by Rabbi Elie Mischel
Though Israel and the United States don’t always see eye to eye, America remains Israel’s greatest ally. For that, we can thank two unlikely heroes: Rabbi Isaac Leeser and John Nelson Darby.
by Dr. Yvette Alt Miller
Both Andree Guelen and Jozef Walaszczyk lived over 100 years and were named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.
by Dr. Henry Abramson
When Yosef ben Matityahu, a great warrior, defected to the Romans and became Josephus Flavius.
Dr. Gisella Perl was forced to care for tens of thousands of women in the Holocaust.
Some lesser-known facts about Jewish individuals and communities in Early America.
Mordecai Sheftall is one of the greatest American patriots you’ve never heard of.
Jewish life in America has been fraught with tension between assimilation and maintaining their unique identity.
In the early 20th century, Jews were doing so well on college entrance exams that some people got nervous they would take over the Ivy League. The result was a new system that succeeded in limiting Jewish enrollment.
Elsa Koditschek hid under the noses of the SS family who’d stolen her home.
by Rivka Ronda Robinson
And paved the way for Atlanta to join the Major Leagues in the 1960s.
Gracia Nasi defied the Spanish Inquisition to ferry thousands of Jews to safety.
by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg
Surviving what life throws our way requires maintaining the sometimes-contradictory attitudes of hope and optimism, and realism and pragmatism.
Cancel culture and the silencing of unpopular views often feels like a distinctly modern phenomenon. As 16th century Europe shows, there’s nothing new under the sun.
by Rabbi Menachem Levine
The fascinating story of the Jews of Brazil.
by Rabbi Mordechai Becher
How the Dead Sea Scrolls, considered by many to be the most significant archaeological discovery of the 20th century, speak to Jews in the 21st century.
There's a good reason why Hitler regarded the industrialist as his inspiration.
by Rabbi Ken Spiro
Jerusalem is at the center of the Arab-Israeli conflict. What are the spiritual, historical and political claims – from both sides?
As an oppressed minority, Jews have been expelled from countries throughout Europe and the Middle East. Did you know that during the Civil War, Jews were expelled from Tennessee?
A look at the surprising long history of the slur against “Jewish noses.”
by Judy Gruen
Despite WWII-era fascist laws barring Jews from society, Rita Levi-Montalcini, a brilliant scientist, conducted pioneering experiments in her bedroom.
by Rabbi Pinchas Landis
Why did so many non-Jews, even from the ranks of the Roman elite like Queen Helena and Nero, convert to Judaism?
August and Henrietta Bondi’s Jewish home was a stop for slaves fleeing North.
by Larry Domnitch
One of the largest single expulsions of Jews since Roman times occurred in May, 1915.
Israel’s capital has always been home to diverse Jewish communities.
Who was Haj Amin Al Husseini and what role did he play in the Holocaust?
This fascinating Hebrew letter from 630 BCE is the earliest documented example of how average Jews incorporated Judaism’s laws into their everyday lives.
An ancient Jewish community that survived all odds and came home.
Julius Meyer spoke six Native American languages in 19th century Nebraska.
How the oldest, most complete and most accurate text of the Hebrew Bible founds its way back to Jerusalem.
Four remarkable stories that some Muslims don’t want to be publicized.
by Ambassador Dror Eydar
A travel diary by Israel's ambassador to Italy.
by The Cape Jewish Chronicle
The Chinese president’s Jewish confidant who mustered Chinese support of the creation of Israel.
The history of this remarkable movement is even stranger and more incredible than depicted in the hit series Ridley Road.
by Scott Berenthal
Jews have been in Cuba since the era of Columbus. Today there are fewer than 1,500 Jews and they continue to maintain the culture and traditions of Judaism.
What is the Messiah and how will we know who he really is?
900 years later, a woman’s story as a convert persecuted by the Crusaders still endures.
Harry Haft’s shocking true story, portrayed in HBO’s new Holocaust film, The Survivor.
by Rabbi Ephraim Shore
Israel’s return to its homeland after 2,000 years of exile - an event completely in the annals of history – is miraculous.
Jews have been in India for over 2,000 years.
by A Day in History
On January 27, 1945 Allied forces entered the camps and found a tragic scene of mass extermination the likes of which our world had never witnessed before.
Noor Inayat Khan courageously spied for Britain behind enemy lines.
Without the Jews the world would have been a radically different place.
by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
As long as we never lose our story, we will never lose our identity.
by Dovid Lichtman
What role does archaeology play in verifying Biblical events?
The likely inspiration for the famous Passover poem is a medieval German children’s rhyme.
And other things that Egyptian culture reveals about the Book of Exodus
by Jeff Jacoby
The Exodus story is, of course, first and foremost a Jewish narrative. But it has over time become an American narrative as well.
The keepsake bagel is hard as a rock and surprisingly not moldy. But hold the cream cheese!
Pres. Zelensky joins a long list of amazing Ukrainian Jews who have made the world a better place.
by Prof. Joshua Berman
Examining the historicity of the biblical exodus.