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Unlikely Zionists: The Fascinating Story of Early American Zionism

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.

Two Holocaust Heroes Who Risked Their Lives to Save Jews Have Died

Both Andree Guelen and Jozef Walaszczyk lived over 100 years and were named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

Who Was Josephus? The Controversial Backstory of the Famed Historian

When Yosef ben Matityahu, a great warrior, defected to the Romans and became Josephus Flavius.

The Abortionist of Auschwitz

Dr. Gisella Perl was forced to care for tens of thousands of women in the Holocaust.

Interesting Facts about Jews in Early America

Some lesser-known facts about Jewish individuals and communities in Early America.

Orthodox Jew & Patriot of the American Revolution

Mordecai Sheftall is one of the greatest American patriots you’ve never heard of.

A Jewish American Tale

Jewish life in America has been fraught with tension between assimilation and maintaining their unique identity.

That Time The Ivy League Found A Way To Limit Jewish Enrollment

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.

Hiding from the Nazi Downstairs

Elsa Koditschek hid under the noses of the SS family who’d stolen her home.

The Two Jewish Brothers who Defied Segregation in Atlanta

And paved the way for Atlanta to join the Major Leagues in the 1960s.

Dona Gracia Nasi & the Spanish Inquisition’s Underground Railroad

Gracia Nasi defied the Spanish Inquisition to ferry thousands of Jews to safety.

The Stockdale Paradox

Surviving what life throws our way requires maintaining the sometimes-contradictory attitudes of hope and optimism, and realism and pragmatism.

When Books Are Dangerous: Book Banning, Cancel Culture and the Maharal of Prague

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.

The Not-So-Dead Sea Scrolls

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.

Henry Ford's Virulent Antisemitism

There's a good reason why Hitler regarded the industrialist as his inspiration.

Jerusalem: Jewish and Muslim Claims to the Holy City

Jerusalem is at the center of the Arab-Israeli conflict. What are the spiritual, historical and political claims – from both sides?

That Time The Jews Got Kicked Out Of Tennessee

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?

Bradley Cooper’s Fake “Jewish” Nose

A look at the surprising long history of the slur against “Jewish noses.”

The Nobel Prize-Winning Neuroscientist Mussolini Couldn’t Stop

Despite WWII-era fascist laws barring Jews from society, Rita Levi-Montalcini, a brilliant scientist, conducted pioneering experiments in her bedroom.

The Surge of Converts to Judaism in Ancient Rome

Why did so many non-Jews, even from the ranks of the Roman elite like Queen Helena and Nero, convert to Judaism?

Jewish Conductor on the Underground Railroad

August and Henrietta Bondi’s Jewish home was a stop for slaves fleeing North.

The Mass Expulsion of Jews from Lithuania during Shavuot 1915

One of the largest single expulsions of Jews since Roman times occurred in May, 1915.

The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem: 6 Jewish Communities Who’ve Long Called Jerusalem Home

Israel’s capital has always been home to diverse Jewish communities.

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Holocaust

Who was Haj Amin Al Husseini and what role did he play in the Holocaust?

Jewish Chutzpah’s Ancient Precedent: Commoner Sues Toxic Boss 2600 Years Ago

This fascinating Hebrew letter from 630 BCE is the earliest documented example of how average Jews incorporated Judaism’s laws into their everyday lives.

History of the Jews of Yemen

An ancient Jewish community that survived all odds and came home.

The Jewish Trader called “One Tongue” by Native Americans

Julius Meyer spoke six Native American languages in 19th century Nebraska.

The Scandalous History of the Aleppo Codex

How the oldest, most complete and most accurate text of the Hebrew Bible founds its way back to Jerusalem.

Muslim Heroes of the Holocaust

Four remarkable stories that some Muslims don’t want to be publicized.

A Journey through Jewish Sicily

A travel diary by Israel's ambassador to Italy.

Who was Two-Gun Cohen?

The Chinese president’s Jewish confidant who mustered Chinese support of the creation of Israel.

Ridley Road: The Real Story of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Group in 1960s London

The history of this remarkable movement is even stranger and more incredible than depicted in the hit series Ridley Road.

The Jews of Cuba

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.

The Boy who Cried Messiah: False Messiahs in Jewish History

What is the Messiah and how will we know who he really is?

The Letter of the Convert: A Survival Story of the Crusades

900 years later, a woman’s story as a convert persecuted by the Crusaders still endures.

The Boxer of Auschwitz: Fight or Be Killed

Harry Haft’s shocking true story, portrayed in HBO’s new Holocaust film, The Survivor.

The Miracle of Israel

Israel’s return to its homeland after 2,000 years of exile - an event completely in the annals of history – is miraculous.

Auschwitz-Birkenau: A Day in the Worst Nazi Concentration Camp

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.

The Indian Princess who Fought Nazis

Noor Inayat Khan courageously spied for Britain behind enemy lines.

Jewish Ideas That Transformed the World

Without the Jews the world would have been a radically different place.

The Dalai Lama and the Exodus

As long as we never lose our story, we will never lose our identity.

Archaeology and the Exodus

What role does archaeology play in verifying Biblical events?

The Secret History of Chad Gadya

The likely inspiration for the famous Passover poem is a medieval German children’s rhyme.

The Jews Didn’t Build the Pyramids

And other things that Egyptian culture reveals about the Book of Exodus

The Passover Story is an American Story

The Exodus story is, of course, first and foremost a Jewish narrative. But it has over time become an American narrative as well.

The 125-Year-Old Bagel: History with Chutzpah

The keepsake bagel is hard as a rock and surprisingly not moldy. But hold the cream cheese!

11 Famous Ukrainian Jews

Pres. Zelensky joins a long list of amazing Ukrainian Jews who have made the world a better place.

Evidence for the Exodus

Examining the historicity of the biblical exodus.

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