March 7, 1190- Jews were massacred by rioters in Stamford-fair, England The Crusaders arrive in Stanford, England on their way to the Holy Land. While there they decide to "kill the murderers of our L-rd," and steal all of their money. Many Jews were killed. The rest were brutalized in horrible ways.


1255- King of Austria grants favorable rights to Jews.


March 31, 1745- The Jews were expelled from Prague.


1783- Emperor Joseph II granted Jews right of residence in Pest, Hungary.


March 11, 1812- Jews of Prussia were granted citizenship upon their adoption of family names.


1821- The Portuguese Inquisition was abolished. (Having been established in 1531, it was in existence 290 years.)


1951- Twenty-six Jews were wounded in Salzburg, Austria, in the first serious outbreak of postwar anti-Semitism.


March 26, 1979- Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed the Camp David Peace Agreement at the White House. Sadat had orchestrated the Egyptian attack on Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, but after suffering defeat he became resigned to Israel's existence. As part of the Camp David deal, Israel withdrew from the entire Sinai Peninsula. For forging this first peace agreement between Israel and an Arab state, Sadat and Begin were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Much of the Arab world was outraged by Sadat's overtures toward Israel, and he was assassinated by a Muslim extremist in 1981.


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Yom Rivi'i, 14 Iyar, 5784 - Pesach Sheini

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