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Published on: May 10, 2012 11:17 PM
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Philadelphia - Historic correspondence by President George Washington to a Jewish congregation in Rhode Island is the centerpiece of an exhibit in Philadelphia this summer.

The National Museum of American Jewish History said Thursday the privately owned 337-word letter is arguably the most important document in American Jewish history. The museum says the letter was written by Washington to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, R.I., in August 1790.

Washington’s letter is addressed to “the children of the stock of Abraham.” It describes his vow for a government that “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”

The exhibit opens July Fourth weekend. It also will include Washington’s correspondence to Quakers and other Jewish congregations and a Gilbert Stuart portrait of the president from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


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 May 11, 2012 at 12:18 AM DACON9 Says:

FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON TO GEORGE BUSH....
We never had a president like obama....

No president in history ever gave so many Americans a vacation like obama.
we didnt get a cadillac but we got vacations.....................
LADY EXCUSE ME, IS THIS THE RIGHT LINE FOR FOOD STAMPS?

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 May 11, 2012 at 01:20 AM Benjey Says:

Haym Salomon: Financier of the Revolutionay War
by Seymour "Sy" Brody
Haym Salomon was a hero and a fervent patriot whose love of liberty and business acumen combined made him a vital force for the War of Independence. Born in Poland, in 1740, he was forced to flee for his life due to his fight for freedom alongside Pulaski and Kosciusko, who later became military heroes in the American Revolution.

After Salomon landed in New York, he immediately became a successful broker because of his education and his remarkable talents. He married Rachel Franks, who came from a famous American Jewish family.

While New York was the seat of British power, and he was doing business with the wealthy loyalists, Salomon joined the Sons of Liberty, a group of revolutionary patriots. When the Revolutionary War started in 1776, the British arrested him and flung him into prison as a SPY.

The British recognized his linguistic abilities-he could speak 10 languages -- and put him to work as an interpreter. He was finally released and went back into business, aiding the Colonists with his mounting fortune.

Salomon was arrested again for his pro-revolutionary activities. This time he was tortured and condemned to be hanged. With the aid of his friends, he managed to escape to Philadelphia, where he arrived penniless. Salomon quickly retumed to business, using his profits to buy food for the starving Colonial Army. Generals Washington, Lafayette, Von Steuben and others often came to him for food and material aid.

Salomon negotiated many loans for the Colonies from France and Holland, but never took a commission for himself. According to legend, General Washington's appeal for funds with which to maintain his ragged army came to Salomon on Yom Kippur. Devoutly religious, Salomon recognized that love of country was an aspect of his religion. So he turned to the congregation and suspended services to secure pledges for the necessary funds. Only after he obtained the necessary amount needed in pledges did he proceed with the solemn holiday observances.

It became a regular practice -- the Revolutionary leaders' diaries testify to this- "that when money was needed for the Revolutionary War, you went to Haym Salomon."

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 May 11, 2012 at 01:22 AM Benjey Says:

And finally, if you notice the arrangement of the 13 stars in the right-hand circle you will see that they are arranged as a Star of David. This is not something that happened by chance.

This was ordered by George Washington who, when he asked Haym Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he would like as a personal reward for his services to the Continental Army, Solomon said he wanted nothing for himself but that he would like something for his people. The Star of David was the result.

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 May 11, 2012 at 01:53 AM blackandwhite Says:

It also will include Washington’s correspondence to Quakers and other Jewish congregations.

Funny, Quakers don't look Jewish.

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 May 11, 2012 at 07:23 AM Jewnurse Says:

Which museum will this be in???

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 May 11, 2012 at 09:01 AM heeb Says:

Reply to #2  
Benjey Says:

Haym Salomon: Financier of the Revolutionay War
by Seymour "Sy" Brody
Haym Salomon was a hero and a fervent patriot whose love of liberty and business acumen combined made him a vital force for the War of Independence. Born in Poland, in 1740, he was forced to flee for his life due to his fight for freedom alongside Pulaski and Kosciusko, who later became military heroes in the American Revolution.

After Salomon landed in New York, he immediately became a successful broker because of his education and his remarkable talents. He married Rachel Franks, who came from a famous American Jewish family.

While New York was the seat of British power, and he was doing business with the wealthy loyalists, Salomon joined the Sons of Liberty, a group of revolutionary patriots. When the Revolutionary War started in 1776, the British arrested him and flung him into prison as a SPY.

The British recognized his linguistic abilities-he could speak 10 languages -- and put him to work as an interpreter. He was finally released and went back into business, aiding the Colonists with his mounting fortune.

Salomon was arrested again for his pro-revolutionary activities. This time he was tortured and condemned to be hanged. With the aid of his friends, he managed to escape to Philadelphia, where he arrived penniless. Salomon quickly retumed to business, using his profits to buy food for the starving Colonial Army. Generals Washington, Lafayette, Von Steuben and others often came to him for food and material aid.

Salomon negotiated many loans for the Colonies from France and Holland, but never took a commission for himself. According to legend, General Washington's appeal for funds with which to maintain his ragged army came to Salomon on Yom Kippur. Devoutly religious, Salomon recognized that love of country was an aspect of his religion. So he turned to the congregation and suspended services to secure pledges for the necessary funds. Only after he obtained the necessary amount needed in pledges did he proceed with the solemn holiday observances.

It became a regular practice -- the Revolutionary leaders' diaries testify to this- "that when money was needed for the Revolutionary War, you went to Haym Salomon."

It should be noted, that Rachel Franks was a sefardi (the Sefardim were the first Jews in the Western Hemisphere). Second, the Federal Governtment of the US came on a Shabboss to give Hayim Solomon the promisorry note acknowleding their debt of $700,000 (1 trillion by todays estimate) but he refused to sign, as he was a Shomer Shabboss, and they never came back, nor did he ever recover his money. He died penniless. His descendants tried suing the government, but you can imagine what happened. For a full history of this story, read 'The Grandees: Americas Sefardic Elite' by Stephen Birmingham.

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 May 11, 2012 at 09:02 AM bored Says:

Reply to #3  
Benjey Says:

And finally, if you notice the arrangement of the 13 stars in the right-hand circle you will see that they are arranged as a Star of David. This is not something that happened by chance.

This was ordered by George Washington who, when he asked Haym Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he would like as a personal reward for his services to the Continental Army, Solomon said he wanted nothing for himself but that he would like something for his people. The Star of David was the result.

What we call star of David was and is a common shape among the occult. Lets also not ignore any of the rather circumstantial evidence, however paranoid it may be, that connects the founding fathers to the Freemasons.

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 May 11, 2012 at 03:22 PM Washington Plagiarized Says:

HOWEVER - The article shows a quote from Washington's letter that his government “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” Yet in his letter it should have shown that phrase in quotes as well! Washington lifted that entire phrase form the letter written to him by the president of the congregation in which he thanked the President for visiting the shul. Ever since then he has been credited with those noble sentiments penned by a Jew. See the following link - http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/bigotry.html

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 May 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

Reply to #7  
bored Says:

What we call star of David was and is a common shape among the occult. Lets also not ignore any of the rather circumstantial evidence, however paranoid it may be, that connects the founding fathers to the Freemasons.

They use a pentagram which is a five sided star, not a six sided one.

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