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Kiddush Hashem (Sanctification of G-d's Name)

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Kiddush Hashem (Sanctification of G-d's Name): (a) The sanctification of G-d’s Name; (b) Martyrdom.
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2nd century CE
Rabbi Chananya ben Tradyon, one of the "Ten Martyrs" (see entry for Sivan 25) was killed on this date. When the Romans discovered him teaching the outlawed Torah they wrapped him in a Torah scroll, piled bundles of twigs around him, and before setting him...
2nd century CE
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