Friday March 15: 10 Adar II

It was on this day in 1862 that the U.S. Congress amended the Chaplaincy Laws, thus permitting Jewish clergymen to serve as Army Chaplains. While it could be justifiably argued that this adjustment had been a long time coming, the United States had, when compared to a lot of their European contemporaries, always acknowledged the […] »

Thursday February 21: 16 Adar

It was on this day in the year 42 A.D. that King Agrippa began construction on a gate within the walls of Jerusalem. Six months later, the gate was dedicated and that day became an ancient holiday. If you ever traveled to Jerusalem, you have seen that there are several gates in the Old City. […] »

Friday March 29: 24 Adar II

It was on this day in 1856 that the Jews of White Russia were forbidden to wear distinctive clothing that would set them apart from the rest of the populace. Throughout time, Jews have worn traditional clothing that, not only identified them as being Jewish, but also identified them as belonging to a particular sect […] »

Wednesday February 27: 22 Adar

It was on this day in the year 1917 that the provisional government of Russia, soon to be called the U.S.S.R., eliminated the restrictive laws that had been placed upon Jews under the reign of the Czars. This seeming tolerance for Jews enticed many of them to become rank and file communists. However, Jews, as […] »

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