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.

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Returning and Redemption

March 9, 1956 King Hussein on Radio Ramallah

March 9, 1956 King Hussein on Radio Ramallah

King Hussein on Radio Ramallah: “We swear before Allah and history to sacrifice our property and everything dear to us for the sake of Palestine, to guard all her holiness and Arabism.  We will not lay down our arms until we regain our rights completely.” Source: Regional Development for Regional Peace: A New Policy and […]

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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 […]

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.

                                   

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April 7, 1956 Terror attack in Ashkelon

April 7, 1956 Terror attack in Ashkelon

A resident of Ashkelon was killed in her home, when terrorists threw three hand grenades into her house. Two members of Kibbutz Givat Chaim were killed, when terrorists opened fire on their car, on the road form Plugot Junction to Mishmar Hanegev. There were further hand grenade and shooting attacks on homes and cars, in […]

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April 8, 1956 Anser al Sadat President of Egypt

April 8, 1956 Anser al Sadat President of Egypt

Anser al Sadat President of Egypt (1970-1981), Al Goumhouria, Cairo: “Wait and see Ben-Gurion!  Soon will be proven to you the strength and strength of will of the Arabs.  Egypt and the Arab nation will teach you a lesson and quieten you forever.  Egypt will grind you to the dust! Source: Regional Development for Regional […]

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April 11th, 1956 Hassan El-Bakouri

April 11th, 1956 Hassan El-Bakouri

Hassan El-Bakouri, Minister of Wakfs (Religious Properties) of Egypt in a broadcast over “Saut El-Arab,” Government-controlled Egyptian Broadcasting Service: “There is no reason why the faithful Fedayeen, hating their enemies, should not penetrate into Israel and transform the lives of its citizens into a hell.  Yes, brother and sister Arabs!  The Fedayeen will be victorious […]

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