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It will be on that day, that God will be King over all of the land.

God will be one.

His name will be one.

Zechariah, 14:9

22 September in History

Today in 1521, Selim I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire passed away. Selim did away with the Law of No Return, the Roman ban on Jews living in Eretz Israel. The ban was in force until the 16th century. Limits on Jewish immigration would reappear with the British White Paper. Like many other members of Ottoman royalty, Selim employed a Jewish physician.

14 Tishrei in History

This is the day prior to Sukkot or the Festival of Booths, which commemorate the protection the Jews had while traveling through the desert from Egypt to Israel. The protection either came in the form of booths they had built, or from the Divine clouds by day and pillar of fire by night that accompanied the Jewish people.

Some have a custom to prepare the “four species” durning the afternoon of this day. These species are taken in as part of the service of the holiday, and represent, the heart (Etrog or Citron) spine (Lulav or Palm) Lips (Aravot or Willows) and eyes (Hadasim or Myrtle).

23 September in History

Today in 1776 was Yom Kippur – American Jews fast for the first time as citizens of the newly independent United States

15 Tishrei in History

Today is the first day of Sukkot or the Festival of Booths. One this day, there is a biblical command to take the four species for Jews in all places. The command to take the four species every day of the holiday biblically applies only in the Temple. Yet, after the destruction of the Temple, the Rabbis ordained that the four species should be taken in all places, so “speedily when the Temple is rebuilt” we will know how to observe the law for the Temple, properly.

24 September in History

In 1936, more than 120,000 Jews from all parts of Palestine paid a last tribute to Meier Dizengoff, Mayor of Tel-Aviv, as his funeral procession passed through the principal streets of the city this morning from the Tel-Aviv Museum where his body had lying in state, to the cemetery. Pall bearers included Tel Aviv’s vice mayors I. Rokach and Dov Hos. In honor of Dizengoff’s wishes there were no eulogies and children, whom he considered “flower of Palestinian Jewry,” escorted his remains to the grave. He was buried between the grave of his late wife and those of Max Nordau and Achad Haam.

16 Tishrei in History

Today marks the passing of Rav Moshe Zacusa (the Ramaz) (1625-1697). One of the foremost kabbalists of his generation, he was the author of Kol Haramaz, a commentary on the Zohar, as well as Shorshei HaShemos, on he names of God. He taught Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzato (the Ramchal) when the latter was still quite young.

25 September in History

In 1921, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is founded in New York. The school and the Pulitzer Prizes which it awards were possible because of an endowment by publish Joseph Pulitzer.

17 Tishrei in History

Today marks the passing of Rav Moshe Rosen, author of Nezer Hakodesh (1957).

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