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ancient jewish history


Why an Ancient Tablet Describing an Ark Isn’t Proof the Biblical Story Happened

By On August 31, 2017

Amazing rescue stories are starting to emerge from Texas. The human chain that helped an elderly man exit his stranded car. Volunteers coming from afar on Jet Skis and fishing boats. It got… Read More


This Man is Afghanistan’s Last Jew

By On January 6, 2017

It’s one thing to feel like you’re part of a small minority. It’s another to be that small minority. For Zebulon Simentov – aka “Zebulon the Jew” – minority status makes him a… Read More


Destroyed By Isis, This Ancient Syrian Synagogue Had Jaw-Dropping Murals

By On October 3, 2016

In 1932, the nearly intact ruins of a synagogue were excavated in Dura-Europos, a former garrison and trading center on the Euphrates river in eastern Syria. The shul’s construction was traced back… Read More

This Ancient Jewish Martial Art From Jamaica or Yemen or Ethiopia or Something

The Ancient Jewish Martial Art From Jamaica or Yemen or Ethiopia or Something

By On September 20, 2016

Depending on your penchant for skepticism, Abir Qesheth is either an ancient Jewish martial art passed down from Yemenite warriors or a brand new martial art created by a former rapper named Yehoshua… Read More


Catch the Steamy Romance Atop Masada, on a TV Near You

By On March 27, 2015

Premiering next week on CBS, The Dovekeepers, based on the bestselling Alice Hoffman novel of the same name, dramatizes the story of Masada, the ancient mountaintop fortress, with bloody sword fights, battering… Read More

When the High Priest Was Pelted With Citrons

When the High Priest Was Pelted With Citrons

By On October 14, 2014

It’s autumn. Do you get upset when squirrels pelt you from above with acorns? Well, please count your blessings: at least they’re not etrogs, and at least you’re not a high priest with unpopular… Read More


Ancient History: A Jew Among Romans

By On April 29, 2013

On the long list of all-time greatest Jewish calamities, the destruction of the Second Temple is surely among the Top 10. We remember it every year on Tisha B’Av, and at every wedding when the… Read More


Log On to the Dead Sea Scrolls

By On June 22, 2012

Lately, there’s been a push to digitize everything–old family movies, record collections. Our lives are fleeting and fast. We want to save our cherished memories, and somehow make them last forever. So it shouldn’t… Read More


Rabbi Cleopatra

By On March 10, 2012

There are all sorts of strange cameos and guest-starring roles in the Talmud. Just like a sitcom, where, unexpectedly, Larry David might be having lunch with Mayim Bialik, the ancient rabbis also had guests show… Read More


The Earliest Yiddish Poem

By On November 7, 2011

When we think of Yiddish, most of us envision an 18th-century Jewish shtetl in Poland or Russia, with Hasidic men in fur hats and bubbies in babushkes. But Yiddish, the Hebrew-German hybrid, actually started out… Read More


The Book of Tobit

By On June 27, 2011

Here’s a story of demons, supernatural nuptials, and a dog who makes a pilgrimage. The Book of Tobit dates back more than 2500 years, to 700 BCE. It’s considered part of the apocrypha–a set of works that were… Read More

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