Jewish History

Shabtai Tzvi: The False Messiah who Betrayed Judaism

When the charismatic and popular messianic figure was told to convert to Islam or die, Shabtai Tzvi converted, changing his name to Aziz Mehmet Effendi, creating an embarrassing stain on Jewish history.

The Dreyfus Affair: 5 Important Facts for Today

The world’s first museum devoted to Alfred Dreyfus’ trial just opened in Paris. Its lessons are needed today.

Maimonides: The Philosopher Rabbi

Meet the Rambam, also known as Maimonides, one of the most famous Jewish scholars of all time.

How Eddie Jacobson Convinced President Truman to Recognize the State of Israel

Gary Ginsberg’s new book “First Friends” chronicles personal relationships that influenced the White House.

X Troop: The Top-Secret Jewish Commandos of WWII

A new book sheds light on a secret unit drawn from refugees whose deep-rooted hatred of Hitler would ensure they were a passionate fighting force.

Montreal's Days of Shame: When 75 Doctors Went on Strike until a Jewish Doctor Resigned

In 1934, doctors in five hospitals walked off the job rather than work with a Jew.

The Tulsa Race Massacre and Oklahoma’s Jews

How local Jews – some with fresh memories of European pogroms – did their small part to help victims of one of the worst acts of racial violence in US history.

Flowers and Judaism: 8 Facts

From flowers at Sinai to cooking with flowers.

Reunifying Jerusalem: Remembering Ammunition Hill

The decisive battle paved the way for Israel to reunify Jerusalem in 1967.

Jews and Morocco: 10 Fascinating Historical Facts

As Israel and Morocco establish full diplomatic ties, take a look at some of Morocco’s epic Jewish history.

Burning the Talmud in Venice

October 31 marks the tragic anniversary of the end of a golden age of Hebrew books in Venice.

Lady Judith Montefiore: A Brief History

One of the great patrons of Jewish life supported Jews on three continents.

The Flag of Israel: 7 Facts

The story behind Israel’s flag and why it’s a potent symbol for Jews worldwide.

Newark Minutemen: Fighting Nazis in New Jersey

When Jewish Boxers fought Nazis in the 1930s in America.

Ramban’s Newly Discovered Prayer

Nachmanides was a tireless Jewish leader 800 years ago - his newly discovered prayer can inspire us today.

The Pope who Printed the Talmud

Pope Leo X allowed a remarkable group of men to produce the first printed set of Talmud.

Defying 20,000 Nazis in New York City

In 1939 Isadore Greenbaum risked his life to disrupt a major Nazi rally at Madison Square Gardens.

When King Louis IX Burned the Talmud

A thousand years ago, King Louis IX ordered the Talmud burned in Paris.

The Silver Platter: Establishing the State of Israel

24,000 Israeli soldiers have sacrificed their lives for the protection of the Jewish state.

6 Amazing Jewish Nurses

These Jewish nurses made the world a better place.

Operation Paperclip: The Truth about Bringing Nazi Scientists to America

The top-secret program brought 1,600 Nazis to America and whitewashed their past.

King Saul: King of Poland for a Day

The incredible story of Saul Wahl Katzenellenbogen, who briefly occupied the throne of Poland in 1587.

All Jewish History in Under 18 Minutes

Jewish history for ridiculously busy people.

Kosher Wine: The Rise and Fall of Manischewitz

Kosher wine is no longer a joke. These days it’s winning awards and accolades.

The Hanukkah Expulsion of American Jews

During the Civil War, General Ulysses Grant expelled American Jews from their homes during Hanukkah.

The October 31 Pogroms

On October 31st, 1905, thousands of Jews lost their lives in violence that swept across Russia.

Rabbi Manischewitz and His Iconic Company

The 131-year-old Manischewitz Company is being sold.

Israel's Disengagement from Gaza

Revisiting a painful chapter in the history of modern Israel.

Jews in the American Military

Four American Jews who made a major contribution to the American Armed Forces.

Meet the Non-Jew Who Made Daf Yomi Possible

Daniel Bomberg capitalized on the disruptive new technology – printing, understanding the potentially huge market for books amongst Jews.

Proclaim Liberty: How the Hebrew Bible Molded America

The Hebrew Bible indelibly molded the American founding, and its influence remains a part of its national story.

Freeing Russian Jewry: The Refuseniks

The campaign to free the Jews of the USSR grew into a global phenomenon that motivated Jews across the world to fight for their fellow Jews. With incredible results.

Lost World of Yiddish Theater

Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish recalls a world of thriving Yiddish theater in New York and beyond.

Rescuing the Wandering Jew

How Israel rescued Jews from countries such as Yemen, Ethiopia and even Saudi Arabia in a series of daring operations including Operation Magic Carpet, Operation Moses and Operation Solomon.

The Influence of the Hebrew Bible on America's Founding Fathers

The untold story of the Torah’s impact on America's founders and the political documents they codified.

Golda Meir: Iron Lady of the Middle East

Revered by some, reviled by others, Israel’s first female prime minister never forgave herself for her decisions in 1973.

The Miracle of Jewish History

As David Ben-Gurion said, "For a Jew to be a realist, you have to believe in miracles."

Theodor Herzl: The Zionist Dream of a Jewish State

What is Zionism and why is it so controversial? How did Herzl, a secular writer, transform an ancient longing into a modern political movement that changed the course of history?

Abraham Lincoln and the Jews: 10 Fascinating Facts

Snapshots of Lincoln’s remarkable relationship with Jews.

The Amazing Tie Between Ancient Israel and America's Founding Fathers

The Hebrew Bible lies at the center of the American imagination.

Cairo Geniza’s Remarkable Story of Wuhshah the Broker

Three medieval documents chronicle the life of a wealthy Jewish woman in Egypt at the turn of the 12th century.

The Blood Libel Against Mendel Beilis

An overview of the notorious 1913 ritual murder trial in Kiev, known as the "Beilis Affair".

Babatha & the Role of Women in the 2nd Century

Exploring the mysterious 2nd-Century find in the Cave of Letters.

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