Keyword Browse           
Sep. 27, 2020 - 9 Tishri 5781
5280/1519 Rav Avrohom Saba - Tzror HaMor

5666/1905 Rav Yitzchok Yehuda Shmelkes MiLvov - Bais Yitzchok

5720/1959 Rav Yitzchok Ze'ev Soloveitchik - The Brisker Rov

bracha search
Recently Viewed Bracha
Croutons (Made from Bread)
Mashed Banana
Fish Sticks, Breaded
Fruit Leather
Rosh Hashana
Kneading On Shabbos
Why Do Our Prayers Start In The First Person And End In The Third Person?
Cable Usage
>>go to site
Revach Lists
Names Of Moshe Rabbeinu
7 Names Of Yisro
10 Reasons for Blowing the Shofar
5 Reason Why We Dip Apples In Honey
RN"K Who Is A Good Wife by Rabbi Mordechai Appel
Acharei Mos by Rabbi Mordechai Appel
Parshas Tzav/Zachor 5771 by Rabbi Mordechai Appel
>>go to site

Tehilim List
Submit names to be said at the Kosel HaMaaravi.  Please join us in saying Tehilim 32 for:

submit names

RSS Feeds
Today's Revach
Daf Yomi
613 Mitzvot
[view all articles in this category]

Section: Moadim   Category: Story of The Churban
Part 12: Life Under Titus

Titus ordered that that all the surviving warriors and anyone connected to the Zealots should be killed. Anyone vulnerable, such as the elderly and ailing, were also killed. The remaining young survivors were divided into groups. Anyone over seventeen were sent as slaves to the copper mines of Egypt. Those under seventeen were sold as slaves. Many were sent to Greek cities to become living entertainment for the masses at the circus, where they were forced to fend off gladiators and wild animals. The Romans then chose 700 of the tallest, fittest, and attractive Jewish youths. This group would be marched to Rome to take place in Titus' victory parade.

While these selections were taking place, 11,000 more Jews died from starvation. Altogether, 1,100,000 Jews died from the sword or from hunger, and 97,000 were taken captive. Thousands of captives were taken to Rome and other cities to be sold as slaves.

The life of a Jews was worse than worthless. Titus announced, "Whoever does not kill a Jew shall be killed." As time went on, Titus declared, "Whoever kills a Jews must pay a fine of forty zuz." Eventually, Titus announced, "Whoever kills a Jew will be killed.

All the Jews in the Roman Empire were taxed. This was the Fiscus Jusaici (the Jew tax); it was fifteen shekels every year. Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai sadly said, "Those who did not wish to pay the tax to the treasury of the Bais Hamikdash will now pay the tax to their enemy. Those who refused to give the half-shekel are now forced to pay fifteen shekel. Those who did not repair the streets and the roads for the olai regal are forced to make repairs for the attendants of the emperor." (Mechilta Shemos 19:1).

The captive were aware that many of them would be forced into a life of immorality. Many chose to die rather than sully their neshamos. The Gemara relates a story about this.

Four hundred boys and girls were taken captive for a life of shame. When they realized what was in store for them, they asked, "If we drown in the sea, do we have a share in Techiyas Hameisim? The oldest among them answered: "It is written, ‘Hashem said, I will bring back from the depths of the sea' (Tehillim 68:23). ‘I will bring back from Bashan' -this means from the teeth of the lion; ‘from the depths of the sea' - this speaks of those who drown in the sea." As soon as the girls heard this, they leaped into the sea. The boys reasoned that if the girls gave up their lives to avoid immorality, they should give up their lives to avoid unnatural immorality, and they too leaped into the sea. Concerning such as these, Scripture (Tehillim 44:3) says; "For your sake we are killed all day, we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter" (Gittin 57b).

RELATED ARTICLES:churban  Story  Titus HaRasha

<<Previous Article
Part 11: The Lost Battle Continues
 Next Article>>
Parshas Devarim: Chizkuni - The Fireworks Before The Main Act
send your commentsprintable versionemail to a friend

Revach Tours Now in Eretz Yisrael!

Revach L'Neshama is proud to announce that we have started offerring tours in Eretz Yisroel. If you'd like to full story

Language From Mitzrayim all the way to Yeshivishe Talk

Chazal tell us that one of the reasons Bnei Yisroel merited to be taken out of Mitzrayim was that full story

Innocent Observations
Leil HaSeder Alone in The Shadow of Corona
The Chasidim were stunned when the Holy Defender of the Jews, Reb Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev announced just a full story

Olam HaTorah
The Ponevezher Rov Teaches The Children How To Remember Their Name On Yom HaDin
One time when the Ponevezher Rov, Rav Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, came to visit the children of the orphanage, as full story

The Donkey and the Dirt

A man came to his Rebbe crying that his donkey fell into a pit and he didn't know what full story

Chanoch L'Naar
Rav Zalman Sorotzkin - The Hardest Challenge in Chinuch, When Everyone Does It!

