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History Highlights

Rabbi Meir Goldberg

This week History Highlights visits Frankfurt, Germany, a city with close to 1,000 years of Jewish history and home of some of the most important rabbonim who have ever lived.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The So-Called “Holy Roman Empire” Did you know that the Gemara Megillah 6B mentions Germania, the Roman name for Germany? Back then, “Germania” was part of Rome. For hundreds of years even after the destruction of the Roman Empire, Germany was known as the Holy Roman Empire because Germans saw themselves as a continuation of the Romans, but people used to tell a joke saying that this so-called “Holy Roman Empire” was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire!  

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