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History Crash Course #51: The Kabbalists

History Crash Course #51: The Kabbalists

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In the 16th century, the Israeli mountaintop town of Tzfat became the center of Jewish mysticism.

History Crash Course #52: The Hassidic Movement

History Crash Course #52: The Hassidic Movement

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Initially a movement largely of the poor and uneducated, Hassidism emphasized spirituality in everyday life.

History Crash Course #53: The Enlightenment

History Crash Course #53: The Enlightenment

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The Age of Reason gave Jews civil rights, but its emphasis on a Godless society was bound to backfire.

History Crash Course #54: The Reform Movement

History Crash Course #54: The Reform Movement

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Germans emphasized their loyalty to the "fatherland" in order to be accepted in mainstream society.

History Crash Course #55: Jews and the Founding of America

History Crash Course #55: Jews and the Founding of America

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The amazing story of Jewish influence on the founding fathers of American democracy.

History Crash Course #56: Pale of Settlement

History Crash Course #56: Pale of Settlement

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This area of Russia where Jews were most oppressed gave rise to amazing achievements.

History Crash Course #57: The Czars and the Jews

History Crash Course #57: The Czars and the Jews

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Government-organized pogroms against the Jews deflected attention from the corrupt regime.

History Crash Course #58: Jewish Life in America

History Crash Course #58: Jewish Life in America

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Jews gained untold riches in America, at the cost of their heritage and spirituality.

History Crash Course #59: The Face of Anti-Semitism

History Crash Course #59: The Face of Anti-Semitism

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Even in such civilized nations as France and the United States, anti-Semitism never died out.

History Crash Course #60: The Holocaust

History Crash Course #60: The Holocaust

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While Nazi Germany systematically rounded up and executed Jews, the world closed its eyes and its doors.

History Crash Course #61: The Final Solution

History Crash Course #61: The Final Solution

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Hitler implemented his goal to eliminate all Jews from the planet.

History Crash Course #62: Return to the Land of Israel

History Crash Course #62: Return to the Land of Israel

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The re-birth of Israel is an unprecedented phenomenon in human history.

History Crash Course #63: Modern Zionism

History Crash Course #63: Modern Zionism

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Herzl launched the political framework for the modern State of Israel.

History Crash Course #64: The British Mandate

History Crash Course #64: The British Mandate

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The British promised to create a Jewish state, but served their own Arab-linked interests as millions died in the Holocaust.

History Crash Course #65: The State of Israel

History Crash Course #65: The State of Israel

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After the British turned away Holocaust survivors from Israel, the UN voted to partition the land.

History Crash Course #66: War

History Crash Course #66: War

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Since its founding in 1948, Israel has been in a constant state of war, and yet has achieved great economic success.

History Crash Course #67: The Miracle of Jewish History

History Crash Course #67: The Miracle of Jewish History

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In the final analysis, Jewish history makes no rational sense.

History Crash Course #68: Timeline: From Abraham to the State of Israel

History Crash Course #68: Timeline: From Abraham to the State of Israel

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Four thousand years of Jewish history at a glance.

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