February 23, 2014 / 23 Adar I 5774
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Purim, the most joyous holiday on the Jewish calendar, is just around the corner. It commemorates the victory of the Jews over Persia's evil strongman Haman, whose plan was to exterminate the entire Nation of Israel. Today, Israel finds itself surrounded by modern day "Hamans", otherwise known as Hamas, Hezbollah and the evil Iranian regime that openly calls for the destruction of Israel. And the list goes on... Since its independence in 1948, Israel has suffered from acts of terror in the form of suicide bombings, drive-by shootings, rocket attacks and much more. While thousands of Israelis have been killed, many more victims suffer daily from deep physical and emotional scars. Young children, teenagers and adults who have lost loved ones often suffer in silence. This year, you can brighten the Purim holiday for families who suffer from the horrific pain and trauma of a terror attack. Sending a special Purim Basket (known as 'Mishloach Manot') fulfills a very important Mitzvah (good deed). Your blessing will touch the hearts of these families, knowing that others share in both their pain and their joy. Your message of comfort will go a long way to make the holiday extra special for those who have suffered so much. CLICK BELOW TO BRING JOY TO ISRAEL'S VICTIMS OF TERROR: https://unitedwithisrael.net/purim/ Whether they lost parents, siblings or suffered their own injuries, the most tragic victims are the children - whose pain is devastating. These kids need and deserve to have FUN! Sending a deluxe basket loaded with their favorite goodies and toys will go a long way to bring joy to these special young children... We invite you to become a partner in this very inspiring project. Please take the opportunity to write a personal note that will be delivered to the families along with their gifts. SEND GIFTS AND PERSONAL NOTES TO VICTIMS OF TERROR: Click Here --> https://unitedwithisrael.net/purim/ Your kindness and generosity will make an everlasting impression on these very special families. Your blessing will bring "light, gladness, joy and honor" to the silent heroes of Israel whose only crime is being proud Jews living in the Land of Israel. The People of Israel - and in particular the families - thank you for your comfort and support. And for standing united, together, both in pain and in joy. We ask you to please forward this email to your family and friends. They too, deserve the opportunity to help make a difference for the citizens of Israel. With Blessings from Israel, The 'United with Israel' Family BRING PURIM BLESSING AND JOY TO ISRAEL'S VICTIMS OF TERROR: https://unitedwithisrael.net/purim/ Checks can be mailed to our US address: United with Israel PO Box 151 Lawrence, NY 11559 United States Checks can be mailed directly to Israel: United with Israel 8/19 Nachal Maor St. Box 71530 Bet Shemesh 99623 ISRAEL You can also reach us by phone:: +1-646-213-4003 (USA) +972-2-533-7841 (Israel) Send Your Online Gift and Personal Note --> https://unitedwithisrael.net/purim To update your contact information or unsubscribe, please click on the link below: https://unitedwithisrael.infusionsoft.com/app/optOut/12/e7a04143382445e1/125232149/1a7f0807684f6817 United with Israel 8/19 Maor St. Box 71530 Bet Shemesh, HaDarom 99623 Israel +972-2-533-7841===
February 24, 2014 / 24 Adar I 5774
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- 138 – The Roman emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.
- 493 – Odoacer surrenders Ravenna after a 3-year siege and agrees to a mediated peace with Theodoric the Great.
- 1336 – 4,000 defenders of Pilėnai commit mass suicide rather than be taken captive by the Teutonic Knights.
- 1570 – Pope Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England.
- 1631 – François de Bassompierre, a French courtier, is arrested on Richelieu's orders.
- 1797 – Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Last invasion of Britain.
- 1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.
- 1866 – Miners in Calaveras County, California, discover what is now called the Calaveras Skull - human remains that supposedly indicated that man,mastodons, and elephants had co-existed.
- 1870 – Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress.
- 1875 – Guangxu Emperor of China begins his reign, under Empress Dowager Cixi's regency.
- 1901 – J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.
- 1919 – Oregon places a one cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.
- 1928 – Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission.
- 1932 – Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
- 1933 – The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.
- 1941 – February Strike: In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike is declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.
- 1947 – The State of Prussia ceases to exist
- 1956 – In his speech On the Personality Cult and its Consequences, Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union denounces the cult of personality of Joseph Stalin.
- 1986 – People Power Revolution: President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the Philippines' first woman president.
- 1987 – Southern Methodist University's football program is the first college football program to receive the Death Penalty by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. It was revealed that athletic officials and school administrators had knowledge of a "slush fund" used to make illegal payments to the school's football players as far back as 1981.
- 1591 – Friedrich Spee, German poet (d. 1635)
- 1841 – Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French painter and sculptor (d. 1919)
- 1855 – George Bonnor, Australian cricketer (d. 1912)
- 1855 – Cesário Verde, Portuguese poet (d. 1886)
- 1861 – Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher and educator (d. 1925)
- 1901 – Zeppo Marx, American actor and agent (d. 1979)
- 1908 – Frank G. Slaughter, American author (d. 2001)
- 1927 – Ralph Stanley, American singer and banjo player (Stanley Brothers)
- 1938 – Herb Elliott, Australian runner
- 1943 – George Harrison, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Beatles, The Quarrymen, Traveling Wilburys, and Plastic Ono Band) (d. 2001)
- 1966 – Téa Leoni, American actress
- 1973 – Julio Iglesias, Jr., Spanish model and singer
- 1988 – Luca Di Matteo, Italian footballer
- 1997 – Isabelle Fuhrman, American actress