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Spiritual Cafe: Fighting The Sin of Forgetfulness
 
Bad Day for Nuclear Iran Deal Opponents

September 2, 2015 - 4:48 AM
 
Tel Aviv Restaurant Breaks Down Boundaries Between Eating Out and at Home

September 1, 2015 - 10:30 PM
 
US Says It Doesn’t Even Know How Many Americans Live in West Bank

September 1, 2015 - 7:30 PM
 
‘Undecided’ Sen. Cardin Predicts Congress Will Back Obama on Iran Deal

September 1, 2015 - 6:40 PM
 
Gal Hirsch at Vortex of War between Right and Left, Old and New

September 1, 2015 - 6:23 PM
 
Greece Seizes Suspected ISIS Weapons Ship Destined for Libya

September 1, 2015 - 6:19 PM
 
ISIS Video Claims Burning of Four Men Fighting with Iran-Backed Forces

September 1, 2015 - 6:03 PM
 
Report: With Little to Show for his Long Career, Abbas Told Jordan’s King He Plans to Resign

September 1, 2015 - 6:00 PM
 
Momentum Building for “Day of Jewish Unity” Ahead of Congress Iran Vote

September 1, 2015 - 4:41 PM
 
SanDisk Hiring 90 New Employees n Israel

September 1, 2015 - 3:54 PM
 
White House and Columbia U. Splash Cold Water on ‘Prof. Obama’ Rumor

September 1, 2015 - 3:39 PM
 
Auschwitz Showers Only A ‘Public Safety Measure,’ Says Museum

September 1, 2015 - 3:12 PM
 
Good Jewish Boy from Israel Tries to Join the ISIS

September 1, 2015 - 2:41 PM
 
White Supremacist Gives Nazi Salute After Kansas City Murder Conviction

September 1, 2015 - 1:43 PM
 
Netanyahu Spokesman Officially Appointed Ambassador to England

September 1, 2015 - 12:31 PM
 
2.2M Israeli Children Return to the Classrooms

September 1, 2015 - 11:45 AM
 
ISIS-Linked Gaza Terror Rocket Fails to Reach Southern Israel

September 1, 2015 - 10:29 AM
 
3 NYC Ds Disappoint Area Residents and Announce Support for Nuclear Iran Deal

September 1, 2015 - 3:34 AM
 
Update: Counter-Terrorism Soldier Injured in Jenin Battle [Video]

September 1, 2015 - 2:31 AM
 
Gaza: Islamic Jihad and Hamas Threatening Rocket Fire

September 1, 2015 - 2:27 AM
 
Five Palestinian Administrative Detainees Begin Hunger Strike

September 1, 2015 - 12:12 AM
 
Maccabi Tel Aviv and European Champs EA7 Emporio Armani Milan To Play First “Euro Classic” Games in U.S.

August 31, 2015 - 11:57 PM
 
BREAKING: IDF Soldier Wounded in Shootout with Terrorists During Jenin Arrest Operation

August 31, 2015 - 11:50 PM
 
Congressman Insulted by Pro-Iran Colleague’s Suggestion He Opposes Deal to Get Jewish Money

August 31, 2015 - 11:30 PM
 
Nazi Gold Train Discovery May Bring New Claims from Holocaust Survivors

August 31, 2015 - 11:12 PM
 
Extraordinary Cooperation between Israeli, Gazan Potato Farmers

August 31, 2015 - 11:04 PM
 
Obama Cashes in on Separating Israel from American Jews’ Concerns

August 31, 2015 - 7:30 PM
 
Jerusalem Arabs Attack Jerusalem Light Rail with Rocks

August 31, 2015 - 4:49 PM
 
President Rivlin Warns not to Accept Iran ‘with One Click of a Pen’

August 31, 2015 - 4:23 PM
 
Auschwitz Provides Tourists with Outdoor Showers to ‘Cool Down’

August 31, 2015 - 3:39 PM
 
Israel to Beef Up Security in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria

August 31, 2015 - 3:15 PM
 
Palmyra’s Ancient ‘Temple of Bel’ Destroyed in New Blast

August 31, 2015 - 1:48 PM
 
Second Temple-Era Podium May Be Discovery in City of David

August 31, 2015 - 11:44 AM
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Glimpses Into American Jewish History
 

Posted on: April 4th, 2012

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Washington, D.C. was created in 1790 as a result of a political compromise. “Washington was a Federal city. It did not have a ‘State’ government. It was under the direct control of Congress for even the simplest of things; schools, streets, courts and land use by private individuals and corporations. Accordingly, Congress dutifully passed on the last day of the first session of the 28th Congress, June 17, 1844, ‘A Bill, concerning conveyances or devices of places of public worship in the District of Columbia.’

Old B'nai Israel Synagogue and Cohen Community House
 

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

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In 1519 Alonso Álvarez de Pineda, Spanish explorer and cartographer, led an expedition into Texas with the goal of finding a passage between the Gulf of Mexico and Asia. He and his men were probably the first Europeans to see the land that became known as Texas.

Reverend Arnold Fischel
 

Posted on: February 2nd, 2012

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Last month’s column outlined the struggle that took place at the beginning of the Civil War to get Congress to allow the appointment of Jewish army chaplains. Originally only Christian clergymen could serve as chaplains, and it was only as a result of pressure from the American Jewish community that in 1861 Congress passed a new law allowing ordained clergy of other religions to serve as chaplains. The Reverend Arnold (Adolph) Fischel (1830-1894) played a key role in this effort.

