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

The Great Game 1611 – East India Company established a cotton factory in India

The Great Game 1611 – East India Company established a cotton factory in India

The Great Game In 1611, the East India Company established a cotton factory in India.  Beginning in the 18th century and over the next century, large areas of India were annexed by the East India Company. Dissatisfaction with Company rule led to the Indian Rebellion of 1857, after which the provinces of India were directly […]

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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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1600 The Jews of Jerusalem III

1600 The Jews of Jerusalem III

Mantegazza, Stefano. Relatione del santo viaggio di Gerusalemme… Milano 1616, 203-270, 289-368. Source: Nathan Schur. Jerusalem. In Pilgrims’ Accounts Thematic Bibliography

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1600 The Jews of Jerusalem II

1600 The Jews of Jerusalem II

Castelas, Henry: Le Sainct voyage de Hierusalem. Bordeaux 1603, 114-272, 341-360. Source: Nathan Schur. Jerusalem. In Pilgrims’ Accounts Thematic

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1600 The Jews of Jerusalem

1600 The Jews of Jerusalem

Biddulph, William: The travels of foure Englismen and a preacher. Purchas, his pilgrimage, Vi. London 1625. Source: Nathan Schur. Jerusalem. In Pilgrims’ Accounts Thematic Bibliography

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