November 19, 1621- The Shelah Hakadosh, Harav Yeshayahu ben Avraham Ha-Levi Horowitz, author of Shnei Luchot HaBrit, arrived in Yerushalayim. When he came to Eretz Yisroel he first visited Tzfat, but on this date he reached Yerushalayim, where he served as Rav and Rosh Yeshivah of the Ashkenazic community. (As a result of the harsh decrees of the Pasha, he was forced to move to the Galil. He is buried in Teveria.)

 

1685- Jews were barred from settling in Stockholm, Sweden.

 

December 8, 1948- Jordan occupied those portions of Mandatory Palestine not held by Israel. The old city of Jerusalem and the Jordanian occupied territories remained under Jordanian control until 1967. Transjordan had been given to a British client Arab family, the Hashemites (led by King Hussein's grandfather), who had been run out of Mecca by the Saudis.

 

November 18, 1958- The city of Yerushalayim / Jerusalem inaugurated a new water reservoir, thus assuring the holy city of an adequate water supply for the first time in its 3,000-year history. Yerushalayim's shortage of water was long its weakness in time of military siege. Back in the days of King David, a tunnel had been dug from the Old City to a neighboring valley, to channel water inside the Old City Walls. In modern times, the problem was exacerbated in 1948 when the Arab blockade of Yerushalayim left its residents without a water supply.

 

November 10, 1975- The UN General Assembly (that bastion of impartiality) approves resolution equating Zionism with racism.

 

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Yom Sheni, 13 Cheshvan, 5779

Monday, October 22, 2018

 

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