 

Posted on: January 4th, 2012

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“The American tradition of the military chaplaincy is as old as the United States itself. Clergymen served with the armies of the individual colonies almost from the first battle of the Revolution, and provisions for the payment of chaplains were enacted by the Continental Congress as early as 1775.

 

Posted on: November 30th, 2011

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During the nineteenth century a large number of American Jews abandoned traditional religious observance. This led to the United States being dubbed “di treifene medina” (the irreligious land).

 

Posted on: November 2nd, 2011

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Anyone familiar with Jewish history knows of the blood libels that have been used against Jews for centuries.

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Posted on: October 5th, 2011

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In general, little is known about Jewish women who resided in America during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Two exceptions are Rebecca Machado Phillips[i] and Rebecca Gratz[ii]. Another is Bilhah Abigail (Levy) Franks.

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Posted on: August 31st, 2011

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The Jews of New York City were rather late in establishing Jewish institutions such as poorhouses, homes for orphans and the aged, and hospitals. Several attempts were made in the years prior to 1850, but they failed due to the small size of the New Jewish community, which in 1836 numbered only about 2,000 and increased to about 7,000 in 1840.

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Posted on: August 3rd, 2011

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Sampson Simson was born on June 30, 1781 in Danbury, Connecticut and died January 7, 1857 in New York. Sampson's father, Solomon Simson, was also American born. Solomon was partners with his brother Sampson Simson, whom we shall refer to as Sampson the elder.

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Posted on: June 29th, 2011

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Readers of this column are aware that it was not until 1840 that the first ordained Orthodox rabbi, Rabbi Abraham Rice,1 settled in America. Other rabbonim soon began to settle in America. One of them was Rabbi Abraham Joseph Ash.

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Posted on: June 1st, 2011

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The previous two columns discussed kashrus and bris milah observance in America during the 19th century. The trend was that until about 1860 most Jews were careful to observe these mitzvos. However, in the latter part of the century many Jews abandoned keeping kosher both at home and in public. Bris milah, though, was generally observed throughout the entire century.

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Posted on: May 4th, 2011

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Last month's column dealt with the observance of kashrus by Jews in America during the 19th century. Up until about 1870 German Jewish immigrants went to considerable effort to make sure they could eat kosher meat and poultry. Almost every Jewish community of more than 15 families employed a professional shochet. Smaller communities were served by volunteer shochtim. However, with the spread of the Reform movement in the latter half of the century, Jews began to abandon kashrus.

 

Posted on: March 30th, 2011

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During the latter part of 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, many European Jews viewed America as a treife medina (a non-kosher land) from the perspective of traditional Jewish religious observance. It was felt that it was virtually impossible to remain observant in America, and many Jews proved this was indeed the case, as they or their children abandoned much of their religious practices once they arrived in this country.

 

Posted on: March 2nd, 2011

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In 1629 George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore, applied to King Charles I for a charter to found what was to become the Province of Maryland. Tobacco had proven to be a profitable enterprise in Virginia, and Calvert was hopeful the same would prove true in this new venture. In addition, Calvert, a Catholic, hoped to found a religious haven for his co-religionists who were often persecuted in predominantly Protestant England.

 

Posted on: February 2nd, 2011

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The first ordained rabbi to settle in America, Abraham Rice did not arrive here until 1840. Before then, few men with anything more than a rudimentary Torah knowledge resided in America. One exception was Mordecai Moses Mordecai.

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Posted on: January 5th, 2011

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The story of Hebrew culture in Massachusetts begins with the very foundation of the Plymouth colony, for the first Hebraists to settle in New England came over in the Mayflower. Governor Bradford, one of the Mayflower Pilgrims, was a man whose ability, character, and comparative culture raised him above his fellow settlers. His knowledge of languages is praised by Cotton Mather in the Magnalia:" he was conversant with Dutch, French, Latin, and Greek, but the Hebrew [tongue] he most of all studied, because he said he would see with his own eyes the ancient oracles of God in their native beauty."

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Posted on: December 1st, 2010

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The name de Sola appears prominently in the annals of Spanish Jewish history. The de Solas may have settled in Andalusia (in southern Spain) as early as the sixth century.

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Posted on: November 3rd, 2010

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Lydia Maria (nee Francis) Child (February 11, 1802-Oct. 20, 1880) was educated at home, at a local "dame school" and at a nearby women's seminary. After her mother died when she was twelve, she went to live with an older sister in Maine for some years. She is little known today, but in her time she was a famous anti-slavery activist. She was also a novelist, editor, journalist and scholar. She is best remembered for her poem "Over the River and Through the Woods," which recalls her Thanksgiving visits as a child to her grandfather's home.

 

Posted on: September 28th, 2010

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There were Jews living during the nineteenth century who made substantial contributions to Yiddishkeit but who, unfortunately, are almost completely forgotten today. Their lives are at most a footnote in standard books dealing with American Jewish history. One such man was Dr. Simeon Abrahams, a pillar of the New York Jewish community during his relatively short life.

 

Posted on: September 1st, 2010

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From 1654, when the first Jews arrived in North America, until 1840, when the first Orthodox ordained rabbi, Rav Abraham Rice, settled in Baltimore, American Jewry was led by chazzanim and baalei batim (private individuals) who had better than average Torah educations. These men did their best to fill the void in rabbinical leadership that characterized American Jewish life until the last few decades of the nineteenth century.

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