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Tiny First Temple Seal Impression Found with Name of Bible-era Royal Steward

September 11, 2019, by

A minuscule 7th century BCE clay sealing reading “Belonging to Adoniyahu, the Royal Steward,” was recently discovered in the City of David’s sifting project. In earth excavated from the foundations of the Western Wall under Robinson’s Arch in 2013, a national service volunteer some three weeks ago unearthed the one-centimeter inscribed letter sealer bearing the

Meet the Non-Jew Who Made Daf Yomi Possible

July 17, 2019, by

On Shabbat, Parashat Balak, July 20, Jews all over the world will be one step closer to completing the thirteenth cycle of the Babylonian Talmud by completing tractate Erchin in the Daf Yomi cycle. We are all familiar with Rabbi Meir Shapiro, who initiated this worldwide phenomenon–but does anyone ever think of Daniel Bomberg, the

A Shabbat to Remember – 80 Years Since Kristallnacht

November 8, 2018, by

This Shabbat (November 9-10) will mark 80 years since Kristallnacht, the ‘Night of the Broken Glass,’ when the Nazis destroyed hundreds of synagogues and thousands of Jewish businesses. Below are some news reports and videos, including firsthand accounts from survivors: These Jewish Children Were Eyewitnesses to Kristallnacht (Ha’aretz) Kristallnacht survivor Andy Factor warns of rising

An Introduction to Archaeology and Tanakh

May 29, 2018, by

There have been extensive archaeological excavations conducted in the Middle East during the past two hundred years. There are some who seek to marshal evidence from these discoveries to disprove the authenticity of the Tanakh.  Orthodox scholars, such as Rabbi Amnon Bazak, have presented a cogent response to such criticism. Many of the stunning discoveries

There Were Once Jews Here: The ’67 Flight of Egyptian Jewry

June 12, 2017, by

We have been hearing a lot about the war waged by multiple Arab countries against Israel 50 years ago. But there was another war waged by some of those same countries that same week that we have heard pretty much nothing about: a war against the Jews. Even in June 1967, after two decades of threats, expulsions,

Jerusalem’s Paratrooper Heroes, Up Close and Personal

May 22, 2017, by

Let’s Open Our Sefarim This Yom Yerushalayim On May 16 and 17, 2017, Shlomo Horwitz of Jewish Crossroads conducted interviews with two heroic paratroopers involved in liberating the Kotel on Yom Yerushalayim. These modest and gentle men, now in their 70s, share their valuable insights. Translated from the original Hebrew by Shlomo Horwitz. Remarks from Moshe

The Modern-Day Maccabbees: Relive Entebbe 1976

December 22, 2016, by

2016 represents the 40th anniversary of the Israel Defense Force’s miraculous rescue of over 100 hostages whose Paris bound Air France Airbus was hijacked by cruel terrorists. After their heroic return, Menachem Begin referred to the Israeli commandos who risked their lives flying thousands of miles from home as “Dor Makabim Bi’yameinu” modern day Maccabees.

Mystery surrounds mistake-filled 300-year-old siddur found in UK

July 27, 2016, by

LONDON — A British academic has discovered a rare, handwritten translation of a siddur, or prayer book, in a collection in a Manchester library — and clues in the volume point to a little-known presence of Jews in 17th-century England. In a presentation recently at the Rylands Library, Dr. Aron Sterk revealed the results of