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A Beka weight with a Hebrew description from the First Temple era was found in Jerusalem. Credit: Eliyahu Yanai, City of David.

First Temple-era weight discovered, complete with Hebrew description

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A weight with Hebrew description from the First Temple era, dated from the 10th-century BCE to 586 BCE when the temple was destroyed by the Babylonians, was found in Jerusalem. It was discovered in archaeological soil...
Rabbi Michael Dov Weissmandl. Credit: Screenshot.

House to vote on awarding medal to late rabbi who saved Slovakian Jews during...

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The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on whether to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal—one of the nation’s highest civilian honors—to a rabbi who tried to save Slovakian Jews...
A store damaged during Kristallnacht. Photo: German Federal Archives via Wikimedia Commons

The connection between WWI armistice and WWII Kristallnacht

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Two grimly sobering anniversaries fall in November. On the 9th and 10th, we will mark the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht—the orgy of murder and violence that devastated Jewish communities across Nazi Germany in 1938....
The Chabad center in Helsinki, Finland, was undergoing renovations when an excavation shovel struck what are believed to be wooden beams of a Russian fortress, according to state archaeologists. Credit: Chabad.org/News.

Historic fortress unearthed at Chabad site in Helsinki

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A markedly historic site neighboring Helsinki’s Presidential Palace of world summit fame being refurbished for a Chabad center just got even more historic with the discovery below its surface of what archaeologists believe are the remains of a...
The oldest discovered inscription of “Jerusalem” found to date, unveiled in October 2018. Credit: Danit Levy, Israel Antiquities Authority.

Oldest-ever inscription of ‘Jerusalem’ found on pillar

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A pillar from the Second Temple period bearing a three-line inscription was unveiled at the Israel Museum on Tuesday, the earliest stone inscription of the full modern Hebrew spelling of “Jerusalem.” “Hananiah son of Dodalos...

Oskar Schindler passed away 44 years ago

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October 9th, marks the 44th anniversary of the death of Oskar Schindler, a singular and unlikely rescuer who was immortalized by Steven Spielberg's legendary movie – "Schindler's List". A German industrialist and member of the...
Israeli Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Norkin congratulates Brig.-Gen. Giora Epstein (right) during a ceremony held by the Israel Defense Forces on Sept. 12, 2018, in honor of his outstanding military achievements. Credit: IDF Spokesperson Unit.

Pilot Giora Epstein, 1973: ‘Then I was told, the Egyptian and Syrian air forces...

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Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Giora Epstein has played a critical role in defending Israel during many air battles throughout his years as a combat pilot. He has shot down no fewer than 17 enemy aircraft—the most...
Captured Jews who participated in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising are rounded up by the Waffen SS on Nowolipie Street, between April 19 and May 16, 1943. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Honoring Polish rescuers in Warsaw who risked all to save Jews during the Holocaust

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The sacrifices of Polish rescuers of Jews living in Warsaw during the Holocaust was honored on Sunday in one of the largest gatherings of Shoah rescuers in the Polish capital—and in what may be...

Miguel Giner, the Spaniard who flouted Franco’s laws to save hundreds of Jews from...

Vicente Giner (Altea, 1930) was 13 years old when that group of fifteen or twenty Polish Jews arrived at his house in Les, in Lleida, during the Second World War. "I remember everything perfectly...
By Menesteo [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Network of Jewish Quarters in Portugal and Spain

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Spain and Portugal have a rich Jewish history.  Jews were in the Iberian Peninsula since the days of the Roman empire.  Jewish culture flourished under Moorish rules, where Christians, Muslims and Jews coexisted.  Even...