Archive for the ‘History’ Category


First Epigraphic Testimony to Full Name of Jerusalem Unearthed

editor 9 October 2018

By Eliana Rudee.. Micha the Morashtite, who prophesied in the days of King Chizkiyahu of Yehuda, said to all the people of Yehuda: ‘Thus said the lord of Hosts: Tzion shall be plowed as a field, Yerushalayim shall become heaps of ruins And the Har Habayit a shrine in the woods.’ Jeremiah 26:18. The first epigraphic testimony noting the full spelling of Jerusalem in letters was unveiled at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum for the first time today (Tuesday October 9, 2018) in a joint press conference of the museum and the Israel Antiquities Authority. [Photo top right: Danit Levy of the Israel Antiquities Authority points at a Rare and Exiting Inscription of the Second Temple Period that was found during excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem, during a press conference at the Israel museum in Jerusalem on October 9, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90].  (more…)


Yiddish (ײִדיש / מאַמע לשון)

editor 11 August 2018

By Omniglot – The online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.. Yiddish is a Germanic language with about three million speakers, mainly Ashkenazic Jews, in the USA, Israel, Russia, Ukraine and many other countries. The name Yiddish is probably an abbreviated version of ייִדיש־טײַטש (yidish-taytsh), which means “Jewish German”. There have been Jews in area that is now Germany since Roman times. A distinct Jewish culture known as Ashkenazi, or Germanic Jewry, appeared by the 10th century. Ashkenaz was the medieval Hebrew name for Germany, though the Ashkenaz area also included parts of northern France and later spread to Eastern Europe. (more…)


In the Vernadsky Library

editor 10 August 2018

By Jake Marmer.. Newly digitised recordings offer an unprecedented glimpse of the Ukrainian-Jewish past. Historical narratives are built around artifacts—preserved and frail relics from past epochs. Mythology erupts in the absence of such relics, and it is the sort of absence that doesn’t let one alone. Celebrating its first centennial this year, the Jewish Archive at the Vernadsky Library in Kiev is, perhaps, one of the oddest crossroads of history and mythology: It is filled with incredible artifacts of the Eastern European Jewish past, and yet, it hangs suspended within a cognitive void, in the absence of the community that engendered these artifacts. (more…)


Homage to Lanzmann

editor 4 August 2018

By Paul Berman.. The ‘Shoah’ filmmaker, who died last week at age 92 (July 5, 2018), would not look away. Claude Lanzmann’s special genius was a spectacular brusqueness, which allowed him to reveal, as if with no effort at all, the patterns of thought that protect enormities under a cloak of niceties. Sometimes he was faintly droll and mordant in how he went about doing this. [Picture top right: Portrait of Claude Lanzmann, French filmmaker known for the Holocaust documentary film ‘Shoah’, at the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, on March 19, 2015. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90].  (more…)


Mind-blowing 1,600-year-old biblical mosaics paint new picture of Galilean life

editor 13 July 2018

By Amanda Borschel-Dan.. With its rich and vivid finds, Byzantine-period synagogue at Huqoq busts scholars’ earlier notions of a drab Jewish settlement in decline. In its eighth dig season, the vibrant mosaic flooring of a fifth century synagogue excavated in the small ancient Galilee village of Huqoq continues to surprise. The 2018 Huqoq dig has uncovered unprecedented depictions of biblical stories, including the Israelite spies in Canaan. [Photo top right: Female face in Huqoq mosaic. A monumental synagogue building dating to the Late Roman period (ca. 4th-5th centuries C.E.) has been discovered in archaeological excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee. Photo by Jim Haberman/Flash90].  (more…)


1,900 Year-Old Coin Found in Jerusalem

editor 5 July 2018

By JNS.. “Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.” I Chronicles 29:9. A rare coin minted 1,949 years ago was found last ‎week ‎in a dig in the City of ‎David in ‎Jerusalem.‎ Reut Vilf of the ‎City of David Foundation said the ‎coin, discovered ‎in the sewage system ‎running ‎beneath ancient ‎Jerusalem, dates back to the year 69 ‎CE, the fourth year ‎of the Jewish revolt against ‎Rome and the year in ‎which the rebels despaired.‎ [Photo top right: 1,949 year-old coin found at the Emek Zurim sifting project. | Credit: City of David archive].  (more…)


3,000-Year-Old Head Depicts Biblical King – But Which King Is it?

editor 13 June 2018

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz.. “[Yoav’s men] came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maacah; they threw up a siegemound against the city and it stood against the rampart. All the troops with Yoav were engaged in battering the wall.” II Samuel 20:15. A recently revealed archaeological find may allow modern day people to see what a Biblical king looked like but a mystery still remains: which Biblical king is he? [Photo top right: Glass head of mystery king (Photo from Facebook Tel Abel Beth Maacah)].  (more…)


The Last Things He Saw

editor 9 June 2018

By Jeffrey Greenberg.. Chasing the ghosts of my uncle, who was killed in action in Normandy during WWII. In a manila envelope in the top drawer of her dresser, my mother kept a Scottish Grenadiers’ cap with a red checkered band and ribbons falling from its back. Her brother Monroe had sent it to her from Great Britain a few months before D-Day. [Photo top right: Monroe J. Molensky | Credit: – – – – Jean-François Pellouais].  (more…)


Paraguay Follows Trump and Guatemala, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

editor 24 May 2018

By Tazpit Press Service.. “May Hashem bless you from Tzion; may you share the prosperity of Yerushalayim all the days of your life.” Psalms 128:5 . Paraguay officially moved its embassy to Jerusalem Monday (May 21, 2018), becoming the third country to make the move in the past week, after the United States and Guatemala moved their embassies to the capital on May 14 and 16 (2018), respectively. [Photo top right: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes at the official opening ceremony of the Paraguay embassy in Jerusalem on May 21, 2018. (Photo by Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)].  (more…)


What Miracle Can Be Greater?

editor 15 May 2018

By Marvin Hier.. Fortunate are we and our children and grandchildren that we live at a time in history where with our own eyes we have seen the fulfilment of this great miracle. I remember in my Yeshiva days reading about the great 18th Century scholar, Rabbi Yaakov Emden’s commentary that the continued existence of the Jewish people is a miracle as great or even greater than G-d’s splitting of the Red Sea. Miracles greater than at the time of the Exodus? No way. [Photo top right: Thousands of Jewish wave the Israeli flags as they celebrate Jerusalem Day by dancing through Damascus Gate on their way to the Western Wall. Jerusalem Day celebrations mark the 51th anniversary of its capture of Arab east Jerusalem in the Six Day War of 1967. May 13, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90].  (more…)


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