Archive for October, 2008

The Story of Moses, 1330-1210 BCE
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The Story of Moses, 1330-1210 BCE

Moses with the Tables of the Law, Rembrandt, 1659. “She put the child into it and placed it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.” – Exodus 2-3 “Carve two tablets of stone like the first and I will inscribe upon the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you […]

Posted in: The Exodus
Cairo Genizah
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Cairo Genizah

Guidebook The Cairo Geniza is an accumulation of almost 200,000 Jewish manuscripts that were found in the genizah of the Ben Ezra synagogue (built 882) of Fustat, Egypt (now Old Cairo), the Basatin cemetery east of Old Cairo, and a number of old documents that were bought in Cairo in the later 19th century. The […]

Posted in: Crusader Period
Destruction of the Me’ara Synagogue in Jerusalem
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Destruction of the Me’ara Synagogue in Jerusalem

The Me’ara was the central synagogue of Jerusalem’s Jews. They clung to it for hundreds of years until the city fell into the hands of the Crusaders. The Crusaders destroyed the Jewish community in Jerusalem, ruined the synagogue, and sealed the gate. The Crusaders transformed the large cavity created by this sealing wall into a […]

Posted in: Bible and Beyond
Hit the Beach, Marines But Mind the Sunbathers, Alasdair Soussi, Jerusalem Report, June 10, 2008.
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Hit the Beach, Marines But Mind the Sunbathers, Alasdair Soussi, Jerusalem Report, June 10, 2008.

Turning the clock back 50 years, when Washington invoked the Eisenhower Doctrine and sent in the Marines to thwart the forces of international communism in Lebanon As Hizballah demonstrated its political and military dominance over Lebanon in early May, it’s doubtful that anyone in the Bush Administration seriously even entertained the thought that American military […]

The PLO and the Six-Day War, 1957-1967
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The PLO and the Six-Day War, 1957-1967

Overview The Story, 1948-1980, MyJewishLearning.com. Primary sources Letter from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Edward L.R. Elson, July 31, 1958. Address by Israel’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Abba Eban in the United Nations Security Council, June 6, 1967. The Khartoum Resolutions, September 1, 1967. United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, Nov. 22, 1967. Newspaper articles Egyptian Troops […]

Hit the Beach, Marines But Mind the Sunbathers, Alasdair Soussi, Jerusalem Post, June 10, 2008.
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Hit the Beach, Marines But Mind the Sunbathers, Alasdair Soussi, Jerusalem Post, June 10, 2008.

REDIRECT Hit the Beach, Marines But Mind the Sunbathers, Alasdair Soussi, Jerusalem Report, June 10, 2008.

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Jews from Worms, 16th century
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Jews from Worms, 16th century

Life in Ashkenaz Jewish man and woman from Worms, illustrations by Markus zum Lamm, 16th century. The bulb of garlic in his hands indicates that the Jewish man is from Worms. Jewish trading families had settled along the trade routes of the Rhine. Any new settlement was welcome to the secular and religious rulers, for […]

Posted in: Ottoman Period
Letter Signed by Lord Rothschild, Nov. 1905.
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Letter Signed by Lord Rothschild, Nov. 1905.

Letter signed by Lord Rothschild, Samuel Montagu, David Alexander and Claude Montefiore, all members of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who organized the Russo-Jewish Committee in London to assist the victims of the pogroms in Russia. Krysia Fisher. A Brief Encounter with Archives. Yivo Institute for Jewsih Research, 2005. p. 31.

Letter from Leo Wise to Rabbi Zadok Kahn: Distribution of Funds, June 11, 1903.
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Letter from Leo Wise to Rabbi Zadok Kahn: Distribution of Funds, June 11, 1903.

June 11, 1903 Rev. Dr. Zadok Kahn, Grand Rabbi of France, Rue St., George, Paris Dear Doctor- An idea is prevailing here that we are sending too much money to Kishineff and not enough to other points where there was also great suffering, concerning which not so much was said in the newspapers. If this […]

Sennacherib’s Quarry, 705–681 BCE
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Sennacherib’s Quarry, 705–681 BCE

Moving Stones with Muscle Power A raft buoyed by inflatable animal skins conveys a block of stone from quarry to palace. Had it not been for the self-promotion of King Sennacherib, who left an exhaustive record of his exploits and deeds chiseled in stone at his palace in Nineveh, scholars today would be hard-pressed to […]