596 posts categorized "History"

May 22, 2015: Why Do We Eat Dairy Foods On Shavuot Morning?
Comments: 23 | Categories: Food , Haredim , History , Religion
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: 25 | Categories: History , Religion , 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: 17 | 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 , 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: 41 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , 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
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 , 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 , 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...

April 21, 2015: Orthodox Judaism's Current Burial Practices Are Modern Innovations With Little Connection To Historical Practice
Comments: 23 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
Orthodox and especially haredi rabbis often know little, if any, history and make halakhic rulings based on backwards projection and mistaken perceptions. One of the clearest ways to see that is to look at how Jews used to bury their...

April 15, 2015: Was Shabbat Originally A Once Per Month Celebration?
Comments: 21 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
"…[Dr.] Jacob Wright of Emory University discusses a range of evidence suggesting that Shabbat was originally celebrated once a month. Before it came to designate the seventh day in a weekly cycle, Shabbat referred to the time of Full Moon,...

April 12, 2015: Video: A Holocaust Survivor Returns To Poland With Filmmaker Menachem Daum
Comments: 1 | Categories: Antisemitism , Film , History
“Hatred doesn’t always have to be passed on from generation to generation,” says New York filmmaker Menachem Daum. “Perhaps no one is more qualified to set such an example than Poles and Jews.”

April 12, 2015: Memory Of Elderly Greek Rabbi Who Saved Hundreds Of Jews During Holocaust, Led Partisans, To Be Honored This Week
Comments: 6 | Categories: History , Sefardim
On Sept. 30, 1943—Rosh Hashanah—the eldery Rabbi Moshe Shimon Pessach was summoned to the headquarters of the German military governor who demanded that within 24 hours he submit a list of all the Jews in the city and their assets,...

April 6, 2015: Was Passover Originally An Ancient Canaanite Ritual Festival Meant To Stop The Winter Rain From Ruining Spring Crops?
Comments: 41 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
Spring was a time of great anxiety, since the rains that made their grains grow during the winter were no longer welcome. One particularly nasty storm could decimate wheat and barley fields, knocking down the ripe plants and rotting the...

April 1, 2015: Is The Ashkenazi Ban On Kitniyot A Custom Of Karaite Origin?
Comments: 67 | Categories: Halakha , History
"…This customary stringency, or minhag, is strange, to say the least; it stands in stark contradiction to authoritative Jewish law. The Mishna (P'sahim 2:5) clearly states that only the five species of grain - two varieties of wheat and three...

March 26, 2015: Video: The Torah's Buried Secrets
Comments: 19 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
What science and history really show about the creation of Judaism and the truth – or the opposite – of the Torah's claims. Some of the reenactments are anachronistic – Jews wearing tallit katans and kippot during the First Exile,...

March 23, 2015: Did A Volcanic Cataclysm 40,000 Years Ago Trigger The Final Demise Of The Neanderthals?
Comments: 3 | Categories: History , Science
Researchers note that the CI volcanic eruption approximately coincided with the final decline of Neanderthals as well as with dramatic territorial and cultural advances among anatomically modern humans. Above and Above right: Annually averaged temperature anomalies in excess of 3°C...

March 20, 2015: Prehistoric Stone Tools Found In Israel Bear 500,000-Year-Old Animal Residue
Comments: 12 | Categories: History , Israel , Science , Torah & Science
Sound faintly biblically familiar? Some 2.5 million years ago, early humans survived on a paltry diet of plants. As the human brain expanded, however, it required more substantial nourishment — namely fat and meat — to sustain it. This drove...

March 19, 2015: Human Parasites Found In Medieval Era Jerusalem Latrine Reveal Links – Including The Spread Of Disease –Between The Middle East And Europe, Researchers Find
Comments: 17 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
A new analysis of a medieval cesspit in the Christian quarter of the old city of Jerusalem has revealed the presence of a number of ancient parasite eggs, providing a window into the nature and spread of infectious diseases in...

March 18, 2015: Video: Newly Released Photo Of Chofetz Chaim Shows Iconic Photo, Painting Used For Decades Is Not Actually Him, Haredi Historian Says
Comments: 26 | Categories: Haredim , History
Hasidic historian and Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch releases real photo (seen at right and below) of Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagan, better known as the Chofetz Chaim, which Deutsch says proves the iconic photo and painting of the late haredi leader,...

March 16, 2015: Haifa University Researchers Discover The Largest Bronze Mask of Greek Sex God Ever Found
Comments: 9 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , Science
Horns like the ones on the mask are usually associated with Pan, the half-man half-goat god of the shepherds, music and pleasure. A more thorough cleaning in the lab, revealed strands of a goat beard, long pointed ears, and other...

March 13, 2015: Iconic Photo Of Chofetz Chaim Isn't Really Him, Video Shows
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , History
The iconic photo and painting of the Chofetz Chaim used by the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Center and many other haredi organizations isn't really the Chofetz Chaim, a period newsreel shows. Above left: actual photo of the Chofetz Chaim (screengrab from...

March 9, 2015: Ancient Fossils Reveal Diversity In The Body Structure Of Human Ancestors
Comments: 3 | Categories: History , Science
Recently discovered 1.9 million-year-old pelvis and thigh bones change perspective on human evolution, scientists say. Above: 1.9 million-year-old pelvis and femur bone fossils of early humans in Kenya reveal that there were more distinctive species of early humans than previously...

March 6, 2015: Earliest Known Fossil Remains Of Human Ancestor Found In Ethiopia
Comments: 9 | Categories: History , Science
The fossil, the left side of a lower jaw with five teeth, has been dated to 2.8 million years ago, which predates the previously known fossils of the Homo lineage by approximately 400,000 years. Earliest Known Fossil Remains Of Early...