Parshas Emor begins with the prohibition of Kohanim to defile themselves to a dead body. Hashem tells this full story

Bnei Bayscha
Some Shidduch Questions From Rav Shmuel Rozovsky

One day a Yid from Yerushalayim traveled to Bnei Brak to ask the legendary Rosh Yeshiva of Ponevezh, Rav full story

Rav Yaakov Edelstein - The Two Words He Wanted to Be Able to Speak

The Gaon and Tzaddik Rav Yaakov Edelstein was one of the most uniques Gedolim of our generation. He was full story


Aleinu L'Shabeiach - Before it is Too Late!

In ten days from now we will standing in Shul at the pinnacle of Tefila of the year, Musaf full story

Likras Shabbos
Parshas Vayakhel: Sridei Eish - Building Shabbos & Building A Bais HaMikdash

Parshas Vayakhel talks almost exculsively about building the Mishkan, however the first few pasukim are about the Mitzva of full story

Lessons in Tzedoka

Parshas Vayakhel: Rav Chaim Soloveitchik's Long Wait

"K'chu Mei'itchem Truma" take from them donations (Vayakhel 35:5). The pasuk before says that Moshe spoke directly to full story


The Joy that Mourning Brings to a Wedding
Shlomo HaMelech tells us in Koheles (7:2) "Tov Lalaches El Bais HaEivel MiLeches El Bais HaMishteh", it is better full story

Ahavas Yisroel
Parshas Truma: Rav Moshe Shternbuch - Brilliant Colorful Diversity

Among the layers of the roof of the Mishkan was the Tachash. The Tachash was an animal with full story

Gedolim Biographies
Reb Dovid of Lelov - Is It A Crime To Favor Your Own Child?
Reb Dovid was born in 1746 and was a talmid of Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk and later of the Chozeh of Lublin. full story

Story Corner
The Chortkover Rebbe Sends Regards to Hashem in America

A man living in Vienna was struggling to support his family. He decided that his fortune lies overseas in full story

Chofetz Chaim - Will Your Plaque in The Bais HaMikdash Bring You Eternal Pride or Shame?

The Chofetz Chaim (Shem Olam 1:17) says that whoever helped build the second Bais HaMikdash is listed in Sefer full story

Rav Leib Chasman - Personal Requests on Rosh HaShanah

Rosh HaShanah is the day the world was created and Hashem became King. Every year on this day we full story

Rav Chatzkel

Rav Chatzkel Levenstein - First A Smack, The We Can Talk

Chazal tell us "Oy Lani MiYom HaDin, Oy Lanu MiYom HaTochacha", woe is to us from the day of punishment, full story

Around The Year
Tu B'Shvat - The Tragedy Of The Free Leaf

"Ki Hadam Eitz HaSadeh", a person is like a tree in the field. There are many comparisons between full story

Shabbos is a Day of Three Kinds of Rest

By Mincha on Shabbos we say that Hashem gave us Yom Menucha, a day of rest. We then full story

Eretz Yisroel
Parshas Shlach: Kotzker Rebbe - Impressions Of Eretz Yisroel

"Uri'isem Es HaAretz Ma Hi... HaTova He Im Ra'a... HaShmeina He Im Razah" (Shlach 13:18-20). Moshe Rabeinu tells full story

Shaarei Tzvi - Unlocking The Best Kept Secret In Megilas Esther

Every now and theb there is a Chazal that drops a bombshell, which changes everything you everything. Its full story

Postcards From Kotzk
Kotzker Rebbe On The Dormant Monster Within

The Yehudi HaKadosh MePishischa was a Chosid of the Chozeh of Lublin, until one day one of the elder full story

Mitzva Opportunity
Parshas Re'eh: Netziv - Feeling Your Own Pain
The Torah forbids us to harm ourselves in any way when mourning over the dead because we are a full story

Ikvisa D'Mishicha
Reb Elchonon Wasserman's Last Drasha, We Are Saving The Yidden in America
Reb Elchonon Wasserman was one of the great pre-war Roshei Yeshiva in Europe.  He learned in Telz Yeshiva and full story

Perek Shira
Perek Shira: The Snake's Song - Taking a Plunge

No creature in history has taken a fall like the snake.  This once companion of man, with legs that full story

Tehilim Perek 49: Beis Yisroel of Ger - Even Some Mitzvos Won't Go With You

Dovid HaMelech tells us in Tehilim (49:18) כִּי לֹא בְמוֹתוֹ יִקַּח הַכֹּל, when you die you won't take everything full story

copyright © 2007 - 2010 Revach L'Neshama All Rights Reserved