The Shulchan Aruch says that it's appropriate to today - 27 Sivan - since about 2,000 years ago on this date, the Romans wrapped the great Rabbi Chanina ben Tradyon in a Sefer Torah, and burnt him to death.
Rabbi Chanina ben Tradyon was one of the 10 martyrs.
King David started Tehillim - Psalms - by declaring:
Rabbi Chanina ben Tradyon taught (Avot 3:3):
- A gathering of the scornful is when Jews sit together and don't discuss Torah-related topics.
- When Jews do discuss Torah then the Shechina - Gcd's presence - is with them.
- Even when a lone Jew learns Torah (like a Halocho a Day), Hashem takes note and rewards him.
Source: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 580:2
Read about the 10 martyrs at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Martyrs
Read about Rabbi Chanina ben Tradyon at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haninah_ben_Teradion
Sunday, 27 Sivan 5775