627 posts categorized "History"

August 28, 2015: European Pigs, Opium, Cumin All Introduced Into Israel By…The Philistines
Comments: 0 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
The results of this research indicate that the ca. 600 year presence of the Philistine culture in Israel had a major and long-term impact on local floral biodiversity. The Philistines left as a biological heritage a variety of plants still...

August 24, 2015: How The Ancient Hebrews Viewed The Universe
Comments: 58 | Categories: History , Religion, Religion & State , Torah & Science
“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters...

August 19, 2015: A Certain Hypocrisy: Rabbi Mordechai Willig And Talmud Study For Women
Comments: 54 | Categories: History , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Last week, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, a rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University and man who enabled child abuser Rabbi Baruch Lanner, came out against women's Talmud study. But what was Willig doing the day Talmud was first taught at Stern, YU's...

August 16, 2015: How A Bais Yaakov Cookbook Mis-Teaches History
Comments: 28 | Categories: Haredim , History , Women & Judaism
How can you tell Orthodox Jews in 1937 America had a substandard commitment to Orthodoxy? Let the Bais Yaakov Cookbook tell you why. This is from the Bais Yaakov cookbook. It was posted to a Facebook group and has circulated...

August 16, 2015: Today In History: Chabad-Lubavitch Purchases 770 Eastern Parkway – With Stolen Money
Comments: 17 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History , Crime, Litigation, etc. , History
The iconic building known worldwide as "770" was purchased with money taken from the man who saved the 6th Lubavitch Rebbe from the Nazis. Above: Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn Today's This Day in Jewish History column in Ha'aretz is about...

August 16, 2015: The Holy Blow Job And Other Tales Of Kabbalistic Healing
Comments: 50 | Categories: Halakha , History , Rabbis & Sex , Religion, Religion & State
Amid the well-known asceticism and rituals of Rabbi Isaac Luria, better known as the Ari, and his followers – like the Kabbalat Shabbat prayers all Jewish denominations say every Friday afternoon – are some lesser-known segulot and tikkunim (signs/amulets and...

August 14, 2015: And Your People Were Holy? Adultery, Concubines And Affairs With Non-Jewish Women
Comments: 23 | Categories: History , Rabbis & Sex , Religion, Religion & State
"…Jewish men commonly kept Jewish and non-Jewish concubines in Moslem Spain and later in Christian Spain. The challenges that these relationships posed to the rabbinic leadership were complex. Prolonged affairs, even with Gentile women, were religiously and morally reprehensible. At...

August 13, 2015: Competition From The Ancestors Of Cats Drove The Extinction Of Many Species Of Ancient Dogs
Comments: 10 | Categories: History , Science
In very ancient times, in the battle between cats and dogs, cats won – big time. Competition From The Ancestors Of Cats Drove The Extinction Of Many Species Of Ancient Dogs Tanja Thompson • University of Gothenburg Competition played a...

August 12, 2015: In An Old Jerusalem Synagogue An Unexpected Piece Of Modernity Is Found
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , History , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
In the narrow winding streets of the neighborhoods which lie just outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City lies an old synagogue where inside you will find something surprisingly new. Above: Rabbi Shlomo Shlomo Moussaieff Ha’aretz has a short travel...

August 5, 2015: Does Judaism Have An Ancient Gay Past?
Comments: 34 | Categories: History , Homophobia and its Discontents , Religion, Religion & State
Belz hasid Jiří Langer argued that “brotherly love,” i.e. love of a man for a man, is in fact the deepest basic urge in Judaism, at the basis of the commandment of “love thy fellow man as thyself.” In his...

August 5, 2015: A Mystery In Jerusalem: Rare Ancient Message, Encoded In Symbols And Inscriptions, Discovered In Ritual Bath Dating To The Second Temple Period
Comments: 6 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
“There is no doubt that this is a very significant discovery. Such a concentration of inscriptions and symbols from the Second Temple period at one archaeological site, and in such a state of preservation, is rare and unique…" A Mystery...

August 4, 2015: Israeli Archaeologists Find Gate To Gath, The City Of Biblical Figure Goliath
Comments: 12 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Science
The gate mentioned in the Bible has been found, but this and related finds at Gath appear to show the kingdoms of David and Solomon were much smaller and weaker than the Bible claims. Above: fortification of lower Gath Archaeologists...

