c 533 BCE- The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem was celebrated with great jubilation nearly 88 years after they were destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia. (Nehemiah 2:13-17)

 

57 CE- Over 500 years later, the walls Nehemiah built around Jerusalem (above) were surrendered to the Romans on the same day.

 

1298- The notorious Rindfleisch Massacres of thousands of Jews began at Rottingen and spread across southern Germany and Austria. The Jews were accused of profaning the Christians' "holy wafer" and pogroms led by the anti-Semitic Rindfleish broke out in Reutlingen against the Jews. Within half a year, 150 Jewish communities throughout Germany and Austria were decimated and thousands of Jews martyred.

 

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שׁפטים (Shoftim)

 

 

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Today is

Yom Rivi'i, 4 Elul, 5778

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

 

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