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Be glad, rejoice in God.
My soul will celebrate with my God,
He has dressed me in salvation clothing,
Wrapped me in a clock of righteousness,
Like a bridegroom is glorified with their clothing,
Like a bride dressed in finery.

Isaiah 61:10


3 September in History

In 301 CE, San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world’s oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus. During World War II, the 15,000 people of San Marino provided a refuge for 100,000 fleeing the fascists, including a large number of Jews.

24 Elul in History

Elul 24 is the yahrtzeit of the revered Torah scholar, pietist and Jewish leader Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (1838-1933) of Radin (Poland), author of Chafetz Chaim, a work on the evils of gossip and slander and the guidelines of proper speech) and Mishnah Berurah (a codification of Torah law).

4 September in History

Young Jews take on the Gestapo in act of desperate resistance in Lachwa, Poland. One thousand Jews died on this day while 600 escaped into the surrounding woods. Of these an estimated one hundred survived the war.

25 Elul in History

Today is the last of the the seven weeks of consolation that bridge the Shabbat after the Ninth of Av with the Shabbat preceding Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. A passage of consolation from the book of Isaiah is read as the Haftara.

The 1st day of creation, on which God created existence, time, matter, darkness andlight, was the 25th of Elul. (Rosh Hashanah, on which we mark “the beginning of Your works”, is actually the 6th day of creation, on which the world attained the potential for the realization of its purpose, with the creation of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. Rosh Hashanah is therefore the day from which the Jewish calendar begins to count the years of history; the 1st day of creation thus occurred on the 25th of Elul of what is termed -1 from creation.

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