July 24, 2015: The Lives Of Our Ancestors
Comments: 18 | Categories: Books , History
"…In most places and at most times, foraging provided ideal nutrition. That is hardly surprising -- this had been the human diet for hundreds of thousands of years, and the human body was well adapted to it. Evidence from fossilised...

July 24, 2015: What Really Makes Humans Unique?
Comments: 11 | Categories: Books , History , Religion, Religion & State , Science
"…The truly unique feature of [Homo Sapiens or Sapiens] language is not its ability to transmit information about the [tangible]. Rather, it's the ability to transmit information about things that do not exist at all.…only Homo sapiens can speak about...

July 23, 2015: Researchers Find Proof In Israel Of Earliest Ever Human Agricultural Cultivation
Comments: 14 | Categories: Food , History , Israel
The new study offers evidence that early humans clearly functioned with a basic knowledge of agriculture and, perhaps more importantly, exhibited foresight and extensive agricultural planning more than 10,000 years earlier than previously believed. Above: more than ten millennia before...

July 17, 2015: Where's Your Yarmulke, Moses?
Comments: 30 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , History , MO & Chardal
Here's a brief history of the Jewish skullcap (yarmulke, kippah) – a history that begins long after the death Moses and, for that matter, long after the deaths of Ezra, Nechemia, and even the Maccabees. Above: A Chabad-Lubavitch messianist yarmulke...

July 16, 2015: New "Stunning" Mosaics Discovered In Ancient Galilee Synagogue
Comments: 16 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Science
Excavations directed by UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences professor Jodi Magness revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor of the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue in the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq. Above: part of a mosaic...

July 14, 2015: Lying To Protect Haredi Judaism
Comments: 38 | Categories: Haredim , History , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
Shimon Schwab, a prominent 20th-century German haredi rabbi, argued that “a realistic historic picture” is good for “nothing but the satisfaction of curiosity.” Instead, “every generation has to put a veil over the human failings of its elders and glorify...

July 3, 2015: How The Land Of Israel And The Hebrew Bible Fueled The American Revolution
Comments: 15 | Categories: History , Religion, Religion & State
"…[British King] George III was often cast as evil King Rehoboam or Greek persecutor Antiochus; his conniving advisers were the sinister Haman; George Washington, the brilliant commander and reluctant president was either Moses, or Joshua, or Judah Maccabee, or, most...

July 3, 2015: Researchers Show How Our Sense Of Smell Evolved – Including In Cave Men
Comments: 1 | Categories: History , Science
This research shows how global studies of our genes can give insight into how our taste for different foods may have been influenced by variation in our ability to smell, and, excitingly, show that it is possible to see back...

July 2, 2015: Google Puts Auschwitz And Other Nazi Death Camps In Mobile Phone Game, Drawing Condemnation
Comments: 2 | Categories: Antisemitism , History , Web/Tech
Google put Nazi death camps and concentration camps in Ingress, a multiplayer augmented reality game in which people fight for control of virtual portals in a larger battle for control of the entire Earth. Google Puts Auschwitz And Other Nazi...

June 30, 2015: How We Used To Sleep
Comments: 15 | Categories: History , Science
For those of us confused by references in Psalms and in rabbinic works about the three watches of the night, what follows should explain it Note that rabbinic advice to delay sex until after midnight is likely based on this,...

June 25, 2015: Who Really Wrote The Bible, Or At Least A Large Part Of It?
Comments: 60 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
"…Josiah's kingdom was actually rather puny, and his purpose in having the Deuteronomistic History written was to unite the various warring Israelite tribes into a single powerful empire under his rule. That would be why the king's scribes write that...

June 24, 2015: Which Came First And Why Should You Care?
Comments: 16 | Categories: Books , History , Women & Judaism
“…There is no denying [the Tosefta] is a source of the Mishnah. There is also no denying that it is a commentary on some other text. So much of it cannot stand alone. But the text upon which it comments...

June 23, 2015: Early Modern Humans Interbred With Neanderthals, New Genetic Study Shows
Comments: 7 | Categories: History , Science
Genetic analysis of a 40,000-year-old jawbone from Romania reveals that early modern humans interbred with Neanderthals when they first came to Europe. Above: DNA taken from a 40,000-year-old modern human jawbone reveals that this man had a Neandertal ancestor as...

