c 352 BCE- Zechariah HaNavi (the prophet) received the Nevuah (prophecy) that Hashem would return to Jerusalem and the Holy Temple would be rebuilt. He encourages the resumption of the building of the Holy Temple. "On the 24th day of the 11th month, which is the month of Shevat, in the second year of the reign of Darius, the word of Hashem came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah the son of Ido the prophet, saying: "...I will return to Yerushalayim in mercy, my house will be built within her...and the L-rd shall yet console Zion and shall yet choose Yerushalayim.'" (Zechariah 1:7-17). Zechariah HaNavi (the colleague of Zechariah and Malachi), goes on to rebuke Klal Yisrael fo failing to rebuild the Holy Temple after King Daryavesh gave them permission. He encourages the Jews to go ahead and begin building the Holy Temple and describes the better times that lie ahead: "Hashem will have mercy on Tzion once again, and He will choose Jerusalem once again."


1195- Ritual murder libel of the daughter of the Rav of Speyer. Although there was no proof of any wrongdoing, she was dismembered and her body was hanged in the market place for a few days. The Rav, along with many others, were killed and their houses burned.


1449- New Christians especially the wealthy, were attacked in Toledo during a revolt against taxation. Three hundred citizens banded together to defend themselves and during one attack a Christian was killed. In response, 22 Marranos were murdered and numerous houses burnt.


Feb. 14, 1670- Leopold I ordered Jews to be expelled from Vienna within a few months, having been persuaded to do so by Margaret, the daughter of the Spanish Regent Phillip IV, who blamed the death of her firstborn on the tolerance shown to the Jews.


Feb. 10, 1779- The Duke of Stuttgart, Germany, decreed that no Jew should be deprived of the right of residence. in Stuttgart.


Feb. 16, 1917- The First shul in Madrid dedicated after 425 years.


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