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Rachel’s Tomb
Rachel’s Tomb

Kever Rochel, the Tomb of Rachel, in Bethlehem is considered to be the third holiest site in Jewish tradition, after the Temple Mount and The Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

The Jews of Genoa
The Jews of Genoa

In honor of Columbus Day, Jewish Treats presents a brief history of early Jewish life in Columbus’ hometown of Genoa (also called Genova). Although it is generally presumed that Jews settled in Genoa (Northeast Italy) during the Roman era, the earl…

Personal Preparations
Personal Preparations

The celebration of Shabbat is meant to be the high-point of the week. Indeed, it is considered proper for one to spend time each day preparing for the coming Shabbat. In order to ensure that people understood the appropriate ways of honoring Shabbat, t…

At The Mercy Of British Kings
At The Mercy Of British Kings

Most people recognize Richard the Lionheart and his brother John from the saga of Robin Hood.

The First Rabbi In America
The First Rabbi In America

The first ordained rabbi to serve in an American congregation was Rabbi Abraham Joseph Rice (originally Reiss, 1802-1862). After studying in Germany, in Wurtzburg and then Fuerth, Rice was prevailed upon by his fellow rabbis to join the increasingly la…

Algerian Purims
Algerian Purims

Previously, Jewish Treats has presented the history of “Minor Purims,” days on which particular communities commemorate being saved from tragedy. (See Purim of Florence and Purim of The Curtains). Algiers has two such dates…

Who Was Hagar?
Who Was Hagar?

Stating simply that Hagar was the second wife of Abraham and the mother of Ishmael simplifies an incredibly complex character whose emotions and motivations are fleshed out in the Oral Traditions and transcribed in the Midrash.This is Hagar’s basic s…

Shabbat’s Angel Companions
Shabbat’s Angel Companions

In the Talmud (Shabbat 119b), Rabbi Josi the son of Judah is quoted as saying:On the eve of Shabbat, two ministering angels accompany a person home from the synagogue. One angel represents the positive forces and one angel represents the negative …

The Question of Tattoos
The Question of Tattoos

Where once they were demarcations of sailors, soldiers and convicts, tattoos have become a common form of self-expression in Western society.

Becoming a Rabbi
Becoming a Rabbi

In honor of National Clergy Appreciation Month (October), Jewish Treats presents a history of “the Rabbi.”

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