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Jewish Tribes: Naphtali
By Sarah Kronenberg - February 20, 2009

Naphtali was the second son of Jacob and Rachel's maidservant Bilhah and the father of the tribe of Naphtali. According to biblical terms his name means "my wrestling," and references the bitter rivalry and competition of Jacobís wives, Leah and Rachel....

Jewish Tribes: Asher
By Sarah Kronenberg - February 15, 2009

Asher was the eighth son of Jacob and the father of the tribe of Asher, one of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was born to Jacob and Zilpah who was Jacobís wife Leah's maidservant. Leah named him Asher, saying "Happy am I" (Genesis 30:13). Like...

The Jews of Russia: Part I
By Mike Martin - February 15, 2009

There are records showing the existence of Jews in southern Russia and the surrounding areas of Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia as early as the 4th century. These included settlements of Jews from Armenia to the Crimea and they likely came to these parts of...

Jewish Leaders: Levi Eshkol
By Murray Zalman - February 9, 2009

Levi Shkolnik was born into a wealthy Hasidic family in 1895 in the Kiev district of the Ukraine. He later changed his name to Levi Eshkol. He had a traditional Jewish upbringing and education when he was 16 joined the "Tzeirei Zion" movement. In 1914, he...

The Jews of Italy
By Tammy Schwartz - February 9, 2009

The first recorded Jews in Italy were likely ambassadors sent to Rome by Judah Maccabee in 161 BC or later Jews sent by Simon Maccabus to strengthen the alliance between the Judeans and the Romans against the marauding Greeks. After these times many other...

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