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illustration of Ottoman Sultan Murad III

Ottoman Sultan Murad III Orders Displacement of Jews from Safed

October 8, 1576 Ottoman Sultan Murad III issues a firman (a royal decree) ordering that 1,000 Jews from Safed be registered and sent to live in Famagusta in Cyprus. The Ottomans frequently employed a policy called surgun (expulsion or deportation). Surgun would involve the transfer of large numbers of people from one part of the…

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All-Night Studying

Tikkun Leil Shavuot has evolved over the last decades as a holiday ritual. Since Jews stopped bringing sacrifices, the festival of Shavuot has looked like a generic Yom Tov, without distinctive rituals. Shavuot had an unusual sacrifice (Leviticus 23:17-20), but now another ritual has emerged. The prayer book identifies Shavuot as “the season of the…

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