February 28

History events
1255 — (19th of Adar, 5015) Bishop Richard of Worms transferred to the chapter of the local cathedral, among other revenues from the city, the sum of 40 pounds heller which the Jewish community was obliged to pay annually on St. Martin’s Day which falls on November 11
1276 — (12th of Adar, 5036) Bishop Pierre III Rostaing guaranteed protection to the Jews of Carpentras, France in return for a tax of one-thirteenth of the total seat rents of the synagogue
1348 — (28th of Adar, 5108) At the Cortes of Alcala de Hebares King Alfonso XI issued a decree which forbad Jews and Moors from lending money “at interet.”
1488 — (16th of Adar, 5248) Joshua Solomon Soncino began printing copies of the Bible at Soncino, Italy
1575 — (18th of Adar, 5335) Rabbi Elijah ben Moses de Vidas completed Reishit Hakhmah
1592 — (25th of Adar, 5352) Clement VIII issued Cum saepe accidere, a Papal Bull that forbade the Jews of Avignon from selling new goods
1593 — (6th of Adar-1, 5353) Clement VIII issued Cum Haebraeorum militia, a Papal Bull decreeing that the Talmud should be burnt along with cabalistic works and commentaries, which gave the owners of such works 10 days to turn them over to the Universal Inquisition in Rome and subsequently two months to hand them over to local inquisitors
1675 — (12th of Adar, 5435) An agreement was ratified today that would allow 250 Jewish families to return Vienna and occupy 50 places of business. In return for this privilege, the Jews agreed to make a payment of 300,000 florins and the payment of an annual tax of 10,000 florins. The government agreed to the return of the Jews because the treasury was empty
1677 — (6th of Adar-1, 5437) In Newport, RI, Jewish community purchased land to be used as a cemetery
1842 — (18th of Adar, 5602) B’nai Yeshurun, a congregation organized by the German Jews living in Cincinnati, Ohio was incorporated under the laws of the state of Ohio
1919 — (28th of Adar-1, 5679) Following the decision to combine two Yiddish newspapers whose readers were “the younger and more progressive Orthodox Jews, the Day-Warheit appeared for the first time today
1921 — (20th of Adar-1, 5681) Fire destroys 120 homes and a large amount of shops in the Jewish quarter of Kouskoundjouk, Constantinople. Most of these belonged to poor Jews
1928 — (7th of Adar, 5688) The Soviets decided to set up a Jewish district in Biro-bijanin Eastern Siberia. Most of its 14,200 square miles were uninhabitable due to floods. It was to be used as a buffer zone against China
1938 — (27th of Adar-1, 5698) During the Arab revolt, “an armed Arab mob” attacked Tirat Tzvi, “a kibbutz in the Beit She’an Valley; The Palestine Post reported that The Union of Romanian Journalists expelled all Jews who became members after December 1919.
1940 — (19th of Adar-1, 5700) The British adopted the MacDonald White Paper that included restriction of sale of Arab land to Jews in Eretz Yisrael. This document nearly voided the Balfour Declaration
1943 — (23th of Adar-1, 5703) In Kovono Ghetto, thousands of Jews attend the funeral of Rabbi Avraham Duber Shapiro, Chief Rabbi of Kovno despite an order from the Nazis forbidding them to do so
1948 — (18th of Adar-1, 5708) The famed Golani Brigade was formed today during the Israeli War for Independence when the Levanoni Brigade in the Galilee split into the 1st Golani Brigade and the 2nd Carmeli Brigade
1949 — (29th of Shevat, 5709) Following evacuation by an Egyptian brigade, today Israel too control “of the Faluja pocket.”
1955 — (5th of Adar, 5715) Three days after Arab terrorists had murdered an Israeli civilian at Rehovot, paratroopers from a brigade under the command of Ariel Sharon implemented Operation Black Arrow that included an attack on an Egyptian base in Gaza and the ambushing of the relief column – an action in which the Israelis lost eight men while he enemy lost 37 men with “many more wounded.”
1972 — (13th of Adar, 5732) “Israeli forces withdrew today from southern Lebanon after a four day reprisal operation against Palestinian commandos based there, an Israeli Army spokesman reported.”
2009 — (4th of Adar, 5769) From January 1 through today, there were 64 terrorist attacks that took place in the West Bank or were carried out by terrorists from the West Bank

1616 — (20th of Adar, 5376) Vincent Fettmilch and his chief accomplices executed, Frankfort
1720 — (30th of Adar-1, 5480) Judah Monis, an Algerian born Jew who would become the first American author of a Hebrew grammar book arrived in New York
1812 — (15th of Adar-1, 5572) Berthold Auerbach, German novelist, born
1820 — (13th of Adar-1, 5580) Rachel, French actress, born
1945 — (15th of Adar, 5705) Walter Süskind, the German born Dutch Jew who saved over six hundred Jewish children died either at Auschwitz or one of the death marches inflicted on Jews by their Nazi captors as the war came to a close
1991 — (14th of Adar, 5751) A twenty-five-year-old Jewish religious student, Elhanan Atali, was found in an abandoned storeroom in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. His throat had been slit and he had been stabbed in the back