Adar Artwork

It was customary to hang decorations such as yours on the synagogue wall at the start of the month of Adar, and for them to be taken down once the Purim holiday concluded.

The Secret History Of Purim

Much like the leadership of the Zionist Entity today, Haman came up with a dastardly plan to destroy...every living Palestinian.

Isaac Asimov’s Jewish ‘Foundation’

In his memoir, Asimov writes that although he was never physically abused for being Jewish, he was occasionally attacked verbally by anti-Semitic “louts,” which he accepted as just the nature of things and deemed himself powerless to change.

The History Of Purim In Tel Aviv

Purim celebrations in Tel Aviv, which began in 1908, were the largest public events in Eretz Yisrael during the British Mandate period and an...

The Anti-Semitism Of Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh (1902-74) earned worldwide fame for making the first solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic on “The Spirit of St. Louis” in 1927....

The Captain Of The Exodus

The fate of the Exodus and its crew commanded international attention, and journalists who covered the dramatic struggle described to the entire world the brutality of the British.

A Shul With A Story: Baron Hirsch Synagogue (Part II)

This time period covered the sons of Baron Hirsch members serving in wars, including the American Civil War, the Spanish American War, World Wars and I & II, and the Korean War.

Theodore Roosevelt And The Jews

Teddy Roosevelt became the first president known to donate personal funds to a Jewish cause.

Where Do Gedolim Portraits Come From? (Part II)

In the early days of the chassidic movement, as well as in Kabbalistic circles, sitting for a portrait was often frowned upon and sometimes even forbidden.

Israel’s Admission To The United Nations

After its 1949 elections, Israel filed yet a third application for membership, and this time the request was approved by the Security Council by a 9-1 vote on March 4, 1949.

A Shul With A Story: The Young Ladies’ Club Of Congregation B’nai Israel

The Sisterhood arrived at the decision to create the “Young Ladies’ Club of Congregation B’nai Israel," where there would be interesting activities for young women in their late teens and twenties.

Ephraim Hart And The Founding Of The Stock Exchange

Incredibly, five of the original signatories to the Buttonwood Agreement were Jews, all members of Shearith Israel.

Ralph Bunche’s Role In Jewish History

Recent studies indicate that Lie and the American government played a more important role in the armistice negotiations than previously understood.

Building A Stronger Future, In Queens And Beyond

“We created a full beit medrash and kollel where we are building future rabbis and community leaders,” said Meirov. “The future is looking very bright.”

A Shul With A Story: Baron Hirsch Synagogue (Part I)

Although some Memphis Jews were slaveholders and slave traders, they mostly favored secession primarily due to their Southern acculturation rather than by the defense of slavery.

Are Gedolim Portraits Authentic?

In the early days of the chassidic movement, as well as in Kabbalistic circles, sitting for a portrait was often frowned upon and sometimes even forbidden.

The ‘Founder’ Of The Hebrew Telegraph

While the Vaad Halashon and others supported Amikam’s letter to the British and sought financial support from the Zionist Organization, the response was, at best, lukewarm...

Franz Kafka And Max Brod

Despite his own many accomplishments as a novelist, poet, composer, and musician, Max Brod (1884-1968) is perhaps best known as Kafka’s friend, supporter, and patron.

The High Commissioner For Palestine: A Tale Of Two Appointments

Luke, who previously served as Great Britain’s Governor of Jerusalem, thought he could nip the violence in its bud by summoning Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, admonishing him for the rioting, and ordering him to cease and desist.

The First Jewish Cabinet Secretary: The Incredible Oscar S. Straus

Many commentators characterize Straus’ appointment as a key early step in the depoliticization of the diplomatic service and its rendering as a true meritocracy.

The Art Of Talmud Torah

Given the centrality of Torah study to Jewish life... it is not surprising that Jewish artists have frequently featured it in their work.

George H.W. Bush vs. Israel

Although some argue Bush’s foreign policy was a complex mix of support and opposition to Israel’s foreign policy, a strong case can be made that the Bush administration was the most hostile to Israel in American history – until Barack Obama indisputably seized the presidential anti-Israel crown.

As The Nazi Threat Loomed, 300 Jews Escaped To… Haiti

No visas to the U.S. were issued until mid-1940. The U.S. consulate informed the refugees that their arrival in the U.S. would deprive Americans of jobs.

Jewish Rebirth In Central America

In recent years, Shavei Israel has facilitated the immigration and absorption of 3,500 Bnei Menashe Jews from India.

The Pro-Slavery Orthodox Rabbi

Raphall emphasized that the “slave,” in whom vests fundamental human dignity, must be served the best food and, if there is only one mattress, the slave gets it and the Jewish owner must sleep on the floor.


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