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Friday, February 13, 2004

Today is 21 Shevat 5764

On this day in 1657 CE, Oliver Cromwell granted the right of residence in England to a Jew (one Luis Carvajal). (Some historians say that this is the earliest official British act of tolerance in favor of the Jews. [One wonders if this is supposed to be a source of pride.]

On this day in 1775 CE, Jewish homes on the outskirts of Warsaw, in a settlement known as "New Jerusalem", were demolished and the Jews of Warsaw were expelled.

Based on the book, Day by Day in Jewish History by Rabbi Abraham P. Bloch, z"l, and provided by OU.org