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The offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to God, as in ancient days, and the early years.

Malachi 3:4

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15 April in History

In 1250, Pope Innocent III refused the Jews of Cordova permission to build a synagogue.

11 Nisan in History

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of blessed memory, was born on this date in 1902.

16 April in History

In 73 CE, according to some calculations this is the day that Masada fell to the Romans after several months of siege, ending this Jewish Revolt against Rome.

12 Nisan in History

On the Shabbat before the Exodus–Nissan 10th on that year–the first-born of Egypt, who occupied the senior positions in the priesthood and government, fought a bloody battle with Pharaoh’s troops, in an effort to secure the release of the Israelites and prevent the Plague of the Firstborn. This “great miracle” is commemorated each year on the Shabbat before Passover, which is therefore called Shabbat HaGadol, “The Great Shabbat.” (This is one of the rare instances in which a commemorative date in the Jewish calendar is set by the day of the week rather than the day of the month.)

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