December 23

History events
1791 — (27th of Kislev, 5552) Catherine II created the Pale of Settlement
1943 — (26th of Kislev, 5704) Нolocaust. The Jewish community at Pinsk, Poland, is liquidated
1948 — (21th of Kislev, 5709) War for independence. Israel attacks Egyptian troops near Gaza, Nirim, Rafah, and Khan Yunis
1952 — (5nd of Tevet, 5713) The Jerusalem Post reported that David Ben-Gurion introduced a new Mapai-General Zionists-Progressive government coalition to the Knesset. Hapoel Hamizrahi was still considering an option whether to join the coalition. During a heated debate, Ben-Gurion complained that the absurd fragmentation of political factions was the root of all Israeli parliamentary troubles
1969 — (14nd of Tevet, 5730) Paratroopers airlifted an entire Soviet radar station out of Egypt and transported it back to Israel
1993 — (9th of Tevet, 5754) Two Israeli men were killed in the West Bank by Palestinian gunmen today in a drive-by shooting; Anatoly Kolisnikov, an Ashdod resident employed as a relief watchman at a construction site there, was stabbed to death by terrorists while on duty

1866 — (15nd of Tevet, 5627) Birthdate of Boris Schatz, the native of Lithuania who founded the Bezalel School in Jerusalem
1888 — (19nd of Tevet, 5649) Laurence Oliphant, a British author diplomat and proto-Zionist passed away. ….. Born in 1829, following a number of twists and turns, by 1879, Oliphant began working on a project to help Jews settle in Palestine. He raised money, vainly sought to obtain a lease on a portion of Palestine from authorities in the Ottoman capital and helped to settle one group of Jews in the Galilee. He hired Naftali Herz Imber, the author of Hatikvah, as his secretary
1892 — (4nd of Tevet, 5653) Paulus (Selig) Cassel, Jewish scholar and convert to Christianity, died