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Netanyahu Visits the Netherlands, Praises Strong Stance on Iran

24 Tevet 5772 – January 19, 2012
PM repeats invitation to Abbas to revive direct talks.

Time For The Dutch To Finally ‘Fess Up

17 Tevet 5772 – January 11, 2012
A new poll finds that two-thirds of the Dutch people are opposed to their prime minister apologizing to the Jewish community for the misconduct of the wartime government in exile in London.

Dutch Legislator Seeks Govt. Apology to Jews for Holocaust “Passivity”

11 Tevet 5772 – January 5, 2012
“Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night,” Wilders said in a speech in New York, “parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.”

In The Netherlands, Animals Are Winning, Jews Are Losing

21 Iyyar 5771 – May 25, 2011
Animals are advancing in the Netherlands and Jews are regressing. There are many examples of this. A large building project was halted recently because it was the habitat of a protected owl. However, the habitat of the head of the Dutch Rabbinical Seminary, Rabbi Raf Evers - easily recognizable as a Jew by his clothing - is not protected. Due to aggressive behavior the rabbi has encountered - mainly from Muslims - he no longer uses public transportation and ventures out of his home as infrequently as possible.

Hidden In Plain Sight: The (Jewish) Hague

15 Tevet 5771 – December 22, 2010
Beneath Baruch Spinoza's smiling bust on his tombstone on the grounds of the Nieuwe Kerk in the Hague is an inscription of his famous motto, "caute" (written cavte on the stone, see image one), or "cautiously" in Latin. Between that admonition and the dates of his life - 1632 to 1677, cut short by an illness whose identity is hotly debated - is the Hebrew word "amcha" or "amach", Hebrew for "your people" or "your nation."

The Hidden Letters: A Cautionary Tale

29 Av 5769 – August 19, 2009
The idyllic countryside of Sobibor bears no resemblance to the large, efficient extermination camp once located in that remote corner of eastern Poland. Among the 250,000 Jews murdered during its 18 months of operation were the members of my mother's family. I didn't learn the details of their deaths until I was an adult, but I understood at a very young age that I had no grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins because someone called Hitler had killed them.

Pieter Lastman’s David And Uriah Paintings

18 Sivan 5769 – June 10, 2009
In one of the most complex and controversial of biblical narratives, the book of 2 Samuel recounts an almost operatic moment in which Uriah the Hittite, husband of Batsheva, was instructed by King David to unknowingly carry his own death sentence to the Jewish general Yoav (Joab). Had Uriah betrayed his king's confidence and opened the letter, he could have surely have escaped death.

Pieter Lastman’s David And Uriah Paintings

In one of the most complex and controversial of biblical narratives, the book of 2 Samuel recounts an almost operatic moment in which Uriah the Hittite, husband of Batsheva, was instructed by King David to unknowingly carry his own death sentence to the Jewish general Yoav (Joab). Had Uriah betrayed his king's confidence and opened the letter, he could have surely have escaped death.

50,000 Tulip Bulbs From Holland Donated To Jerusalem

28 Heshvan 5769 – November 26, 2008
The city of Jerusalem recently was the recipient of a magnanimous donation of 50,000 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands as representatives of the Dutch chapter of Christians For Israel made their presentation at the Hineni Center in Zion Square.

The Jewish Community Of St. Eustatius

17 Av 5767 – August 1, 2007
The small island of St. Eustatius [in Dutch: Sint Eustatius, and now named simply Statia] is one of the Netherlands Antilles islands, along with St Maarten, Saba, Cura?ao, and Bonaire.

Early Caribbean Jewish Communities (Part II)

10 Heshvan 5767 – November 1, 2006
In 1527 the Spanish took possession of Curacao.

The Jewish Community Of Surinam

9 Tammuz 5766 – July 5, 2006
The discovery of the Western Hemisphere opened new opportunities for Jews.

Jews Settle In New York

25 Sivan 5765 – July 1, 2005
In 1654 the Portuguese recaptured the city of Recife, Brazil from the Dutch. This marked the end of the vibrant Jewish community that had flourished under the Dutch beginning in 1630.

Recife – The First Jewish Community In The New World

24 Iyyar 5765 – June 1, 2005
Many people know that on September 7, 1654, twenty-three Jews arrived in New Amsterdam (renamed New York after the Dutch left).

On The Way With New York Waterway

7 Tishri 5764 – October 3, 2003
On a beautiful sunny day in the middle of August, my husband and I took an incredible boat ride around Manhattan Island.

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