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15th of Shevat - New Year of trees!

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 The 15th of Shevat is the New Year for Trees, known as Tu b'Shevat.

According to Biblical law, there is a seven year agricultural cycle, concluding with the Sabbatical year. When the Holy Templestood in Jerusalem, on years one, two, four and five of this cycle, farmers were required to separate a tenth of their produce and eat it in Jerusalem. This tithe is called Maaser Sheni, the Second Tithe, because it is in addition to the (two percent which must be given to the Kohain, and the) ten percent which is given to the Levite. On the third and sixth years of the cycle, instead of the owners eating the Maaser Sheni in Jerusalem, they gave this second tithe to the poor, who were permitted to consume it wherever they wished.

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Today is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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January 27th is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day in 1945 the soldiers of the First Ukrainian Front of the Soviet Army entered the territory of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The gates of the death camp were opened first by the assault team commander of the 100th Lvov Rifle Division, Major Anatoly Shapiro.

Memorial Day was established in 2005 on the initiative of the UN General Assembly.

Many commemorative events are associated to this special date, which take place in Israel, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, France, Germany, Great Britain, the United States and other countries.

There were 1.1 people who were prisoners of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp; about one million of them were Jews, almost… Читать дальше »

28th of Tevet - Birthday of Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson

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Today is the 28th of Tevet. On this day in 5640 (1880) in the city of Nikolayev the mother of the Seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson was born to this world. The Hasidim called Rebbetzin Chana - mother of the Jewish people. Her parents were Rabbi Meir Shlomo Yanovsky, who was the Rabbi of Nikolayev and rebbetzin Rachel, daughter of Rabbi Yitzhak Pushnich, rabbi of the city Dobrenko.

On the 13th of Sivan 5660 (June 10, 1900), she married Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson. In 5669 (1908) Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was appointed as rabbi of the city of Ekaterinoslav (now Dnipro). Over thirty while being the rabbi of Ekaterinoslav the Rebbbetzinn stood next to him in his holy work. In addition to the fact that the… Читать дальше »

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