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Esther Bejarano. Source: Twitter.

Auschwitz survivor who used music to help combat racism, anti-Semitism dies at 96

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Holocaust survivor Esther Bejarano died on July 10 at the Jewish Hospital in Hamburg, Germany, at the age of 96, according to The Associated Press. Born in 1924 in the French-occupied German town of Saarlouis, Bejarano...
The inscription found in southern Israel on an ancient jug. Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority.

Rare ‘book of Judges’-era inscription found in southern Israel

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A rare, 3,100-year-old inscription was discovered during excavations in southern Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Monday. The partial inscription, written in ink on a small pottery jug, was recovered in the Shahariya forest...
A prehistoric shark tooth found in Jerusalem’s City of David. Photo by Omri Lernau.

Why were dinosaur-era shark teeth found in Jerusalem dig?

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Scientists at Jerusalem’s City of David happened upon an unusual finding recently, when they discovered an ancient cache of 29 shark teeth while excavating the basement of a 2,900-year-old home on the site. Strangely enough, the teeth...

Yoni Netanyahu Proved Himself a Hero Before Entebbe

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Yoni Netanyahu, the famed hero of the Entebbe operation, was killed in action 45 years ago on July 4. Benjamin Netanyahu’s older brother was named Jonathan (Yonatan) and is usually remembered as Yoni. He...

What Motivated the Righteous to Rescue Jews?

Laurie Baron, Ph.D, will lecture via Zoom at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 17, on “The Dynamics of Decency: Why Righteous Gentiles Rescued Jews.” Sponsored by the Jewish Culture and Holocaust Remembrance Group, Baron’s lecture will...

Holocaust music showcased during ‘We Are the Tree of Life’ Programs

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A pair of ‘We Are the Tree of Life’ programs, May 27, with Ali Viterbi interviewing Francesco Lotoro, and June 1, with Nuvi Mehta and Kate Hatmaker introducing nine Holocaust composers, were both impressive...
From the film “Babi Yar. Context.” Credit: Courtesy.

Documentary on Babi Yar massacre to premiere at Cannes Film Festival

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Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa’s documentary film “Babi Yar. Context” has been selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in July. The 120-minutes long film is based entirely on archival footage uncovered by Loznitsa, which...
Israeli archeologist Eilat Mazar. Source: Screenshot.

The Jewish woman to whom the stones spoke

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Everything in Israel is about politics. But nothing is more intensely political than archeology. That’s because the moment you stick a shovel in the earth of a place like Jerusalem and start digging, you...
An ancient amulet that was found 40 years ago in the Galilee and recently handed over to the National Treasures Center. Credit: Dafna Gazit/Israel Antiquities Authority.

Pendant warding off ‘evil eye’ may shed light on Jewish life in Talmudic period

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An ancient pendant that was just handed over to Israel’s National Treasures Center by a family member of the woman who found it 40 years ago near the ruins of an ancient synagogue on...
New immigrants from Ethiopia at the Hadera absorption center in 1991. Credit: Israeli Tsvika/GPO.

Two of the 14,325 stories behind ‘Operation Solomon’

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Ethiopia was in the midst of a brutal civil war in 1991 when Israel decided to launch an intrepid mission that would bring 14,325 Ethiopian Jews to Israel over the course of 36 hours....