537 posts categorized "History"

December 22, 2014: Ancient Synagogue Where Jesus May Have Lectured Found In Israel
Comments: 7 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
Mariana Bravo, who helps run the Church’s Magdala Center. there, called the site a "cross-roads of Jewish and Christian history" because the synagogue existed during and after the time of Jesus but before there was any formal split between Judaism...

December 19, 2014: Can History Help Us Understand The Haredi View Of Religion And State?
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , History , Religion
Haredim, especially haredi politicians and top rabbis, generally do not recognize any separation between religion and state – unless such a separation directly benefits them. A new work on the history of religion likely explains why. From Fields of Blood...

December 17, 2014: The Evolution Of The Menorah: Is The Menorah You Lit Last Night The Same Type Of Menorah Jews Lit 1,800 Years Ago? It Isn't
Comments: 24 | Categories: Hanukkah , History
Halakha (rabbinic Jewish law) allows a menorah to be made of pretty much anything, even a potato. But it also ranks menorah materials in order of preference: gold is the best at fulfilling the mitzvah, silver second best, brass third,...

December 17, 2014: Clay Seals Found That Help Prove Kings David And Solomon Existed, Mississippi Archeologists Say
Comments: 4 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , Science
However, the seals do not mention either biblical king by name, and what they appear to prove is only that there was some type of government functioning in the area at approximately 1000 BCE. Above and above right: One of...

December 16, 2014: Hanukkah Was Originally Named "Orot"
Comments: 43 | Categories: Hanukkah , History , Israel , Religion
Hanukkah was originally called "Orot" ("Lights"). And guess what it commemorated and celebrated… Above: A menorah on a Hasmonean coin Hanukkah was originally called "Orot" ("Lights") and celebrated and commemmorated the resuption of Temple sacrifices after the Hasmoneans (Maccabees) captured...

December 16, 2014: 2,800-Year-Old Farmhouse Found In Israel
Comments: 2 | Categories: History , Israel
“The farm, which is extraordinarily well-preserved, extends across an area of 30 × 40 meters [98.5 feet x 131 feet] and was built in the eighth century BCE, the time of the Assyrian conquest.…" Above and above right: Aerial photograph...

December 16, 2014: History: On The US Supreme Court
Comments: 21 | Categories: Antisemitism , History
Louis Brandeis was the first Jewish justice on the US Supreme Court, nominated by US President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and serving until 1939. Here is what happened when Brandies' nomination was confirmed by the US Senate and he became...

December 15, 2014: New Study Finds Oldest Regular Use Of Fire May Have Begun 350,000 Years Ago – In Israel
Comments: 15 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
The world’s oldest regular domestication of fire may have taken place 350,000 years ago in a cave in what is now modern day northern Israel, a new study has found. But it could also have taken place in a central...

December 14, 2014: The Chickens Your Ancestors Ate Likely Had Dark Skin And Looked Little Like The Chickens You Eat Today, Study Finds
Comments: 13 | Categories: History , Kosher Scandal , Science
The chickens Europeans and Americans eat today look little like the chickens we ate hundreds of years ago, many of which had dark skin, a new study has found. The study doesn't seem to deal with it, but chickens consumed...

December 13, 2014: Why Did Our Ancestors Choose To Grow Wheat And Barley But Not Many Other Similar Plants
Comments: 18 | Categories: History , Science
Why do we grow wheat and barley instead of the dozens of other wild grasses our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago? The reasons our ancestors in the Middle East then chose to grow wheat and barley but not other grasses...

December 8, 2014: Report: Natural Selection Is Furthering Mutations That Are Making Skin Paler
Comments: 9 | Categories: History , Science
The first hominids that appeared in Africa probably had pale skin covered with hair, like other primates. They are thought to have lost their hair when they became bipedal, and that natural selection subsequently furthered darker skins in Africa because...

December 8, 2014: Lawsuit Possible Over Ancient Hebrew Bibles Known As The “Crowns Of Damascus”
Comments: 1 | Categories: Books , History , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Two decades after the Mossad smuggled a group of ancient Hebrew Bibles from Syria to Israel, a member of the Syrian Jewish community wants them back and has threatened to sue to get them. Lawsuit Possible Over Ancient Hebrew Bibles...

December 7, 2014: Israel Antiquities Authority Catches Accused Dead Sea Antiquities Thieves Red Handed
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, etc. , History , Israel
Inspectors of the Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery of the Israel Antiquities Authority were called to the scene and they placed the cave under surveillance utilizing observation and photographic equipment. The suspects were observed in the cave carrying...

December 4, 2014: Oldest Ever Engraving Discovered On 500,000-Year-Old Shell
Comments: 18 | Categories: History , Science
Homo erectus on Java was already using shells of freshwater mussels as tools half a million years ago, and as a 'canvas' for an engraving. An international team of researchers, led by Leiden archaeologist José Joordens, published this discovery on...

December 3, 2014: When Rescue Is Not Collaboration
Comments: 27 | Categories: History
To this day, the idea of negotiating, to sit down with our enemies, tests our diplomats. They are fearful that they too will be stigmatized for weakness rather than given credit for their judiciousness and realism – their strength. I...

