459 posts categorized "History"

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: 61 | 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...

December 30, 2013: Ancient Fabric Fragment Contains Lost Biblical Blue, Scientists Say
Comments: 22 | Categories: History , MO & Chardal , Religion
The nearly 2,000 year old fabric fragment contains a fringe dyed with what scientists believe is the Biblical tekhelet, the mysterious blue or purple Jews are commanded to wear as fringes on the corners of their clothes and which was...

December 29, 2013: Haredi Museum Will To Close Due To Lack Of Funds, Rabbi-Owner Says
Comments: 27 | Categories: Haredim , History , Torah & Science
Borough Park’s Torah Animal World museum, which claims to have a stuffed version of every animal mentioned in the Torah – except one – is closing due to financial problems. Haredi Museum Will To Close Due To Lack Of Funds,...

December 20, 2013: Nelson Mandela Reportedly Trained By The Mossad
Comments: 4 | Categories: History , Israel
South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, who rose from prison to become South Africa’s first black president, was reportedly trained in weaponry and sabotage by Israel’s spy agency, the Mossad, in 1962 only a few months before he was arrested....

December 1, 2013: Blame It On The New York Times
Comments: 6 | Categories: Hanukkah , History
Why is Hanukkah spelled "Hanukkah" in almost every non-Orthodox publication in America? Blame it on the New York Times. On page 13 of Hanukkah in America – A History (2013, NYU Press), Dianne Ashton writes: Here is that 1889 NY...

November 29, 2013: Most Of Us Celebrate Hanukkah – But For The Wrong Reasons
Comments: 90 | Categories: Hanukkah , History
We all know about the miracle of the single cruse of oil that miraculously lasted eight days. What most of do not know is that the whole story is a fairy tale made up generations after the Hanukkah story took...

November 24, 2013: Happy Birthday To The World's "First Secular Jew"
Comments: 16 | Categories: History , Skepticism
Today is the 381st birthday of "the world's first secular Jew." Who is he? He's Baruch Spinoza, the son of Portugese Conversos who returned to Judaism as they were fleeing to Amsterdam. Spinoza was born in the Jewish quarter of...

November 23, 2013: Satmar And The Holocaust: A Rebbe's Rescue From The Nazis And The Lies Satmar Tells To Cover Up The Truth
Comments: 83 | Categories: Haredim , History
Tonight marks the 69th anniversary of the Satmar Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum's rescue from the Nazis, and Satmar is marking the occassion with giant banquets in Brooklyn and elsewhere as it does every year. But Teitelbaum was saved by a Zionist...

November 15, 2013: City Of Munich, Germany Refuses To Allow Holocaust Memorials
Comments: 14 | Categories: History
The City of Munich has allegedly refused to allow Stolpersteines – individual Holocaust memorial plaques widely used across Europe – to be embedded in the sidewalks in front of Holocaust victims' homes. A Stolpersteine outside of Munich Stolpersteine: the world’s...

November 8, 2013: Climate Change Destroyed Most Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, New Study Finds
Comments: 23 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
Close your eyes and ears Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Prager, Congressional Republicans and the Tea Party. Climate change destroyed the most advanced civilizations in the ancient world. Climate Change Destroyed Most Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, New Study Finds Shmarya Rosenberg •...

October 8, 2013: Your Female Ancestors Were Almost Certainly Non-Jews, New Study Finds
Comments: 29 | Categories: History , Science , Torah & Science
“Thus the great majority of Ashkenazi maternal lineages were not brought from the Levant, as commonly supposed,” Dr. Richards and colleagues conclude in their paper. Overall, at least 80 percent of Ashkenazi maternal ancestry comes from women indigenous to Europe,...

September 21, 2013: Video: Noted Scholar Says Artifacts Found In Tomb Near Purported Jesus Tomb Are Early Christian
Comments: 3 | Categories: History , Israel
"…One of the world’s most famous epigraphers, Professor Émile Puech of the École Biblique Archaeological Institute in Jerusalem, has gone public that the findings in the tomb next to the Jesus Family Tomb are, indeed, a cross and the “Sign...

