This would be so mean!
Later in the lag b’omer day…CH decided to visit BP. Some good ol’ confusion and humor happened.
WHY DID I LEAVE ISRAEL!?!?! CAN I GO BACK TO SEM?!? I NEED Yerushalayim!!!!
— all the recent chutzniks I know
and probably okay me too just a little
Do ppl call the beis midrash the “kollel” or did my chavrusa just casually remind me that he doesn’t work?
people do call it the kollel, I’ve heard people say that before…
Is that not normal? I heard of men “learning in the kollel”, which I thought for a while was just a nifty Jewish library, loooooong before I even heard the word “beis medrish”. *shrug*
HBH"C Ploni Ben Nistar: Lag B'Omer (part 1): Share your Torah! -
As many of you might have realized already, Lag B’Omer is coming soon! It is one of my favorite, together with Purim, minor holidays of the Jewish calender. Lag B’Omer (the 33rd of the Omer) is a joyous day in the middle of a long mourning period.
Chazal teach us that in between Pesach and…
your-red-rose Asks:Why did the imperial Russians move Jewish people to the pale? And was their faith damaged by the government? Like the soviets did to other Jews. My family lived in st. Petersburg and worked for the royal family, then were forced to move to Kiev. We don’t know anything else.
This was asked to Bennistar however I’ll add onto his answer as suggested. Note: I could expand on various topics the antisemitism bit obviously but this could go on this for a while so I’ll try to stick to answering specific to the question(as much as possible …).
We should be clear as Bennistar mentioned, the Russians were extremely antisemitic; this on grounds of their considering Jews to be crooks, heretical infidels and ‘just’ plain ol’ foreign . The usual. First I should note that the official policy of the Russian Empire included that until the 18th century, Jews weren’t legally allowed into their “inner borders” at all. In the late 17th century Peter the Great was asked by foreign Jewish merchants(from Amsterdam) to let Jews into their borders primarily for trade purposes. He stated that it would beneficial for the country; However if he were to allow it, he would “pity them” considering the violent antisemitism they would undoubtedly experience. Later Peter did allow Jewish Merchants into Petersburg. This arguably could be considered the end of the beginning…
1791 Catherine the Great officially created the Pale of Settlement which initially only included small provinces in what is today Belarus and Ukraine. During the beginning of the 19th century the Russian Empire acquired a vast amount of territory to the west including parts of what was then Poland thus absorbing large numbers of Jews into their borders. Initially most people weren’t moved, rather they were simply absorbed. Overtime the borders got bigger and smaller, changing on the whims of the government and their political(and monetary) strategies.
The Jews living in this region faced to say the least, disgusting and violent antisemitism, as the original answer mentioned. Though pogroms in many cases broke out after church services it was only partially blameable on religious reasons rather due to a sequence of events related to monetary issues. The merchants of the Russian Empire(Moscow particularly) protested Jews in the empire and participating in their business to begin with, as the people got poorer(war, corruption, etc) and the Jews seemed to multiple this continued to exacerbate their antisemitic outcry thus leading the witch-hunt along with the clergy.
On the religious note; Among many vile acts the Russians repeatedly tried to infiltrate the religious Jewish schools with government officials and “reform rabbis” who would try to bring modernity(including expanded secular studies) and lead them away from learning with little success(in this method). Essentially this meant to rob them of that which made them “different” and so very “foreign”. These were some of the first efforts within the Pale of Settlement using these measures initially to actually to reduce the outcry against the Jews(merely for their own gains) and make them into the money-making, “useful” type.
In regards to your family specifically, it would be odd they worked in the palace(or even Petersburg) unless they were of the Merchant class so I imagine this to be the case. Around 1891, 1,000 Jews were expelled from Petersburg and 20,000 from Moscow, pushed into the Pale of Settlement. If they weren’t expelled before this time, this would have been their “boot”. The fact they were in Kiev is actually quite interesting considering while at that point the Jews were confined to unpleasant urban areas, Kiev required special permits to reside there.
Hope that was enlightening!
There is this particular grassy area in central park MO people hang out on shabbos. There is also a turtle pond. #random
The Jewish Woman of Algiers,
Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier (1862).
Medium: Algerian onyx-marble, bronze, gilt bronze, enamel, amethyst eyes; white marble socle.
So random!this last week my friends and I stopped by this browsing the MET.
(Source: roxygen, via thearcanetheory)