Monday, August 4, 2008

Today in Jewish History

Today is 3 Av on the Jewish calendar and notes how on this date in 1881, the first shipload of Russian Jewish immigrants arrived in New York City. Over the next 50 years, more than 2 million Jews would flee pogroms in Russia, my father's family among them. The folks at didn't happen to mention that factoid and I didn't expect them to. I do, however, think they could have a bit more precise about noting:
"This influx indelibly altered the demographics of American Jewry; according to the U.S. census of 1940, 1.75 million Jews spoke Yiddish at home."
Spoke Yiddish at home? I've only heard it screamed and yelled.

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