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

May 1st, 1921  Arabs attack Jews in Jaffa

May 1st, 1921  Arabs attack Jews in Jaffa

A year later, in May 1921, more serious attacks were made by Arabs on the Jews of Jaffa and of five rural settlements. On this occasion 47 Jews were killed and 146 wounded. Source: The Political History of Palestine under British Administration Published (by His Britannic Majesty’s Government presented in July, 1947, to the United […]

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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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March 28, 1921 Winston Churchill visiting the graves of World War I British soldiers in Jerusalem

March 28, 1921 Winston Churchill visiting the graves of World War I British soldiers in Jerusalem

March 28, 1921 The Shame of Winston Churchill Winston Churchill visiting the graves of World War I British soldiers in Jerusalem: “You had only to look on your road here this afternoon to see the graveyard of over 2,000 British soldiers, and there are many other graveyards, some even larger, that are scattered about in […]

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16 March , 1922 Covenant of the League of Nations

16 March , 1922 Covenant of the League of Nations

16 March , 1922 (b) The object aimed at by Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of nations is “ the well-being and development of the people” of the land. Alien Jews not in Palestine do not come within the scope of this aim. Neither is their association with Palestine more cloe than […]

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June 17, 1922 Palestine Arab Delegation

June 17, 1922 Palestine Arab Delegation

June 17, 1922 Arabs Say No to Jewish Homeland – State of Israel Palestine Arab Delegation: “Whereas we see division and tension between Arabs and Zionists increasing day by day and resulting in General retrogression.  Because the immigrants dumped upon the country from different parts of the world are ignorant of the language, customs, and […]

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