Jews, Church, & Civilization V

INTRODUCTION

in one’s native tongue; an emphasis on the prophetic teachings as presenting the core of Judaism, a core that will not lose validity with changing time and place, unlike other components of religion; and a de–emphasis on a return to the land of Israel. Geiger’s last years were spent as a rabbi at Frankfurt and at Berlin, where he also lectured at the Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums (“Institute of Jewish Science”), the liberal seminary.”

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online,
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/227807/Abraham–Geiger# (accessed July 1, 2009)

1835 CE: THE FIRST HAKHAM BASHI

–was appointed by Sultan Mahmud II. The title was taken from the words Hakhan (chacham) meaning sage and Bashi meaning head. Ostensibly he served as the chief Rabbi of the Ottoman Empire or of parts of it. Often the Hakham Bashi himself was not sufficiently learned to also serve as a Halachic authority. In addition to religious responsibilities, he was also in charge of collecting government taxes.

1836 CE: SAM COLT

Colt patents the six–shooter gun.

He was 22.

(b. 1814; d. 1862)

1836 CE: BATTLE OF THE ALAMO

–between the Republic of Mexico and rebel Texian forces (Feb 23 – Mar 6)

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