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On the secular calendar, this was the birthdate of Rashi, an acronym for Rabbi Shlomo Itzhaki, from France. He… [More] was one of Judaism’s greatest commentators and scholars of the Talmud and Torah. There are reports that Rashi did not make his living as a religious judge but rather from his vineyards. His most famous commentaries were about the tractates of the Talmud and about the Hebrew Torah. [Less]
1732: George Washington
Several Jews served with George Washington during the Revolutionary War. When Washington was elected… [More] president he sent amicable letters to different Jewish communities assuring them that Jews were welcome in the United States. The tone set by Washington helped to make the American-Jewish experience inviting. [Less]
1857: Heinrich Hertz
Hertz was born into a Jewish family that converted to Christianity. He was a German physicist who clarified… [More] and expanded the electromagnetic theory of light. He was the first scientist to receive and broadcast radio waves. The hertz unit of measure is named after him. [Less]