June 16, 2015: Rare Inscription from the Time of King David Found
Comments: 13 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
"This is the first time that the name Eshbaʽal has appeared on an ancient inscription in the country. Eshbaʽal Ben Shaul, who ruled over Israel at the same time as David, is known from the Bible. Eshbaʽal was murdered by...

June 8, 2015: The Darkness Of Haredi Gedolim, Continued
Comments: 73 | Categories: Hanukkah , Haredim , History , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The #2 rabbi of the so-called mainstream Ashkenazi haredi faction, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, ruled that the branches of the Temple’s menorah were not curved. Why? Because one rabbi who lived almost 1,000 years after the Temple was destroyed said so....

June 5, 2015: Child Sex Abuse And Related Coverups Were Justified In Order To Allow The Modern Orthodox And Haredi Communities To Grow, Rabbi Says
Comments: 51 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethics , Haredim , History , Outreach , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
"…When we are in cultural survival mode, the focus must be on the attractive nature of our lifestyle. Our communal body was sick, wracked with disease, and our only chance for survival was to allow our wounds to heal in...

June 2, 2015: Dilemma: Haredim Ask Top Rabbi To Decide Which Girls Baby Names Are Kosher And Which Are Not
Comments: 73 | Categories: Haredim , History
Over recent years, increasingly modern and Hebrewized girls names have crept into the haredi community, which has caused some haredim to question how baby girls are named and if those names are 'kosher.' It turns out, some of them are...

May 29, 2015: The First Exodus: Ancient Humans First Left Africa Through Egypt And Sinai, Researchers Find
Comments: 44 | Categories: History , Science
While all modern human populations can trace their ancestry back to Africa, the route taken out of Africa so long ago was unclear until new genomic analyses of people currently living in Ethiopia and Egypt where carried out. They show...

May 28, 2015: More Lies About Hasidic History
Comments: 58 | Categories: Haredim , History
Britain's The Daily Mail newspaper printed hasidic lies about their rebbe's 'miraculous' escape from the Nazis as if those lies are actually true. But they aren't, and the actual story of that escape is so awful, hasidim have spent decades...

May 22, 2015: Why Do We Eat Dairy Foods On Shavuot Morning?
Comments: 25 | Categories: Food , Haredim , History , Religion, Religion & State
There are many rabbinically posited explanations for the custom of eating dairy foods on the morning of Shavuot, some more fanciful than others. But the real reason may have much more to do with practicality and non-Judaism-related local custom than...

May 22, 2015: Did Moses Really Write The Torah?
Comments: 56 | Categories: History , Religion, Religion & State , Skepticism
Did Moses really write the Torah? And if he didn't, why is it that we attribute its authorship to him nonetheless? Could the whole thing be nothing more than a rabbinical error, a misreading of the biblical text by rabbis...

May 21, 2015: Scientists Discover World's Oldest Stone Tools – But Were They Made By Human Ancestors?
Comments: 18 | Categories: History , Science
Scientists working in the desert badlands of northwestern Kenya have found stone tools dating back 3.3 million years, long before the advent of modern humans, and by far the oldest such artifacts yet discovered. The tools, whose makers may or...

May 20, 2015: Is This The Real Reason Many Jews And Muslims Don't Eat Pork?
Comments: 19 | Categories: History , Religion, Religion & State , Science , Torah & Science
The chicken…provided Middle Eastern populations with a more efficient protein resource [than pork]. Pigs became a redundant animal in the subsistence system, but they were not entirely replaced. “Indeed, contrary to expectations based on the religious prohibition of the pig,...

May 20, 2015: Study: Jesus Was Buried In Jerusalem’s Armon Ha’Natziv/Talpiot Neighborhood And May Have Had A Wife And Child
Comments: 43 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Science
While we're speaking of grave finders, Dr. Aryeh Shimron used chemical analyses to find a clear link between ossuaries discovered in an ancient tomb in Talpiot and the ossuary of the “Brother of Jesus” – reigniting debate on Jesus’ burial...

May 18, 2015: Haredi Boys Find 1,400-Year-Old Wine Press In Unauthorized Archaeological Dig
Comments: 18 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , History , Israel
A group of young haredi boys in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of Jerusalem, all reportedly about 13-years-old, staged an unauthorized archeological dig and found a 1,400-year-old wine press. Haredi Boys Find 1,400-Year-Old Wine Press In Unauthorized Archaeological Dig Shmarya Rosenberg...

