Archive for April, 2016

The Merneptah Stele, The Israelites are in Canaan, 1210 BCE
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The Merneptah Stele, The Israelites are in Canaan, 1210 BCE

The first extra-biblical evidence of Israelites being in the land of Canaan exists on the enormous victory stele of the Egyptian king Merneptah. The Pharaoh Merneptah, son of Ramesses II, The Great, writes (Reading from right to left): “Canaan is plundered with every evil way. Ashkelon is conquered and brought away captive, Gezer seized…Israel is […]

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The Israelites Enter Egypt
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The Israelites Enter Egypt

Deuteronomy 26:5-10: “My father was a fugitive Aramean. He went down to Egypt with meager numbers and sojourned there; but there he became a great and very populous nation. The Egyptians dealt harshly with us and oppressed us; they imposed heavy labor upon us. We cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and […]

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“Unleavened Bread” as a Reason for Expulsion of Jews from Spain
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“Unleavened Bread” as a Reason for Expulsion of Jews from Spain

March 31, 1492, The Edict of the Expulsion of Jews from Spain: “…they have had means and ways they can to subvert and to steal faithful Christians from our holy Catholic faith…carrying to them and giving to them from their houses unleavened bread and meats ritually slaughtered…”  Alhambra Decree or Edict of Expulsion

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An Eyewitness Account of Passover in Jerusalem, 66 CE
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An Eyewitness Account of Passover in Jerusalem, 66 CE

The Jewish-Roman historian Titus Flavius Josephus (Joseph ben Matiyahu) was born in Jerusalem in the year 33 CE.  He fought in the first Jewish-Roman War (66-73 CE) as a commander of Jewish forces in the Galilee, but defected to the Romans in 67 CE. In 68 CE, he predicted Vespasian would become Emperor and subsequently […]

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Celebrating Passover in Jerusalem, April 15, 419 BCE
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Celebrating Passover in Jerusalem, April 15, 419 BCE

Instructions from Jerusalem for Celebrating Passover in 419 BCE in the Persian Controlled Province of Judea In 419 BCE, a man named Hananyah, a Jew who was a representative of the Persian government, wrote a letter to Yedonyah bar Gemaryah, the leader of the Jewish community in Elephantine.   Hananyah, having been sent on a mission […]

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2,500 Years of Celebrating the Festival of Passover
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2,500 Years of Celebrating the Festival of Passover

Exodus 12:17-18: “You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread…  In the first month (Nisan), from the 14th day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the 21st day of the month at evening.” From the first mention of a Passover celebration in 419 BCE, to an eyewitness account of the […]

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What Really Happened at Deir Yassin?
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What Really Happened at Deir Yassin?

The events at Deir Yassin have haunted Jews and Arabs for years. But what really happened there?

American Jewish History
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American Jewish History

Jews arrived in the United States during colonial times and currently comprise about 2% of the American population, 6.5 million. They have contributed greatly to the economy and society of the United States and are an integral part of the fabric of American society. Primary Sources George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Haman Secondary […]

Touro Synagogue: A Symbol of Religious Freedom
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Touro Synagogue: A Symbol of Religious Freedom

Still standing in Newport, Rhode Island, Touro Synagogue is a symbol of the religious freedom of the New World. The oldest American synagogue stands testament to a Jewish community which flourished in Rhode Island. This was the synagogue in which George Washington made his famous statement about freedom, which later served as a cornerstone of […]

The Rise of Christianity and the Revolt against the Romans
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The Rise of Christianity and the Revolt against the Romans

The Jewish-Christian schism and the Great Revolt led to a new period of Jewish history.

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