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Insights on Jewish history, our nation's survival, and the lessons we can glean from our nation's storied past.

Essays on Jewish History

Essays on Jewish History

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Which Year Was the Second Temple Destroyed, 69 CE or 70 CE?
In some articles on your site it says the Second Temple was destroyed in 69 CE, and in others it says 70 CE. So what year was it?
The Last Day of History
If we map time, will we see where it’s leading us?
Does time, as well, have a topography?
Appointments In Time
A parable by the Chassidic sage Rabbi Yechezkel Panet illuminates the geography of the Jewish calendar
A Brief History of Shabbat
The creation of rest . . . Sarah’s miraculous Shabbat lamp . . . Bread from heaven . . . “Work” defined . . . The invention of cholent . . . Sacrifice and martyrdom . . . Candle-lighting campaign . . . The World to Come . . .
A Rift Extending Across History
From the rivalry between Leah and Rachel, through the animosity between Joseph and his brothers, the clash between Saul and David, the split between Judah and Israel, to the dual nature of the messianic redemption—a rift and twinship that extends across history.
The Science of Jewish Survival
The story of Jewish survival is so exceptional and unparalleled that it challenges the imagination. Perhaps we can take our explanation from the great empirical thinkers of our time, the scientists...
The Sun Behind the Lake
Reflections on Jewish History
Enchanted by the majesty of the moment, my daughter quietly asked, "Will there be a splash when the sun falls into the lake?"
Wisdom of the Heart
The Jewish Mother
Where did these Jewish mothers find the courage? I don't know because I'm not one of them, but ask your mother and I'm sure she'll gladly tell you. When a need arises, the Jewish mother simply responds.
The Rock and the Menorah
Did the people of Masada do the right thing? Isn't suicide a violation of the supreme commandment to cherish life? How did Masada become a story of Jewish 'heroism'?
Is Judaism a Theocracy?
Napoleon of the Czar -- which is better (or less bad?) for the Jews? The debate between Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi and his colleagues on the Napoleonic wars, and the Lubavitvher Rebbe on the French and American revolutions
Cholent
“Why have they stopped crying?” wondered the villager. “Are they no longer hungry?” Then he remembered the cholent . . .
Rashi's Method of Biblical Commentary
Rashi's Method of Biblical Commentary, and the Rebbe's approach to Rashi's works
Rashi did not receive the Torah from G-d at Sinai, nor was he revered as a prophet. Yet 900 years after his passing, we still seek the weekly guidance and inspiration from Rashi’s commentary. What was his secret? And how has the Rebbe revolutionized the study of this ancient work?
Jewish Impact on Greek and Western Philosophy?
Is there any evidence that Jewish thought and philosophy had an influence on the Greeks?
The Exile of the Ten Lost Tribes
The saga of the ten lost tribes of Israel—Part 1
It was in the waning days of King Solomon’s reign when G‑d sent the prophet, Achiyah of Shiloh, to rebuke Solomon and inform him that, due to his sins, G‑d would tear the kingdom away from him . . .
Are the Ten Lost Tribes Ever Coming Back?
The saga of the ten lost tribes of Israel—part 2
Can we ascertain whether the ten lost tribes are in fact ever going to come back and be reunited with the remaining Jews?
Where Are the Ten Lost Tribes?
The saga of the ten lost tribes of Israel—Part 3
For thousands of years, adventurers and explorers have been fascinated by the lost tribes of Israel. No one has ever conclusively identified them. But there have been hints.
Why Did People in the First Millennia Live for So Long?
Can you explain why the lifespan of the early generations was incredibly long? According to Genesis, Adam died at age 930, Noah was almost 500 when he started building the ark (not bad!), and Methuselah lived a world record 969 years. So what happened? Why don’t we live that long anymore?
Professor Lawrence Schiffman discusses the Qumran Scrolls
A History of the Jewish Monarchy
The Kings of Israel, Judea and Onward
Although the Jews did not require a king in their ideal state, Moses foresaw that the need for one would arise.
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