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Jewish history

The Sabbath (Shabbat in Hebrew) is one of Judaism’s greatest gifts to humanity. People in the ancient Near East had nothing similar to the Jewish concept of a weekly sacred day of rest. Other cultures in the past knew of a seven-day week based on the phases of the moon, but the Israelite Sabbath is not connected to the movements of celestial bodies. It stands apart.

How much do you know about Jewish American history and culture? In honor of Jewish American Hertiage Month, test your knowledge with this fun quiz.

Abraham Cahan (1860-1951), the son of a rabbi, was born and raised in Vlinius, where he trained as a teacher in the Jewish Folk Schools. 

Eliezar Wiesel was born in 1928 in the small Hungarian village of Sighet, in what is today Romania. 

The late author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel received numerous awards during his lifetime for his human rights activities, including the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986.

In November, 1885, a small group of Reform rabbis met in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to discuss the basic principles of the then growing

Since 2000, outbreaks of violence have stymied long-lasting peace agreements between Israelis and Palestinians.

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