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The Meaning of Freedom

Obama's visit remains a symbol that among us are those who still carry the ghetto mentality.

Searching for the Past at Tel Shiloh

Recently, archaeologists have been back to Tel Shiloh looking for ancient treasures which will show what life had been like in Biblical times when Jewish pilgrims came to Shiloh to pray.

The German Women Who Stood Up to the Nazis

In cases where the Nazi regime judged that protest could spark attention from the broader German public, the decision was made for tactical reasons to appease rather than quell with brute force.

The Book of Esther: A Political Analysis

Especially remarkable is the behavior of Esther. Warned of Haman’s plan, Esther wants to do nothing lest she place herself at risk.

Purim of Yesteryear: Celebrations in TLV 1932-34 (Video)

Footage of how Purim was celebrated in Israel in the 1930s.

Why Don’t We Celebrate Two Days of Purim in Jerusalem?

Jews of 14th century Jerusalem celebrated Purim on both the 14th and 15th of Adar.

Purim and the Right to Bear Arms

Four Jews who will not celebrate Purim this year are Yitzhak Ames, Talia Ames, Kochava Even-Haim, and Avishai Schindler - all murdered by Hamas.

Torah and the Secular Jew

As a youth, MK Dr. Ruth Calderon was not satisfied with the secular treatment of Judaism she got in Israeli schools. So eventually she founded a secular yeshiva.

The Jewish Cemetery in Saudi Arabia

A cemetery in an oil rich province of Saudi Arabia may be the last vestige of Jewish life there.

When is a Palestinian Not a Palestinian?

Historically, the Christian residents of Bethlehem did not identify themselves as Arabs.

Confronting Auschwitz and Birkenau

Hope is a vital part of visiting the death camps in Europe.

‘Third Time, Ice Cream!’

The Israeli phrase, 'Third time, Ice Cream' corresponds to the fact that the third time the ancient Israelites complained to God after the Exodus they got the manna.

The March of the 35: A Bravery Fiercer than Death (Video)

65 years ago this week, 35 student soldiers set out from Jerusalem to bring much needed supplies to the kibbutzim in the besieged Etzion Bloc south of the city.

What Judea & Samaria Mean to the Jewish People

For Jews, the ancient tribal territories of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and west Menasheh – a.k.a. Judea and Samaria or the West Bank – form the very heartland of the homeland.

Postcard from Israel: Tel Lachish

The site of Tel Lachish shows evidence of human habitation in Israel spanning many different historic periods over thousands of years.

New Finds from First Temple Period at Motza

The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced the discovery of a rare cache of sacred vessels from the early days of the Kingdom of Judea.

Taking Advantage of the Siege of Jerusalem

Jerusalem's besiegers are a captive audience. It's time for Israel to speak.

Postcard From Israel: Bet She’an

During the Hellenistic period, the city of Nysa-Scythopolis was founded. In 749 CE it was destroyed in the massive earthquake which hit the area.

Jewish History and Sovereignty Slipping Away

This is one of those issues that ought to be shocking, but about which nothing is done. For years — I’ve written about this before — the Muslim waqf that controls the Temple Mount has been systematically destroying archaeological artifacts of Jewish provenance at the site.

The Mount of Olives Declaration

The main holiday events took place on the last day of Sukkot, Hoshana Raba. The Gaon would lead the people around the Temple Mount, and then the crowd made its way to the Mount of Olives. After they climbed the mountain, they circled it seven times. A monumental stone marked the spot where God looked over the Temple Mount. The Gaon would sit on this stone as he spoke to the assembled crowd.

Ahmadinejad’s Lies at the UN

Defying historical fact, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad continued his existential verbal attacks on the State of Israel, claiming Israel has no historical basis in the Middle East Region.

Jerusalem Demographics 1800-1922

On the issue of demographics, the numbers make things quite clear that even before modern Zionism began, the city was Jewish and only Muslim repressive policies artificially kept the numbers of Jews down before the mid-19th century.

When the Wall Falls

The ancient synagogue in Meron is located on a hill above the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Like other Galilean synagogues from the Byzantine era, its entrance faces south, towards Jerusalem. But what makes this synagogue special is a story from its later history.

Airbrushing The Past Creates Problems In The Present

There is an old rabbinic anecdote about a rabbi who was called on to deliver a eulogy for someone who had no redeeming social value whatsoever. The rabbi was hard pressed to think of anything positive to say about this person. So when he spoke he solemnly pronounced: “No matter how evil the deceased truly was, he was still a far better person than was his brother!”

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