Grant, the Jews, and Purim

7 Mar

Here’s an interesting story about General (and President, but for some reason no one calls him that) Grant giving tzedakah to a Jew collecting money for his daughter’s wedding in Israel:

http://onthemainline.blogspot.com/2012/03/grant-grants-25-donation.html

That piece links to a very interesting article (http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/national/gen_grants_uncivil_war_against_jews) by Jonathan Sarna about Grant’s Hamanistic edict evicting the Jews, “as a class” from a large part of the United States. The order was revoked by Lincoln (who was president at the time) when a Jewish emissary came and told him about it. Grant later did tshuvah and became a friend to the Jews.

And here’s a cool picture of Esther that came up on a google image search:

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