September 26

History events
1669 — (11th of Tishrei, 5430) Today marked a continuation of events that had begun on September 25, 1669 in what can only be described as another blood libel. ….. After a warrant had been sworn out for the arrest of Raphael Levi in the matter of the disappearance of 3 year old Christian child, the Jews of Metz (Germany) convinced him to surrender to authorities. The Jews were animated by what they sensed was a growing threat to their safety. Levi was a fifty-six year old merchant of medium height with a long, black beard who had traveled to the Levant, Italy, Germany and Holland on personal and Jewish communal business. Currently, he lived at Boulai, a village near Metz, where he was the leader of the synagogue. Levi told authorities that he come to Metz to buy a shofar for the upcoming holiday, oil, wine and fish. He arrived in Metz at 10 in the morning, left the city about one in the afternoon and arrived at Boulai by four in the afternoon. The prosecution decided that he must have seen the child around 1 p.m., grabbed him and taken him home. Of the eighteen witnesses called, five claimed to have seen a Hebrew enter the city but only one of them identified Levi as being the person they had seen. One witness “declared that he did not think” Levi “was the man he had met. Regardless, the court found Levi guilty and sentenced him to death. Levi appealed to a higher court which granted him the right to call his own witnesses. In the mean time, Levi was held in jail awaiting the determination of his final fate
1673 — (26th of Tishrei, 5434) At a conference held in Wischaw, Moravia, today, ….. between representatives of the government and of the Jews it was agreed that 250 Jewish families might return to Vienna and occupy fifty business places in the inner city on payment of 300,000 florins and the former yearly tax of 10,000 florins. In view of the hopelessly depleted treasury, the royal exchequer considered this offer a «remarkable piece of good fortune»
1928 — (12th of Tishrei, 5689) Following the attempt by the police to remove the mechitza at the Wall on Yom Kippur, ….. a delegation consisting of Colonel Frederick H. Kisch, Dr. Joshua Thon, Chief Rabbis A.H. Kook and Jacob A Meir, and Mssrs. Kalvarsisky and Meyuchased met with Acting High Commissioner H.C. Luke for two hours today to discuss the need to discipline those responsible for the action taken against the worshippers and a way in which problems at the Wall could be avoided in the future. The police officials explained that they had removed the “screen” to avoid violence since the Moslems threatened to stone the Jews if the mechitzah remained in place
1940 — (23th of Elul, 5700) The Center of Jews (UHU) was founded in Slovakia to organize Jewish life. The UHU was a government apparatus to determine the fate of Jews in that country. UHU disbanded all 175 Jewish organizations in Slovakia
1941 — (5th of Tishrei, 5702) Нolocaust. ….. The SS shot 412 men, 615 women and 581 children in Kovno all of whom were Jews described as sick people and carriers of epidemics; The Nazi began deporting approximately 2,000 Jews from Łódź and to the Chełmno extermination camp; Jews of Swieciany, Lithuania, are massacred in the nearby Polygon Woods. Several hundred young Jewish men manage to escape; In Ejszyszki, Lithuania, the killing of Jews that had begun on Rosh Hashanah came to an end. Almost four thousand Jews were killed. About 300 Lithuanians voluntarily participated in the killing «actions» undertaken by Einsatzgruppe A in the Baltic region, which annihilated about 90 percent of the Jewish population. Only 30 Jews from Ejszyszki survived the war
1944 — (9th of Tishrei, 5705) Нolocaust. One thousand young boys are assembled at Auschwitz in the presence of Dr. Josef Mengele. Any boy whose head does not reach a board Mengele has nailed to a post is set aside for gassing
1948 — (22th of Elul, 5708) Prime Minister Ben Gurion ….. met with his cabinet to discuss plans for the Galilee if fighting should be renewed. The Israeli cabinet decided against continuing the war with Jordan and conquering the Judea-Hebron region as well as Jerusalem thus avoiding a confrontation with Britain and leaving Israel free to confront Egypt in the south
1952 — (7th of Tishrei, 5713) The Jerusalem Post reported that ….. two Jews, a soldier and a farmer, were murdered by terrorist infiltrators near the Egyptian border; that a second group of urban workers who decided to return to the land, under the auspices of the town-to-the-village movement, settled in Upper Galilee, northwest of Ma¹ayan Baruch; that after more than four months of protracted negotiations, Yitzhak Kariv, a local Mizrahi Bank manager, was elected mayor of Jerusalem by a right-wing coalition
1956 — (21th of Tishrei, 5717) The IDF reprisal raid commanded by Ariel Sharon successfully attacked the Jordanian outpost at Wadi Fukin. The Jordanians lost 37 soldiers and two civilians at a cost of ten IDF dead

1280 — (1th of Сheshvan, 5705) Abraham ben Samuel Abulafia, a kabbalist and mystic who proclaimed himself Messiah in 1284 was released from imprisonment in Rome where he had been jailed for twenty eight days for his attempt to convert Pope Nicholas III to Judaism
1762 — (9th of Tishrei, 5523) Birthdate of Moses Schreiber, known to his own community and Jewish posterity as Moshe Sofer, also known by his main work Chasam Sofer, (trans. Seal of the Scribe and acronym for Chidushei Toras Moshe Sofer), (1762 — 1839), was one of the leading Orthodox rabbis of European Jewry in the first half of the nineteenth century
1889 — (1th of Tishrei, 5650) Possible birthdate of Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira known as the Baba Sali ….. or the «Praying a leading Moroccan rabbi and kabbalist who was renowned for his alleged ability to work miracles through his prayers. He was one of the leaders of the Aliyah of Moroccan Jewry to Israel, which saw the transfer of nearly the entire population of that community to the Holy Land. He passed away in 1894. His burial place in Netivot, Israel has become a shrine for prayers and petitioners. The confusion about his birthdate comes from the fact that he was reportedly born on Rosh Hashanah 5650. But he is also reported to have been born in 1890. Rosh Hashanah in 1890 corresponds to 5651 on the secular calendar
1968 — (4th of Tishrei, 5729) Israeli physician Ben Shlomo Lipman-Heilprin passed away. Born in Bialystok in 1902, he studied medicine in Germany before making Aliyah in 1934. His accomplishments were of such merit that he was the first recipient of the Israel Prize for medicine
2002 — (20th of Tishrei, 5763) On the 6th day of Sukkoth, Rabbi Zerach Warfhaftig, the native of Volkovyski who made Aliyah in 1947 passed away. Warfhatig was one of the signatories of Israel’s Declaration of Independence and served in the first 9 Knessets