Even on Yom Kippur, German Jews in the 19th century were ready to sacrifice themselves for their homeland
More delicate than the princess from “The Princess and the Pea”, more spoiled than a Kardashian. Among the Talmudic legends surrounding the destruction of ancient Jerusalem is the strange story of a wealthy woman who was unaccustomed to contact with the outside world. Why did the Talmudic sages choose to focus on this particular tale with an odd Yom Kippur connection, and is there a modern lesson to be learned from it?
Years after Zalman Pollack was a star of the Jewish world, his life’s work was rediscovered…
What are the strange biblical origins of the term “scapegoat”? And what does it have to do with the Jewish Day of Atonement?
When cholera ran rampant, saving lives superseded all else
Learn how a traditional Jewish prayer melody inspired everyone – from classical composers to filmmakers to psychedelic rock bands.
What is the Freudian complex behind the origins of this mysterious instrument? What is the shofar’s connection to the High Holy Days? And does it have anything to do with music?
A glimpse at a remnant from an 11th century prayer book discovered in the Cairo Genizah
The Catalan Mahzor survived the edict of expulsion from Spain, was smuggled out of Nazi Germany to the United States, and eventually found its way to the National Library in Jerusalem.
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