Monday, July 19, 2010

The canceled fast in Vilna for the Ninth of Av 5731/ 1871.

The August 15, 1871 - כ"א אב תרל"א לפ"ק issue of המליץ contained a dispatch from Vilna, which included the following about how a cholera epidemic affected the fasting on Tisha B'Av that year:

The essence of the footnote is given in the London Jewish Chronicle of October 16 of that year:

In case anyone thinks the simple, desperate people of Vilna were rationalist Litvaks, see the following:

1 comment:

  1. MiMedinat HaYam6:51 PM, July 20, 2010

    its part of the same "rationalism" -- dont dare young ladies and young men meet, despite what it says in proper sfarim!



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