Yay Jewish magic! Loved seeing this copy of Sefer Raziel, printed here in Amsterdam in 1701, showing diagrams of the angels Sanoi, Sansanoi, and Semangelof (who protect mothers and newborns from Lilith), and a magical alphabet for amulet writing. This and many more treasures at the Jewish Historical Museum!

The murders of Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney, and Michael Henry Schwerner:
1964 The KKK kills three civil rights activists.

Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney are killed by a Ku Klux Klan lynch mob near Meridian, Mississippi. The three young civil rights workers were working to register black voters in Mississippi, thus inspiring the ire of the local Klan. The deaths of Schwerner and Goodman, white Northerners and members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), caused a national outrage.

When the desegregation movement encountered resistance in the early 1960s, CORE set up an interracial team to ride buses into the Deep South to help protest. These so-called Freedom Riders were viciously attacked in May 1961 when the first two buses arrived in Alabama. One bus was firebombed; the other boarded by KKK members who beat the activists inside. The Alabama police provided no protection.

Bowers, Price, and five other men were convicted; eight were acquitted; and the all-white jury deadlocked on the other three defendants. On the forty-first anniversary of the three murders, June 21, 2005, Edgar Ray Killen was found guilty of three counts of manslaughter. The 80-year-old Killen, known as an outspoken white supremacist and part-time Baptist minister, was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

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“They killed one nigger, one jewelry, and a white man”-Judge William Cox who was the presiding judge over the first trial in 1964.

What a fun commission: biblical verses about justice… And the Jewish heritage of Vilna. How am I supposed to draw Vilna? ⁉️ finally I found an inspiration: the design of the stained-glass windows of the synagogue of the Vilna Gaon, as painted by Chagall (and unfortunately destroyed by the Nazis). 🎨 A fun pattern to figure out and a beautiful one to paint! 😍💖✨🙌

Shabbat shalom! Last Shabbat in Europe - the majestic Portuguese Esnoga in Amsterdam, where Spinoza was excommunicated. Let’s hope I make it through services… :P
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One of my (non-henna) related highlights of my Manchester trip was definitely my visit to the beautiful Manchester Jewish Museum, in the former Spanish and Portuguese synagogue, and the incredible Rylands Library, where I had a wonderful afternoon with the curators of the Hebrew and non-Western manuscripts. They even let me turn the pages of the medieval masterpiece of the Rylands Haggadah - a true jewel in their collection (no pictures, unfortunately). What an amazing treat! I’m already hatching plans to be back soon…
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