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

Conspiracy Against Partition, Lillie Schultz, January 31, 1948.

Conspiracy Against Partition, Lillie Schultz, January 31, 1948.

No more cynical veto was ever applied by a major power to a United Nations decision than Great Britain’s refusal to comply with the recommendation of the General Assembly on November 29 that “an area situated in the territory of the Jewish state, including a seaport and hinterland adequate to provide facilities for substantial immigration, […]

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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 […]

By December 5, 2017 Read More →

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Odd World: A Photo Reporter’s Story, John Phillips, 1959.

Odd World: A Photo Reporter’s Story, John Phillips, 1959.

“I’m like a Genoese mercenary. I get paid to do a job. I calculate the risks, and while I may get killed, I’ll never get ulcers.” These words are John Phillips’ own summing up of his quarter of a century of taking news pictures. Born in Algeria of an American mother and Welsh father, Phillips […]

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The Association between Nazism and Arab Antisemitism

The Association between Nazism and Arab Antisemitism

June 1941. The Wehrmacht attacks the Soviet Union, for Hitler the center of the Jewish world conspiracy. From there, he intends to push further towards the Middle East. For this plan, Hitler finds an ally in the Arab world. The Fuhrer received the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, one of the most influential men within Arab […]

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1949-1951: The Young State

1949-1951: The Young State

The Arab defeat in the War of Independence did not bring an end to Arab violence against Israel. Despite numerous overtures of peace from the Israeli government, the Arab world continued to threaten and perpetrate violence against the young state. The London Times reported in March, 1949, that the Arabs were by no means finished […]

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