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Essays on the Modern Period

14 Facts About the Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch)
Known in Hebrew as Shulchan Aruch (“Set Table”), the Code of Jewish Law lays out practical and concise instructions culled from the intricate web of Talmudic deliberation and rabbinic commentaries that come along with it.
Rabbi Moshe Cordovero
"The Ramak"
"I shall soon leave this world," said the great master. "The one who will take my place will say things that may seem to contradict what I have taught you, but do not oppose him, for his teachings stem from the same source as mine"
Meineket Rivka – The First Published Book by a Jewish Woman
Released posthumously in 1608, this work serves as a Torah-inspired ethical manual for social and spiritual conduct.
10 Facts About the Maharal Every Jew Should Know
Rabbi Yehuda ben Betzalel Loew is considered one of the foremost Talmudists, Kabbalists and philosophers of all time.
Golem: Mythical Creature or Historical Fact?
How does golem-creating differ from sorcery and black magic, both of which are forbidden by Torah?
14 Fascinating Facts About Prague's Altneuschul
On the Historic "Old-New Synagogue"
Learn about one of the oldest functioning synagogues in the world.
Shabbatai Zevi: the Messianic Imposter
Shabbatai Zevi was a false messiah, who succeeded in deluding thousand of Jews into believing that he was the long-awaited redeemer.
Who Were the Cantonists?
The Tsar's Jewish Child-Soldiers
The tragedy and triumph of Jewish children who were kidnapped and forced into the Russian military during the 19th century.
Judah Touro: Philantropist Par Excellence
Judah Touro was a Jewish philanthropist who gave generously to Jewish and non-Jewish causes in the US, the Holy Land, and beyond.
Haym Salomon: The Man Who Financed the American Revolution
A Jewish American Hero
Washington wrote to Robert Morris saying he would need $20,000 to finance the campaign. Morris responded that there was simply no money or even credit left. Washington simply wrote, “Send for Haym Salomon.”
The Story of Sulika
A beautiful maiden accused of having converted to Islam and wanting to return to Judaism, a crime punishable by death under Islamic law.
The Ben Ish Chai
Chacham Yosef Chaim of Baghdad
Chacham Yosef Chaim understood that cut-and-dry Torah law would not appeal to many, so the bulk of his discourses were coupled with Kabbalah and Aggadah. He helped his followers make associations between Biblical lore and the law, so their hearts would be drawn to the wisdom of Torah...
Rabbi Moshe Schreiber (Sofer), known as the Chatam Sofer, was the preeminent leader of Judaism in the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the first part of the 19th century.
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?
Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik of Brisk
Marking 100 Years Since His Passing
In the latter part of the 19th century, in the small Russian (now Belarusian) town of Volozhin, a miniature revolution was brewing.
Who Was the Chofetz Chaim?
Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan (1839-1933) was a Talmudist, rabbi and decisor of Jewish law based in the town of Radin (today Radun', Belarus).

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.
The Beilis Case
In 1913 the Russian government conspired to accuse an innocent Jew of ritual murder
The History of Jewish Newport, Rhode Island
One of the oldest Jewish communities in North America
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
Chabad Yeshivah Circa 1937
The early years of Tomchei Temimim, the central Chabad yeshivah
Short history of Yeshivah Tomchei Temimim.
17 Facts About The Baba Sali
Rabbi Yisrael Abuchatziera, a revered leader of Moroccan Jewry, was known for his humility and miraculous deeds, he dedicated his life to prayer, Torah study, and assisting others.
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