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Friday, February 06, 2004

Today is 14 Shevat

On this day in 1738, Yosef b. Issachar Suesskind Oppenheimer, financial expert, was executed in Vienna. (One example of many "court Jews" whose financial expertise was valued and used by nobility, who were able to use their high positions to improve conditions for their fellow Jews, and who, when they fell out of favor, were summarily disposed of.)
Based on the book, Day by Day in Jewish History by Rabbi Abraham P. Bloch, z"l, and provided by OU.org