There were four lepers who were sitting at the gate of the city (during a famine) and they said to themselves, “Why should we stay here and die?”… So they went to the camp of Aram… God had caused had caused a sound of horses and chariots to go through the camp of Aram. They (the Armenians) thought “The King of Israel has hired the Hittite Kings and the Kings of Egypt to attack us.”

Kings II 7:3-6

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8 April in History

In 1873, Sir Julius Vogel begins serving his first term as Prime Minister of New Zealand. Vogel was the first practicing Jew to hold this position.

4 Nisan in History

On the morning of the 4th of Nissan, a civilian convoy of doctors and nurses traveling to the Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus was attacked by Arab forces. Of the ten vehicles in the caravan, five escaped. The other five vehicles, however, which included two buses and an ambulance, were riddled with machine gun fire and later set ablaze. Altogether 77 Jewish civilians were massacred on that day.

Shortly afterwards, the hospital was closed down and moved to the western part of Jerusalem.

The Mt. Scopus hospital only reopened after the eastern part of Jerusalem was liberated by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. Primarily staffed by Israeli doctors, it is the largest and best equipped hospital in the eastern section of Jerusalem.

9 April in History

In 1872, today is the birthdate of Léon Blum the first Jew to serve as French Premier. Imprisoned by the French and the Germans during World War II, he returned to politics briefly after the war before passing away in 1950.

5 Nisan in History

Two days before the conclusion of the thirty-day mourning period following the passing of Moses on Adar 7, Joshua dispatched two scouts–Caleb and Pinchas–across the Jordan River to Jericho, to gather intelligence in preparation of the Israelites’ battle with the first city in their conquest of the Holy Land. In Jericho, they were assisted and hidden by Rahab, a woman who lived inside the city walls. (Rahab later married Joshua).

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