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Shavuot

Shavuot is a Jewish observance that follows Passover by 50 days. It is the second of three major Jewish festivals. The other two are Passover and Sukkot.

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The Jews in Orientalism: 7 March – 8 July 2012...Exhibition at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme de Paris, France

This exhibition explores the world of Orientalist painting, focussing on the representation of the Jew as “Oriental” in art from 1832 to 1929. The artists who travelled to the Orient in the early 19th century discovered the Jewish communities around the Mediterranean rim.

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GIACOMO MEYERBEER: « Dreyfus of the Classical Music World”, Giacomo Meyerbeer arrived after centuries of anti-Semitism. By Benjamin Ivry... Published March 24, 2012, issue of March 30, 2012.

The sudden proliferation of Jewish composers in the mid-19th century was unprecedented in the history of classical music. Until then, Jews had been limited to the role of virtuoso performers, but that all changed when Germany’s two most famous composers were of Jewish origin.

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Nissim Zvili, Israel’s Ambassador to France, writes

... As we approach the end of April, several commemorations follow each other in the State of Israel. In three ceremonies – Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatsmaout – we commemorate the whole history of the Jewish people.

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PESSAH- PASSOVER...

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Chagall

Passover is a Jewish holiday and festival. It commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.
The Biblical commandments concerning the Passover (and the Feast of Unleavened Bread) stress the importance of remembering:
 Exodus 13:3 repeats the command to remember: “And Moses said unto the people, remember this day, in which ye came out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage....”

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The Jews in Iran. Part II....

Today, the Jewish Community is officially recognized as a religious minority group by the government. They are allocated one seat in the Iranian Parliament. There are 11 functioning synagogues, two kosher restaurants, an old-age home, a newspaper and a cemetery in Tehran. At present there are 25 synagogues in Iran.

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