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War of the Egyptian Firstborn... Rabbi Arrested for Pro-Settlement Activity... Biographies in brief... Miscellaneous Jewish history tidbits.

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The beginnings of shtetl life go back hundreds of years, to before the 17th century.
One of the oldest Jewish communities in North America
The firstborn of Egypt, who held the key social and religious positions in Egyptian society, confronted the Jews, and were told: "We are preparing an offering to G-d. In four days, at the stroke of midnight, G-d will pass through Egypt in order to execute the tenth and final plague; all firstborn will die..."
The year: 1798. The person: a leading figure in the newly-established Chassidic movement. The crime: supporting Jewish settlement in the land of Israel
Browse our complete archive of history and biography articles, grouped by category in our library
Sir Moses Who . . . ?
The Jewish world is scattered with institutions all named after Sir Moses Montefiore—and yet, how many Jews now know who he was?
While nearly no Jews still speak it or a modern version of it, Aramaic is an important part of Jewish literary and liturgical tradition.
The Declining Health of Jewish Languages
When languages die, whole cultures die with them, and communities lose their identity. Jewish languages are no different.
Apart from a small group of enthusiasts and academics, the Jewish world has taken little notice of Ladino's demise. What is Ladino? Where is it from? Why is it important? And why is it ignored by the Jewish world?
The early years of Tomchei Temimim, the central Chabad yeshivah
Short history of Yeshivah Tomchei Temimim.
A Brief History of Rabbinic Ordination (Semicha)
I have undertaken to commit my life experiences to writing, so that my place in history is not forgotten.
There is very little mention of him in the Torah, and most of what we know about him and his times is from Midrashic and Talmudic sources.
Before you go calling me names, it’s only fair that you familiarize yourself with all the details . . .