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Minhagim, Venice, 1593, BM700.I818 1593, Fol. 73v – Purim.
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Minhagim, Venice, 1593, BM700.I818 1593, Fol. 73v – Purim.

                                   

78 B.C.E. Purim/Ecclesiasticus
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78 B.C.E. Purim/Ecclesiasticus

The Book of Esther, in a Greek version written in Judah, was introduced into Egypt, probably in 78/77 B.C.E., during the reign of Ptolemy Auletes, the father of the seductive Cleopatra VII. It was accompanied by a letter requesting the Egyptian Jews to join their Judaean brothers in the celebration of the Feast of Purim, […]

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The Term Purim and the Black Obelisk
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The Term Purim and the Black Obelisk

As we know from the Book of Esther, the casting of lots – known as ‘Pur’ –  was used by Haman to establish the date on which he intended to attack and murder the Jews of Shushan. Purim is a plural of that term.  Scholars note that the date of Purim falls during a Persian […]

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The Celebration of Purim
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The Celebration of Purim

The story of Purim is told in the biblical Book of Esther and is celebrated today much in the way that the book delineates. But what happened between now and then? Although not commonly known, there is textual, archaeological and artistic evidence of the celebration of Purim from ancient times until today. A document found in the […]

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Dura Purim
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Dura Purim

Dura inscription on the walls of Synagogue on the Purim theme. Dura Europos Inscription – A variety of inscriptions were found in the Synagogue and they provide information about the worshippers and the Jews in Dura. The inscriptions are written in three different languages: Aramaic, Greek and Middle Persian, in keeping with the multilingual population living in […]

The Land of Israel in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Times, 1800 BCE-1798
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The Land of Israel in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Times, 1800 BCE-1798

  Overview The Story- 539 BCE-632 CE, MyJewishLearning.com. The Story, 622-1666, MyJewishLearning.com. Early Modern Jewish History, MyJewishLearning.com. Overview- Ottoman Empire The Story- 1700-1914, MyJewishLearning.com. Primary sources Bible and Beyond- Archaeology and the Bible Coming to the Promised Land (Zionism) in the Bible Land Purchase in the Bible, Bereshit Rabbah 79-7. The Kingdom of Israel Maimonides […]

Awaiting the Messiah, Returning, the Land of Israel as a Focus in Jewish History, Benjamin J. Segal, World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem 1987.
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Awaiting the Messiah, Returning, the Land of Israel as a Focus in Jewish History, Benjamin J. Segal, World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem 1987.

Though subject to many conquests, the Land of Israel was never bereft of all Jews. In each generation, throughout the occupations, some stayed and still others returned. Arriving not in waves but in trickles, these individuals not only fulfilled their Jewish obligation as they understood it, but they also preserved the road over which masses […]

The Rabbinic Period, Returning, the Land of Israel as a Focus in Jewish History, Benjamin J. Segal, World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem 1987.
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The Rabbinic Period, Returning, the Land of Israel as a Focus in Jewish History, Benjamin J. Segal, World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem 1987.

In the fifth century B.C.E., Ezra and Nehemiah reestablished a spiritual and political base for the fledgling community which had returned to Israel from the Babylonian exile. For more than a thousand years there-following, the Jews would engage in reinterpretation and redefinition of their culture. By the time those centuries had passed, all the basic […]

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The Biblical Age, Returning, the Land of Israel as a Focus in Jewish History, Benjamin J. Segal, World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem 1987.
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The Biblical Age, Returning, the Land of Israel as a Focus in Jewish History, Benjamin J. Segal, World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem 1987.

The Jews emerged quietly from the early confines of recorded history, over three thousand five hundred years ago. As a small family, the first Jews emigrated from Mesopotamia to Israel many centuries before Buddha spoke half a continent away, and hundreds of years before Homer was to compose the classics of Greek literature. The daughter […]

Al ha-Nissim: Additional Prayer for Hanukkah
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Al ha-Nissim: Additional Prayer for Hanukkah

Greco-Roman Period ‘Al ha-Nissim, inserted in the Amidah and the Grace after Meals on all eight days of Hanukkah, is only preserved in medieval texts. Yet its concentration on the military victory—not on the miracle of the burning of the oil for eight days—testifies to its antiquity. We thank thee for the miracles, for the […]