December 2

History events
-127 — (6th of Kislev, 3635) In a document drawn up on this date at a government office in Rabbatg, east of the Dead Sea, ….. four date groves in Maoza were registered by their owner as part of a provincial census ordered by the Roman governor. The date groves abutted the property of Tmar, daughter of Thamous (Tamar, daughter of Thomas). Record of this ancient document from an area the Romans called Palestine is proof that women did own property in their own right
1763 — (26th of Kislev, 5524) The Touro Synagogue opened in Newport, Rhode Island. Sephardic Jews in Jamaica, Surinam, London and Amsterdam sponsored the building of this first major center of Jewish culture in America. It is the oldest synagogue in the United States
1790 — (25th of Kislev, 5551) In Hungary, “the Diet drafted a bill showing that it intended to protect” the rights of the Jews as they had requested in the petition submitted to King Leopold II (30 Novtmber)
1911 — (11th of Kislev, 5672) Big Jack Zelig, a Jewish gangster murdered Italian gangster Julie Morrell at the Stuyvesant Casino. Zelig believed Jack Sirocco and Chick Tricker had hired Morrell to kill him so he struck first. This killing was part of the fight by the Jewish dominated Eastman gang to control the Five Points section of New York
1938 — (9th of Kislev, 5699) The first Kindertransport arrived in Harwich, Great Britain today bringing some 200 children from a Jewish orphanage in Berlin which had been destroyed in the Kristallnacht pogrom
1947 — (19th of Kislev, 5708) War for independence. ….. First day of a three-day general strike called by the Arab Higher Committee to protest the UN vote for partition; bands of Arabs engage in violent protests and murderous attacks on the Jewish populace. Three Jews were shot dead in the Old City. Hundreds of Arab youths marched towards Zion Square in the center of Jerusalem chanting “Death to the Jews.” Fighting broke out in Jerusalem’s Commercial Centre between marauding Arab mobs and Jews seeking to protect their property
1952 — (14th of Kislev, 5713) The Jerusalem Post reported on the new Israeli peace initiative which urged the scrapping of all old UN resolutions and provided for negotiations based on the consideration of all security, territorial, refugee, economic and regional questions, as well as scientific, cultural and technical cooperation
1973 — (7th of Kislev, 5734) Yonatan Netanyahu wrote to his brother Benjamin: ….. «We’re preparing for war, and it’s hard to know what to expect. What I’m positive of is that there will be a next round, and others after that. But I would rather opt for living here in continual battle than for becoming part of the wandering Jewish people. Any compromise will simply hasten the end. As I don’t intend to tell my grandchildren about the Jewish State in the twentieth century as a mere brief and transient episode in thousands of years of wandering, I intend to hold on here with all my might.”
1990 — (15th of Kislev, 5751) Terrorist conducted a deadly attack on a bus in Tel Aviv
2005 — (1th of Kislev, 5766) On this date Haaretz reported that thousands of Ethiopian immigrants gathered along the Sherover-Haas Promenade overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City to celebrate Sigad — the Ethiopian Jewish holiday that for 2,500 years in exile marked the yearning for Zion
2010 — (25th of Kislev, 5771) A huge brushfire was raging across the Carmel Mountains near Haifa this afternoon, resulting in the death of some 40 people and hurting dozens of others, among them prison guards and firemen

499 — (14th of Kislev, 4460) Ravina II (Bar Shemuel), the nephew of Ravina passed away. According to tradition Ravina completed the final editing of the Talmud that had been begun by Rav Ashi about one year prior to this time. According to some authorities, Ravina committed the Oral Law (the Talmud) to writing, despite protests that only the Bible should be written down. His death marked the end of the period of the Amoraim ushered in the period of the Savoraim
1861 — (29th of Kislev, 5622) Meïir Eisenstädter “one of the greatest Talmudists of the nineteenth century; died at Ungvár” today
1906 — (15th of Kislev, 5667) Birthdate of award-winning engineer, Peter Carl Goldmark. Born in Hungary, Goldmark came to the United States in the 1930’s. Goldmark is best known for his invention of the l.p. or long-playing record which revolutionized the recording industry. He also helped to develop the first commercial color television. He passed away in December of 1977
1987 — (11th of Kislev, 5748) Yakov Borisovich Zel’dovich, a Soviet scientist who played a key role in the development of nuclear weapons in the U.S.S.R. passed away
2001 — (17th of Kislev, 5762) Terrorist attack. ….. A suicide bombing on an Egged bus #16 in Haifa shortly after 12:00 kills 15 people. The victims: Tatiana Borovik, 23, of Haifa; Mara Fishman, 51, of Haifa; Ina Frenkel, 60, of Haifa; Riki Hadad, 30, of Yokne’am; Ronen Kahalon, 30, of Haifa; Samion Kalik, 64, of Haifa; Mark Khotimliansky, 75, of Haifa; Cecilia Kozamin, 76, of Haifa; Yelena Lomakin, 62, of Haifa; Rosaria Reyes, 42, of the Philippines; Yitzhak Ringel, 41, of Haifa; Rassim Safulin, 78, of Haifa; Leah Strick, 73, of Haifa; Faina Zabiogailu, 64, of Haifa; Mikhail Zaraisky, 71, of Haifa. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack