Spanish Golden Age
Blast from the Past Alex Amchislavskiy

Spanish Golden Age

Spanish Golden Age1 Adar Ibn Ezra: While England was working to isolate and diminish the Jewish Community (see last week's Blast from the Past), around the same time the Jews…

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Statute of Jewry
Blast from the Past Alex Amchislavskiy

Statute of Jewry

Statute of Jewry24 Shvat  Meanwhile in England: Did you know in England the Jews were known as the property of the crown? It’s interesting that the Jewish people have a…

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Purim in Saragossa
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Purim in Saragossa

"In Jewish history there are not coincidences" - Elie Weisel Purim Saragossa17 Shvat We just celebrated Tu b’Shvat, the New Year of Trees, a special time to taste unique and…

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Rabbeinu Nissim
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Rabbeinu Nissim

"Since the ancients have decided, their conclusions may not be set aside." 9 ShvatRabbeinu Nissim ben Reuven haGerondi is known in shorthand as the RaN. He was born sometime between…

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Rebbe Reb Zusha
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Rebbe Reb Zusha

"Zusha, why weren’t you the best Zusha you could be?" Rebbe Reb Zusha:Today is the yahrzeit of Rebbe Reb Meshulem Zusha of Anapol. Of course, this is personal for me,…

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The Story of the Dubno Maggid
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The Story of the Dubno Maggid

17 Tevet  Dubno Maggid: Today is the yahrzeit of Rabbi Jacob ben Wolf Kranz (1741-1804). He was known as the storyteller from Dubno a.k.a. “The Dubno Maggid.” This teacher is…

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