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How Shabbat Dinners Transformed a White Nationalist

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00am
BY KRISTA TIPPETT for ReformJudaism.org


When Derek Black was 11, he designed the kids’ page for the first major Internet hate site, Stormfront, which his father created and still leads. After Derek was outed in his freshman year at New College in Florida as a white nationalist, one of the few Orthodox Jews on campus, Matthew Stevenson, invited him to Shabbat dinner in his dorm room.

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Medieval Tycoons: The Amazing Story of the Radhanites

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:00am
By Ushi Derman for Beit Hatefutsot


On January 30, 1939 Adolf Hitler addressed a historical speech, in which he announced publicly for the first time his intention to exterminate the entire Jewish people. In his address he mentioned several times “the world Jewish capital” as the source of all humanity’s evil. Many researchers asserted that Hitler’s pathological hatred of the chosen people has derived from an imaginary paranoia from the allegedly economic magnitude of the Jews, who were in fact were a weak, scattered people without any political or sovereign rights.

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Mizrachi Jews Are Finally Getting the Recognition They Deserve As an Integral Part of Israel’s Narrative, Culture, and History

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 12:00am
By Yifat Mukades for eJewishPhilanthropy


It’s Saturday morning in Los Angeles (April 21st, 2018), and I am watching the official closing ceremony celebrating Israel’s 70th year of independence, on Israeli TV. As has happened to me many times during the past 10 days of remembrance, I’m all choked up with tears and a sense of pride: Proud to be an Israeli, a Mizrachi, an Iraqi Jew. The ceremony is named ”Israel Sound track” and, for the first time in many, many years, I felt my heritage being represented and validated in Israel’s history and the story it tells.

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How and Why Jews Hebraized Their Family Names at the Founding of Israel

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:00am
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“If there is no overriding reason for the Major to retain an awkward-sounding German name that our people finds hard to pronounce, . . . he [should] change it to a Hebrew one.”


I had always thought that these Zionist leaders changed their names to Hebrew ones upon their aliyah to Palestine in the period of the Ottoman empire or the British Mandate. Now I see that this happened much later. The changing of first names, of course, goes back to the Torah and is also traditional for Jews seeking recovery from illness. But the fact that these secular Jews took Hebrew last names only at the time of the founding of Israel is an interesting one, don’t you think?

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Meet the Persian Jewish Faces Behind RaJu, the Modesty Fashionable Clothing Line

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:00am
BY LIOR ZALTZMAN for Kveller


What do you do when you can never find the right clothes to wear to a wedding? Start your own modest fashion line, of course! And not just Jewish ladies are buying – Muslims, Mormons, professionals and all fashion-conscious women.


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Jews: The forgotten story in the Arab world!

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
By Hussein Shobokshi for the Saudi Gazette



THERE is a sensitive issue that does not get enough attention, and I know well in advance that this subject will evoke extreme emotional reactions. The subject, I dwell on here, is the rights of the Jews of the Middle East in their former countries. Irrespective of the immediate cynical responses, or not, the citizens should have their rights in their country first before we care for the others.


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A Brief History of Jamaica's Jewish Pirates

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
Lyndsey Kilifin for The Culture Trip


Fleeing persecution in Catholic Europe, 16th- and 17th- century Jews fled first to South America with European explorers and then to the Caribbean. We give you the low-down on the history of these intriguing people.


Jamaica’s Jewish Pirates
Having played a key role in establishing numerous successful trading posts in the new colonies of the Caribbean, Jewish privateers found common cause with the British. In 1655, Britain’s Royal Navy captured Jamaica from the Spanish and subsequently turned Port Royal into a naval base. Jewish buccaneers were among the fleet of officially sponsored pirates assembled by the British in Jamaica to take the fight to the Spanish. Leading some of the most successful raids against the Spanish, Jamaica’s Jewish pirates fought their way into the history books.

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Notable Irish Jews

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
From GENi

Irish Jewish Genealogical Database


Celts one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?

There is a theory that the Irish, or that Insular Celts as a whole, are descended from the Ten Lost Tribes. Proponents of this theory state that there is evidence that the prophet Jeremiah came to Ireland with Princess Tea Tephi, a member of the Israelite royal family.

Proponents of this theory point to various parallels between Irish and ancient Hebrew culture. For example, they note that the harp, the symbol of Ireland, also plays a role in Jewish history, as the musical instrument of King David.

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