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The First Hebrew Thanksgiving in America

Isaac Touro delivered a Hebrew Thanksgiving sermon on Nov. 28, 1765, praising King George III for protecting Newport’s Jews. His sermon took place before worshippers in the new Touro Synagogue. Since 1658, Newport had been a haven for Jews who escaped ...

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Boston’s Rat Day of 1917

The upper-class women of Boston gave $1.34 for every rat carcass turned in during Rat Day of 1917, but the numbers of dead rodents fell far below their expectations. It was the last Rat Day in Beantown. The war on ...

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