476 posts categorized "History"

July 25, 2014: Video: Islamic Terrorists Blow Up Tomb Of Jonah The Prophet In Iraq
Comments: 8 | 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: 7 | 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...

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...

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