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

October 21, 1930 International Herald Tribune

October 21, 1930 International Herald Tribune

The British policy, that immigration into Palestine be suspended, caused consternation in Jewish circles and concealed satisfaction among the Arabs. The Jewish National Council hastily summoned from various parts of the country, sits now deliberating a reply to be issued to what they consider a most heavy blow to Jewish aspirations. The resignation of the […]

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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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November 18, 1930 Second Census, Palestine

November 18, 1930 Second Census, Palestine

The mandatory government holds a second census in Eretz Israel. It establishes that there are 175,000 Jews, 851,000 Arabs and 10,000 others in Palestine. The Jews comprise 17% of the population.

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October 1930 Hope-Simpson and House of Commons on Restriction of Jewish Immigration to Palestine

October 1930 Hope-Simpson and House of Commons on Restriction of Jewish Immigration to Palestine

Sir John-Hope Simpson: It had hitherto been taken for granted that a substantial amount of cultivable land was still available for the further expansion of Jewish colonization without injury to Arab interests. The amount (e.g. of land) available had been put by some Zionists as high as 16,000,000 dunums (e.g. 4,000,000 Acres ) or more; […]

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October 1930 British Restrict Immigration to Palestine

October 1930 British Restrict Immigration to Palestine

“The whole system under which immigration into Palestine is controlled by the administration has recently been most carefully examined, and in the month of May (e.g. 1930) it was considered necessary by His Majesty’s government, whilst leaving undisturbed Jewish immigration in its various other forms, to suspend the further issue of certificates for the admission […]

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