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14 Jewish Spiritual Leaders Who Were Imprisoned
Learn about some of the Jewish leaders who were imprisoned throughout our history.
10 Ladino Words to Learn and Use All the Time
You don’t need to be Sephardic!
What Is a Shtetl? The Jewish Town
The beginnings of shtetl life go back hundreds of years, to before the 17th century.
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
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?
What Is a Rabbi?
A Brief History of Rabbinic Ordination (Semicha)
Who Were the Levites?
The Levites, descendants of Jacob’s son Levi, were selected to serve G‑d in the Holy Temple.
How Much Do You Know About Famous Rabbis?
Answer these 9 questions and see how much you know about great rabbis who shaped Jewish history
Six Juicy Russian Chassidic Expressions
A sample of local peasant culture can be found in certain phrases, often punchlines of poignant tales told by the Rebbes and chassidim, which have become part of everyday parlance.
11 Russian Chassidic Songs That Uplift the Soul and Enliven the Spirit
Russian, Belarussian, and Ukrainian peasants were a source for beloved songs, sometimes with Hebrew or Yiddish added.
7 Classic Chabad Songs of Sephardic Origin
There is a historical connection between the Chabad movement and the Sephardic world.
6 English-Language Chabad Chassidic Songs
Six songs that bring the fire and fervor of Chassidism into the English language.
10 Songs in Jewish History
The Midrash tells us that there are 10 songs of praise (shirot) in the history of our people, culminating with the song of the Final Redemption.
17 Facts About Ashkenazi Jews
Rooted in France-Germany, Ashkenazim are the largest stream of Jewish people today, with unique customs, culture, language, and history.
18 Incredibly Brave Women in Jewish History
Take a look at some amazing Jewish heroines spanning 3,000 years of history.
20 Amazing Converts to Judaism You Should Know
Throughout history the Jewish nation has been enriched by converts—upstanding men and women who opted to enter the covenant and become part of the Chosen Nation.
10 Inspiring Orphans Who Significantly Impacted Judaism
Meet 10 Jewish leaders who were orphaned at a young age and went on to add richness and beauty to Jewish life until this very day.
16 Amazing People Who Beat the Odds to Preserve Judaism
Time and time again, it appeared as if the plucky nation of monotheists would be swallowed up by the religion du jour
Why the Fast on 20 Sivan?
What is Tach veTat?
The 20th of Sivan commemorates a number of tragedies that befell the Jewish people over the centuries.
Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews
The history of Ashkenazim and Sephardim
Sephardim originate in the Iberian Peninsula and the Arabic land, and contemporary Ashkenazim are Yiddish-speaking Jews and descendants of Yiddish-speaking Jews.
Discover the Four Exiles of the Jewish People
The history of galut
Learn how the Jews fared under the Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Medians, the Greeks, and now under Western rule.
17 Jewish Calendar Facts
The Jewish calendar is the structure upon which all Jewish holidays are based. It follows the lunar cycle, which means that the year is comprised of 12 lunar months (of approximately 29.5 days each).
Why No Paschal Offering for 39 Years in the Desert?
As strange as it may seem, the Israelites seem to have only observed Passover once during their 40-year sojourn in the desert.
The High Priest in Jewish Tradition
The High Priest's role extended through history, from Aaron in ancient times until the destruction of the Second Temple.
A History of the Hebrew 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.
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?
What Was Wrong With Translating the Torah Into Greek?
Why were the rabbis so hostile to the idea? Translating the Torah into other languages was nothing new!
Three Stories, One Saintly Rabbi
What’s with the pious donkey of Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair?
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 . . .
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?"
The Jewish Mother: Wisdom of the Heart
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.
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
“Why have they stopped crying?” wondered the villager. “Are they no longer hungry?” Then he remembered the cholent . . .
Jewish Impact on Greek and Western Philosophy?
Is there any evidence that Jewish thought and philosophy had an influence on the Greeks?
Judaism’s origins begin nearly 4,000 years ago in the Middle East with a couple named Abraham and Sarah, whom G-d selected to start a new people, the chosen nation.
What Is a Yeshiva?
According to tradition, the institution of the yeshiva predates even the giving of the Torah.
9 Jewish Works Written in Prison or Confinement
The Jewish people have never stopped studying Torah, regardless of whether we’ve lived in times of prosperity or persecution . . .
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