508 posts categorized "History"

October 24, 2014: The Impossible Voyage Of Noah's Ark
Comments: 46 | Categories: History , Religion , Science , Skepticism
"…Our study of the epic of Noah has two results: we have shown beyond any reasonable question that such a voyage never took place and could not possibly have ever occurred. And we have demonstrated that those who accept this...

October 22, 2014: Annals Of Jewish History: More Than 150 Years Ago, Top Surgeon First Female Doctor Licensed In Louisiana
Comments: 6 | Categories: History
Dr. Cohen arrived in New Orleans just a few years after the summer of 1853, when eight thousand people had died of epidemic outbreaks in New Orleans alone. From 1865 to 1873 she and her colleagues faced recurring rounds of...

October 22, 2014: Video: Scientist Discovers Origins Of Sex
Comments: 17 | Categories: History , Science
A profound new discovery announced in Nature Monday by world-renowned palaeontologist, Flinders University Professor John Long, reveals how the intimate act of sexual intercourse first evolved in our deep distant ancestors. Above: The first act of copulation in our distant...

October 21, 2014: Newly Discovered Ancient Tablet Appears To Provide Answer To Question Over Cause Of The Bar Kokhba Revolt
Comments: 6 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
What caused the Bar Kokhba Revolt in 132 CE which almost led to a third Jewish commonwealth but instead led to disaster and the end of any significant Jewish presence in Jerusalem for hundreds and hundreds of years? Now we...

October 19, 2014: Shocking: US Government's Nazi Dumping Policy Lead To Dozens Of Alleged Nazi War Criminals, Including Death Camp Guards, Getting US Social Security Benefits
Comments: 9 | Categories: Antisemitism , History
Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States and lived comfortably in Europe. Last updated at 1044 pm CDT Shocking: US Government's...

October 14, 2014: Will The World End In 2060?
Comments: 22 | Categories: Books , History , Israel
In his cursive English, occasionally laced with Hebrew words, Sir Isaac Newton applied his scientific mind to measurements of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and predicted the end of the world in the year 2060. Above: Sir Isaac Newton...

October 12, 2014: Report: Hitler Was A Crystal Meth Addict
Comments: 21 | Categories: Antisemitism , History
Adolf Hitler was addicted to crystal methamphetamine, a newly released 47-page US Military Intelligence dossier compiled at the end of WW2 reportedly shows. Above: Adolph Hitler, yemach shemo v'zichro Report: Hitler Was A Crystal Meth Addict Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com...

October 12, 2014: Jewish Law Was Cited As A Defense During President Clinton’s Lewinsky Scandal
Comments: 63 | Categories: Halakha , History , Rabbis & Sex , Religion
An email sent to Hillary Clinton’s domestic-policy adviser Ruby Shamir during the Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1999 cites Jewish law as a defense for Clinton’s husband’s sexual encounter with Lewinsky in the Oval Office of the White House. Above: Monica...

October 11, 2014: Study Shows Haredi Community Would Likely Be Almost Extinct – If Not For The Holocaust
Comments: 90 | Categories: Haredim , History , Outreach , Religion
Dr. Michal Shaul found that the haredi community was rapidly shrinking in the decades before the Holocaust and likely would be virtually nonexistent today if the Holocaust had not spurred a rebuilding effort by a few haredi Holocaust survivors who...

October 8, 2014: Did King David Have An Etrog?
Comments: 43 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , Science
Did King David wave an etrog on the holiday of Sukkot? Did he ever hold an etrog, see an etrog or even know that a fruit we call "citron" in English even existed? Did King David Have An Etrog? Shmarya...

October 7, 2014: Ancient Mikva Last Used During Bar Kokhba Revolt Found Near Beit Shemesh
Comments: 5 | Categories: History , Israel
A 1,900 year old ritual bath (miqwe) was recently exposed at Ha-Ela Junction in excavations undertaken by the Israel Antiquities Authority and financed by the Netivei Israel Company, prior to widening Highway 38. An enormous 1,700 years old water cistern...

September 30, 2014: Did King David Fast On Yom Kippur? Likely Not, Because Yom Kippur Likely Did Not Exist Until Second Temple Times
Comments: 53 | Categories: History
Yom Kippur likely started as a Babylonian pagan day of atonement which was later adopted and modified by Jews returing from the Babylonian exile. Here's why. Above: a haredi man performing the kapparot (atonement) ritual with a live chicken just...

