The days of King David’s death drew near, and he commanded Shlomo his son, saying:
“I am going the way of the land,
Strengthen yourself, and be a man.
Keep the guard of God your Lord,
To walk in His ways,
To observe His laws, commands, and testimonies,
as is written in the law of Moses;
So that you will be successful in all that you do,
and to which ever area you should turn.

Kings I 2:1-3

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17 December in History

In 1894, today is the birthdate of Arthur Fiedler. Fiedler gained fame as the conductor of the Boston Pops which he turned into an American institution. He passed away in 1979.

10 Tevet in History

On the 10th of Tevet of the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later — on Tammuz 9, 3338 — the city walls were breached, and on Av 9th of that year, the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years.

18 December in History

In 1787, New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Like many of the original thirteen colonies, New Jersey had religious restrictions for holding office that were not removed until the 19th century. By the 1840’s Patterson, NJ, “launched a congregation” and in 1857, the Jews of Elizabeth began meeting for regular worship services. New Jersey’s Jewish experience would prove to be unique because of the success of the agricultural movement that began in 1882 when Michael Heilprin helped a group European immigrants establish Carmel in southern New Jersey.

11 Tevet in History

Today marks the passing of Rav Shlomo Eiger, author of Gilyon Maharsha, son of Rav Akiva Eiger in 1851.

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