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Glimpses Into American Jewish History
Rav S. R. Hirsch
 

Posted on: July 2nd, 2015

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Last month we outlined how a few years after Judah Touro’s death a public movement was inaugurated by the citizens of New Orleans to erect a monument to his memory, and that opposition to this tribute came from a number of rabbis throughout the country who claimed that Judaism forbade the erection of any graven […]

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Posted on: June 4th, 2015

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After his marriage he was successfully engaged in the lumber business.

Dr. Aaron Friedenwald
 

Posted on: April 30th, 2015

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He wrote a strong defense of shechitah in which he maintained that the Jewish method of slaughter had a humanitarian influence on the Jewish people.

Dr. Aaron Friedenwald
 

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015

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This was a most unusual step to take in those days, given the difficulties of travel to Europe. Nonetheless, on May 1, 1860 he sailed from New York on the steamship Hammonia.

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Posted on: March 6th, 2015

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The ship’s captain apparently respected the Friedenwalds’ strict adherence to halacha because he allowed them to use his cabin for davening and other religious observances.

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Posted on: February 4th, 2015

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Penn wrote the following to a friend in England: “I found them [the Indians of the eastern shore of North America] with like countenances with the Hebrew race; and their children of so lively a resemblance to them that a man would think himself in Duke’s place, or Barry street, in London, when he sees them.”

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Posted on: January 2nd, 2015

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There were many who believed that some North America Indians were descended from Jews.

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Posted on: December 4th, 2014

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One might think to attribute the crudeness of the calendar to the fact that it was produced by a frontier community unable to calculate a more precise table.

Hazzan Abraham Lopes Cardozo
 

Posted on: November 5th, 2014

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“Throughout his life, he observed Tisha B’Ab as the Nahalah (anniversary) for all of his relatives who were murdered, as this is the national Jewish day of mourning.

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Posted on: October 2nd, 2014

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Practically to his last days the patriarchal founder was at his office almost daily and took an active interest in all matters connected with the business.

 

Posted on: September 3rd, 2014

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In 1787 Jonas wrote a letter to Congress asking that the federal Constitution guarantee religious liberty in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Jonas Phillips
 

Posted on: July 31st, 2014

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Like many of his contemporaries, he went through some hard years, but eventually he earned the rewards of his perseverance and integrity.

 

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014

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These letters give us the privilege of knowing him in his old age when he is mellow, tempered in his judgments, and sagacious from long experience of dealing with people.

Gershom Mendes Seixas
 

Posted on: June 3rd, 2014

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The British evacuated New York on November 25, 1783, and Congress demobilized the American army shortly thereafter.

Reverend Gershom Mendes Seixas
 

Posted on: May 1st, 2014

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“Simple, modest, altogether unassuming, Gershom spent his happiest hours with his ever-growing family who were never far from his thoughts.

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Posted on: April 3rd, 2014

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“Attuned to the ideal of establishing a new Zion in free America, they named their new colony Palestine.

 

Posted on: March 5th, 2014

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Last month’s column outlined some efforts during the first half of the nineteenth century to establish Jewish agricultural colonies in America. In only one case was a colony actually established.

 

Posted on: February 5th, 2014

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There were very few Jewish farmers in Europe during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Indeed, in many parts of Europe Jews were forbidden to own land. Despite this there were some Jews who always felt they should return to the agrarian way of life their forefathers had pursued in ancient times, and that America was an ideal place to establish Jewish agricultural colonies.

 

Posted on: January 1st, 2014

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The President having signed the Treaty of the Geneva Conference and the Senate having, on the 16th instant, ratified the President's actions, the American Association of the Red Cross, organized under provisions of said treaty, purposes to send its agents at once among the sufferers by the recent floods, with a view to the ameliorating of their condition so far as can be done by human aid and the means at hand will permit. Contributions are urgently solicited.

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Posted on: December 4th, 2013

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Last month’s column sketched the myriad of social programs in which the Orthodox American communal worker and leader Adolphus S. Solomons (1826-1910) was involved. Adolphus married Rachel Seixas Phillips (1828-1881), a descendant of colonial patriot families and together they had eight daughters and a son.

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