Converts to Judaism: Stories from Biblical Times to Today

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We scheduled the brit hatafat dam for the next day. Unfortunately, his penis was so edematous that I had to stick him twice to draw a drop of blood. He grimaced momentarily, blanched, and shifted his gaze toward the window. The rabbi said a prayer, and the three of us sang a song about God showing Abraham to the holy land and promising to bless him. Go forth on your journey and I will bless you. Before that day, I had not felt particularly useful on this rotation. Or, maybe it was just that the patients were so sick that I was often at a loss as to how I might help them.

As I went home that day, I thought about what Tom had said. No matter what further treatment we could have offered him for his cancer, it would never have been enough. However, here I was, helping him complete one of his last steps in conversion and one of his last important tasks as his life came to a close. As for me, I learned the importance of treating not only the body but also the soul—the sense of sheer fulfillment that comes with a simple act.

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Edict of Cyrus first return from Exile. Jerusalem "Second" Temple rebuilt. Judean Prophet Haggai. Reformation led by Ezra and Nehemiah. Achashverosh becomes king of Persia. First decrees by Haman; fast ordered by Esther, Haman's downfall and execution. Haman's ten sons executed; Purim celebration.

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Megillah recorded. Bagoas, a Persian, is made governor of Jerusalem. Hellenistic Greek period. Alexander the Great conquers the Land of Israel. Coming of Rome to the east Mediterranean. Prophets second division of Jewish Scriptures recognized by some as Scripture ca. Jewish Qumran community. Selicid, king of Syria, plunders Jerusalem , murdering many. Jewish Maccabean revolt against restrictions on practice of Judaism and desecration of the Temple.

Jewish autonomy under Hasmoneans. Rome Pompey annexes the land of Israel.

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First Jewish Revolt against Rome. Vespasian gives Yochanan ben Zakkai permission to establish a Jewish center for study at Yavneh that will become the hub for rabbinic Judaism.

Destruction of Jerusalem and the second Temple. Herod the Great Jewish Roman ruler of the land of Israel. Mark Antony deeds the city of Gaza to his lover, Queen Cleopatra. Herod creates Temple Mount and begins to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. Project continues until 72 C. Rome establishes direct rule of prefects in Judea.

Philo Judaeus of Alexandria. Jesus is crucified.

Converts To Judaism: Stories From Biblical Times To Today

Josephus Jewish leader, historian. Christian Testament NT writings. December 21, 72 Thomas the Apostle is murdered by Hindu priests of Kali. Afterwards, Jews were forbidden on Cyprus. Roman forces kill an estimated half a million Jews and destroy villages and 50 fortresses.

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He also forbids Jews to dwell there. Judea the southern portion of what is now called the West Bank was renamed Palaestina in an attempt to minimize Jewish identification with the land of Israel. However, he did not allow the Jews to convert anyone ca. To Sporadic persecution of Christianity by Rome. Hillel , a descendant of King David , is one of the first scholars to devise rules to interpret the Torah.

He also reenacts a law forbidding the building of new synagogues. Cyril, the Bishop of Alexandria, champions violence against the city's Jews and incites the Greeks to kill or expel them. Some Jews return within a few years, but many return only after the Muslims conquer Egypt. Recared also declares that children of mixed marriages be raised Christian. Eventually the Southern Arabian tribes are destroyed.

After spending all night praying, all but three or four Banu Kurarans are beheaded. Hundreds of Jews were killed and thousands exhiled to Egypt , ending the Jewish towns in the Galilee and Judea. Heraclius' decree remained in effect until the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem. Other Jewish tribes, including Fadattr, Tedma and Magna reached similar deals. Many Christians and Jews remained despite the Muslim takeover. The Jews were also forbidden from riding horses and holding judicial or civil posts, and were forced to wear a yellow patch for identification. November 9, The 17th Council of Toledo convenes, passing a wide-ranging array of restrictions on the local Jewish community.

David ben-Zaccai held the postion. This marks the beginning of Ashkenazi Franco-German halachic creativity.

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He is the first of the poets of the Golden Age of Spain, and symbolic of both the political power and literary creativity of Jews in Spain at the time. At this time, aproximately , Jews are living in 43 settlements in Eretz-Israel. The adult Jews of the city are arrested and most are executed after refusing to convert.

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Thirty-one or 32 of the Jews are killed. The Jewish children are forcibly baptized. Jews are sometimes required to wear a badge; sometimes a pointed hat. Most Jews went to Germany and further east. This form of distinctive dress was an additon to badge Jews were forced to wear. He also forced Jews over the age of seven to wear an indentifying badge. An additional Jews are burned alive at the synagogue. They were only allowed to take what they could carry and most went to France, paying for thier passage only to be robbed and cast overboard by the ship captains.

Some , Jews are forced to leave. An estimated five thousand Jews were killed before the king, Philip the Tall, admitted the Jews were innocent. Despite the pleas of innocence of Pope Clement VI, the accusations resulted in the destruction of over 60 large and small Jewish communities.

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