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The Damascus Blood Libel & a printing of the Passover Feast...

One of the most significant Judaica collectibles to be had...



Item # 557763

August 17, 1840

THE LONDON TIMES, London, dated August 17, 1840. 

* Perhaps the most collectible Judaic newspaper report to be found...


Page 3 contains highly significant articles and a civilized response re: the Damascus Blood Libel related to the persecution of the Jews in Damascus, who were being accused of eating the blood of Christian babies during the Passover Feast. The key article refutes these claims.  However, the most noteworthy addition to the fair-minded civil response is the printing of a detailed description of the Passover Feast (Haggadah).  This printing, in a secular publication, was a major step forward in promoting acceptance of Jews into the public square; quite similar to the significance of George Washington's letters to the synagogues in America, which provided an unprecedented "official" level of acceptance of Jews (not to mention a grateful heart for the part they had played in the American Revolution).  For more details and background concerning both this event, and this historic printing, go to:

http://onthemainline.blogspot.com/search?q=1840

Also, and Google search for "Damascus Blood Libel London Times" will provide an almost endless wealth of articles related to this incredibly significant event and the part this London Times' report played in calming hysteria and changing public sentiment towards the Jews living in Europe and the Middle East region.

The issue is complete and is in very good condition.  A truly historic issue.

Category: Pre-Civil War