The First Hebrew Shakespeare Translations

Smolenskin, learning of Salkinson’s knowledge of English and talents as a translator, convinced him to translate English classics to Hebrew.

Was Eugene O’Neill An Anti-Semite?

In a postscript to the manuscript of Tomorrow sent (ironically) to Jewish editor, Waldo Frank, O’Neill referred to a booking agent as a “fat little Jew.”

A Shul With A Story: Shomrei Emunah – Keepers of The Faith

One sign of the vitality of Shomrei Emunah today can be seen in the success of its numerous daily shiurim.

Items From The Late Rhodesia

In the 1930s, many Jews left Rhodes (which belonged to Italy since 1912) after Benito Mussolini decided to make an alliance with Hitler and anti-Semitism increased.

The Cairo Genizah And Anwar Sadat

As our letter demonstrates, this endeavor was strongly supported by President Sadat; it is not often that a head of state writes a personal note to thank a donor for a three-dollar contribution!

An Energizing Experience: Attending The Siyum HaShas

A person who sets a time to learn every single day and to advance in their learning every single day, such a person is going to be mekayem in Talmud Torah on a greater level every day of his life.”

The Lost Tribe Of Asher?

Permission was granted and he traveled to China, meticulously recording the customs, life, and habits of the natives he encountered.

The Story Of Josef Trumpeldor And ‘The Lion Of Tel Chai’

Joseph Trumpeldor (1880-1920) is known for his efforts in forming a Jewish military force to liberate and defend Eretz Yisrael and for founding the...

A Rare 1860 Reform Siddur

The Order of Prayer introduced many drastic changes to the traditional liturgy,

Mourner’s Kaddish And Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch

Machzor Kol Bo, first printed in 1699 and of disputed authorship, retells the R. Akiva story and observes that it “was on this basis that the custom of reciting Kaddish became widespread.”

A Shul With A Story: Petaluma, CA – They Chickened Out

While many of the Zionists moved to Petaluma to learn the trade of chicken ranching as a means to having a productive income in Palestine, in the end, only two ever made the translocation.

101 Words In A Row Beginning With Alef

The printed invitation, entirely in Hebrew, begins with an acrostic poem that spells out the name of the bride and groom, Moshe and Chanah.

The Anti-Semitism Of Khrushchev And Kaganovich

As Stalin’s closest confidant, as a member of the Politburo, and as chairman of the Soviet Presidium, Kaganovich established the unification of state security forces that later became the infamous KGB.

Sacrificing Sweets To Demons

In the Middle East in the 19th century – in Syria especially – rabbis sensed that the masses had been deleteriously affected by contact with their Arab neighbors over centuries.

Chanukah In Baghdad: Then And Now

Shown here is an invitation to transportation and engineering forces in the British Army in Persia and Iraq for the “ Officers and Other...

A Sefer’s Journey

This sefer seems to have been sent to New York in 1939 by an Eliyahu Margolies of Warsaw several months before the Nazis invaded Poland.

The Jewish Side Of Alfred Stieglitz

Sadly, the passengers in the photo were most likely people denied entry to the United States and who were therefore forced to return home to Europe.

A Very Personal Trip To Prague

Theresienstadt does not look like a concentration camp, rather it is a quaint town today, with landmarks of Jewish Holocaust-related buildings scattered throughout.

A TIME Event Highlights Breakthrough Medical Procedure Benefitting Those with Uterine Infertility

“It takes a lot of emunah and courage and bitachon to even pray for such a thing,” said Rabbi Unger. “So many tefilos and Baruch Hashem, we are standing here, so I really ask all of you to continue.”

From The Ashes: A Machzor

The title page features a harrowing illustration of a Torah ark engulfed in flames, underscored by a verse taken from the Binding of Isaac.

The Role Of ‘Der Ewige Jude’ In The Holocaust

Unlike Kristallnacht, which was a propagandistic failure, “Der Ewige Jew” proved to be successful in inculcating the belief in the German people that the Jews – all of them – were dangerous predators who spread disease and corruption and needed to be exterminated.

A Shul With A Story: The Warmth Down Under

A small group of members began to explore possibilities for a permanent site for the growing congregation.

Sotheby’s Scores Big With Judaica Rarities

The sale results were a mixed bag, with half of the lots offered going unsold.

Female ‘Hatzalah’ Fights To Operate Ambulance

Orthodox women are raised in a modest way. Modesty is our badge of honor. Nothing is more sacred to us. If I prefer a female professional medical service, I want to have that choice.

Jews, Wine, And Prohibition

During a 1926 investigation by Prohibition enforcement officials of 600 New York City rabbis suspected of inflating their congregation numbers, the distribution of sacramental wine fell from one million gallons to only 6,000 gallons in just one year.

One Family Saving Another

You can’t control how rich you will be, or how smart or successful you will be. But you can control how good you will be.

Editing Gemara On Shabbat?

In the Yevamot volume of this edition appears an extraordinary haskamah by the Divrei Chayim, R. Haim Halberstam of Sanz.

The ‘Brazilian Wallenberg’

Luis Martins de Souza-Dantas was a Brazilian diplomat who illegally granted Brazilian diplomatic visas to Jews in Vichy France during the Holocaust, saving a...

Going To Galveston, Texas?

Between 1907-1914, approximately 10,000 Jewish immigrants arrived at the entry port in Galveston, at a time when the entire population of Galveston was 37,000 and the entire state was home to fewer than 400,000 people.

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,...

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