September 29, 2014: Ancient Human Genome From Southern Africa Sheds Light On Human Origins
Comments: 3 | Categories: History , Science
What can DNA from the skeleton of a man who lived 2,330 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa tell us about ourselves as humans? A great deal when his DNA profile is one of the ‘earliest diverged’ –...

September 29, 2014: Contest Extended For Free DVD Of Acclaimed Director's New Film
Comments: 11 | Categories: Film , History
Acclaimed documentarian Claude Lanzmann's new Holocaust film Last of the Unjust is out on DVD – which lists for $39.98 – and you might win a free copy. Here's how: Originally published at 1:27 pm CDT 9-23-2014 Acclaimed documentarian Claude...

September 21, 2014: New Branch Added to European Family Tree
Comments: 8 | Categories: History , Science
Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of Tübingen in Germany have now documented a genetic contribution from a third ancestor of modern day Europeans: Ancient North Eurasians. This group appears to have contributed DNA to present-day Europeans as...

September 18, 2014: Think Eating Apples Dipped In Honey On Rosh Hashana An Ancient Jewish Custom? Think Again.
Comments: 22 | Categories: History , Religion
It turns out most of those 'ancient' Jewish customs most of practice on Rosh Hashana aren't really all that ancient. Here's a brief breakdown of the top few, including when they were first started and what they morphed into. Think...

September 18, 2014: This Day In History: Famous Controversial Rabbi Dies
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , History , Religion
Rabbi Jonathan Eybeschutz fought against the rampant rabbinic corruption of his time, including the sale of rabbinical positions to the highest bidder, and at the same time, he also fought against the Enlightenment, which was taking ever increasing numbers of...

September 15, 2014: Notorious Serial Killer Jack The Ripper May Not Have Been Jewish After All, Graphologist Claims
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , History , Science
An Israeli graphologist – a 'science' far less precise and far less accurate than DNA – claims that the DNA evidence showing that Jack the Ripper was a Polish Jewish refugee named Aaron Kosminski is not conclusive. Above: Aaron Kosminski...

September 15, 2014: Did Rosh Hashana Really Exist? Maybe Not
Comments: 18 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
During the First Temple era, Rosh Hashana likely was not much of a holiday – if it even was a holiday at all. How did it likely become what we now know as the Jewish new year celebration? What purpose...

September 14, 2014: World’s Oldest Jewish Prayerbook To Go On Public Display In Jerusalem
Comments: 8 | Categories: Books , History
The oldest known siddur (Jewish prayer book) ever found is on its way to Israel for a museum showing set to open in time for the High Holidays. World’s Oldest Jewish Prayerbook To Go On Public Display In Jerusalem Shmarya...

September 12, 2014: Ancient Egyptian Swamp Creature Had Lips Like Mick Jagger
Comments: 6 | Categories: History , Music , Science
Mick Jagger has a new animal named after him. Scientists have named an extinct swamp-dwelling creature that lived 19 million years ago in Africa after the Rolling Stones frontman, in honor of a trait they both share -- their supersized...

September 12, 2014: Study Shows Ancient Ecological Collapse In Egypt
Comments: 6 | Categories: History , Science
Depictions of animals in ancient Egyptian artifacts have helped scientists assemble a detailed record of the large mammals that lived in the Nile Valley over the past 6,000 years. A new analysis of this record shows that species extinctions, probably...

September 9, 2014: All Ashkenazi Jews Alive Today Descend From The 350 Jews Who Lived Approximately 800 Years Ago, Study Finds
Comments: 32 | Categories: History , Science
A model based on the genetic sequencing of 128 Ashkenazi Jews has reportedly found that Ashkenazi Jews descend from the fusion of Europeans and Middle Eastern Jews in the medieval era approximately 600 to 800 years ago. All Ashkenazi Jews...

September 7, 2014: DNA Said To Prove Notorious British Serial Killer Jack The Ripper Was Polish Jew
Comments: 26 | Categories: Crime, etc. , History , Science
DNA evidence from both blood and semen on a shawl found at one of the Jack the Ripper murder scenes in 1888 still had recoverable DNA. And that DNA alegedly shows that Jack The Ripper was a mentally ill Polish...

September 4, 2014: Video: Scientists Find Nearly Complete Skeleton Of Largest Dinosaur Ever Discovered, Creature Was Heavier Than A Jumbo Jet
Comments: 45 | Categories: History , Science
Scientists have discovered and described a new supermassive dinosaur species with the most complete skeleton ever found of its type. At 85 feet (26 m) long and weighing about 65 tons (59,300 kg) in life, Dreadnoughtus schrani is the largest...

