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

November 10, 1938 Kristallnacht

November 10, 1938 Kristallnacht

The day after Kristallnacht Emanuel and Leo Blumenthal left their homes in Frankfurt, Germany, to view the destruction of the prior day. They saw a crowd by an apartment house and learned that a Jewish man had committed suicide. At that moment they were seized and taken to Buchenwald. Emanuel Blumenthal and his brother Leo […]

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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 9, 1938 Kristallnacht

November 9, 1938 Kristallnacht

“German authorities looked on without intervening. The name Kristallnacht comes from the shards of broken glass that littered the streets after Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues had their windows smashed. At least 91 Jews were killed in the attacks, and 30,000 were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, […]

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November 8, 1938 Young Arab Girl Writes about Jihad

November 8, 1938 Young Arab Girl Writes about Jihad

A young Arab girl wrote about Jihad:  “I write to you hoping that our youth will know some Islamic zeal when they find a young girl like myself calling for jihad and sacrifice while they are unaware and uninterested. If I were a young man I would have been the leader of Egyptians along the […]

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October 7, 1938 Conference on Status of Palestine at Colonial Office

October 7, 1938 Conference on Status of Palestine at Colonial Office

“With the fate of Czechoslovakia fresh in their minds Zionist circles in London tonight were fearful that the Jews of Palestine would next be “sold down the river” in fulfillment of the British policy of seeking peace with the Nazis. An important conference which may decide the future status of Palestine proceeded all day long […]

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