History[ edit ] In the 18th century, as interest in the "curiosities" of the Jewish religion rose, some non-Jews had models of synagogues erected, furnished with a full array of Jewish books and ceremonial objects, and accessible to a broad public, constituting the world's first "Jewish museums. The Jewish tradition generally places a high value on learning and study, especially of religious texts. Torah study study of the Torah and more broadly of the entire Hebrew Bible as well as Rabbinic literature such as the Talmud and Midrash is considered a religious obligation. Since the Renaissance and the growth of higher education , many people, including people not of the Jewish faith, have chosen to study Jews and Judaism as a means of understanding the Jewish religion, heritage, and Jewish history. Religious instruction specifically for Jews, especially for those who wish to join the rabbinate , is taught at Jewish seminaries and in Orthodox Judaism , yeshivas. For the majority of Jewish students attending regular academic colleges and universities there is a growing choice of Jewish studies courses and even degrees available at many institutions.
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It is likely the Albany area was visited by European fur traders, perhaps as early as , but the extent and duration of those visits has not been determined. Halve Maen , reached the area in , claiming it for the United Netherlands. Commencement of the fur trade provoked hostility from the French colony in Canada and among the natives, all of whom vied to control the trade. In , a flood ruined the fort on Castle Island, but it was rebuilt in as Fort Orange. Beaver District in
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Built between and under several governors, the ground floor features Classical Romanesque Style, the second and third floor in Renaissance Classical style, and the fourth and roof floors Victorian Romanesque style. The building is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the U. National Register of Historic Places. Tours last between 45 and 60 minutes. Built between and , the Egg appears from a distance to be a piece of sculpture rather than a building.
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