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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

On Boston's Rat Day of 1917, the upper-class women of Boston gave $1.34 for every rat carcass turned in. The numbers of dead rodents, however, fell far below their expectations.   It was the last Rat Day in Beantown. Reports ...

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