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

Primary Sources April 11, 1921, with Yasser Arafat and Mahmud Abbas 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 Quotes from the Mufti of Jerusalem, 1921-1970 Secondary Sources Appointment […]

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 […]

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.

                                   

By March 1, 2017 Read More →

More Recent Articles

Jerusalem The Endless Crusade

Jerusalem The Endless Crusade

According to Ibn al-Qalanisi, although he exaggerated the numbers of the victims.  And all the Jews that crowded into their synagogue were burned alive inside.  Mistaking the al-Aqsa mosque for the Temple of Solomon, Raymond of Aguilers wrote a notorious account of what he had observed: Wonderful sights were to be seen. Some of our […]

By March 14, 2017 Read More →
July 15th, 1099 Muslim Account / Murder of Jews in Synagogue on Temple Mount

July 15th, 1099 Muslim Account / Murder of Jews in Synagogue on Temple Mount

July 15th, 1099 The Temple Mount To quote from Al Kalasini’s contemporary account: “They (the Crusaders) proceeded towards Jerusalem, … The people fled in panic before them. They descended first upon Ramallah and captured it after the ripening of the crops. From there, they marched to Jerusalem, the inhabitants of which they engaged and blockaded […]

By March 14, 2017 Read More →
1099 Crusader Massacre of Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem

1099 Crusader Massacre of Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem

July 15th, 1099 The Temple Mount Within hours of breaching the walls of Jerusalem in 1099, the victorious Crusaders had massacred almost all of the city’s Jewish and Muslim inhabitants. The Crusaders ascended the Temple Mount and after giving thanks to God for their victory, converted the mosques into churches, renaming the Dome of the […]

By March 14, 2017 Read More →