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Maot Chitim On The Eve Of The Holocaust

The most significant portion of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising began on April 19, 1943, which was the third day of Chol HaMoed Pessach, and ended on May 16, 1943.

Superficiality Vs. Spirituality

So too in our times we must invest our blood - our effort and our toil - in serving Hashem.

Perfect Heroes

We would start our morning roll call in Hannah Szenes Hall, hold afternoon activities in Haviva Reik House, and finish off the day with an evening campfire outside Enzo Sereni Cabin.

Israel’s First General, A West Point Alumn

Marcus held a reserve commission as a field artillery officer, but because of his prominent legal career, he was persuaded to transfer to the JAG corps, where he became Judge Advocate of his Army National Guard unit (1940).

Transnistria: The Forgotten Death Camp

Jews were not gassed or cremated in Transnistria. No; in Transnistria Jews perished from hunger, cold, and typhus.

Unusual Purim Art

Israel annually issues a set of “Moadim L’Simcha” stamps commemorating the Jewish New Year, which are always among my favorites, but it also periodically issues stamps commemorating the other Jewish holidays, including Purim.

The Rav On Purim And The Megillah

Megillat Esther is the sole book of Tanach in which God’s name is not mentioned. This too can only be understood as an irony which confirms His pervasive, but hidden, presence.

My Father, Buffalo Bill From Bochnia

Finding ourselves with a large merged family as a result of our marriage, we had little chance to contemplate a honeymoon of any kind.

The Mutiny Against Captain Uriah P. Levy

Levy’s historic seafaring career began rather inauspiciously when, at age 10, he ran away from his Philadelphia home to join the trading ship New Jerusalem as a cabin boy, returning to his family for his bar mitzvah at Mikveh Israel, where he read the Torah.

The Levush: His Life And Works

The more I read, the more confused I became. The sefer followed the same order of the Shulchan Aruch, chapter by chapter, but unlike the Shulchan Aruch’s matter-of-fact approach, this sefer included the reason behind each halacha.

The Early Zionist Celebration Of Tu B’Shevat

The fifteenth day of the month of Shevat was designated for calculating the age of trees both for harvesting and tithing purposes, and this “Jewish Arbor Day” was celebrated at least as far back as Talmudic times.

Who Is A True Zionist?

About a thousand years ago, a large group of Yemenite Jews decided to leave the diaspora. One cannot imagine the hardships these pioneers encountered.

Blossoming From The Ashes

“How? How do you go on? You have to,” she says with a simplicity that hides more than it reveals.

Thirteen Outrages In The Rubashkin Prosecution

In denying a request from an AgriProcessors employee that she recuse herself from his criminal case, Judge Reade did not disclose to him or to Rubashkin’s trial lawyers that she had participated in the planning of the raid.

The Bernice Chronicles: A Second Chance At ‘Honor Thy Mother’

Just as had happened when I was working on my grandmother’s book, here, too, previously unknown family members and those with whom my mother-in-law had lost touch suddenly emerged.

Gen. Patton’s Appalling Anti-Semitism

Patton not only showed utter contempt, even hatred, for Jewish survivors, he also expressed a kind of admiration for the Nazi prisoners of war under his watch and bitterly criticized attempts to bring Nazi leaders to justice for war crimes.

Rav Kook On The Lights Of Chanukah

Like Rabbi Akiva of old, Rav Kook was able to laugh in the face of adversity, while his contemporaries could only cry.

Education Through Connection

As this story illustrates, there is a huge difference between spending time with your children and offering them quality time.

The Centenary Of Allenby’s Entering Jerusalem

Brooks predicted that Jerusalem would be liberated in 1917, an idea that intrigued Allenby, who began to view his own role in Eretz Yisrael in prophetic terms.

The Bernice Chronicles: The Schwartzes Of Riverdale

Unlike other retirees of their generation, they never considered Florida a possible venue – despite the Northeast’s cold winters.

Prayers For The Czar – But Not For Israeli Soldiers?

No, it is not to such bloodthirsty jackals that we look to understand why terrorist incidents in Israel have significantly decreased since the early- and mid-2000s.

No Impartial Observer: Jimmy Carter and the Israel-Egypt Peace Accord

For those with eyes to see, there were hints during the 1976 campaign of the troubles to come.

The Significance Of The Balfour Declaration

One of the proximate results of the Balfour Declaration was an influx of Jewish immigrants, primarily from Eastern Europe, which only served to exacerbate Arab opposition to the Declaration.

The Bernice Chronicles: A Son Makes Aliyah

It was a war that would change the country's destiny. It would also change the destiny of Joshua Schwartz of Teaneck, New Jersey.

Reaffirming Israel’s Centrality To Modern Orthodoxy

The flight represented the remarkable diversity of the Jewish people, united by a common thread: each passenger was fulfilling a dream to live in Eretz Yisrael and contribute to its culture and its burgeoning economy.

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