The History of Hanukkah They Didn't Teach You in Hebrew School

Delving into the history of Hanukkah to understand the deeper meaning of the holiday.

6 Ways Jews Shaped Thanksgiving

How Jews helped to create the quintessential American holiday.

Shabtai Tzvi: The False Messiah who Betrayed Judaism

When the charismatic and popular messianic figure was told to convert to Islam or die, Shabtai Tzvi converted, changing his name to Aziz Mehmet Effendi, creating an embarrassing stain on Jewish history.

When Britain Interned Jewish Refugees

My grandfather was one of the 60,000 Jews whose nightmare continued once he made it to the UK during the Holocaust.

20 More Jewish Celebrities

Well-known figures you may not know are Jews.

Accidental Racism in the Jewish World

A “harmless” joke highlights the problem of racial sensitivity in some sectors of the Jewish community.

Jews Changing Their Surname at Ellis Island

Why everything you've been told about the name changes at Ellis Island is a big, fat lie.

The Dreyfus Affair: 5 Important Facts for Today

The world’s first museum devoted to Alfred Dreyfus’ trial just opened in Paris. Its lessons are needed today.

Secrets of the Cave of the Patriarchs

Noam Arnon's comprehensive doctoral dissertation on the Cave of the Patriarchs proves there is much more to the ancient site than meets the eye.

Dave Chappelle and the Space Jews

When a comedian offends minorities, they find themselves apologizing or facing career ending cancel-culture. Why do offensive Jewish jokes go under the radar?

Four Perfect Pebbles: Clinging to Hope in Bergen-Belsen

Marion Lazan’s imagination kept up her spirits during dark times in Hitler’s death camp.

Ridley Road: The Real Story of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Group in 1960s London

The history of this remarkable movement is even stranger and more incredible than depicted in the hit series Ridley Road.

How A Breast Cancer Gene All Jews Should Know About Uncovered a Secret Connection

Whether Judaism is a religion, culture or ethnicity, shared genes provide further insight on Jews as a part of a historical people.

Beacon of Faith: A Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Sacks on faith in God, making prayer meaningful, Jewish music and more.

My Mother's Trauma of the Kindertransport

Just before WWII, Britain rescued 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany, Austria and Poland, including my mother and her two sisters.

Judaism and Tattoos

Even though you can get buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have one, there are a number of compelling reasons why the Torah prohibits tattoos.

Martin Luther's Reformation and Antisemitism

When Jews wouldn’t convert to Protestantism, Martin Luther’s response set off a chain reaction of antisemitic rhetoric. His writings have been used for centuries as a justification for antisemitism, permanently altering the course of history for European Jews.

Jewish Abstract Expressionism: The Art of Igal Guinerman

Thanks to Covid, a South American Israeli returned to painting and is now being displayed in Jerusalem's prestigious art gallery.

Searching for Jews Saved by the Angel of Budapest

Spanish diplomat Angel Sanz Briz saved 5,000 Jews. Spain now is trying to contact their descendants.

The Shulchan Aruch: How a 500 Year Old Book Shaped Jewish Practice

How Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews preserved their scholarship and unique customs while maintaining Jewish unity.

97-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor is a Viral Sensation on TikTok

Videos by Holocaust Lily Ebert and her great grandson Dov are reaching millions of people, teaching them about the Holocaust.

What is the Mezuzah?

The mezuzah is hung on the doorpost as a subtle reminder about our values every time we enter and exit our homes.

Aron Grunhut: A Jewish Hero who Rescued 1,350 Jews

Brave and determined, Aron Grunhut organized ship and railway transports to help Jewish refugees escape Hitler.

Can Jews be Antisemitic?

From the Middle Ages until the present day, there are plenty of examples of Jewish people perpetuating antisemitism, despite being Jews themselves.

5 Facts About Babi Yar

The Babi Yar massacre, among the worst Nazi crimes, occurred 80 years ago.

Maimonides: The Philosopher Rabbi

Meet the Rambam, also known as Maimonides, one of the most famous Jewish scholars of all time.

What's a London Girl Like Me Doing as the Northern Spokesperson for the IDF?

Major Keren Hagioff's incredible journey from North West London to Israel, where she is the IDF Spokesperson for the Northern Command.

The Oldest Love Affair in History

Amid rising anti-Semitism, the People of the Book rejoice with the Torah.

Kreplach Isn’t Something to Fight About

Explaining hidden holidays and their Ashkenazi-centric association with kreplach.

John Lennon, My Father and Me: Imagine and Jewish Universalism

It wasn't easy to come to terms with his song, 'Imagine,' as I do believe in heaven and I don’t believe in living just for today. But it turns out, I can imagine too.

Do Jews Cause Antisemitism?

A shockingly large number of people believe that Jews cause themselves to be hated. Here's why this claim is so egregiously wrong – logically, historically, and morally.

Up Against the Wall: The Remarkable Odyssey of Arye Steinberger’s Sukkah Art

Spanning numerous countries and generations, the incredible art mirrors that of the Jewish people. Both have survived against all odds.

Ida Nudel: 4 Life Lessons

The diminutive giant defied the Soviet Union to move to Israel.

Netanel Felber's Message: Don't Give Up

The wounded Israeli American soldier continues to make great strides.

Forgiving the Kapo

How to overcome your pain to forgive someone who has hurt you.

High Ideals, Murder and Me: What It Means to be Good

Cuomo’s pardon, God’s pardon and Yom Kippur’s forgiveness.

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