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A beautiful illustration from a book printed in 1601 for the Jewish community in Venice contains the first-ever printed documentation of the Lag BaOmer holiday haircut tradition
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How does Israel honor Tu B’Shvat – the Jewish Arbor Day – in a year when planting is forbidden? Through celebration, education – and the occasional workaround.
Years after Zalman Pollack was a star of the Jewish world, his life’s work was rediscovered…
Join us for a Hanukkah video journey across cultures and time, featuring treasures from the National Library of Israel!
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Jews in Mexico who secretly kept their faith were tortured and tried. Their tormentors saved their poems…
Leifheit bat Asher owned a copy of the oldest printed Jewish prayer book. Was she also called to the Torah?
Rare photos reveal how IDF soldiers managed to fulfill the commandment to “sit in the sukkah”, even as war raged in the north and south
The only mentions of a sukkah in the Cairo Genizah refer to communal sukkot in synagogue courtyards. A fact that caused quite a bit of trouble.
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