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

January 16, 1996 Terror on Hebron – Jerusalem Road

January 16, 1996 Terror on Hebron – Jerusalem Road

Sgt. Yaniv Shimel and Major Oz Tibon, both of Jerusalem, were killed when terrorists fired on their car on the Hebron-Jerusalem road.

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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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Isaiah 59:20: A Day of Salvation

Isaiah 59:20: A Day of Salvation

A main thread running through the book of Isaiah is the message of salvation. He tells us that although so many people set their hearts against God, there are some who are righteous, who will be saved from the awful destruction that God brings upon the wicked. Saved from destruction: Isaiah 66:24 Isaiah speaks of the […]

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Isaiah 29:13 – Vain Worship

Isaiah 29:13 – Vain Worship

The text for this lesson is Isaiah 29:13. “…these people draw near to me with their mouths, and honour me with their lips, yet have removed their hearts far from me. Moreover, their worship toward me is the doctrines of men.” Even by the time the Messiah had come, many religious leaders were false in their worship. God […]

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Isaiah 53: Isaiah’s Lamb

Isaiah 53: Isaiah’s Lamb

Verse 7 is a key verse in the chapter. It speaks of one “led like a lamb to the slaughter” whom we understand to be Jesus Christ who was crucified. When the man from Ethiopia was reading this chapter as he rode home in his chariot, he was puzzled as to whom this “lamb” might be. He asked Philip the […]

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