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Nearing Double Digits in the Democrat Defection from Bad Iran Deal

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Chuck Schumer Explodes as 60 Jewish leaders Look On

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Bibi: ‘Keep or Cheat,’ This Deal Will Give Iran the Bomb

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More Firebomb Attacks

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2 Die in Israel’s ‘Heat Dome’ Weather

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Arab Sources: Islamic Waqf Officials Arrested for Attacking, Robbing French Tourist on Temple Mount

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FM Moshe Kahlon to Present ‘Cornflakes Reform’ Budget

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‘If I Were American. . .’ Steinitz Responds to US Energy Czar on Iran

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German Neo-Nazi Joins European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee

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Obama May Intervene in $218.5M Judgment Against Palestinian Authority

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Maccabi Games in Germany Sparked Anti-Semitic Response

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Clinton’s Big Jewish Donors are Hollywood Leftists

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From Argentina to Shechem: New Immigrant Joins Soldiers on Front Line [video]

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Arabs Beat Up Tourist on Temple Mount [video]

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US Promises to Protect Israel if Iran Attacks

August 4, 2015 - 9:37 AM
 
Shin Bet Arrests Grandson of Meir Kahane for ‘Nationalist Crimes’

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Arabs Try to Firebomb Car and Bus in Gush Etzion

August 4, 2015 - 12:31 AM
 
Yet Another Democrat Defects on the Iran Deal

August 4, 2015 - 12:07 AM
 
Jewish Woman Severely Burned, 2 More Injured in Yet Another Arab Firebombing Attack

August 4, 2015 - 12:00 AM
 
Getting a Grip on Guilt: It’s Not Always About the Jews

August 3, 2015 - 10:01 PM
 
New Poll: Americans Oppose Iran Deal 2 – 1

August 3, 2015 - 9:45 PM
 
Report: Schumer Will Join Republicans and Kill Iran Deal

August 3, 2015 - 7:06 PM
 
Kerry ‘Knows’ ObamaDeal Will Make the Middle East a Safer Place

August 3, 2015 - 6:56 PM
 
How Hot Is It? Naftali Bennett Just Demanded Settlement Freeze

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Two Mortar Shells Explode on Golan Heights

August 3, 2015 - 6:13 PM
 
Jerusalem Arabs Arrested for Brutally Beating Religious Jewish Couple

August 3, 2015 - 5:42 PM
 
Al Asqa Mosque Preacher: Jews Train Doctors to Spread Diseases

August 3, 2015 - 3:52 PM
 
Violent Bulgarian Soccer Fans Chase Israeli Team off the Field [video]

August 3, 2015 - 3:10 PM
 
Yitzhak Rabin’s Granddaughter Enters ‘Family Business’

August 3, 2015 - 3:08 PM
 
IDF Shoots to Scare Gaza Arabs Away from Security Fence

August 3, 2015 - 3:04 PM
 
Iran Openly Refuses UN IAEA Inspectors Access to Military Sites

August 3, 2015 - 1:21 PM
 
Rouhani: Iran Has Right to Enrich Uranium Under Nuclear Deal

August 3, 2015 - 11:06 AM
 
El-Sisi Signs New Election Law for Egypt

August 3, 2015 - 10:43 AM
 
Security Cabinet Classifies Duma Arson as Terror Attack

August 3, 2015 - 10:10 AM
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Glimpses Into American Jewish History
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.

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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.

 

Posted on: August 4th, 2010

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Jacob da Silva Solis was born into London's Sephardic community on August 4, 1780. He referred to himself as Jacob S. Silva. Arriving in America on October 25, 1803, Jacob almost immediately affiliated with New York's Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue (Shearith Israel). On April 24, 1811, he married Charity Hays, daughter of a Westchester County farmer. They had seven children, the eldest born in 1813 and the youngest in 1827.

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