November 20, 2014: The Temple Mount: A Brief History
Comments: 12 | Categories: History , Israel
A brief history of the Temple Mount – now the epicenter of the current conflict between radical Islam and Israel – may surprise you. Ha’aretz has a history of the Temple Mount, which of course is the epicenter of the...

November 19, 2014: Neanderthals Not A Subspecies Of Modern Humans, Researchers Say
Comments: 20 | Categories: History , Science
Researchers have identified new evidence supporting the growing belief that Neanderthals – some of whom slept with modern humans (Homo sapiens) – were a distinct species separate from modern humans, and not a subspecies of modern humans. Were Neanderthals a...

November 17, 2014: Video: Hasidic School Dresses Boys As Girls, Stages Biblical Wedding 'Reinactment' Complete With Shtreimls, Bekeshes And 19th Century Eastern European Jewish Music
Comments: 43 | Categories: Haredim , History
Munkatcher hasidim at the Talmud Torah Tiferes Bunim Munkacs (i.e., Munkatch) in Borough Park, Brooklyn staged a historical reinactment of the wedding of the biblical patriarch Yitzhak (Isaac) to Rivka (Rebecca) complete with shtreimls, bekeshes, modern wedding dresses, and modern...

November 16, 2014: Video: Human Prehistory – The Science And History You Were Not Taught In Yeshiva
Comments: 50 | Categories: History , Science
Here is a brief video summary of the science and history of how we got to now – the science and history you were not taught in yeshiva.

November 16, 2014: The Hidden Lives Of Women In Sefardic Jewish History
Comments: 1 | Categories: Books , History , Women & Judaism
Renee Levine Melammed, professor of Jewish history at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, talks about recovering the history of Jewish women – a history that has largely been obliterated by rabbinic patrimony. Above: Renee Levine Melammed Renee...

November 11, 2014: Jesus Was Married, Had Two Children, Professor, Filmmaker Claim
Comments: 16 | Categories: Books , History
A new book based on interpretations of ancient texts features an explosive claim: Jesus married Mary Magdalene, and the couple had two children. In “The Lost Gospel,” set for release Wednesday, authors Simcha Jacobovici, the Discovery Channel's former Naked Archaeologist...

November 11, 2014: Ancient DNA Shows When Earliest European Humans Interbred With Neanderthals
Comments: 9 | Categories: History , Science
Scientists now believe Eurasians separated into at least three populations earlier than 36,000 years ago: Western Eurasians, East Asians and a mystery third lineage, all of whose descendants would develop the unique features of most non-African peoples - but not...

November 11, 2014: Scientists Find Evidence Of Unknown Ancient Roman God
Comments: 3 | Categories: History , Religion , Science
Archaeologists excavated a unique Roman relief depicting an unknown god in an ancient sanctuary in Turkey. According to a first assessment, the one and a half metre (five feet) high basalt stele which was used as a buttress in the...

November 9, 2014: How A 4-Year-Old Auschwitz Survivor Finally Found His Family, But Is Still Searching For His Twin Brother
Comments: 5 | Categories: Antisemitism , Hessed , History
Auschwitz prisoner No. A7733 has finally found family. Elias Gottesman (now Menachem Bodner), a survivor of the Mengele twin experiments, was only three years old when he, his twin brother Jeno (Yoilly) and his family were taken to Auschwitz. Last...

November 9, 2014: Whatever Happened To Those Pesky Ancient Assyrians?
Comments: 13 | Categories: History , Science
The Assyrian Empire, a major enemy of the Ancient Israelites, seemed to crumble almost overnight. Why? A new paper says that population growth coupled with drought and climate change created the internal instability that destroyed the Assyrian Empire. Above: An...

November 7, 2014: Putin: Soviet Pact With Nazi Germany Justified And Legitimate
Comments: 6 | Categories: History
At a meeting of young historians in Moscow earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Soviet Union’s decision to Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact – the 1939 non-aggression pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed only days before...

November 7, 2014: As Jerusalem Lurches Toward A New Intifada, A Look Back At Why
Comments: 14 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bigotry & Racism , History , Israel , Terrorism
As Jerusalem and the West Bank inch ever closer to a full-blown Intifada, it’s worth a minute to review how and why we got here – and who is and who is not to blame. Above: file photo Analysis: As...

November 7, 2014: When Islam Was Tolerant And Open
Comments: 23 | Categories: History , Religion
A vast portion of what is now Spain was ruled by Muslims, who were a model of religious tolerance, and who provided Europe with the knowledge and technology that was one of the keys to its resurgence in the Renaissance...

November 5, 2014: Massive Geographic Change May Have Triggered Explosion of Animal Life, New Study Shows
Comments: 10 | Categories: History , Science
A new analysis from The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics suggests a deep oceanic gateway, shown at righ and below in blue, developed between the Pacific and Iapetus oceans immediately before the Cambrian sea level rise and...

October 24, 2014: The Impossible Voyage Of Noah's Ark
Comments: 58 | 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...

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