Monthly Archives: December 2015

21 December 1878 Naphtali Imber writes Hatikvah (“the Hope”), Israel’s national anthem #otdimjh

“My heart is conquered by the Gospel, but my head does not agree with it.” Naphtali Zvi Imber (1856 – 8 October 1909), “Israel’s first bohemian”, was born in Złoczów (now Zolochiv, Ukraine), in Galicia. In his youth he travelled … Continue reading

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21 December 1804 Birth of Benjamin Disraeli, Jewish Prime Minister #otdimjh

“Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honourable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.” Miss Sands told me that Queen Victoria, who was latterly éprise … Continue reading

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20 December 1997 Passing of Denise Levertov, Paul Levertoff’s poetess daughter

Denise Levertov (24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997) was one of the most acclaimed American poets of the 20th century She was born and grew up in Ilford, Essex, a suburb to which Jewish immigrants from Russia and Poland … Continue reading

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19 December 1808 Birth of Horatius Bonar, hymn-writer, philosemite and brother of Andrew Bonar #otdimjh

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto Me and rest; Lay down, thou weary one, lay down Thy head upon My breast.” I came to Jesus as I was, weary and worn and sad; I found in Him … Continue reading

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18 December 1836 Ordination of Ferdinand Christian Ewald #otdimjh

Ferdinand Christian Ewald (September 14th, 1801 –  August 9th, 1874) From Gidney – December 18th, 1836, was an important day, when two converts were admitted to the priesthood, the Rev. F. C. Ewald by the Bishop of London, and the Rev. … Continue reading

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17 December 1941 Jewish Christians excluded from Protestant Churches in Germany #otdimjh

  Erwin Balzer, the bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lübeck was one of seven Protestant regional church bishops and presidents to sign the “Notice of ecclesiastical position of Protestant Jews”, 17 December 1941. It is little known that the … Continue reading

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16 December 1874 Death of Dr Abraham Capadose, critic of vaccination #otdimjh

The Revd Dr Abraham Capadose or Capadoce (22 August 1795, Amsterdam – 16 December 1874, The Hague) was a Dutch physician and Calvinist writer. A Jewish convert to Christianity from 1822 onwards, he was part of the Dutch Réveil (Revival) … Continue reading

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15 December 1883 Death of Alexander Neibaur, first Jewish Mormon who taught Joseph Smith Hebrew and Kabbalah #otdimjh

Alexander Neibaur (8 January 1808 – 15 December 1883) From Fred E. Woods: A Mormon and Still A Jew: Alexander Neibaur was a man of many talents. An educated man and gifted poet, he was fluent in seven languages. One account … Continue reading

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14 December 1820 Isaac Hellmuth born – Pioneer of University Education in Canada #otdimjh

Bernstein writes: Hellmuth, Isaac. The fact that the subject of this sketch was one of the three Hebrew Christian Bishops [257] of the last century—Bishops Alexander and Schereschewsky being the other two—invests his life and memory with a special interest for … Continue reading

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13 December 1949 Ben Gurion declares Jerusalem Israel’s ‘eternal capital’ #otdimjh

‘The State of Israel has, and will have, only one capital, Eternal Jerusalem. So it was 3000 years ago and so it will be, as we believe, for eternity’.” Some 46 years later Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, inaugurated the … Continue reading

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