Jewish History

A Sightseeing Trip to Caesarea and Tzfat, Israel

If you were going away by car for a few days, could you have lunch at a 2,000 year old seaport, once the most modern in the world? Or, could you spend a few days in a Holy City which once was – and still might be – the center of the Kabbala movement? Recently, Michal and I enjoyed a 3-day getaway in northern Israel doing those things. [Steve Kramer]

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Golda Meir: Pioneer and Lioness

By Gedaliah Borvick On the way to a meeting on Golda Meir Boulevard in Jerusalem, I struck up an interesting conversation with the cab driver about Israel’s fourth prime minister. Golda Meir is memorialized with streets across the country named in her honor and yet many people in Israel lack the adoration that she has

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The Polish Spy Who Reported on Auschwitz from the Inside

Witold Pilecki, a member of the Polish resistance, learned of a new camp established by the German Nazis in the Polish city of Oswiecim, toward what end no one knew yet.  He volunteered to do the unthinkable: to purposely be captured by the Nazis and to be sent to the camp, which came to be known as Auschwitz. [Donald H. Harrison]

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The Life and Times of Rabbi Judah the Prince

Using many sources, including hundreds of anecdotes, former US Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (1985-1987) and Under Secretary of Defense (2001-2004) Rabbi Dr. Dov S. Zakheim, author of Nehemiah: Statesman and Sage (Maggid Books, 2016), gives us a very informative and riveting, easy to read biography of one of the most important figures of ancient Jewry, Rabbi Judah the Prince (135-217), also called Rebbe, “Teacher.” He was the man who had Judaism’s Oral Law put into writing, called the Mishna, which became the basis of the Talmud. [Rabbi Dr. Israel Drazin]

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Good News From Israel (October 17, 2021)

In the Oct. 17, 2021 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include: 
–An Israeli startup can test whether a recovering cancer patient needs chemotherapy.
–Israelis are aiding and rescuing trapped Afghans.
–An Israeli has been elected President of Europe’s top nuclear research organization.
–The brother of Israel’s PM has launched an electro-hydrogen truck in the UK.
–BMW, LG, and other multinationals are using Israeli smart glass in their products.
–An Israeli hosted chess tournament attracted participants from Iran and Saudi Arabia.
–Over a million people visited Jerusalem’s Western Wall during the recent festivals. {Michael Ordman]

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Sunbelt Offers Free Copy of Louis Rose Biography to First 50 Who Request It

Sunbelt Publications Inc. published the first of the six books I have written so far.  It was the biography, Louis Rose: San Diego’s First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur.  In the event that you haven’t heard of him, he was the man for whom Rose Canyon, Rose Creek, and the Roseville section of the Point Loma neighborhood were named.  The Robinson-Rose Building in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is another reminder of his legacy. [Donald H. Harrison]

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The Legacy of Hannah Senesh

I saw the film Hannah’s War about the heroine and martyr Hannah Senesh on TV. I feel that it is a film everyone should see. It is very moving. Hannah Senesh is one of Israel’s most important heroines. She was born on July 17, 1921 in Budapest, Hungary, and died on November 7, 1944 in Budapest, murdered by a firing squad at age 23, after refusing a blindfold, but looking straight at the pro-Nazi Hungarian firing squad that killed her. [Rabbi Dr. Israel Drazin]

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Sutro Tunnel Tour Celebrates Jewish Entrepreneur’s Vision

For the first time in nearly two years Friends of Sutro Tunnel (Friends) will be opening the 28-acre Sutro Tunnel site to members of the public wishing to tour and get an up-close and personal look into one of Nevada’s most unique and historic mining sites. Tours will be offered throughout Sunday, Oct. 17,  between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. by ticketed admission.  All proceeds raised through the event will go directly toward work the Friends of Sutro Tunnel are doing to restore the Sutro Tunnel site. [Friends of Sutro Tunnel]

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Merkel honours Holocaust victims, vows German commitment to Israel

Published by Reuters By Rami Ayyub JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood on Sunday in Jerusalem with her head bowed over the buried ashes of Jews killed in Nazi death camps, and pledged Germany would preserve a post-Holocaust commitment to Israel’s security. Merkel, on her eighth and final visit to Israel as she

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