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|January 31, 2014 |
30 Shevat 5774
|No ‘Settlers’ Allowed in Palestinian State, PA Leaders Affirm|
No "settlers" would be allowed to reside in a Palestinian state, it was confirmed this week.
|Torah in the News: Ascending the Temple Mount|
How can it be that Muslims decide who gets to pray on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism? But a more fundamental question: Does Jewish law allow for Jews to even ascend the Temple Mount?
|Good News From Israel: More Life-Changing Discoveries|
The excitement of living in the Start-up Nation can be electric. You can often feel the buzz from highly charged Israeli entrepreneurs developing their latest wired and wireless innovative products.
|Holocaust Remembered as Antisemitism Surges|
Israel's largest-ever delegation visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp yesterday to attend a ceremony marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year's event, however, takes on added significance, as antisemitism has been notably on the rise, particularly in Europe.
|Increase in Terror in Judea and Samaria is Significant|
Israel's Shin Bet General Security Service has released a report showing a serious increase in terror in Judea and Samaria in 2013.
|THE FACES OF ISRAEL: Marci Kaplan Rapp|
Since the historic visit last week of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who pledged to support Israel "through fire and water," United with Israel has chosen a Canadian-Israeli for this week's Faces of Israel feature: Marci Kaplan Rapp.
|Living Torah: Our Own Personal Tabernacle|
This week's Torah message is clear: Our personal relationship with God is totally up to us. The opportunity is there and everyone is welcome and encouraged to take advantage. We can construct a Tabernacle that resides within each one of us. It is ours for the taking!
January 31, 2014 / 30 Shevat 5774 / Shabbat Shalom
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- 506 – Alaric II, eighth king of the Visigoths promulgates the Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum), a collection of "Roman law".
- 865 – The Battle of the Morcuera took place in the context of the Spanish Reconquista. The battle took place at Hoz de la Morcuera near Miranda de Ebro. The battle pitted the Christian forces of Castile and Asturias under Rodrigo of Castile against the forces of the Emirate of Cordoba underMuhammad I of Córdoba resulting in a decisive Cordoban victory.
- 962 – Translatio imperii: Pope John XII crowns Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, the first Holy Roman Emperor in nearly 40 years.
- 1461 – Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Mortimer's Cross is fought in Herefordshire, England.
- 1653 – New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.
- 1848 – California Gold Rush: The first ship with Chinese immigrants arrives in San Francisco.
- 1868 – Pro-Imperial forces captured Osaka Castle from the Tokugawa shogunate and burned it to the ground.
- 1876 – The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs of Major League Baseball is formed.
- 1887 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.
- 1899 – The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital city, Canberra, between Sydney and Melbourne.
- 1901 – Funeral of Queen Victoria.
- 1913 – Grand Central Terminal is opened in New York City.
- 1922 – Ulysses by James Joyce is published.
- 1933 – Working as maids, the sisters Christine and Lea Papin murder their employer's wife and daughter in Le Mans, France. The case is the subject of a number of French films and plays.
- 1935 – Leonarde Keeler tests the first polygraph machine.
- 1971 – Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader of Uganda.
- 1972 – The British embassy in Dublin is destroyed in protest at Bloody Sunday.
- 1980 – Reports surface that the FBI is targeting allegedly corrupt Congressmen in the Abscam operation.
- 2004 – Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men's singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.
- 1208 – James I of Aragon (d. 1276)
- 1457 – Peter Martyr d'Anghiera (d. 1526)
- 1494 – Bona Sforza, Italian wife of Sigismund I the Old (d. 1557)
- 1522 – Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician (d. 1565)
- 1600 – Gabriel Naudé, French librarian and scholar (d. 1653)
- 1829 – William Stanley, English inventor and engineer (d. 1909)
- 1861 – Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (d. 1949)
- 1882 – James Joyce, Irish writer (d. 1941)
- 1887 – Pat Sullivan, Australian-American animator and producer (d. 1933)
- 1905 – Ayn Rand, Russian-American author and philosopher (d. 1982)
- 1933 – Orlando "Cachaito" López, Cuban bassist (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2009)
- 1942 – Graham Nash, English-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Hollies, Crosby & Nash, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
- 1947 – Farrah Fawcett, American actress (d. 2009)
- 1948 – Al McKay, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Earth, Wind & Fire)
- 1963 – Eva Cassidy, American singer and guitarist (d. 1996)
- 1977 – Shakira, Colombian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
- 1995 – Arfa Karim, Pakistani student and computer programmer (d. 2012)
- 619 – Laurence of Canterbury, English archbishop
- 1461 – Owen Tudor, Welsh soldier (b. 1400)
- 1918 – John L. Sullivan, American boxer (b. 1858)
- 1970 – Bertrand Russell, English mathematician and philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1872)
- 1979 – Sid Vicious, English singer and bass player (Sex Pistols, Vicious White Kids, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and The Flowers of Romance) (b. 1957)