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Why Kitniyot Passover Fight Is Literally Full of Beans

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Why Kitniyot Passover Fight Is Literally Full of Beans
Why do some Jews consider beans, peas, lentils and other legumes off-limits for Passover? Philologos explains what the great kitniyot fight has to do with the Legume War of 1868.Read More


Moses Told Us To Dip Hyssop in Blood. Did He Mean Marjoram?

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Moses Told Us To Dip Hyssop in Blood. Did He Mean Marjoram?
We all know that Moses told the Jews to take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in blood and paint their doorposts with it on Passover. There’s a good chance that what he meant was wild marjoram.Read More


Getting to the Heart and Sole of the Matter

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Getting to the Heart and Sole of the Matter
Might the Yiddish word Padeshve, which means the sole of a shoe, have something to do with the English prefix ped? Indeed it does. Philologos explains all that and more.Read More


Was Daniel's ‘River of Fire’ Really the Milky Way

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Was Daniel's ‘River of Fire’ Really the Milky Way
The Bible claims Daniel saw a ‘river of fire’ coming from God’s throne. Philologos believes he may have been referring to the Milky Way.Read More


What's a Jewish Town Doing in the Middle of 'Madame Bovary?'

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What's a Jewish Town Doing in the Middle of 'Madame Bovary?'
Centuries after Jesus reportedly healed a paralyzed man in the Jewish town of Kfar Nahoum, the hamlet regained fame in Gustave Flaubert’s novel ‘Madame Bovary.’Read More






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