November 21

History events
-456 — (20th of Kislev, 3306) On November 21, Ezra called together all the men of Judah and Benjamin and told them that they would have to give up their foreign born wives
-164 — (6th of Kislev, 3598) On the secular calendar, Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. Events commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.
1933 — (3th of Kislev, 5694) A delegation representing all elements of the Jewish community including members of the Vaad Leumi, representatives of Agudath Israel, ….. leaders of the agricultural community and Israel Rokach, the Vice Mayor of Tel Aviv, met with the High Commissioner, Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope. They were protesting British immigration policy including plans to deport Jews already living in Palestine as well as the negative impact of that immigration policy on the economic well-being of all those living in Palestine including the Arab populace
1940 — (20th of Cheshvan, 5701) A cargo of 1,771 stateless Jews mostly from Austria, Slovakia, Bohemia, Hungary and Rumania are loaded aboard the Patria, a French steamer chartered by the British to ship them from Palestine to detainment camps on the British island of Mauritius
1947 — (8th of Kislev, 5708) Against Palestine Partition a letter from several prominent Americans published today ….. provides a panoply of reasons of why the United States should oppose the creation of a Jewish state including the fact that four –fifths of the proven oil reserves are in Arab hands and the fact that there are 40 million people inhabiting the Arab League States. The letter writers “all have intimate Jewish friends” but warn that any outbreak of violence in the Middle East that hampers American business interests will lead to a wave of anti-Semitism in the United States
1948 — (19th of Cheshvan, 5709) It was announced in Tel Aviv today that “the picking of citrus fruit will begin throughout Israel this week, with the prospect of a crop almost equaling last season’s in Jewish-owned groves but altogether of a little more than one-third of the pre-war production in Palestine.”
1961 — (13th of Kislev, 5722) New Square, the first Chassidic town in the U.S., elected its mayor
1962 — (24th of Cheshvan, 5723) Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion attended the founding ceremony for the city of Arad
1965 — (26th of Cheshvan, 5726) The port of Ashdod port opened for business when a freighter docked at the port for the first time
1984 — (26th of Cheshvan, 5745) “Operation Moses,” a two month long “covert evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan began today
2002 — (16th of Kislev, 5763) Eleven people were killed and some 50 wounded by a suicide bomber on a No. 20 Egged bus on Mexico Street in the Kiryat Menahem neighborhood of Jerusalem. ….. The bus was filled with passengers, including schoolchildren, traveling toward the center of the city during rush hour. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. The victims: Hodaya Asraf, 13, of Jerusalem; Marina Bazarski, 46, of Jerusalem; Hadassah (Yelena) Ben-David, 32, of Jerusalem; Sima Novak, 56, of Jerusalem; Kira Perlman, 67, and her grandson Ilan Perlman, 8, of Jerusalem; Yafit Ravivo, 14 of Jerusalem; Ella Sharshevsky, 44, and her son Michael Sharshevsky, 16, of Jerusalem; Mircea Varga, 25, a tourist from Romania; Dikla Zino, 22, of Jerusalem
2014 — (28th of Cheshvan, 5775) Two Jewish seminary students were attacked and wounded in East Jerusalem this evening. ….. The two were reportedly hit with stones, metal rods and nails near the Beit Orot seminary in Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, days after Palestinian terrorists opened fire in a Jerusalem synagogue and killed four rabbis and a Druze policeman
2023 — (8th of Kislev, 5784) Iron Swords. ….. As November 21 begins in Israel, tensions continue to mount on the northern border as Hezbollah continues to launch missiles, mortars and drones into Israel, the Iranian backed Houthis have officially opened a new front with their statement yesterday that “Israeli ships are legitimate targets and Hamas continues to fire rockets at Tel Aviv which does not draw a warning from the international community about avoiding civilian casualties while the Hamas held hostages begin day 46 in captivity

1985 — (8th of Kislev, 5746) Jonathan Pollard and his wife were arrested and charged with spying for Israel
2000 — (23th of Cheshvan, 5761) Itamar Yefet, 18, of Netzer Hazani died from a gunshot wound to the head by Palestinian sniper fire at the Gush Katif junction