Miscellaneous

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

What Is a Shtetl? The Jewish Town
The beginnings of shtetl life go back hundreds of years, to before the 17th century.
The History of Jewish Newport, Rhode Island
One of the oldest Jewish communities in North America
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
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.
The Declining 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)
Rabbi Yaakov Aizer Dubrow
A Pioneer of Chabad in the U.S.
Understanding the Asarah Harugay Malchut
One of the most moving narratives to emerge from our history of martyrdom is the account of the Ten Martyrs—the heart-rending narrative describing in graphic detail the deaths of 10 Mishnaic-era Torah luminaries who were slaughtered on the altar of senseless hatred.
The Dreyfus Affair
(1894–1906)
Despite the lack of hard evidence supporting his guilt, he was stripped of his military rank, sentenced to deportation, and caused to suffer tremendously—just because he was Jewish.
From Lubavitch to Shanghai: The History of Tomchei Temimim in 11 Images
Revisiting the Formative Decades of the Famous Chabad Yeshivah 120 Years Since its Establishment
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