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“Repentance removes the evil decree,” we learn from Jonah, iii. 10: “And God saw their works that they had turned from their evil ways,” and immediately adds: “And God thought of the evil He had said He would do to them, and He did not do it.”

Rosh Hashana Chapter 1


14 March in History

It was in this day in 1492 that Queen Isabella of Castile orders her 150,000 Jewish subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion.

8 Adar in History

In 1715, the Crown Colony of Maryland enacted a law requiring any citizen who wished to hold public office to take an oath of abjuration, which contained the words, “upon the true faith of a Christian.” In 1776, the new constitution of the State of Maryland reaffirmed this law, requiring any oath of office to contain a declaration of belief in the Christian religion.

In the decades that followed, the struggle to repeal this law attracted national attention.

On February 26, 1825 an act “for the relief of the Jews in Maryland,” was passed by Maryland’s House of Delegates. The bill allowed every Jewish citizen to take an oath which professes his belief in a “future State of Rewards and Punishments, in the stead of the declaration now required by the Constitution and form of Government of this State.”

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