September 1, 2014: First Neanderthal Art Reportedly Found
Comments: 37 | Categories: History , Science
They cared for their sick, buried their dead, painted their bodies, spoke and used advanced tools. But until now, experts had no conclusive evidence Neanderthals, the brutish-looking cousins of modern humans, engaged in making art. But now a new study...

August 20, 2014: New Study Finds Neanderthals Lived Alongside Humans In Europe For Centuries
Comments: 23 | Categories: History , Science
“Previous radiocarbon dates have often underestimated the age of samples because the organic matter was contaminated with modern [carbon] particles. We used ultrafiltration methods which purify the extracted collagen from bone, to avoid the risk of modern contamination.” Above: Human...

August 15, 2014: The Myth Of The Temple Menorah And The Vatican Exposed By Leading National Newspaper – With The Help Of YU Professor, Class
Comments: 22 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , History , Israel , MO & Chardal
The menorah – the size of a human being and made of solid gold – is purportedly being held captive in the bowels of the Vatican, many Orthodox and haredi rabbis believe. But is this true? The Arch of Titus...

August 13, 2014: Video: Satmar Boys Camp – "Zionists" Started WW2
Comments: 37 | Categories: Haredim , History , Israel
In a Satmar hasidic boys summer camp, students hear the Satmer-fueled lies that Zionists started World War 2 and that Zionists are persecuting all haredi yeshiva students.

August 3, 2014: Own A Piece Of American Jewish History
Comments: 8 | Categories: History
The lot where Revolutionary War finacer Haym Salomon's house once stood on what is now the olderst continuously occupied residential street in the entire country is for sale. Salomon not only helped finance the war effort, he personally lent money...

July 30, 2014: Video: Historian Simon Schama Says Orthodox And Haredi Jews Are "In Denial"
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , History , MO & Chardal
Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews essentially are in denial because they deny history and deny fact in order to maintain separatist beliefs and a separatist society, the noted historian says. Above: Simon Schama There's no date on this video, but it...

July 29, 2014: Ancient Human Remains May Be From World’s First “Race War”
Comments: 13 | Categories: History , Science
Archaeologists studying 13,000-year-old human remains from the Mesolithic Era found at a burial site in Sudan have found proof of what may have been the world’s first race war. Above: photo of two Jebel Sahaba skeletons, Wendorf Archive, British Museum...

July 25, 2014: Video: Islamic Terrorists Blow Up Tomb Of Jonah The Prophet In Iraq
Comments: 12 | Categories: History , Religion , Terrorism
ISIS intentionally destroyed the mosque and tomb below it of Jonah the Prophet in Mosul, Iraq. The site has long been considered to be the tomb of the biblical Jonah, who the Bible says was swallowed by a fish after...

July 17, 2014: Satmar Rebbe: Zionism, Orthodox "Collaborators" With Zionism, Caused Holocaust
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , History
The sin of Zionism was so grave that even its bitter opponents, Rabbi Yoel’s anti-Zionist followers were punished for it. It was through Jacob the Patriarch that a few of the believers, in the true way of the Torah, that...

July 16, 2014: The Satmar Rebbe's Conduct During And After The Holocaust Was Selfish And Ungrateful, Researcher Alleges
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , History , Religion
"…Rabbi Yoel elected to run a rescue campaign from the safety of Switzerland. His efforts to rescue Jewish children raised by gentiles were restricted to fundraising, and even in that task, he failed abysmally.116 Once again, his conduct stands in...

July 16, 2014: Holocaust: The Satmar Rebbe Knew About Mass Murder Of Polish Jews In 1943, Did Not Tell Followers To Flee, Resist Or Hide
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , History
Menachem Keren-Kratz, a researcher on Hungarian Jewry and the Holocaust, has written a long article on the mostly bad role the first Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Joel "Yoelish" Teitelbaum, played during the Holocaust. Above: The first Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Joel "Yoelish"...

July 15, 2014: History: Albert Einstein, Founder Of Solar Power
Comments: 14 | Categories: Books , History , Science
Albert Einstein was only 26 years old when he discovered and explained the science that led to today's widespread use of solar power. Above: Albert Einstein's Swiss Patent Office photo, 1905 From The Quest by Daniel Yergin via DelancyPlace: "Before...

