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People who “sin with their bodies” are destined to be punished.

R. Itz’hak b. Abhin said, “Those who are now the handsomest of the people of Me’huzza (a city) will yet be called the children of Gehenna.”

Rosh Hashana Chapter 1


24 March in History

In 1564, the Pope authorized the printing of the Talmud in Mantua on condition that the word Talmud would be omitted from the text. From the opening years of the sixteenth century, Mantua was a leading center of Jewish printing. A husband and wife duo, Abraham and Estellina Conat shared equally in printing and promoting Jewish texts. By the seventeenth century, the situation of the Jews of Mantua had worsened as they, like Italian Jews in many other cities, were forced to live behind Ghetto Walls.

18 Adar in History

When Governor of Georgia James Jackson resigned his post to serve as a US senator, the president of the Georgia Senate, David Emanuel, was sworn in as governor. March 3, 1801, was the first time that a Jewish person served as governor of a US state.

Emanuel served the remaining eight months of Jackson’s term, but did not seek re-election, opting instead to retire from politics. In 1812, Georgia named a new county in his honor: “Emanuel County.”

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