Dead Sea Scrolls

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman. Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS.

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman. Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are 900 fragments of what were scrolls in antiquity, which constituted the library of a group of Jews who lived at the shore of the Dead Sea. Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University

By September 11, 2016 Read More →

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” […]

By December 18, 2016 Read More →

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 […]

By October 30, 2016 Read More →

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, […]

By October 27, 2016 Read More →

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.

By September 27, 2016 Read More →

Returning and Redemption

December 5, 1947 Haj Amin al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem

December 5, 1947 Haj Amin al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem

December 5, 1947 “Haj Amin al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem backed up the Arab Higher Committee with an order sent from his exile in the Lebanon that the Arabs had accomplished their purpose with their three-day strike and that no further demonstration should be mad… The police report of the incident said that soon […]

By July 26, 2017 Read More →

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 […]

By December 20, 2016 Read More →

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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“When World War II broke out in 1939, and I felt the increased British pressure on the French authorities in Lebanon to hand me over, I tried to take refuge in Iraq and then in Persia. The British military authorities tried to capture me there and I found myself compelled to seek refuge in Turkey; […]

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February 1942 The shame of Winston Churchill

February 1942 The shame of Winston Churchill

February 1942 The shame of Winston Churchill Churchill pointed out that up to the time that the decision to deport the Darien refugees had been taken: ‘ It looked as if we should be subjected to a wave of illegal immigration, but now that the whole of south eastern Europe is in German hands, there […]

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THE TRAGEDY OF “ILLEGAL” IMMIGRANT SHIP, STRUMA In December 1941 The Struma an over 100 year old cattle boat left the Romanian port of Constanza with 769 Jews on board, 669 more than its normal complement. It  contained only one toilet, no washing facilities and had grossly inadequate sleeping quarters. Passenger wishing to breathe fresh […]

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