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Tammuz 3

In 1272 BCE (Jewish year 2489), Joshua commanded the sun to "stand still at Gibeon" (Joshua 10:12). Joshua was involved in conquering the southern part of Canaan, and Shabbat was fast approaching. Not wanting to do battle on Shabbat, Joshua prayed for a miracle, and the sun stopped twice – once at midday and once before sunset, giving the Israelites extra time to complete the battle.

Yahrzeit of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He was a prominent Hasidic rabbi who was the seventh and last Rebbe (Hasidic leader) of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. He was fifth in a direct paternal line to the third Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneersohn. In January 1951, a year after the death of his father-in-law, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, he assumed the leadership of the Lubavitch movement.

He led the movement until his death in 1994, greatly expanding its worldwide activities and founding a worldwide network of institutions to spread traditional religious practices among the Jewish people.

Article 271 of 356 in the series Day in Jewish History

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