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Conversos – Crypto Jews – Marranos *

A converso  was a Jew who converted to Catholicism  in Spain or Portugal in the Iberian Peninsula, particularly during the 14th and 15th centuries, or one of his or her descendants forced to convert to Christianity during the Middle Ages.

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Judaism and Astrology *

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Astrology has been a topic of debate among Jews for over 2000 years. While not a Jewish practice or teaching as such, astrology made its way into Jewish thought, as can be seen in the many references to it in the Talmud. Astrological statements became accepted and worthy of debate and discussion by Torah scholars. Opinions varied

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African Hebrew Israelites *

The Black Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem is a spiritual group now mainly based in Israel, who believe they are descended from the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Black Hebrew Israelites incorporate certain aspects of the religious beliefs and practices of both Christianity and Judaism.

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10 Surprising Similarities Between ISLAM and JUDAISM *

Here are 10 Similarities Between Islam and Judaism that will surprise you. The religious practices of and core beliefs of Jews and Muslims are sometimes identical. The similarities are pretty amazing. Here are the facts about the similarities between Islam and Judaism.

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Jews Under Islam *

Prof. Meir Litvak examines the attitudes toward Jews under Muslim rule from the early days of Islam until the modern period.

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Gan HaGat (Wine Press Garden) Tel Aviv *

Gan HaGat, – literally in Hebrew “Wine Press Garden,” is a hidden Tel Aviv gem the old and new of Israel. Wedged between city buildings and accessible only by a small side street, the public neighborhood garden is relatively unknown.

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The history and critique of Islam – Part 2*

This Jay Smith lecture begins with research carried out by Dan Gibson between 1979 and 2004, where he went to over 100 early 7th - 8th century mosques, and tabulated (using modern Aster satellite technology) where their Qiblas were directed. He noticed that they were all directed in four groups of directions.

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The history and critique of Islam – Part 1 *

Back in 2016 Jay Smith lecture at Kensington Temple (KT) on the historical emergence of Islam. This, then is the first part of his lecture (40 minutes long), which is followed in a few days by part 2 (60 minutes long). Jay employs his graphics into his talks, which help the audience follow his train of thought.

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Honey Bee Hive House *

The Honey Bee Hive House is one of the cool, hidden, and unusual things to do in East Jerusalem, Israel. After the Six Day War, the Housing Ministry sponsored the construction of neighborhoods in the newly conquered territories. The Ramot Polin complex has been named one of the "World's Strangest Buildings".

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Cochin Jewry Heritage Center *

The Cochin Jewry Heritage Center incorporates Jewish tradition and exotics: learning about the rich heritage of the Cochin Jewry and its customs. Visiting the museum includes original artifacts (utensils, spices, ...

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