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The Jews of Medieval England

Posted on April 16th, 2018
From BBC History Magazine


Jewish people first began arriving in England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 and their histories can be traced in the country’s major cities today. Through the story of a bronze cauldron known as the Bodleian Bowl, historian Rebecca Abrams explores the experiences of Jews in medieval England, from prosperity to persecution…

Jewish communities spread rapidly throughout the Mediterranean world from the first century AD, but it was not until the 11th century that Jewish people in any significant number began to cross the Channel and settle in England. This magnificent bronze cauldron, from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (pictured), is intimately bound up with the story of how the Jews first came to England in 1070, and what happened to them during the next 200 years before they were abruptly expelled from the country in 1290.

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The incredible story of the Jews that danced in Nazi Hell

Posted on April 9th, 2018
From JTV

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day falls this year on April 12th


Surviving the Holocaust


Beside slaughtering the Jewish people, the Nazis also tried to break the Jewish spirit. We have heard many times how the Jewish soul survives even in the darkest of times. This video presents one account that needs to be told.

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Ten things you didn't know about Mimouna

Posted on April 2nd, 2018
By Ophir Toubul for 972mag.com

Mimouna, the traditional festival celebrated by North African Jews on the last day of Passover, is often overlooked when discussing the Jewish holiday of liberation. Here are 10 things you might not know about the celebration that once brought Jews and Muslims together. 


1. The name of the holiday, “Mimouna,” has several different, fascinating meanings. The most famous of them attribute the name to the Hebrew word “emuna” (belief), the death of the preeminent medieval Sephardic Jewish philosopher, Rambam (“Maimonides”) or the name of the Berber goddess of luck (“Mimouna”). A less popular explanation ascribes the name of the holiday to the city of Tamimouna near Sudan, from which many Jews came to the Tafilalt region in southern Morocco. During the Passover Seder, alongside the prayer for “next year in Jerusalem,” it was customary to pray for a return to Tafilalt. Does this mean we are actually Sudanese?

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Hosting a Passover Seder? Use This Checklist to Prepare

Posted on March 19th, 2018
From ReformJadaism.org

Want more information on Passover? Check out Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.


Don't be overwhelmed by hosting your own seder. Use this handy checklist to help you prepare!

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15 things you always wanted to know about matzah

Posted on March 19th, 2018
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c

 

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Passover Guide
 

 


From a cry on the Moon to how many calories are in each square of this holey cracker, here are some fun facts about Passover bread.



Matzah is an unleavened flatbread that takes center stage in the Passover diet. According to tradition, it is forbidden to eat chametz – leavened breads, cookies or cakes – during the Passover holiday and thus matzah, an unleavened flatbread, is eaten instead.


According to the Torah, the Israelites were in such a hurry to leave Pharaoh’s land that there was no time for their bread dough to rise before baking it.


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