Jews, Church, & Civilization V

INTRODUCTION

Montefiore died in 1885 at age 100, having voyaged to Israel seven times to personally oversee and advance various endeavors of the budding Jewish homeland. He stands as an iconoclastic figure and quasi folk hero in Jewish lore. He is commemorated affectionately in Israeli music and literature as ha–Sar Montefiore, i.e. Minister Montefiore.

(See also entry 1839 CE)

1827 CE: DAVID (DAVY) STERN CROCKETT

–elected to Congress

Crockett, a celebrated American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician, gets elected to the US House of Representatives, representing Tennessee. He is often referred to as Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier.

Born of French–Irish Huguenot stock, Crockett serves in the Texas Revolution and dies in the Battle of the Alamo.

1827 CE: CANTONIST EDICT OF NICHOLAS I

Sept 7: Russia

Czar Nicholas I proclaimed his Statute of Conscription and Military Service which allowed Jewish youths between 12 and 18 to be forcibly conscripted into the army and forced to serve for 25 years. Although drafting of 18 year olds for 25 years or service had been in effect since the seventeenth century, this statute made military service compulsory. A quota was placed on the Jewish community.Often children were simply kidnapped, which was usually done via an agent called a “Chapper” (grabber in Yiddish), who often disregarded the official minimum age of 12 and took children as young as 8 in order to fill their quota.

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