493 posts categorized "History"

September 18, 2014: Think Eating Apples Dipped In Honey On Rosh Hashana An Ancient Jewish Custom? Think Again.
Comments: 21 | 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: 14 | 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: 12 | 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...

April 18, 2014: Video: The Curse Of The Swastika
Comments: 7 | Categories: History
Pathe films made short film called "The Curse of the Swastika" in 1940. Used as a newsreel in theaters, it explains how Hitler got to power and how WW2 started. This is rare and stunning footage, much of it hidden...

April 17, 2014: What Passover Looked Like In Jerusalem 2,000 Years Ago
Comments: 5 | Categories: History
"At Passover, Jerusalem was at its most crowded and dangerous. ... In the Upper City, across the valley from the Temple, the grandees lived in Grecian-Roman mansions with Jewish features: the so-called Palatial Residence excavated there has spacious receiving-rooms and...

April 14, 2014: Passover: The Real Meaning Of Matzah
Comments: 22 | Categories: History
Your bread is flat, hard, thin and, probably, burned. (Please see the picture at right.) It's called matzah (also spelled matzoh, matzo, matza, etc.), and you think you're eating it because when your ancestors fled Egypt over 3,300 years ago,...

April 9, 2014: Haredim To Open Gender-Segregated Holocaust Museum
Comments: 51 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Chabad , Haredim , History , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"…Asked how the museum could depict both women’s stories without offending ultra-Orthodox men, Reidel said that on days when ultra-Orthodox school groups visit the museum, they might have to make sure no images of the women are on display.…" The...

April 3, 2014: The Belzer Rebbe Ran Away And Left His Followers To Die In The Holocaust
Comments: 62 | Categories: Haredim , History
The Belzer Rebbe twice abandoned Jews during the Holocaust. The second time, in Budapest, was especially egegious. The Belzer Rebbe promised safety, goodness and tranquility to the Jews of Budapest and then fled the next day, leaving them to be...

April 3, 2014: The Forgotten Method of Eating Matzah
Comments: 13 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , History , Religion
You are about to learn the 'best' method of eating your matzoh according to Jewish law as interpreted by haredi (and, to be fair, some 'centrist' Orthodox) rabbis. And in the process you will learn why the Jewish law these...

March 30, 2014: Rabbi Avigdor Miller: Hitler Was A "Kindness From Heaven"
Comments: 102 | Categories: Haredim , History
"…My great uncle, Rabbi Avigdor Miller, a widely respected yeshivish rabbi, wrote: 'Hitler was not only sent by Heaven, but was sent as a kindness from Heaven…. Because assimilation and intermarriage are worse than death.'…” Rabbi Avigdor Miller Leah Vincent...

March 25, 2014: Haredi Rabbi Lies About The Holocaust – Again
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , History
"Throughout this coming year, the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of Yad Vashem will be commemorated with public lectures, ceremonies and celebrations. Amid all of the loud hoopla and accolades, however, a quiet crescendo of criticism of Yad Vashem has...

March 25, 2014: The Belzer Rebbe ‘Forgets’ His Own Family’s Debt To Zionists
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , History , Religion
The previous Belzer Rebbe was saved from the Holocaust by Zionists. Before he left Europe, he publicly promised his followers and the other Jews of Budapest that they would be safe from harm. Instead, most were murdered within weeks. Did...

February 27, 2014: In 1946, America's Top Non-Hasidic Haredi Rabbis Wanted To Combine Their Yeshivas To Form A Jewish University – For The First Time Ever, Here's Proof
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , History , MO & Chardal
1n 1946, Yeshivas Torah Vodaas and Chaim Berlin planned to merge and create a grade school through graduate school group of schools including a junior college and a university. The new institution was to be called the American Hebrew Theological...

February 18, 2014: Chabad Rabbi Claims To Have Found More Than 100 Torah Scrolls Looted In The Holocaust
Comments: 8 | Categories: Chabad , History
The Chief Rabbi of Chabad’s Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation Slomo Koves said he found the Torahs in the Lenin Scientific Library in Nizhny Novgorod, located about 250 miles east of Moscow. Koves reportedly said he found the Torahs while following...

February 15, 2014: Does It Matter That The Torah Told Stories That Are Apparently Not True?
Comments: 83 | Categories: History , Israel , Torah & Science
"Camels are mentioned as pack animals in the biblical stories of Abraham, Joseph, and Jacob. But archaeologists have shown that camels were not domesticated in the Land of Israel until centuries after the Age of the Patriarchs (2000-1500 BCE). In...

February 12, 2014: How Haredim Are Like Ancient Pagans: Understanding The Haredi View Of Genius In Its Proper Historical Context
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , History , Religion
"Only relatively recently have genius and intelligence and invention been closely coupled. In ancient times, genius was viewed as the gift of uncovering that which was previously known, as is evident from the etymology of the words "discover" and "invent."...

January 25, 2014: Ancient Tablet Says ‘Noah’s Ark’ Was Round
Comments: 19 | Categories: History , Torah & Science
The tablet’s ark is a huge circular coracle or round boat, 38,750 square feet in dimension and was supposed to be made “like a giant rope basket strengthened with wooden ribs, and waterproofed with bitumen inside and out” – a...

January 11, 2014: Baruch Dayan HaEmet: Ariel Sharon Dies At 85
Comments: 41 | Categories: History , Israel
Israel's former prime minister and one of the greatest military minds the world has seen in modern times, Ariel Sharon has passed away. Sharon, who was 85, died today with his family by his side. He lived his final 8...

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