Wednesday, July 18, 2018
For several reasons, July 18 is a bittersweet day in Jewish history. On July 18, 1290, King Edward I issued the Edict of Expulsion, banishing all Jews from England. The Spanish Expulsion by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella occurred on the same day in 1492. Back in 133 AD, Betar, the last stronghold in the Bar Kokhba rebellion, fell to the Romans after being under a three year siege. 580,000 Jews died by starvation or the sword, including Simon Bar Kokhba, the leader of the rebellion. His surname meant "son of the star" in the Aramaic language.