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King David responded and said, “Call for me Bat Sheva.”  She came before the King, and she stood.

The King promised and said, “As God lives, who has saved my soul from every trouble, as I have promised to you, in the name of the Lord, God of Israel: Shlomo your son will reign after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place; I will make it happen today.”

Bat Sheva bowed with her face to the ground, prostrating herself toward the King, and she said, “Let my master, the King David, live forever.”

Kings I 1:31


29 October in History

In 1833, all Jews except for peddlers and petty traders were granted civic equality in the Germanic domain called Hesse-Cassel. The remainder of Germany took nearly forty years to follow suit.

30 October in History

In 1270, the Eighth Crusade comes to an ignominious end. The crusade started under the banner of France’s anti-Semitic King Louis IX. But he died of stomach ailment in August. Effective leadership devolved to Charles, King of Naples. The crusaders got no further than Tunis. The crusaders agreed to lift their siege of the Arab capital in exchange for commercial advantages. The crusaders went home having failed to accomplish any of their own noble aims. Considering the miseries that the Crusaders heaped on the Jews, they were just as glad to finally glad to see them come to an end after almost two centuries.

21 Cheshvan in History

Today marks the passing of Rav David ben Zimra, the Radbaz (1480-1573). Arriving in Tzefat as a child after the Spanish expulsion, he emigrated to Egypt in 1514. Shortly thereafter, he was recognized as chief rabbi of Egypt, a post he held for 40 years.

His income came through business, from which he became quite wealthy. Among his students in Cairo were Rav Yitzchak Luiria (the Ari) and Rav Betazelel Azhkenazi, the Shita Mekubetzet.

In 1553, he returned to Eretz Yisrael, settling in Tzefat.

In 1755, a great earthquake struck Lisbon, Portugal, destroying much of the city including the courthouse of the Inquisition.

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