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Today in Jewish History - May 13 / Iyar 12

1728 May 13, HAYYIM AND JOSHUA REIZES (Lvov, Lithuania)

Lvov Synagogue
Courtesy of Heritage Films
The head of the Rabbinical court and head of the yeshiva were arrested when a Jesuit priest, Zoltowskiki, discovered that Jan Filipowicz, a convert, had reconverted to Judaism and accused them of complicity. Jan Filipowicz was soon tortured and killed. Joshua was condemned to death, but committed suicide by cutting his own throat. For three days his brother Hayyim refused to convert to Christianity. His tongue was then torn out, his body quartered and he was finally burned. Their property was then confiscated.

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