Some date it on the 5th or 6th of Cheshvan).

 

October 17, 1483- Tomas de Torquemada was appointed Inquisitor General of Spain.

 

1541- Algerian Jews celebrate Purim Edom, "Red Purim" in which the Jewish community in Algiers was saved from the navy of Karl V and the Spanish Admiral Doria who tried to capture the Algerian coast.

 

1834- Austria's Jews were forbidden to have the first names of Christian saints.

 

October 25, 1941- Romanian soldiers massacred 26,000 Jews in Odessa.

 

November 2, 1943- The Nazis liquidated the Riga ghetto.

 

Torah Portion

וירא (Vayera)

 

 

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Today is

Yom Rishon, 12 Cheshvan, 5779

Sunday, October 21, 2018

 

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