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Monday, October 18, 2021

The Cantankerous Pre-History of America’s Jews

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The conventional narrative of Jewish America begins in the 1880s, with the massive influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe to New York and other cities. Their descendants indeed make up the majority of today’s...
The new synagogue in Mainz, Germany. Inaugurated in 2010 on the site of the elaborate 1922 synagogue destroyed by the Kristallnacht pogroms. The replacement synagogue’s bombastic, sculpted silhouette reads kedusha, or “sanctification,” and bears the name “Light of the Diaspora,” after the nickname of the 11th-century Jewish sage, Rabbi Gershom ben Yehuda, who established Mainz’s reputation as a Jewish spiritual center. Credit: Sascha Kopp via Mainz Tourism Office

Jewish ruins of the Rhine

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In recent months, the Rhine city of Mainz captured worldwide headlines for the murder and rape of one of its Jewish members, 14-year-old Susanna Feldmann, allegedly at the hands of an Iraqi asylum-seeker, now in...

August 12 and After

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In August 1941, just months after the start of Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, leaders of the Soviet intelligentsia gathered in Moscow to form the Jewish Antifascist Committee. Among them...
Archiwum Muzeum Podlaskiego (Collections of the Biala Podlaska Museum)

75th Aniversary of the Białystok Ghetto uprising

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The Białystok Ghetto uprising against the Nazi German occupation authorities during World War II was launched on the night of August 16, 1943 and was the second-largest ghetto uprising organized in Nazi-occupied Poland after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of April–May 1943. It was led by the Anti-Fascist...
The Jewish cemetery in Lodz, Poland. May 11, 2017. Photo by Isaac Harari/Flash90.

Historical truth is in peril

“This is giving in to the Polish narrative, an attack on the memory of the Holocaust, and a danger to any future independent research that people might want to conduct in Poland,” says eminent...
A rare coin minted 1,949 years ago was found last ‎week ‎in a dig in the City of ‎David in ‎Jerusalem.‎ Photo courtesy of the City of David.

Rare coin minted 1,900 years ago discovered in ‎Jerusalem ‎

A rare coin minted 1,949 years ago was found last ‎week ‎in a dig in the City of ‎David in ‎Jerusalem.‎ Reut Vilf of the ‎City of David Foundation said the ‎coin, discovered ‎in the...
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New Jersey affirms Jewish connection to Jerusalem

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The New Jersey Legislature on Thursday voted unanimously on a measure which affirms the historical connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem and condemns efforts by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)...
Herbert W. Armstrong college students digging on Ophel in 2018. Credit: Courtesy of Eilat Mazar.

Beneath the surface: The untold story of Americans unearthing Israeli archaeology

Can archaeology bring biblical history to life? According to historian and Deputy Minister Michael Oren, it depends who you ask. Speaking at a June 10 Jerusalem event celebrating the opening of the “Seals of Isaiah and...
The Fiedler family poses in front of their home on Tongshan Road. UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM, COURTESY OF ERIC GOLDSTAUB

The Hidden History of Shanghai’s Jewish Quarter

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It’s common knowledge that as Hitler’s bid to rid the world of Jews escalated, so did the world’s refusal to let them in. What’s not well known is that when those borders, ports, doors, windows,...
Dr. Baruch Sterman holds the strings of a blue satin worm from which the tzitzit frills are made on the beach in Tel Aviv, March 23, 2014. Photo by Yaakov Naumi/Flash 90.

Out of the blue,’ regal biblical color ‘tekhelet’ returns to modern Israel

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A new exhibit exploring the mysterious color tekhelet, a vibrant blue dye mentioned 49 times in the Torah and later chosen as the central color of Israel’s national flag, opened this week at the Bible Lands Museum in...