Archive for September, 2016

John Adams in a letter to Major Mordecai Noah
By September 29, 2016 Read More →

John Adams in a letter to Major Mordecai Noah

“I really wish the Jews again in Judea, an independent nation.”

Posted in: American Presidents
Joseph, Jefferson’s War: America’s First War on Terror 1801-1805, Carroll & Graf, 2004, pp. 40-41
By September 29, 2016 Read More →

Joseph, Jefferson’s War: America’s First War on Terror 1801-1805, Carroll & Graf, 2004, pp. 40-41

Thomas Jefferson: Years of President: 1801–1809 In a letter to John Jay, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “We took the liberty to make some enquiries concerning the ground of their pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no […]

Posted in: American Presidents
2 Kings 18:13–14, 17; 19-37; 2 Chronicles 32-21
By September 27, 2016 Read More →

2 Kings 18:13–14, 17; 19-37; 2 Chronicles 32-21

2 Kings 18:13–14, 17; 19-37 13In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, King Sennacherib of Assyria marched against all the fortified towns of Judah and seized them. 14King Hezekiah sent this message to the king of Assyria at Lachish- “I have done wrong; withdraw from me; and I shall bear whatever you impose on me.” […]

Posted in: Bible and Beyond
Perceptions of Medieval Times
By September 27, 2016 Read More →

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.

Why did Jews choose to live in Christian Europe?
By September 27, 2016 Read More →

Why did Jews choose to live in Christian Europe?

In the year 1000, there are just about no settled Jewish communities in the northern half of Europe. And yet, Jews for the first time decide to cast their lot in this area. Why? Prof. Robert Chazan. Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS.

American Presidents
By September 27, 2016 Read More →

American Presidents

Primary Sources Joseph, Jefferson’s War: America’s First War on Terror 1801-1805, Carroll & Graf, 2004, pp. 40-41 John Adams in a letter to Major Mordecai Noah Martin Van Buren: 1837-1841, State of the Union Address Woodrow Wilson: 1913-1921, Oren, Michael B. Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East Woodrow Wilson: January 21, 1919 […]

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What was the attitude of the Church towards the Jews?
By September 26, 2016 Read More →

What was the attitude of the Church towards the Jews?

The Church, by the year 1000, had developed a kind of theory about the Jews and their place in Christian society. Prof. Robert Chazan. Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS.

Cultural Stimulation
By September 26, 2016 Read More →

Cultural Stimulation

The Jews moved into a society which was culturally backward compared to the Muslim world but it was also in the process of catching up very quickly. Prof. Robert Chazan. Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS.

Posted in: Rabbinic Creativity
What was the original purpose of the Crusades?
By September 26, 2016 Read More →

What was the original purpose of the Crusades?

The Crusades were initially military undertakings to conquer the sacred sites of Christianity in the Holy Land. Prof. Robert Chazan, New York University. Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS.

Heliodorus Stele, 178 BCE
By September 26, 2016 Read More →

Heliodorus Stele, 178 BCE

Unique 2,200-year-old stele (inscribed stone block) that provides new insight into the dramatic story of Heliodorus and the Temple in Jerusalem, as related in the Second Book of Maccabees. The newly deciphered stele presents new information about Heliodorus, who, according to the Second Book of Maccabees, received orders to seize the treasure in the Temple in […]

Posted in: Maccabean Period