Titus and Tishah B'av
Titus and Tishah B'av
by RabbiBerel Wein

On the ninth of Av, in August 70, 1 the Romans broke into the Temple. Roman soldiers threw firebrands into... Read More

A Rift Extending Across Jewish History
A Rift Extending Across Jewish History
by Yanki Tauber

The conflict between Joseph and his brothers, particularly that between Joseph and Judah, runs like a seam... Read More

Echoes of Glory the Maccabees
Echoes of Glory the Maccabees
by RabbiBerel Wein
Even the smallest hamlet in Judah was not safe from the oppression of the Hellenists. The altars to Zeus and... Read More
Historic Advances
Historic Advances
by Yanki Tauber

In the six hundredth year in the life of Noah... all wellsprings of the great deep burst open, and the... Read More

Rabbi Akiva and the Aftermath of Bar-Kochbas Defeat
Rabbi Akiva and the Aftermath of Bar-Kochbas Defeat
by RabbiBerel Wein

In every generation there are people of influence and power who dominate the story of that time. However,... Read More

A History of Love
A History of Love
by Yanki Tauber

Man, by nature, is a selfish creature. Even in his relationships with others he tends to focus primarily... Read More

Passover and the Mystery of Survival
Passover and the Mystery of Survival
by RabbiDov Greenberg
Over three thousand years ago, the Israelites were liberated from Egypt. Ever since, at this time of year, we... Read More
When Jerusalem Burned
When Jerusalem Burned
by Joseph Telushkin

At the beginning of the Common Era, a new group arose among the Jews: the Zealots (in Hebrew, Ka-na-im).... Read More

Jerusalem City of What?
Jerusalem City of What?
by Shlomo Riskin
Even an arch rationalist like the premier legalist-philosopher Maimonides defines the sanctity of Jerusalem... Read More
Three Lovers of Israel
Three Lovers of Israel
by Jacob S. Lempel

Three great Chassidic leaders were famous for their ahavat yisrael ("love of a fellow Jew"): Rabbi Zusha... Read More

R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi Founder of Chabad
R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi Founder of Chabad
by Roman A. Foxbrunner

The teachings of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1813) have had a major impact on Jewish life... Read More

Yiddish: Language of the Jewish Soul
Yiddish: Language of the Jewish Soul
by Khana Feygl Abraham

Yiddish is a quintessentially Jewish language. As linguists have shown time and time again, it is not... Read More

The Maharal
The Maharal
by Ben Zion Bokser

In the year 1584, on the Sabbath between the New Year and the Day of Atonement, which is celebrated as the... Read More

Maimonides
Maimonides
by Elliot Wachman
Throughout history, there have been a number of thinkers whose influence over the generations that succeeded... Read More
The Case of Kafka
The Case of Kafka
by Naftali Loewenthal

It was a first year class at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London. A... Read More

Destiny, not Causality Governs Jewish History
Destiny, not Causality Governs Jewish History
by Joseph B. Soloveichik

The Patriarchic Covenant introduced a new concept into history. While universal (non-Jewish) history is... Read More

King Saul and King David: Public Sins vs. Private Sins
King Saul and King David: Public Sins vs. Private Sins
by Rabbi Adin (Steinsaltz) Even-Yisrael

Saul and David were both among the first kings of the Jewish people. There are many points of similarity... Read More

The Resonance of Jerusalem
The Resonance of Jerusalem
by Rabbi Adin (Steinsaltz) Even-Yisrael

Everyone who lives in Jerusalem - especially those like me who were born here - is in love with the city,... Read More

Reflections on Jewish History
Reflections on Jewish History
by Paul Johnson

It was in vain that we locked them up for several hundred years behind the walls of the Ghetto. No sooner... Read More

Reflections on Jewish History
Reflections on Jewish History
by Winston Churchill

Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond... Read More

Reflections on Jewish History
Reflections on Jewish History
by 2nd U.S. President John Adams

"I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist... Read More

Reflections on Jewish History
Reflections on Jewish History
by Blaise Pascal

"It is certain that in certain parts of the world we can see a peculiar people, separated from the other... Read More

Reflections on Jewish History
Reflections on Jewish History
by Leo Tolstoy

"The Jew is that sacred being who has brought down from heaven the everlasting fire, and has illumined... Read More

Reflections on Jewish History
Reflections on Jewish History
by Paul Johnson

All the great conceptual discoveries of the intellect seem obvious and inescapable once they have been... Read More

Reflections on Jewish History
Reflections on Jewish History
by Mark Twain

"The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded... Read More

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