Jews in the Greco-Roman Period

The History of Hanukkah

The History of Hanukkah

“Hannukah”—the celebration of the (re-)dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem—goes back to the very first dedication—that of Solomon in the 10th century BCE. But the holiday Jews have long called Hannukah commemorates just one of the Temple’s re-dedications—that at the hand of the Maccabees in 164 BCE. This holiday has sometimes been called a “minor” […]

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Jewish Mysticism

Eleazar of Worms, Sha‘ar ha-Sod ha-Yihud we-ha-’Emunah pp. 147-148.

Eleazar of Worms, Sha‘ar ha-Sod ha-Yihud we-ha-’Emunah pp. 147-148.

  The Creator has no body, physical stature, image or form at all… The glory is an appearance of the resplendent light, which is called Shekhinah, and the will of the Creator shows and images that very light to the prophets according to the hour, to this one like that [form] and to the other […]

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Hebrew Bible

King Solomon’s Wall Still Supports the Temple Mount, Ernest-Marie Laperrousaz, BAR 13-03, May-Jun 1987.

King Solomon’s Wall Still Supports the Temple Mount, Ernest-Marie Laperrousaz, BAR 13-03, May-Jun 1987.

“No actual remains of Solomonic Jerusalem have survived,” Dr. Kathleen Kenyon wrote shortly before her death in 1978.1 Most scholars would agree with famous British archaeologist even today. I believe she is wrong. A major Solomonic monument is visible in Jerusalem today for all to see. Indeed, virtually every visitor to Jerusalem does see it, […]

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Medieval Christendom

Perceptions of Medieval Times

Perceptions of Medieval Times

The medieval period was a period of unusual violence and an unusual level of irrational thinking about the Jews but it didn’t involve unremitting violence. Prof. Robert Chazan. Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS.

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Returning and Redemption

January 21, 1919 A Jewish State in Palestine

January 21, 1919 A Jewish State in Palestine

“The American understanding of the intent and purpose of the Balfour Declaration is clearly deducible from the following outline of tentative report and recommendations of the intelligence section of the American delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference, in accordance with instructions, for the President and the Plenipotentiaries, January 21, 1919. PALESTINE. It is recommended: 1) […]

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Jews in Islamic Lands

Jews of Iraq

Jews of Iraq

The mass emigration of Jews from Iraq in the years 1950 and 1951 brought to an end the existence of a community which had been in the region for millennia. From the very birth of Judaism in what was then Mesopotamia, Jews have been present in or very strongly linked to the area. Primary sources […]

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Early Modern Period

Minhagim, Venice, 1593, BM700.I818 1593, Fol. 73v – Purim.

Minhagim, Venice, 1593, BM700.I818 1593, Fol. 73v – Purim.

                                   

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February 3, 1919 Statement of the Zionist Organization Regarding Palestine

February 3, 1919 Statement of the Zionist Organization Regarding Palestine

The official Zionist proposal to the Paris Peace Conference was submitted for review, entitled “Statement of the Zionist Organization Regarding Palestine.” The main points are as follows: Recognition of the historic title of Palestine to the Jews Recognition of the right for Jews to reconstitute a homeland in Palestine A Mandate system, as devised with […]

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January 18, 1919 Muslim-Christian Association to King-Crane Commission

January 18, 1919 Muslim-Christian Association to King-Crane Commission

When the King-Crane Commission was sent to Palestine in 1919, they met with multiple groups of Arabs, Jews and Christians in an attempt to assess the general feelings of the people in the region.  In Jerusalem, they were met by a delegation of the Muslim-Christian Association and addressed by Aref Pasha Dajani who stated: “It […]

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June 16, 1919 Refugees / Minority Rights

June 16, 1919 Refugees / Minority Rights

The Germans, even before the Versailles treaty was completed, were preparing to argue the case for minority rights to protect Germans living outside of Germany’s borders. The representatives of the great powers, aware of the problem, were not particularly anxious to tackle questions of political or cultural autonomy, while the successor states had every interest […]

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