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Where does Hebrew come from? Semitic languages

By |2018-04-07T17:04:54-07:00September 15th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Early alphabets and Hebrew Some time possibly around 4000 BC, as West Asian people settled down in towns and villages, each group of people began to develop their own special language. This was partly because the people of each region spoke to each other more often than they spoke to strangers, and it was partly a way [...]

What is the Talmud? History of Judaism

By |2018-04-08T01:10:59-07:00August 25th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

The Mishnah is at the top center, the Gemara is in the center of the page, Rashi is on the right, and other later commentators are on the left and bottom. About 200 AD, rabbis from all over West Asia, some living under Roman rule and some under Sassanian rule, began to write down their discussions of how [...]

Who was Rashi? Jewish history – Middle Ages

By |2018-04-12T00:08:10-07:00August 24th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

Troyes, France Shlomo Yitzhaki, or Shlomo son of Yitzak, was a Jewish man born in Troyes, France, in 1040 AD. This was when the Capetian kings ruled France. Shlomo was an only child, and his father home schooled him. When Shlomo was a teenager, his father died. Shlomo got married at 17, but soon he left [...]