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300 C.E. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
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300 C.E. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

It is in the Mishnah that we are first introduced to the main theme of the holiday, that of judgment: “On Rosh Hashanah all human beings pass before him [God] as sheep before a shepherd” (Tractate Rosh Hashanah 2) This theme is elaborated upon in the Talmud, where we find Rabbi Kruspedai of 3rd century […]

Destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. – Tisha B’Av
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Destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. – Tisha B’Av

The Jewish War 6, 241, 251-56 Toward the end of 69 or the beginning of 70, Vespasian appointed Tiberius Julius Alexander to the staff of his son Titus, who was in charge of the war against the Jews. In Josephus’ eyes, this was a distinction and a token of gratitude on the emperor’s part toward […]

Isaac ben Joseph ibn Chelo, 1334 CE: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
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Isaac ben Joseph ibn Chelo, 1334 CE: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

“The Jewish pilgrim Isaac ben Joseph ibn Chelo who visited Hebron, among other places in the Holy Land, wrote: ‘The Jews, who are very numerous here, do a considerable trade in cotton, which they spin and dye themselves, as well as in all sorts of glass-ware made by them in Hebron.’ ‘They have an ancient […]

Mishnah, 300 CE: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
By October 5, 2016 Read More →

Mishnah, 300 CE: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

It is in the Mishnah, the oral law that preceded the Talmud compiled in Israel by Yehuda Hanasi, that we are first introduced to the main theme of the holiday, that of judgment: “On Rosh Hashanah all human beings pass before him [God] as sheep before a shepherd” (Tractate Rosh Hashanah 2) Source: Haaretz, “The […]

2,000 Years of Historical Documentation of the Celebration of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hosha ‘na Rabba and Shemini Atzeret
By October 5, 2016 Read More →

2,000 Years of Historical Documentation of the Celebration of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hosha ‘na Rabba and Shemini Atzeret

We have evidentiary documentation of the celebration of the holidays  of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and the related holidays of Hosha ‘na Rabba and Shemini Atzeret, beginning with the Apostle Paul, the great Jewish Historian Josephus (37-100 CE), author of Antiquities of the Jews, and the Roman Historian, Plutarch (46-120 CE), the author of […]

The Destruction of King Solomon’s Temple
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The Destruction of King Solomon’s Temple

The Land of Israel is a natural bridge between the African and Eurasian continents, not only in terms of territory, but also between different peoples, cultures, languages and religions.  It has been the focus of so much attention, the home of so many nations, and the stage for many events that have shaped world history.  […]

Haftarah Introduction, Bryna Jocheved Levy
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Haftarah Introduction, Bryna Jocheved Levy

WHAT’S A HAFTARAH? The haftarah or haftorah is the selection from the books of the Prophets (Nevi’im)  read publicly in the synagogue following the Torah reading on Sabbath and Jewish holidays. The word haftarah derives from the Hebrew word meaning “parting” or “taking leave” since it concludes the scriptural readings in the morning Sabbath and […]

Rachel Hachlili, “Synagogues: Before and After the Roman Destruction of the Temple,” Biblical Archaeology Review 41:03, May/Jun 2015.
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Rachel Hachlili, “Synagogues: Before and After the Roman Destruction of the Temple,” Biblical Archaeology Review 41:03, May/Jun 2015.

Were there synagogues while the Temple still stood in Jerusalem? Nearly 200 ancient synagogues have been discovered by archaeologists at numerous sites in the Land of Israel as well as in the diaspora. After the Roman destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 C.E., the major architectural feature of the synagogue was the Torah Shrine. […]

Sacrifice of Isaac, Laurent de La Hyre (1606-1656).
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Sacrifice of Isaac, Laurent de La Hyre (1606-1656).

An Angel Prevents the Sacrifice of Isaac Jews read this story of the, ‘Akeidah’, the ‘Binding of Isaac’ on Rosh Hashanah in the Synagogue, reminding us of how we need to be ready to sacrifice our lives and those of our family for the ultimate value of serving G-d. “And Abraham stretched forth his hand, […]

Biblical History: Jeremiah, Ezra and Esther, c. 586-330 BCE, Steven Feldman, COJS.
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Biblical History: Jeremiah, Ezra and Esther, c. 586-330 BCE, Steven Feldman, COJS.

Like the Northern Kingdom of Israel, the Southern Kingdom of Judah, too, had come to an end. Both had been caught in similar predicaments- how to negotiate the treacherous diplomatic waters of a small power caught between two international superpowers on either side of it. Both small kingdoms had succeeded for a while at picking […]