Today in Heritage History, 1105, Rabbi Nathan ben Yehiel of Rome completes the very first Talmudic dictionary. A little known historical fact is that ben Yehiel actually completed two different versions of the dictionary; one for those already practicing the Jewish faith and a second edition in which he hoped to attract new converts to Judaism. Suspiciously missing however from the converts edition were any references to the terms; mandatory circumcision, Bris Milah, Mohel, dull rock scalpels, and the easily discernible Yiddish word, itusetohaveaforeskin.

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