June 20, 2014: Female Circumcision Likely Began As A Means To Ward Off Vaginal Infections And Diseases Where Water Was Scarce, New Research Seems To Show
Comments: 17 | Categories: Circumcision , History , Refugees , Religion
New research conducted for the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) has reportedly found that female circumcision, known more commonly in the West as female genital mutilation (FGM), is prevalent in areas of the country where water resources...

June 20, 2014: How Haredi Rabbis Became Infallible
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , History , Religion
“It could be claimed that Daas Torah was adopted in order to ensure that the chassidic world would join and strengthen Agudas Yisrael. But it is also argued that the concept of Daas Torah had to be developed in order...

June 19, 2014: Picture Of The Day: The World's Oldest Known Depiction Of Circumcision
Comments: 16 | Categories: Circumcision , History
The world's oldest known depiction of circumcision is this 4,400-year-old bas relief from Egypt. The world's oldest known depiction of circumcision is this 4,400-year-old bas relief from Egypt. Note that the type of circumcision being done appears to be opening...

June 18, 2014: Groundbreaking Documentary Killing Kasztner To Be Released On DVD To Coincide With 70th Anniversary Of Kasztner's Holocaust Rescue Train
Comments: 36 | Categories: History
The groundbreaking, myth-shattering documentary on the assassination of Rudolph Kasztner, athe man who negotiated face-to-face with notorious Nazi Adolph Eichmann to save Jews from the Holocaust, will finally be released on DVD for the first time later this month. Oskar...

June 17, 2014: Pope To Open Vatican WW2 Archives, Insists Wartime Pope Did Not Ignore Plight Of Jews
Comments: 20 | Categories: Antisemitism , Church & Holocaust , History
"I don't want to say that Pius XII did not make any mistakes - I myself make many - but he has to be seen in the context of that era. For example, was it better for him not to...

June 16, 2014: On The Eve Of The Holocaust, Jews In One Eastern Polish Town Come To Blows, Gunshots Over Election Of Chief Rabbi
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , History
The haredim refused to recognize the results of the election and, as the new chief rabbi and his supporters were trying to hold their instalation ceremony, the haredim marched on the synagogue with their new self-appointed chief rabbi and tried...

June 3, 2014: A New Understanding Of Shavuot
Comments: 11 | Categories: History
A new understanding of Shavuot could possibly explain what the holiday really means. Elon Gilad writes in Ha'aretz: …Shavuot has its origins in the ancient mid-summer harvest celebrations of the Canaanites, the ancient people from which Israelite society sprang during...

May 18, 2014: ‘Ancient’ Holiday Of Lag BaOmer Is A Medieval Fabrication
Comments: 60 | Categories: Haredim , History
Take a bizarre plague no one had ever heard of until hundreds of years after it allegedly happened, a yartzeit that no one knew or celebrated until about 1,350 years after the person's death actually took place, and a notorious...

May 7, 2014: Kaliver Rebbe Accuses Israel Of Exploiting The Holocaust And Persecuting Haredim By drafting Them
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , History , Israel , Religion
“The state was established in no small way from funds given by Germany following the atrocities [of the Holocaust] and now, to our sorrow, the state decides to harm yeshivas and kollel students, the very same people who, on the...

May 5, 2014: Chabad, 'Infallibility' Of Its Rebbes, And The Holocaust
Comments: 37 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad History , Haredim , History
An obituary on Chabad's official website again shows that Chabad has not come to grips with the bad behavior of its rebbe during WW2. The 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn Chabad.org writes about the recent death of 94-year-old...

May 1, 2014: How Haredi Rabbis Helped Make The Holocaust Worse
Comments: 47 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , History
"The great struggle of most of Orthodoxy in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries against Zionism influenced all Orthodox thought and behavior. As late as 1937, with German Jewry already prostrate before Hitler’s madness and Germany already threatening Poland, the...

April 29, 2014: Groundbreaking Technique Offers DNA ‘Sat Nav’ Direct To Your Ancestor’s Home 1,000 Years Ago
Comments: 9 | Categories: History , Science
“What we have discovered here at the University of Sheffield is a way to find not where you were born – as you have that information on your passport – but where your DNA was formed up to 1,000 years...

April 20, 2014: The Real Reason We Eat Matzah On Passover
Comments: 10 | Categories: History
We don't eat raised bread (like that pictured at right) on Passover for reasons that may surprise you – especially if you learned history from a gemara in a haredi yeshiva or from a local community Hebrew school. The Real...

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