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History Highlights

Rabbi Meir Goldberg

This week’s History Highlights takes us to the city of Vilna, Lithuania. Vilna is the Yiddish name of the city. Lithuania was called Lita in Yiddish and in Hebrew. It produced many great Jews throughout its history.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The State Flag. Vilna, or Vilnius, as it is called by the Lithuanians, is the capital city of Lithuania. Almost 100 years ago, after World War I, Poland attacked Lithuania and captured Vilna. The Polish people didn’t like Lithuania and used to ridicule it saying it was small and unimportant. The old Lithuanian flag has a picture of a knight riding a horse standing on its hind legs. The Polish people used to jeer, saying that the reason the horse is only on its hind legs is because if it were on all four of its legs, half the horse would be in Poland.



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