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Iyar is the second month of the biblical calendar year.

• 5 Iyar(1948) – Israeli Declaration of Independence on Friday, 14 May 1948, before sunset.
• 7 Iyar(498 BCE) – Jerusalem‘s rebuilt walls are dedicated nearly 88 years after their destruction by Nabû-kudurri-uṣur (Nebuchadnezzar II) of the Neo-Babylonian Empire.
• 8 Iyar(1096) – Rhineland massacres of the First Crusade begin – On their way to Holy Land, small bands of knights and peasants, along with local inhabitants, the “People’s Crusade“, attacked many Jewish communities, most notably in the Rhineland towns of Worms and Mainz. On Shabbat, 8th of Iyar, the Jews of Speyer were also attacked. However, most of them were allowed refuge in the bishop’s castle and neighboring towns such as Heidelberg. (See Sivan in Jewish History” for Sivan 1).
• 10 Iyar(circa 2870/2871 BC) Death of Eli the High Priest and his two sons[1]
• 14 Iyar(1312 BCE) – “Second Passover” – an additional opportunity to offer the paschal sacrifice, for individuals who were impure on the main Passover holiday. (Book of Numbers, 9).
• 14 Iyar(1933) – Nazis burned thousands of books written by Jews.
• 17 Iyar(66 CE) – Jews attack and defeat the Roman garrison in Jerusalem, following the theft of silver from the Holy Temple.
• 20 Iyar (circa1312 BCE) – The Israelites departed their encampment near Mount Sinai.
• 22 Iyar (1731) – Jewish books begin to be searched for and confiscated by Giovanni Antonio Costanzi, the Vatican librarian and author of a catalogue of the Vatican’s Hebrew manuscripts, in all the Jewish quarters throughout the Papal States. More confiscations continued over the next twenty years.
• 26 of Iyar, Yeshua (Jesus) ascended to the heavenly Tabernacle of his Father (Acts 1:3; Hebrews 9:11). The 40th day of the Counting of the Omer.
• 26 Iyar (1967) –Six-Day War
• 28 Iyar (1967) –Jerusalem conquered during the Six-Day War. The day is marked in Israel as “Jerusalem Day“.
• 28 Iyar (circa 1012 BCE) – Death of Samuel the Prophet, marked by pilgrimages to his tombon the outskirts of Jerusalem. Many Jews consider this a Ta’anit Tzadik and fast.[2]

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