Today, 278 years ago, the city of Livorno, Italy, was hit with an Earthquake.

This earthquake was the last of a series of small earthquakes, which started a few weeks earlier. 

The Jewish quarter miraculously survived the earthquake with no damage. This day, 22 Shevat, was instituted as a “Purim Sheini”, which started as a day of fast and prayer. On Shabbos, they said Hallel HaGadol – “Praise to Hashem, for He is good, His steadfast love is eternal.”

Sources: see Wikipedia

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