March 4, 2015: A Purim Miracle You Likely Have Never Heard About And That Jews Don't Celebrate
Comments: 69 | Categories: History
Jewish history has several Purims. The most famous – and, perhaps, the least true – is the Purim we will celebrate tonight and tomorrow. And then there is the Purim of Frankfort-on-Main, celebrating the deliverance (by the mayor, his troops...

March 4, 2015: Genetic Research Challenges Popular Theory On Origin Of Languages
Comments: 11 | Categories: History , Science
"Their genetic profiles show remarkable similarity despite vast geographic distances and differences in material culture. Whether from Hungary, Germany or Spain, the first farmers are genetically almost identical and must have come from the same origin." Above and above right:...

March 3, 2015: Ancient Skull Found In Israel May Show When And Where Humans And Neanderthals First Interbred
Comments: 8 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
The date and shape of the Manot Cave skull provides some intriguing evidence that humans and Neanderthals might have interbred sometime during the human trek out of Africa, most likely as the former passed through the Middle East before spreading...

February 21, 2015: Surprising Researchers, Neanderthals Had Sexual Division Of Labor
Comments: 38 | Categories: History , Science
Neanderthal communities divided some of their tasks according to their sex, a new study by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) published in the Journal of Human Evolution has found. Neanderthal Groups Had Sexual Division Of Labor Spanish National Research...

February 20, 2015: Indo-European Languages Emerged Roughly 6,500 Years Ago From Common Ancestor Language, New Research Suggests
Comments: 7 | Categories: History , Science
Linguists have long agreed that languages from English to Greek to Hindi, known as 'Indo-European languages', are part of a language family which first emerged from a common ancestor spoken thousands of years ago. Now, a new study gives us...

February 20, 2015: Almost 2,000 Years Ago, The Top Wine In The World Came From Southern Israel, And Soon We May Know Why
Comments: 0 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
The archeologists know of “the Wine of the Negev” or “Gaza Wine” — named for the port it was sent from to all corners of the empire — from historical sources from the Byzantine period. This wine was considered to...

February 17, 2015: A Musical Interlude
Comments: 13 | Categories: History , Music
Today is Mardis Gras and it's also Black History Month. Jews played a large role in Jazz – the quintessential Black American music form invented in New Orleans just before 1900, from the Jewish family who gave the young teenaged...

February 16, 2015: Archaeologists Help Protect Cultural Heritage Of Kurdish-Controlled Northern Iraq
Comments: 1 | Categories: Current Affairs , History
The UN estimates the region now hosts more than 500,000 refugees fleeing from ISIS. “We must send a signal that normal life continues. That includes protecting our historical sites. And we will not approve new building applications without a green...

February 8, 2015: Switch From Hunting To Farming Caused Negative Changes To Human Jaw, Teeth Placement, Researchers Find
Comments: 8 | Categories: Food , History , Science
Hunter-gatherers had almost no malocclusion and dental crowding, and the condition first became common among the world’s earliest farmers some 12,000 years ago in Southwest Asia. “Our findings show that the hunter gatherer populations have an almost 'perfect harmony' between...

February 6, 2015: The Real Truth Behind Animal Sacrifice And Kosher Slaughter
Comments: 3 | Categories: History , Religion , Science , Torah & Science
The ancient Israelites believed that an animal's life-force was contained in its blood and that offering that blood to God was necessary if the animal was to sacrificed and eaten. But many other cultures have similar types of ancient beliefs...

February 4, 2015: Is Tu B’Shvat, Which We Celebrate Today, A Vestige Of Ancient Israelite Tree Worship?
Comments: 11 | Categories: History , Religion
Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish new year for trees we celebrate today, is likely a vestige of an ancient new year and fertility celebration that predated Rosh Hashana. Why? Because ancient Israelites likely worshipped trees. Is Tu B’Shvat, Which We Celebrate...

January 31, 2015: Research Finds Early Mesoamericans Negatively Affected By Climate Change
Comments: 2 | Categories: History , Science
Cantona, one of the largest cities in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica with a population of 90,000 people, was decimated and then abandoned, largely by and because of climate change, study finds. Above: Catona today Lawrence Livermore Research Finds Early Mesoamericans Affected By...

January 30, 2015: Ancient Tablets From Jews' Exile To Babylonia Translated And Made Public For The First Time
Comments: 13 | Categories: Books , History
A two-day, international symposium, “Jerusalem In Babylonia,” celebrating the publication of this volume, will be held February 2-3, 2015, at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, Israel. Above: One of the tablets Major New Archive From Jewish Babylonian Exile Released...

January 28, 2015: 55,000-Year-Old Skull Found In Galilee Cave Offers Clues To The First Modern Europeans
Comments: 24 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
The discovery of a 55,000-year-old partial skull in Northern Israel provides new insights into the migration of modern humans out of Africa. The rare find is reported in the journal Nature this week by an international team of Israeli, North...

January 26, 2015: Why War? Why Terror? Why ISIS?
Comments: 33 | Categories: History , Science , Terrorism
What is it about war and terror that so many young men and women find so alluring? Could it be this? Above: prehistoric cave painting of a large animal hunt This short except posted by DelanceyPlace.com from from Fields of...

January 20, 2015: Director Of Film That Smears A President And Excises Jews Now Says Film Is Accurate History
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Film , History
People who are upset by her smear of President Lyndon Johnson, Ava DuVernay says, should be happy that people are now talking about him with regard to his civil rights legacy and not Viet Nam. And what about the rabbis...



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