September 17, 2013: The Jewish Genome Challenge
Comments: 11 | Categories: History , Science , Torah & Science
Controversial geneticist Eran Elhaik has challenged other scientists to a "Jewish Genome Challenge" meant to show that claims made by these other scientists of identifiable Jewish genetic ancestry stretching back to early biblical times are false. Eran Elhaik, Ph.D. writes:...

September 11, 2013: Would Allied Bombing Of German Rail Lines Have Saved Many Jews From The Holocaust?
Comments: 13 | Categories: Antisemitism , History
"Throughout the war, and particularly in 1943, one of the main strategic goals of the heavy Allied bombing was to damage the [German-controlled] railway network. Despite the Allies’ enormous effort, the Germans - whose efficiency is beyond dispute - managed...

September 2, 2013: The Hidden History Of Zionist Orthodoxy
Comments: 2 | Categories: History , Israel , MO & Chardal
"Perhaps Religious Zionists can learn new lessons from the movement’s founders. While Rabbi [Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen] Kook and his son Zvi Yehuda loom large in the messianic component of the movement, the future of the Zionist Orthodox] [Ha]Bayit {Ha]Yehudi [Party]...

August 31, 2013: "America Must Not Remain Silent"
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , History
Rabbi Israel Dresner argues that there was a direct line between the Holocaust and the American civil rights struggle. "Jews are opposed to injustice. We are opposed to hatred and bigotry and bias and racism and exploitation and so forth....

August 19, 2013: Ancient Pottery Shard Appears To Carry Name Of Biblical Prophet’s Father, Archaeologists Say
Comments: 2 | Categories: History
Israel’s Antiquities Authority says the writing on the shard spells out the name of the father of a 7th century BCE biblical prophet. 2,700-year-old pottery fragment discovered in the City of David site in Jerusalem (Israel Antiquities Authority) Ancient Pottery...

August 9, 2013: Video: Egyptian Sphinx Found In Israel
Comments: 37 | Categories: History , Israel
The paws of a sphinx statue, inscribed with the name of a pharaoh who ruled in 2500 BC, King Mycerinus, is the only known sphinx of that pharaoh and the only Egyptian sphinx found outside Egypt. Amnon Ben-Tor, the Tel...

August 4, 2013: Former Pope Allegedly Unfairly Criticized By "New York Jewish Lobby," Paper Reports
Comments: 12 | Categories: Antisemitism , History
"The New York Jewish lobby has unfairly blackened the name of World War II pope Pius XII in the interests of a modern political agenda and needs to be challenged, former Australian deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer has charged." The...

June 3, 2013: New Examination Of Dead Sea Scroll Fragment Using A High-Powered Google Scan May Have Solved An Ancient Mystery
Comments: 16 | Categories: History
Was the Curse of Ham meant to tell a story about a deceitful fight among brothers for God's chosen land, the Land of Israel? Scholars now think it might be. Here's why. The Drunkenness of Noah by Giovanni Bellini For...

June 2, 2013: Report: Dead Sea Scroll Fragments For Sale On Antiquities Gray Market
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, etc. , History , Israel
Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are reportedly being sold on the antiquities gray market, and the buyers of what Israel considers to be stolen antiquities are allegedly Evangelical Christians in the US. File photo: The Damascus Document Scroll, 4Q271Df...

May 17, 2013: The Surprising Hidden History Of The Kotel
Comments: 11 | Categories: History , Israel
“From the start of the sanctification of the Western Wall, in the 16th century, the traditions in the texts of the Sages were transferred from the western wall of the Temple [itself] to the western [retaining] wall of the Temple...

May 10, 2013: The "Awkward Dilemma" Of The Rogatchover Gaon
Comments: 75 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History , History
Rabbi Yosef Rozin, commonly known as the Rogatchover Gaon, was the hasidic rabbi of Dvinsk connected to the Chabad hasidic dynasty. He also supposedly gave smicha (ordination) to the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Scheneerson, although some contend this is...

May 8, 2013: Antiquities Authority: Sharansky Plan For Kotel Sentences "The Most Important Archaeological Site In The State Of Israel To Destruction"
Comments: 13 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
"I don’t know any intelligent archaeologist who would allow a construction project of that size on the Herodian street. It’s inconceivable, just like building such a structure on the Acropolis…We’re sentencing the most important archaeological site in the State of...

