January 26th, 2014

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Queen Dihya "Kahina" / the Ramban's signet ring

Read in the book [personal profile] liv gave me for my birthday about another generally unknown possibly Jewish leader of history, the warrior queen Dihya, known as Kahina (which does indeed mean what it looks like it ought to). Unfortunately, when I looked her up, Wikipedia concludes "of all the known movements of conversion to Judaism and incidents of Judaizing, those connected with the Berbers and Sudanese in Africa are the least authenticated." Oh well.
Also from the same book, did you know when Nachmanides arrived in Israel, he dropped his signet ring on the beach in Acre from where it has now been recovered?

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