George Gershwin’s Jewish Music

Until George Gershwin, serious American orchestral composers were predominantly influenced by European schools of music. By composing original musical works based upon the rhythms,...

An 18th Century Map

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.

Holocaust Artifacts Tell Stories Of Hope, Courage, And Innocence Lost

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.’

The Story Of Ruth Elder – The Female Lindbergh

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.

The First Recorded Shailah In The New World

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.

The ‘Who Is A Jew?’ Question

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.

A Shul With A Story: An Expanding Heart

Jews were in Texas as far back as the late 1500s, but there wasn’t an established Jewish settlement until 1820.

A 1915 Siddur – Published By The German Army

By publishing this siddur, the government wished to demonstrate its egalitarian values.

Yaakov Ben-Dov And The Origins Of Cinema In Eretz Yisrael

He always viewed his photographs and films more as documentation than art, and most cinema commentators agree, some cynically.

An Interesting Case Of Censorship

The offending text states that this edition of the Talmud was approved by the censors of Russia and Poland.

The Judaism Of Harry Houdini

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.

Etrog Boxes – In All Their Cardboard And Silver Glory

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.

First Haggadah Published In Chicago

The illustrations are described on the title page as being "in accordance with the instruction of the Talmud."

Claude Lanzmann’s 10-Hour ‘Shoah’

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.

Legally Insane? The Tale Of A 19th Century Convert

The court ultimately overturned the lower court's decision, and he was declared fit and released.

The Lupovici Cousins: Tragedy And Mystery

We met very special people as we navigated this quest for history.

Shabbat Candles And Jewish Eternity

We don’t know what will happen in the year 2100, and it is impossible to predict the future. But of one thing you can be certain – that in the year 2100, Jewish women will be lighting Shabbos candles.

A Shul With A Story: A Winning Bet

Rabbi Fromowitz founded Ahavas Torah Center in 2011 in a strip mall as part of the Las Vegas Kollel and assumed the role of the congregational rabbi.

From The Tanach To The Present

A military base is adjacent to Elon Moreh. Residents feel very safe and allow their very young, unaccompanied children to run freely.

A Rare Breslov Manuscript

R. Nosson would write down his tefillot while praying, and tradition has it that the stains that appear on his handwritten leaves are those of tears he shed while praying.

Museum Acquires Historical Gems Of Boro Park

“Our story cannot be told without also including the stories of the incredible rebirth of the Jewish people – and what is Boro Park, if not that?” said Shoshana Greenwald, director of collections at the museum.

Rosh Hashanah Greetings From Prison

Many of the Jewish prisoners, including most likely the author of our card, were members of the Underground who had been convicted for resisting Arab terrorism.

Please Don’t Steal

To prevent their books from being lost or stolen, owners would routinely write their name or an inscription in them.

A Rosh Hashanah Gift From Chaim Rumkowski

In Rumkowski's infamous speech, "Give Me Your Children," he urged the Jews not to resist deporting 20,000 of their children to be exterminated.

A Prayer From A Woman In Labor

The text of the prayer is riddled with grammatical irregularities and comprises odd mix of verses and pleas.

Sailing Aboard The Titanic: A Kosher Cruise?

All the kosher food on the Titanic was prepared in a small and crowded kosher kitchen located near the third-class kitchen on the F Deck of the ship.

The Munkatcher Rebbe’s Passing

According to the headline, the funeral attracted 15,000 people, including hundreds of rabbanim and local government representatives.

The Jewish Advocacy And Zionism Of Felix Frankfurter

Frankfurter was a lifelong committed Zionist, beginning with his association with Brandeis, who enlisted him into ZOA membership and a leadership position with the Parushim.

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