Call out and be joyous daughter of Zion; behold I am coming and I will dwell among you, says God.

Many nations will stream to God on that day, and they will be to me a nation. I will dwell among you, and you will that God of hosts has sent me to you.

God will inherit Judah on that day as His portion, on the holy ground, and He will again choose Jerusalem.

Zecharia 2:14-16


3 December in History

In 1878, Settlers arrive at Petach Tikvah in what is now Israel. Petach Tikvah is Hebrew for Gateway of Hope. The land was purchased by Jews living in Jerusalem from a Greek landowner after the Sultan of Turkey had thwarted their efforts to buy land near Jericho. The village they built was in an area prone to malaria outbreaks. In 1882, the settlers gave up the village, due in part to poor harvest. At the time only 66 people were living in ten houses.

26 Kislev in History

Rabbi Avraham ben David of Posquieres (Provence), known by the acronym “Raavad”, wrote the famed hagaot critical notations to Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah. Born approximately 1120, he passed away on the 26th of kislev of the year 4959 from creation (1198).

4 December in History

In 1866, Evelina Gertrude de Rothschild passed away during childbirth. She was a member of the prominent Rothschild banking family of England. Her father Lionel assumed sponsorship of the first school for girls in Israel, opened in Jerusalem in 1864, renaming it the Evelina de Rothschild School.

27 Kislev in History

The forty days and nights of rainfall which covered the face of earth with water in Noah’s time ended on Kislev 27 of the year 1656 from creation (2105 BCE. The flood itself lasted a full year, as related in Genesis 6-8).