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? Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Far From Home

For those who couldn’t go off base, a personal parcel was priceless in its ability to convey a feeling of home.

One Rabbi, Quarter-Million-Dollar Goal, And 18 Straight Hours Of Shiurim To Get There

The 18-hour event, which ran from midnight on December 23 to 6 p.m. on December 24, coincided with a project run by Yavneh’s middle school that had students memorizing the answers to 18,000 questions on the entire Sefer Bereishis.

Before The Deluge: Jews Of The Mediterranean Islands (Part III)

Findings in catacombs confirm the existence of Jews on Malta from the time of the Roman Empire until late in the Middle Ages. They came from Alexandria to this important crossroads on their way to Italy.

The Teshuvah Journey: The Miracle Sukkah Of Afghanistan

For Rabbi Nosson (Mark) Sachs, a Reserve Chaplain in the U.S. Army, building a Sukkah last year in Afghanistan against all odds showed him Hashem's hand more clearly than almost any other experience of his life.

Help Wanted. Must Live In Israel

The option of doing business with Israeli-based service providers has recently become much easier.

The Anti-Semitism And Racism Of Frederic Remington

I have to know people pretty well, else I may foolishly suspect that they are going to use me in their business.

Freud’s Twisted View Of Jewish Origins

That Freud was Jewish is universally recognized. Not as well known is his strong and proud self-identification as a Jew. Freud was also very...

The Fascinating History Of ‘Hatikvah’

In one of the great ironies of Jewish history, the much-beloved Israeli national anthem was written by Naftali Herz Imber (1856-1909), a complex and...

Before The Deluge: Jews Of The Mediterranean Islands (Part II)

In biblical times this island was known as Kaftor. It had close relations with the Philistines, who already swelled in the Land of Canaan when the Jews migrated in, and this Kaftorland is conceivably the Philistine homeland.

The Man Who Made The Beatles

Few know that in their earliest days the Beatles performed at a Jewish-owned club and at Jewish community events and generated notice in England’s religious Jewish community.

Darwin, Jewish Theology, And The Holocaust

While it is not the purpose of this article to present a dissertation on the Torah’s views on evolution, suffice it to say this is a very controversial topic and that strong arguments exist on both sides.

Herzl’s Two Trips To Eretz Yisrael

Herzl never set foot again in Eretz Yisrael during his lifetime, but he did return decades after his death in 1904 at the tragically young age of 44.

Sousa’s Jewish Connections

Sousa’s respect and affection for Liebling may explain why, for his time, the fiercely patriotic bandleader had a rather enlightened view of Jewish immigrants to the United States.

A Magnificent Weekend With The Chabad Shluchos

Almost every year I am invited to attend the grand banquet of the International Shluchos Convention, the climax of a four-day weekend that attracts some 2,500 Chabad shluchos from all over the world – from Argentina to Australia, from Thailand to Kazakhstan, and from every state in the U.S. It takes place the weekend of Chaf Bet Shevat, the yahrzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt”l.

Mi-Shelo-Yada: Ohr Somayach Purim Memories

What made an M.I.T. scholarship student, taking time off from his doctorate in medicine, to backpack, and then decide to backtrack, chuck it all… and get a haircut? Perhaps it is easier to understand a Harvard law student becoming enamored with the logic of Gemara and settling down to struggle with the intellectual challenges of Aramaic acrobatics.

Beyond The Pale: Jewish Ukraine (Part II)

The pogroms of 1881-1884 were sparked by the assassination of Alexander II.

MusiCare: Therapy, Lipa Style

"One minute I sing a song and they go back in time to their youth."

Isaac Nathan: Lord Byron’s ‘Rabbi’ And Chronicler Of Jewish Music

It was only in the reign of George III (1760-1820) that Jews became socially acceptable in Britain, and Nathan became music master to Princess Charlotte and musical librarian to King George IV.

Police Prepare For Passover

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly held his annual pre-Passover meeting with rabbis and community leaders Tuesday to discuss preparations for the upcoming holiday.

A Weekend with Nefesh

Shabbos at a Nefesh weekend is an experience all on its own.

Detroit Students Make History At Hidon HaTanach

"The eight finalists include Elizabeth Goldmeier, Yeshivat Akiva, Southfield, Michigan; Dovi Nadel, Yeshivat Akiva, Southfield, Michigan"

Yizkor – Remember Your Pledge

The shul was packed for Yizkor service. For Mr. Reuven Black this year was particularly poignant; it marked the tenth Yahrzeit of his father, who had passed away shortly after Pesach. He had decided to do something special in memory of his father.

Monet, Dreyfus, And The End Of Impressionism

When Dreyfus was finally cleared and Zola returned to France, Monet sank into a deep depression over the sordid and disgraceful affair.

Before The Deluge: The Jews Of The U.S.

On August 22 1654, the Sephardic Jew Jacob Bar-Simson landed in New Amsterdam. It appears he came from Holland. In the beginning of September of the same year, twenty-three Jews set sail for New Amsterdam, refugees from Pernambuco [Translator’s Note: Dutch South America). The ship Saint Charles, which functioned as the Jewish equivalent of the Mayflower for the first Jewish immigration to North America, brought them to the city today known as New York.

All Dolled Up For The Holidays

"My mother always made the Jewish holidays lots of fun when we were growing up, so is it any wonder I started my own Judaica business?"

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