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Purim at the Imperial: India, Part 2

A Travelogue by Lawrence Bush For Part 1, click here. HE WAS A VERY handsome Sikh man, dark-eyed, smiling, turbaned, of course, about 40 years old, and he was pleading with us — gently, obsequiously, with “sir” and “lady” tagged to every sentence — to engage him as a driver any time we needed one in Delhi […]

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Queen Esther’s Tomb in Iran

Archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld was born in Hanover Province, Germany on this date in 1879. He was deeply involved in archaeological excavations in Iran during the early 20th century and helped prompt the creation of the Persian law of antiquities, which protected some of humankind’s most ancient artifacts. Herzfeld also identified a shrine in Hamadan in the Kurdish region of Iran, […]

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The Purim of the Bomb

Jews of Fossano, Italy, a town that was being besieged by Napoleon’s army, were saved on this date in 1796 (some sources say April 27th, others April 25th) from being massacred inside their synagogue by their fellow townspeople when a bomb exploded in the synagogue’s vestibule and frightened away the mob. Jewish celebrations of the […]

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O My America: Save Us, Ivanka!

by Lawrence Bush I STEPPED OUT onto my porch two evenings ago and heard peepers — tree frogs — who make one of the most beguiling and happy sounds of spring in the countryside. My heart sank. They were out a month early, after a week of 72º temperatures in late February. I knew that […]

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JFREJ’s Evolution: A Conversation with Dove Kent

From the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents. JFREJ’s Marshall Meyer Risk-Taker Awards event is on December 7th in New York City. Click here for more information. JFREJ, or Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, has been a vibrant presence in New York social struggles for the past quarter of a century, in coalition with […]

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March 4: The Purim of Cairo

On this date in 1524, twelve prominent members of the Egyptian Jewish community in Cairo who had been seized by the Ottoman viceroy of Cairo, Ahmed Shaitan Pasha, were released after he was assassinated by Mohamed Bey, his own vizier, at the bathhouse. The assassinated viceroy had been in rebellion against the Sultan Suleiman of […]

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