Adar Some Interesting Facts
1 Adar (circa 1313 BCE) - Plague of Darkness, the ninth plague upon the Egyptians (Exodus 10:23).
- This started on the 1st of Adar, six weeks before the Exodus.
1 Adar (1164) - Death of the Ibn Ezra
1 Adar (circa 1663) - Death of the Shach
2 Adar (598 BCE) - Jerusalem falls to Nebuchadnezzar and Jeconiah is captured.
3 Adar (515 BCE) - Second Temple completed
4 Adar (1307) - Maharam's body ransomed 14 years after his death by Alexander ben Shlomo (Susskind) Wimpfen.
4 Adar (1796) - Death of Rabbi Leib Sarah's, a disciple of the Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov. One of the "hidden tzaddikim," Rabbi Leib spent his life wandering from place to place to raise money for the ransoming of imprisoned Jews and the support of other hidden tzaddikim.
5 Adar (1st century CE) - Lulianos and Pappos voluntarily gave themselves up to be killed, in order to save innocent Jewish lives in Laodicea.
7 Adar (1393 BCE) - Birth of Moses
7 Adar (1273 BCE) - Death of Moses
7 Adar (1828) - Death of Rebbe Isaac Taub of Kalov, founder of the Kalover Hasidic dynasty, and a student of Rabbi Leib Sarah’s.
9 Adar (1st century BCE) - Academic dissension between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai, erupted into a violent and destructive conflict over a vote on 18 legal matters leading to the death of 3,000 students. The day was later declared a fast day by the Shulchan Aruch, however, it was never observed as such.
11 Adar (18th century) - Death of Reb Eliezer Lipman (Elezer Lippe), father of the prominent Chassidic Rebbes Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk and Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol.
13 Adar (522 BCE) - War between Jews and their enemies in Persia (Book of Esther, chapter 9).
13 Adar (161 BCE) - Yom Nicanor - The Maccabees defeated Syrian general Nicanor, in a battle fought four years after the Maccabees' liberation of the Holy Land and the miracle of Hanukkah.
13 Adar (1895-1986) - Death of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
14 Adar (522 BCE) - Purim victory celebrated in the Persian Empire
15 Adar (522 BCE) - Purim Victory Celebrated in Shushan
15 Adar (1st century CE) - Jerusalem Gate Day - King Agrippa I (circa 21 CE) began construction of a gate for the wall of Jerusalem; the day used to be celebrated as a holiday.
17 Adar (522 BCE) - Yom Adar - the day the Jewish people left Persia following the Purim story
20 Adar (1st century BCE) - Choni the Circle Maker prays for rain (Talmud, Taanit 23a)
20 Adar (1616 CE) - 'Purim Vinz': downfall of Vinzenz Fettmilch and triumphant return of the Jews of Frankfurt under Imperial protection. The day was established as a community Purim for generations and to this day the Washington Heights community does not recite Tachanun on this day.
20 Adar (1640) - Death of the “Bach"
21 Adar (Adar II, 1786) - Death of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk
23 Adar (circa 1312 BCE) - Mishkan assembled for the first time; "Seven Days of Training" begin.
23 Adar (1866) - Death of Yitzchak Meir Alter, first Rebbe of Ger
24 Adar (1817) - The Blood Libel, the accusation that Jews murdered Christian children for their blood, declared false by Czar Alexander I. Nevertheless, nearly a hundred years later the accusation was officially leveled against Mendel Beilis in Kiev.
25 Adar (561 BCE) - Death of Nebuchadnezzar (Jeremiah 52:31).
25 Adar (1761) - Death of Rabbi Abraham Gershon of Kitov the brother-in-law and leading foe-turned-disciple of the Baal Shem Tov.
27 Adar (561 BCE) - Death of Zedekiah in Babylonian captivity. Meroduch, Nebuchadnezzar's son and successor, freed him (and his nephew Jeconiah) on the 27th of Adar, but Zedekiah died that same day.
28 Adar (from the 2nd century onwards) - Talmudic holiday to commemorate the rescinding of a Roman decree against Torah study, ritual circumcision, and keeping the Shabbat. The decree was revoked through the efforts of Rabbi Yehudah ben Shamu'a and his colleagues. (Megillat Taanit, a baraita on this matter can still be found in Ta'anit 18a and Rosh Hashanah 19a)
28 Adar (1524) - the Jews of Cairo were saved from the plot of Ahmad Pasha, who sought revenge against the Jewish minister Abraham de Castro who had informed Selim II of Ahmad's plan to cede from the Ottoman Empire. To this day, Adar 28th is considered the Purim of Cairo, with festivities including a special Megilah reading.