Author Archives: David

Money – ancient coins

So many mitzvos depend on money that is almost impossible to understand the Torah fully without knowing the story of money in ancient times. We will scratch the surface of this little known facet of Torah wisdom.  The Power of … Continue reading

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Holocaust – saving Jews with fake typhus

During the hunger and crowding of World War 2, Typhus was a killer disease. Type the word “typhus” in the search window of Otzar Hachochma’s Torah library and you’ll raises a list of kehilla books printed after the war that … Continue reading

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Haggadah – editions of

  Thanks to its short text and ubiquitous usage, the Haggodah is the most prolific sefer ever published. No city or town with a printing press failed to include a Haggodah in its repertoire. According to a bibliography edited by … Continue reading

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Haggadah songs

Originally, Jews concluded the Seder by reciting a brocha after the fourth cup of wine. Then came a change as piyutim (poems) began to be added to the Haggadah during the era of the late Rishonim. By the end of … Continue reading

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Israel: Kosel Hakatan (Small Western Wall)

The Kosel where we daven and weep is only a fraction of the Western Wall of the Har Habayis. As mentioned in an earlier article, over two thirds of this massive wall is buried beneath the Arab Quarter of the … Continue reading

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Wine

Wine is not only the fiery liquid that gladdens G-d and men  (Shoftim 9:13), but also a medicine, antiseptic, trouble maker, and  nation builder. In earlier times, wine was famous for its medicinal  qualities – the Shas is full of … Continue reading

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Sect: Russian Jewish-style

Towards the end of the 15th century, a dynamic religious  movement ‘threatened’ to deflect the Russian populace from  the Greek Orthodox Church to Monotheism. Within a brief  time, so many Russians accepted the sect’s tenets of Jewish  belief that the … Continue reading

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Holocaust – Looting of holy books

Don’t let the name fool you! Alfred Rosenberg was no Jew but  the half-witted official philosopher of the Nazi Regime. He also  served as the Reich Minister for the Occupied Eastern Territories  where his ruthless policies induced the conquered masses … Continue reading

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World War 1 – Jewish Regiment

In the darkest days of World War I, the British decided to raise a  regiment comprised of Jewish volunteers to help them in their struggle  against Germany and Turkey. J.H. Patterson, who had led the Jewish  Mule Battalion during the … Continue reading

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Zemiros

  Singing zemiros at the Shabbos table is an old  minhag with deep roots in both Gemara and medrash.  Why is it important to sing on Shabbos? What drove  some of the greatest gedolei hador of the past thousand  years … Continue reading

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