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Wednesday, 23 Kislev, 5781

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Jewish History

As the “Black Death” plague decimated Europe, Christians accused the Jews of causing the plague by poisoning the wells in an effort to wipe out the Gentile population.

On the 23rd of Kislev 5109 (Nov. 15, 1348), Rudolph of Oron, bailiff of Lausanne, sent a letter to the mayor of Strasburg informing him that certain Jews of Lausanne had “confessed” under torture that they together with their coreligionists had poisoned all the wells in the Rhine valley. This resulted in the masses persecuting and killing tens of thousands of Jews throughout Europe.

Links: Overview of Christian Anti-Semitism

Daily Thought

Why is Chanukah eight days?

Because seven is the number of the natural world. Eight transcends nature.

But how can a human being transcend nature?

By lighting one more natural light today than yesterday for seven natural days.