Today in History: The Opter Rav Wishes “L’chaim” on New Years Eve

By Toby FriedmanThe Opter Rav, a talmud of R’ Elimelech from Lizensk, used to wish his disciples “l’chaim” on New Year’s Eve.When asked.... read more

Today in History: The Modern Bowling Ball was Invented

According to multiple sources, today marks the anniversary of the day that the modern bowling ball was invented.  Actually, it is.... read more

Today in History: El-Al Airline Attacked in Two Airports

Thirty-six years ago today a group of terrorists, funded by Libya, attacked the El-Al section at two airports. They simultaneously assaulted the.... read more

Today in History: A Miracle For Jews in Italy

On 21 Teves, 1690, strong earthquakes rattled the city of Ancona, Italy, causing numerous structures to collapse and placing its inhabitants in.... read more

Today in History: Slavery was Abolished

By Toby FriedmanOn December 18, 1865, the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, was adopted as part of the United States Constitution. This meant.... read more

Today in History: The Boston Tea Party Takes Place

The Boston Tea party was an event that took place while the U.S. still suffered under the stern rulership of Great Britain. In the early 1770s, when.... read more

Today in History: The Wright Brothers Attempt to Fly The First Powered Aircraft

By Toby Friedman118 years ago today, the Wright brothers attempted to fly the first engine-powered airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Unlike.... read more

Today in History: Saddam Hussein was Captured

Saddam Hussein, the fifth president of Iraq, was found hiding in a camouflaged hole in the ground on December 13, 2003. He was captured by.... read more

Today in History: Bernie Madoff, the Infamous Ponzi schemer, was Arrested

On December 11, 2008, financier Bernard Madoff was arrested at his New York City apartment and charged with masterminding a long-running.... read more

Today in History: Japan Attacked Pearl Harbor

On the morning of December 7, 1941, 177 aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor on the island.... read more

Today in History: Arabs Surrounded Jerusalem after the UN Voted for Israel's Establishement

On this date in 1947, after the UN voted for Israel’s establishment in Palestine, Arabs surrounded Jerusalem and isolated its 100,000 Jews from the.... read more

Today in History: The first Human Heart Transplant in History Performed

By Toby FriedmanFifty-four years ago today, surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the first-ever human heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa..... read more

Today in History: Empress Elizabeth Expelled Jews from Russia

On December 1st, 1742, Elizabeth-the-first ordered the expulsion of all Jews in Russia.  Several years before that, Empress Catherine had.... read more

Today in History: The UN Voted for Israel to Become a State

On November 29, 1947, a majority of the United Nations voted on Resolution 181, recommending the establishment of two separate states.... read more

Today in History: John F. Kennedy’s Killer Was Shot

By Toby FriedmanOn November 24, two days after Lee Harvey Oswald killed President John F. Kennedy, Oswald himself was shot in the basement of Dallas.... read more

Today in History: President John F. Kennedy was shot

By Toby FriedmanOn this day, fifty-eight years ago, Americans were shocked by the news that their beloved president, John F. Kennedy was.... read more

Today in History: The Nuremberg Trial Begins

By Toby FriedmanAfter WWII, twenty-four major war criminals were brought to trial. This famous court case, known as the Nuremberg Trials, was not.... read more

Today in History: The Emoira Ravina passes away marking the end of the Talmudic period

By Toby FriedmanMany years ago today, was the day the emoira Ravina passed away. Ravina’s father died when he was young, he was therefore educated.... read more