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Israel – Jerusalem: house that could not be sold

For over 300 years, from the mid 17th century until 1948,  a five room apartment in the Old City of Yerushalayim  possessed a status unequalled in the annals of housing  lore – it was known as the house that could … Continue reading

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Israel – secular pioneer who became chareidi

During the 70s, famous artists and entertainers like Icka  Yisraeli and Uri Zohar shocked Israeli society when they jettisoned  fame and fortune to return to their Jewish roots. The phenomenon  was not entirely new. The baalei teshuvah of the 70s  … Continue reading

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Meshulachim – overseas charity collectors

Ever since churban Habayis, meshulachim maintained an important link between Eretz Yisroel and the Jews of the Diaspora. “These emissaries from Palestine, who throughout the centuries have penetrated into the remotest corners of the dark continent, serve as a link … Continue reading

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Sidis William – unsuccessful genius

One snowy January evening in 1919, 12-year-old William Sidis spoke on the theme of “Four Dimensional Bodies” at a Harvard lecture attended by over 75 professors, assistants, students, and specially invited guests. Many couldn’t follow the 12-year-old’s complicated discourse. Overwhelmed, … Continue reading

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Hep Hep Riots

“Hip, hip, hurrah” is an innocent sounding expression of excitement, approbation and joy. Many Jews, however, are reluctant to use the term due to its negative historical connotations. The Fight against Equality In the early 19th century, things were going … Continue reading

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Shomronim (Samaritans)

The Shomronim had a tumultuous history over the past three millennia and it is a miracle that any survive. Banned twice by the Jewish people, massacred and persecuted over the centuries, their numbers dropped from a population of over a … Continue reading

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Israel – Tel Aviv Jews thrown out in WW1

During the tumultuous days of World War I, the Turks threw the Jews of Tel Aviv out of their homes and left them without a roof over the heads. Cold and hungry, the Jews scattered throughout Eretz Yisroel seeking a … Continue reading

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Rumania – Israel ransoms its Jews

The history of Jewish ransom is a long one, stretching back to the time of Chazal who made special enactments to keep the practice from getting out of hand. During the first decades of its existence, the State of Israel … Continue reading

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Shechitah – fight in the United States

In 1955, Senator Hubert Humphrey from Minnesota  presented the United States Senate with a bill proposal that only  humanitarian means be used to slaughter animals and birds.  Through much perseverance, Torah Jewry ensured that the bill  allowed shechita and it’s … Continue reading

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Subbotniks

In an earlier article, “The Sect of Skhariya the Jew,” we discussed how thousands of Russians rejected the Russian Orthodox Church towards the end of the 15th century and forged a religion that was closer to Monotheism and the Old … Continue reading

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