Until George Gershwin, serious American orchestral composers were predominantly influenced by European schools of music. By composing original musical works based upon the rhythms,...
Some of the Jews expelled from Recife, Brazil in 1654 by the Portuguese also settled in Suriname, and, not long after, Suriname was one of the most important Jewish population centers in the Western Hemisphere.
While sitting in our home, watching over our two little boys, ages 3 and 1, it hit us: we had a mission. Mama Rachel needed us. She needed us to come daven over the fate of Klal Yisroel.
Uncle Poczter stepped out of line and approached my brother with his pocket watch and told him: ‘Take the watch, I won’t be needing it anymore.’
When The American Girl failed to show up at Bourget Airfield in Paris as scheduled, the international media exploded with extensive coverage mourning the pilots’ deaths, declaring them presumably lost at sea, but joyous coverage ensued soon after with news of their rescue and survival.
Sometimes a person just wants empathy, understanding, and having someone just be there in the moment with a hug or a listening ear.
Unit 669 shows a face of the IDF that many outside of Israel are not familiar with.
One of the shocking elements of this period is the masterful use of Torah to justify Haskalah ambitions.
In sum, it's a mad, mad world we live in, but who can complain?
By the time the Dutch took control in 1630, they found many New Christians (Jews forced by the Portuguese to convert to Christianity) present, many of whom continued to practice Judaism in private.
When we choose our friends and connect to certain types of people, we must make sure that they are good people inside and out.
In response to Rav Feinstein's call, thousands of Orthodox Jews...conducted a mass protest against Israel's handling of the "Who is a Jew?" issue.
Once Irmgard understood what had happened to the Jews of Kittsee, she made it her mission to perpetuate their memory and do everything she could to prevent history from repeating itself.
Jews were in Texas as far back as the late 1500s, but there wasn’t an established Jewish settlement until 1820.
By publishing this siddur, the government wished to demonstrate its egalitarian values.
He always viewed his photographs and films more as documentation than art, and most cinema commentators agree, some cynically.
If we were to neglect or disregard such a gift, that would be a great insult and disrespect to whoever gave us the present. The greater the value, the greater the insult.
Jewish law treats human remains with considerable respect, in accordance with a view of the body as the erstwhile dwelling of the soul.
The offending text states that this edition of the Talmud was approved by the censors of Russia and Poland.
The sukkah, like the chupah, is pure and simple. It is symbolic of a strong spiritual connection.
During his career, the great Houdini only failed to escape a pair of cuffs once – when he was presented with a rigged set stuffed with buckshot, rendering the locking mechanism inoperative, even with the key.
Rabbi Dickman had great hopes for his Kuzari Shlishi, believing it would help defeat the assimilation and apathy of Jews of his day.
After we inspect an etrog to purchase, some of us will take the etrog and place it in a sturdy box so it can be kept safe from possible damage during the holiday.
The illustrations are described on the title page as being "in accordance with the instruction of the Talmud."
And when the time finally comes to have the verdict read out loud, one can just imagine how tense and scared this person will be to find out if his life will now go back to normal, more or less, or be changed for the worse.
Some German interviewees were averse to being interviewed on camera, so Lanzmann employed subterfuge in filming some of his interviews, pretending to be pro-Nazi and using hidden equipment.
The court ultimately overturned the lower court's decision, and he was declared fit and released.
We met very special people as we navigated this quest for history.
I hope and pray that a strong, united Right will emerge and things will move forward.
People show up at my door with books and activities for the boys, offering to arrange tutors and events for them and asking how they can help, he says. They say it takes a village. I have a village.