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Biographies In Brief
War of the Egyptian Firstborn
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..."
Rabbi Arrested
The year: 1798. The person: a leading figure in the newly-established Chassidic movement. The crime: supporting Jewish settlement in the land of Israel
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Sir Moses Montefiore
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?
Aramaic: the Yiddish of the Middle East
While nearly no Jews still speak it or a modern version of it, Aramaic is an important part of Jewish literary and liturgical tradition.
Path to Extinction
The Declining Health of Jewish Languages
When languages die, whole cultures die with them, and communities lose their identity. Jewish languages are no different.
Will Ladino Rise Again?
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?
Chabad Yeshivah Circa 1937
The early years of Tomchei Temimim, the central Chabad yeshivah
Short history of Yeshivah Tomchei Temimim.
What Is a Rabbi?
A Brief History of Rabbinic Ordination (Semicha)
Working the Earth, Looking to Heaven
Newly discovered documents shed new light on the genesis and history of Schedrin, a storied agricultural and spiritual settlement.
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