July 8

History events
1510 — (1th of Av, 5270) A printed edition of Halikhot Olam, Talmudic dissertations by “Rabbi Jeshua ben Joseph Ha-Levi was published at Constantinople
1937 — (29th of Tammuz, 5697) The Polish press criticized the partition plan for Palestine proposed by the British government because this smaller version of a Jewish state will not provide a large enough state to entice the majority of Polish Jews to emigrate and the Poles are adamant in being willing to do anything to rid their country of its ancient Jewish population
1941 — (13th of Tammuz, 5701) Нolocaust ….. The Ponary Executions begin. Hundreds of Jews were taken to the resort of Ponary, stripped of all belongings, marched to the edge of a fire pit and then shot into the pit. Ponary was near Vilna, Lithuania. Over 100,000 Jews were murdered there and buried in pits. In 1943, the SS dug up the pits and burned the bodies in an attempt to hide their crime; нundreds of Jews are killed at Noua Sulita, Romania
1948 — (1th of Tammuz, 5708) During the War of Independence, ….. the First Truce comes to an end a day earlier than planned when Egyptian forces begin their attacks in the Negev; Today marks the first day in the Battles of Ten Days during which the Golani Brigade managed to repel the Arab Liberation Army attack on Sejera from Lubya, and helped capture Nazareth and eventually Lubya in Operation Dekel; For the fifth time, Israeli forces attacked the Egyptian-held police fort of Iraq Suwaydan
1976 — (10th of Tammuz, 5736) The Jerusalem Post reported that ….. for the sixth successive month this year, Israel’s exports exceeded the official target by 20 percent. Israel’s foreign currency reserves increased by $11m., reaching $1,034m., a sign of the positive trend in Israel’s trade; that a facsimile edition of the Aleppo Codex — the oldest complete manuscript of the Hebrew Bible — was unveiled to the press in Jerusalem. The Aleppo-Codex was written in Palestine in the early tenth century. It is the earliest known Hebrew manuscript comprising the full text of the Tanach. The Codex was taken to Egypt in the eleventh century and then to the Syrian city of Aleppo (hence its name) in the fourteenth century. The Codex was moved to its final, permanent home in Jerusalem in 1958
1999 — (24th of Tammuz, 5759) The Israeli Supreme Court ruled 2-1 that Israeli citizens can choose either secular or religious dates for their tombstones, thus limiting the power of Orthodox rabbis
2003 — (8th of Tammuz, 5763) Today, Wikipedia, the informational website, introduced its Hebrew language version
2014 — (10th of Tammuz, 5774) Israel launched Operation Protective Edge today.

1690 — (12nd of Av, 5450) After having been arrested and forced to ride a horse from which he fell several times, Rabbi Aaron ben Moses Teomim of Worms, author of Mate Aharon died while on his way to prison from a combination of fright and ill-treatment
1824 — (12th of Tammuz, 5584) Birthdate of Kovno native and supporter of Jewish settlement in Palestine Kaloynymous Zeeb Wolf Wissotzky, who provided most of the money for the establishment of the Be ha-Sefer school at Jaffa and who funded the establishment of a Talmud Torah that included technical classes in Bialystok while leaving a million ruble bequest at his death to be used for Jewish national purposes
1831 — (27th of Tammuz, 5591) Seligmann Heller, German poet, born