May 7, 2013: Did YU's Harry Ostrer Cook The Genetic Books To Support False Findings Of Ashkenazi Jews Origins?
Comments: 95 | Categories: History , MO & Chardal , Science , Torah & Science
An Israeli researcher alleges that a Yeshiva University professor manipulated data to reach the “false” conclusion that Ashkenazi Jews have a predominantly Middle Eastern genetic origin when in fact their genetic signature is predominantly from the Caucus region of northeast...

April 29, 2013: BBC Cancels Documentary That Claims Most Jews Were Not Exiled By Rome After Temple Destroyed
Comments: 26 | Categories: History , Israel
At last minute, the BBC has canceled a documentary that claims to show that the exile of a large part of the Land of Israel's Jews by the Romans after the Destruction of the Second Temple and the Bar Kokhba...

April 2, 2013: Video: Rare Footage Of Zionist Leader Chaim Weizmann's 1918 Trip To Palestine
Comments: 11 | Categories: History , Israel
Rare silent footage of Chaim Weizmann's trip to the Land of Israel in 1918. Weizmann would later become Israel's first president. The video footage shows early Yishuv leaders and rabbis.

March 6, 2013: Video: MK's Inaugural Knesset Speech Talks About Holocaust Rescuer Rudolph Kasztner
Comments: 63 | Categories: Haredim , History , Israel , Jewish Leadership
Member of Knesset Merav Michaeli's opening speech in the Knesset dealt in part with her grandfather Rudolf (Israel) Kasztner. Kasztner saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, negotiating directly with Nazi leader Adolph Eichmann, yemach shemo, to do so. Oskar...

February 25, 2013: When A Rebbe Banned Modern Medicine, Science, Secular Education And Zionism
Comments: 77 | Categories: Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad Anti-Zionism , Haredim , History , Religion , Torah & Science
The pre-WW2 Munkatcher Rebbe vehemently opposed any secular education for Jews. He also opposed modern medicine and science and, along with the fifth and sixth Lubavticher Rebbes and the Stamar Rebbe, were the leading anti-Zionists of their era. (Lubavitch, Muncatch...

February 17, 2013: Survivors Outraged Over Holocaust Remarks Made By Chabad's Rabbi Manis Friedman
Comments: 218 | Categories: Antisemitism , Chabad , Chabad & Holocaust , Crime, etc. , Haredim , History , Religion
“Who in fact died and who remained alive had nothing to do with the Nazis,” Rabbi Manis Friedman stated in a speech delivered in Melbourne in the 1980s. “Not a single Jewish child died because of the Nazis … they...

January 18, 2013: Understanding Jewish Divorce In 1884
Comments: 9 | Categories: History
How did a small fur trading post deep in the American Midwest that had recently grown into a small but thriving town understand Jews and Orthodox Judaism? With hostility? Curiosity? A mixture of both? And what does this question have...

January 17, 2013: New Genetic Study Reportedly Proves Khazar Ancestry For Ashkenazi Jews
Comments: 74 | Categories: History , Science , Torah & Science
Ashkenazi Jews are a mix of genetic ancestries, far more of which than previously thought originating in tribes from the Caucasus – a region that sits in between Eastern Europe and Asia between the Black and the Caspian seas. Those...

January 16, 2013: Rabbi Acquitted On Mikva Assault Charge
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , History
This Month In Jewish History: A dispute over mikva ownership leads to an assault charge against a town's rabbi. From the Grand Forks [North Dakota] Daily Herald, January 25, 1893:

January 3, 2013: 1000 Year Old Afghan "Genizah" Found, Some Documents Brought To Israel
Comments: 2 | Categories: History
A treasure trove of manuscripts written in Hebrew characters have reportedly been rescued from caves in a Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan, and some have been brought to Israel. 1000 Year Old Afghan "Genizah" Found, Some Documents Brought To Israel...

January 1, 2013: When A Story Fails To Tell The Tale: America's Oldest Synagogue Sues America's Oldest Jewish Congregation Over Torah Ornaments Worth More Than $7 Million
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, etc. , History , Sefardim
A disagreement over the ownership of a set of Torah rimonim, finial bells, from Colonial times that is worth millions of dollars has led to competing lawsuits between leaders of the nation's first Jewish congregation and the nation's oldest synagogue....


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