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

October 20, 2015 Temple Mount – United Nations

October 20, 2015 Temple Mount – United Nations

October 20, 2015 Temple Mount United Nations “United Nations ― Senior United Nations officials have objected to a proposal by some Arab states to classify the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, as part of the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalems’s Old City, following angry denunciations by Israel and many Jewish American groups. […]

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Returning and Redemption

July 12, 1948 Calm in Lydda Shattered

July 12, 1948 Calm in Lydda Shattered

“The calm in Lydda was shattered at 11:30 hours, 12 July, when two or three Arab Legion armored cars, commanded by Lt. Hamadallah al ‘Abdullah, either lost or on reconnaissance or seeking a missing officer, entered the town. A firefight erupted and, eventually, the armored cars withdrew. BUT THE NOISE OF THE SKIRMISH SPARKED SNIPING […]

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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

November 16, 2015 European Anti Semitism

November 16, 2015 European Anti Semitism

November 16, 2015 European Anti Semitism A MAYOR IN HUNGARY ACCUSED ISRAEL OF BEING BEHIND THE RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS IN PARIS, THEN APOLOGIZED WHEN A RECORDING OF THE COMMENTS WAS MADE PUBLIC. During the meeting, according to the news website, Gábor Huszár, who has served as the mayor of Szentgotthárd since 2010, apparently sought to […]

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July 10, 1948 Civilians Flee Lydda and Ramleh Before Towns Captured

July 10, 1948 Civilians Flee Lydda and Ramleh Before Towns Captured

“How many civilians fled Lydda and Ramleh over 10—11 July, before the capture of the towns, is unclear. Dani HQ reported ‘serious general flight’ from Ramleh already on the morning of 10 July. The flight gained momentum during the night of 11-12 July, after the withdrawal from Ramleh of the Arab Legion Company based there. […]

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July 9, 1948 King Farouk Dissatisfied with Arabs Who Fled Palestine

July 9, 1948 King Farouk Dissatisfied with Arabs Who Fled Palestine

King Farouk of Egypt, in a broadcast to the Arab world, expressed his dissatisfaction with the Palestine Arabs who ran away leaving their houses and lands and providing an opportunity for large Jewish immigration and putting Palestine, as he said, in danger of a Jewish majority. Source: 6, p 23.

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July 7, 1948 Israeli Civilian Aircraft Shot Down, Two Killed

July 7, 1948 Israeli Civilian Aircraft Shot Down, Two Killed

“An Israeli civilian aircraft was shot down over the Lydda area today and the pilot and a woman passenger were killed, an Israeli Government source said. Lydda is an Arab occupied region on the central Palestine coastal plain.” Source: New York Times, July 8, 1948

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