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Junior Tales: By Royal Command

Ray Rivlin

Pinchas Goldblatt was probably the smartest boy in Beit HaTorah Elementary School, but he was certainly not the nicest. His blue eyes, curly blond hair, and sweet smile made him look like an angel. Sometimes he even behaved like one, but more often he spoke rudely to other boys and played unpleasant practical jokes on them.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pinchas’s favorite subject at school was history. While his classmates listened to the history teacher and then ran out to play, Pinchas always stayed to hear more. Even when he knew as much as the teacher, he searched encyclopedias for more information. That’s how he discovered that a law passed byEngland’sKingEdward I in 1290 (over 700 years ago!) had never been officially canceled. Passed onTishahB’Av that year, the law banned all Jews from living in England, which then included Ireland as well as England, Scotland, and Wales. Any Jew who didn’t leave by the given date would be executed. Of course, they all left.

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