May 16, 2015: Where Does The Name Jerusalem Really Come From?
Comments: 35 | Categories: History , Israel
Is Jerusalem really the "City of Peace" or is it actually named after a pagan god of our Canaanite ancestors? And why do we write and pronounce the word with a "J" when the Hebrew word for Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, is...

May 16, 2015: Primitive Human Societies Likely Had Gender Equality, Study Finds
Comments: 5 | Categories: History , Science
Many unique human traits such as high cognition, cumulative culture and hyper-cooperation have evolved due to the social organization patterns unique to humans. "Sex equality suggests a scenario where [these] unique human traits [including] cooperation with unrelated individuals could have...

May 13, 2015: Picture Of The Day: Hasidim In Williamsburg Hang Effigy Of Last Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe
Comments: 36 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , History , Religion, Religion & State
Sometime in the 1970s when Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum was still alive and was still the Satmar Rebbe, hasidim in his home enclave of Williamsburg, Brooklyn hung an effigy on a public street corner to great celebration – an effigy of...

May 10, 2015: The Evolution Of Motherhood
Comments: 11 | Categories: History , Science
Human motherhood has undergone a remarkable transition from a past when mothers likely nursed children until the age of 5 to 6, did not nutritionally support children after weaning, and received no help raising the children. When Do Mothers Need...

May 8, 2015: Scientists Find Traces Of Flowers Placed On A Paleolithic Tomb More Than 16,000 Years Ago
Comments: 7 | Categories: History , Religion, Religion & State , Science
"The most plausible hypothesis is that complete flowers were placed on the tomb. It has not been possible to say whether the aim of placing these plants was to give the dead woman a ritual offering, or whether they fulfilled...

May 7, 2015: 2,000-Year-Old Synagogue Vandalized – Apparently By Haredim
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , History , Israel
The walls were sprayed-painted with multi-colored paint. Large letters spelled out the slogan, "Na Nach Nachma Nachman B'Yerushalayim" – a variation of the slogan chanted by Breslov hasidim about the founder of the Breslov hasidic movement, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov....

May 7, 2015: Report: Puppies, Kittens Thrown Into Lag Ba'Omer Bonfires
Comments: 32 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , History , Israel , Kosher Scandal
Across Israel and in haredi communities worldwide, Jews lit large bonfires, danced and sang to celebrate Lag Ba'Omer – purportedly the anniversary of the death of the early 2nd Century sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who spent more than a...

April 26, 2015: Jew Versus Jew Rape And Murder In Medieval Spain
Comments: 34 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , History , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Before the Inquisition, border communities in Spain had their share of violence – and some of it was committed by Jews against others Jews, even by Jewish communal leaders against Jewish community members. And many Jews' greatest fear was that...

April 26, 2015: When A Prime Minister Appears To Lie About Terrorism
Comments: 11 | Categories: History , Israel , Terrorism
"…I asked to learn about the first fallen soldier on this long list. His name was Aaron Hershler, aged 23, from the Mishkanot Shaananim neighborhood here in Jerusalem. In 1873, 142 years ago, Arab rioters and robbers attacked the Jewish...

April 24, 2015: Today Marks 100 Year Anniversary Of Beginning Of Armenian Genocide
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , History
"For too many years, recognition of the Armenian genocide has been a tool in the hands of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, which chooses to sacrifice the values of memory, recognition and commemoration of the Armenian ethnic cleansing on the altar...

April 23, 2015: The Secret Slang of the Diamond District
Comments: 27 | Categories: History
From strop, khazeray (chazerai), links-shtivl, linker and shlok to shvimers, mame-zitser, tam, matzo, fir-kantike eyer, words – most often special slang corruptions of Yiddish and Hebrew terms – have special meaning in Manhattan’s Diamond District. The NY Times Magazine reports:...

April 22, 2015: How Israel Got Its Name
Comments: 28 | Categories: History
The relations between ancient Israel and Judah are not clear; they were probably of the same ethnicity and spoke a similar proto-northwestern-Semitic dialect. It is known that after the fall of Israel, Judah experienced a great leap forward, in which...

April 22, 2015: The Yahrtzeit Of A Rabbinic 'Heretic'
Comments: 61 | Categories: History
“The Law [i.e., the Torah] cannot prevent us from considering to be true that which our reason urges us to believe.” The Yahrtzeit Of A Rabbinic 'Heretic' Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Ha’aretz reports that Monday was the yahrtziet of Rabbi...

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