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Today in Jewish History - February 18 / Adar 13

1757 February 18, AVIGNON (France)

The Old Synagogue at Avignon
Courtesy of The Communication Culture Ministere
A local townsman, walking through the ghetto on a dark night, stumbled and fell into a well near the synagogue. Fortunately, he was not hurt. The day was declared a local holiday for generations. The rationale for this was that had the townsman drowned so close to the synagogue, the Jewish community would have been accused of complicity in his death.

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