Archive for the ‘History’ Category

 

An Air Force Chaplain’s Unforgettable Passover, 50 Years Ago

editor 13 April 2017

By Jordan Hiller.. How a week of military leave created one rabbi’s unlikely connections to Menachem Begin and Ted Kennedy, on the eve of the Six-Day War. For Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz, April 1967 was filled with anticipation. Between running services at the synagogue he founded on Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts, he conscientiously checked his mailbox for the inevitable Temporary Duty Order, which would advise where he’d be spending the upcoming holiday. (more…)

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Passover Perspectives from Dachau

editor 13 April 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. Ever read a story and feel like the world has changed? That somehow all that you thought was hard in your life fades away when you imagine experiencing what those in the story lived through? I’m cleaning my house for Passover. My counters are full, my couch is full. I have empty shelves where Passover dishes will go, five empty shelves where the stuff on the couch has to be stored. I didn’t get to some drawers yet. Freezer done, fridge half. OMG, I still have to do the stove and in between I have to figure out about Shabbat. David will be home…I need to make him good food. That means I need the oven…but I need to clean it before the weekend so that I can start cooking. (more…)

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Why Isn’t There a Palestinian State?

editor 5 April 2017

By David Brog.. Why don’t the Palestinians have their own country? Is it the fault of Israel? Of the Palestinians? Of both parties? David Brog, Executive Director of the Maccabee Task Force, shares the surprising answers.  If Israel just gave in to the Arab demands, what would happen? We know exactly what would happen. How? (more…)

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Preparing for Passover in Ukraine’s last shtetl

editor 5 April 2017

By Cnaan Liphshiz.. BERSHAD, Ukraine (JTA) — At first glance, this drab town 160 miles south of Kiev seems nearly identical to the settlements that dot the poverty-stricken district of Vinnitsa. Shrouded in a seemingly permanent cloud of smoke from wood fires — still the standard means of heating here — Bershad, population 13,000, features two rickety bridges over the polluted (and presently frozen) Dokhna River, roads traversed by Soviet-era clunkers and an utter absence of street lights. [Photo top right: Exterior of Bershad synagogue] (more…)

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My Heart Is In the East

editor 31 March 2017

By Rabbi Mike Feuer.. Yehudah Halevi was the poet of a generation, and perhaps the most celebrated poet of medieval Spain. He also swam against the tide of philosophical rationalism and invited his readers to experience the Torah from the inside. But how did the national poet of Jewish Spain die outside the walls of Jerusalem? (more…)

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2,000-Year-Old Jewish Community Unearthed Near Beit Shemesh

editor 30 March 2017

By JNS.org.. During a weeklong excavation project near Beit Shemesh, 240 Israeli students from Jerusalem’s Boyer High School uncovered the remains of an ancient Jewish community dating back to Israel’s Second Temple period. The archaeological dig was launched prior to the construction of a new residential neighborhood in the area and, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) district archaeologist for Judah, Dr. Amit Shadman, “the excavations will be followed by the site’s preservation and development as an archaeological site in the heart of the new neighborhood.” [Photo top right: An aerial view of the newly discovered 2,000-year-old Jewish community near Beit Shemesh, Israel. Photo: Emil Aladjem, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.] (more…)

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Israeli Settlements: Facts About Jewish Settlements in the West Bank

editor 29 March 2017

By Mitchell G. Bard.. History of the Settlement Movement

Following Israel’s resounding defeat of the invading Arab armies in the Six-Day War, strategic concerns led both of Israel’s major political parties – the Labor and Likud – to support and establish settlements at various times. The first settlements were built by Labor governments from 1968 to 1977, with the explicit objective to secure a Jewish majority in key strategic regions of the West Bank – such as the Tel AvivJerusalem corridor – that were the scene of heavy fighting in several of the Arab-Israeli wars. (more…)

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Thousands Gather to See Site of Jesus’s Tomb in Church of the Holy Sepulchre

editor 25 March 2017

By Daniel K. Eisenbud.. Last restoration took place in 1810, recent restoration cost $3.5 million. Thousands of tourists and clergy members from across the globe gathered on Wednesday at the Old City’s Christian quarter to view the recently restored Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus’s tomb is located. The last time the church was restored was in 1810. [Photo top right: A ceremony held at the Holy Sepulchre after restoration. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)] (more…)

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Fighting around Gaza, 1917

editor 22 March 2017

By Wikipedia.. In early 1917, the (Australian, ed.) Imperial Mounted Division was formed from the 3rd and 4th Light Horse Brigades and two British mounted brigades. The division first saw service during the First Battle of Gaza, which occurred in southern Gaza on 26 March 1917. At around noon two mounted brigades of the Anzac Mounted Division attacked Gaza from the north and east. At 6.00 pm the Turkish position had become perilous with the ring closing tightly around Gaza. However, in a decision that dismayed most of their soldiers the British commanders decided to call off the attack and retreat, delivering victory to the Turks. (more…)

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World Chess Hall of Fame to Induct Four New Members. All of Them Are Jewish.

editor 7 March 2017

By Jonathan Zalman.. Paula Kalmar-Wolf, Alla Kushnir, Viktor Korchnoi, and Edward Lasker will be honored in a March 28 ceremony in St. Louis. The next time you’re in St. Louis—a wonderful city full of ribs and frozen custard and woods and blues—visit the U.S. and World Chess Halls of Fame, housed under one roof just a few blocks from Forest Park. It’s an interesting place with fantastic galleries and a learning center and a quirky gift shop; it’s fun for the whole family, if you’re into the whole chess thing. (more…)

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