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The Indigo Guy of South Carolina
The Indigo Guy of South Carolina

The fact that the constitution of the colony of Carolina included a call for the freedom of worship for “Jews, Heathens and other Dissenters from…”

Biodiversity
Biodiversity

Today is the International Day of Biological Diversity, which was created by the United Nations to…

Seven Blessings-Sheva Brachot
Seven Blessings-Sheva Brachot

A couple just starting their lives together inspires joy and hope, and everyone wants to wish them success. These blessings of good will are so important to a new couple that the Jewish marriage ceremony includes blessings. Seven of them, to be exact, …

Homestead Bride
Homestead Bride

In many cases, Jewish philanthropists set up settlements for Jews coming from Russia and Eastern Europe during the Homestead Act of 1862…

A Sephardi Gaon
A Sephardi Gaon

Because of the dedication of Rabbi Ezra Attiya (1885-1969), hundreds of Sephardic Jews chose to extend their education, scores decided to dedicate their lives to Torah study and dozens of distinguished rabbis served in Sephardi communities around the w…

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (Rashbi), whose yahrtzeit is on Lag Ba’omer, was one the five survivors of…

Jewish Mysticism
Jewish Mysticism

While the study of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) has always been a part of Torah study, it only gained public prominence in…

The Tragedy of Jealousy
The Tragedy of Jealousy

The Talmud (Yevamot 62b) relates that “Rabbi Akiva had 12,000 pairs of…

Ethics of the Fathers
Ethics of the Fathers

In Pirkei Avot/Ethics of the Fathers, Rabbi Joshua is quoted saying, “An evil eye…

A Constitutional Congregation
A Constitutional Congregation

What does the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania have to do with the oldest synagogue in that state?

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