c 1436 BCE- When Moshe Rabbeinu was told by Hashem that his petirah (day of his death) was near, (Deuteronomy 31:14), Moshe Rabbeinu completed Mishnah (review of) Torah, the book of Devarim, which he began several weeks earlier, on the 1st of Shvat. This was his farewell address to the Jewish people. He then wrote down the completed Five Books of Moshe, word for word, as dictated to him by Hashem. This scroll of the Torah was put into the Holy Ark, next to the Tablets of Testimony.


1349- A plague killed hundreds of Jews in the kehilla of Worms, Germany.


1482- The first printed edition of the entire Chumash with Targum Onkelos (Aramaic translation of the Torah) and Rashi (Rav Shlomo Yitzchaki), was published in Bologna, Italy by Joseph b. Abraham Caravita, who set up a printing-press in his own home. (same day as Moshe finished teaching it).


March 6, 1816- The final expulsion of the Jews of the Free City of Lubeck, Germany, took place today. 117 years (almost to the day) after they were expelled the first time.


March 13, 1943- The Germans, in a two-day action, liquidated the Kracow ghetto. 2,000 Jews were deported to the Auschwitz murder camp; 700 Jews were shot on the spot.


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