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Today in History, May 1: 1943: The first of four trains carrying nearly 11,000 Jews arrive at Auschwitz from Salonika, Greece. This would mark the next step in the end of this ancient Jewish community that lives on in their unique music including that which is used in chanting Psalm 118.
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09-11-13

Avrech: The Story of the Jews

This is the story of how Jews lived amidst Muslims and Christians, and how they tried to stay Jewish… by opting for life.



The Story of the Jews

Images from the Kennicott Torah.

Images from the Kennicott Torah, the most beautiful of all Jewish manuscripts, written and illuminated in medieval Spain in 1476, just 16 years before the expulsion of the Jews by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. The calligraphy is by the scribe Moses Ibn Zabara, illuminations and decorative penmanship by Joseph Ibn Hayyim.

Even on the eve of destruction, Jews took to heart a verse from the Torah (Deut 30:19) “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse, therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live.”

This is the story of how Jews lived amidst Muslims and Christians, and how they tried to stay Jewish… by opting for life.

Simon Schama presents: The Story of the Jews, Episode Two, “Among Believers.”

 


H/T Elder of Ziyon

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Soul Food, May 1

"Thy fingers make early flowers of all things.
Thy hair mostly the hours love.
A silence that sings, saying–
Though life be but a day,
We will go a-Maying."
-E.E. Cummings