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

The Grand Mufti

The Grand Mufti

April 11, 1921, with Yasser Arafat and Mahmud Abbas Hitler and the Arab World Nov 10. 1947, Mufti implies Arab fight on Even US Force, United Press, NY Herald Tribune Excerpt from The Mufti and the Palestinian National Movement, Philip Matter, Columbia University Press, New York, 1988, p.126 Apr. 9, 1948, Holy Land Battle: Mufti’s […]

By January 19, 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 […]

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April 7, 426 Emperors Theodosius II (408 – 450) and Valentinian III (425 – 455)

April 7, 426 Emperors Theodosius II (408 – 450) and Valentinian III (425 – 455)

Inheritance Laws concerning Jewish Converts to Christianity “If a son, a daughter, or a grandson, one or many, of a Jew or of a Samaritan, shall cross over in a better judgment from the darkness of their proper superstition to the light of the Christian religion, their parents, namely father and mother, grandfather or grandmother, […]

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July 9, 425 Emperors Theodosius II (408 – 450) and Valentinian III (425 – 455)

July 9, 425 Emperors Theodosius II (408 – 450) and Valentinian III (425 – 455)

Prohibition of Jews from State Service and the Legal Profession “ … [S]ince it behooves that the religious populace shall not be depraved by any superstition, we order that the Manichaeans, all the heretics or schismatics and astrologers, and every sect hostile to the Catholics must be expelled from the very sight of the various […]

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425 The Temple Mount

425 The Temple Mount

“After the defeat of Bar Kokhba by the Romans in 135 C.E., Jews were banned from Jerusalem. Only in 425 C.E., when the Jews of the Galilee wrote to Byzantiane empress Aelia Eudocia, seeking permission to pray by the ruins of the Temple. Permission was granted and they were officially permitted to resettle in Jerusalem.” […]

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