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Just as I have promised to never again pass the waters of Noach
Over the land again,
So I promise,
To be angry with you;
To rebuke you.

Isaiah 94:9

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Today in this year, a program entitled Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín “We Will Sing to the Nazis What We Cannot Say to Them” is scheduled to be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín tells the story of courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who learned Verdi’s Requiem Mass by rote and then performed this compelling work 16 times as a statement of defiance and resistance, answering the worst of mankind with the best of mankind.”

30 Tishrei in History

Rav Tzvi Hirsh Chayos, the Maharatz Chayos, Rav of Zolkov (1805-1855). Born in Brody to Rav Meir Chiyus. He was a descendent of Rav Yitzchak Chiyus, the Zera Yitzchak. The family could trace their lineage back to Dovid Hamelech. He received smicha at the age of 21 from Rav Ephraim Zalman Margulies, Rav of Brody. Two years later, he was appointed Rav of ZolokovaIn 1854, he became Rav of Kalisch. His was the author of Sheilos U’teshuvos Maharatz, Atreres Tzvi, and Divrei Horaa. His thoughts on Shas are prinyted in the back of Geamaras used today. Rav Tzvi Hirsch’s son. Rav Yitzchak, was mechaber of the sefer Siach Yitzchak on masechet Makkot.

9 October in History

In 1941, a rally was held in Tel Aviv as part of a campaign to get another 5,000 Jews from Palestine to enlist in the British Army. Currently there are approximately 10,000 Jews from Palestine serving in the British Army and RAF throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East. The leading Jewish institutions sponsoring the campaign have adopted the slogan “Jews are fighting with the Allies for victory.”

1 Cheshvan in History

The month of Cheshvan is also called “Mar-Cheshvan.” Mar means “bitter” — an allusion to the fact that the month contains no festive days. Mar also means “water”, alluding to the month’s special connection with rains (the 7th of Cheshvan is the day on which Jews begin praying for rain (in the land of Israel), and the Great Flood, which we read about in this week’s Torah reading, began on Cheshvan 17th.

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