Today in Jewish History: Nachmanides’ Disputation (1263)

Thanks to the Spanish Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman a synagogue was build in the Old City of Jerusalem which is still in use today

Deal or no deal

The League of Nations, which placed Palestine under British mandate reflected a heady mixture of religious and imperial motivations that Britain would find difficult to reconcile in the troubled years ahead. Palestinian Arabs, desiring political autonomy and resenting the continued Jewish immigration into Palestine, disapproved of the mandate, and by 1936 their dissatisfaction had grown into open rebellion. Nearly a century later there is still not yet a good solution found to have Arabs, Palestinians and Jews and non-Jews living together in peace in one or two countries they could accept as their homeland.

75 years after Auschwitz – Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice

In the 1930s and 40s many stood at the side and did nothing even when they thought something was wrong. Others might have been silent but were taking action, hiding Jehudiem with the danger for their own life.

the Story of Abraham

A look at the progenitor or forefather of the tribes and faith groups believing in and following the Only One True God of Israel.

On the 75th yahrtzeit of Levi Yizchack Schneerson passing this world

Today, Wednesday, the 20th day of the Jewish month of Menachem Av (August 21), marks 75 years since the untimely passing of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, of righteous memory, father of the Rebbe, of righteous memory. Rabbi , was respected as one of the greatest Talmudic and Kabbalistic scholars of his generation. He served as [...]

Fallen angels and pagan ideas food for stories

Mankind may find the cradle of civilization in Mesopotamia which gave us a treasure of many valuable inventions, discoveries and stories. Many may say that it was here that agriculture began, but they should know that already long before that age, people tried to cultivate the earth to extract edible products from it. Several people [...]

Between gods and animals: becoming human in the Gilgamesh epic

To remember The Epic of Gilgamesh = Babylonian poem composed in ancient Iraq, millennia before Homer = tells story of Gilgamesh, king of the city of Uruk. gods create a friend for him > Enkidu, wild man, woman Shamhat seduces Enkidu=> transforming Enkidu from beast to man => strength diminished + intellect expanded =>able to [...]

Gilgamesh

To remember

  • Gilgamesh Mesopotamian half god & half man > wreaks havoc in town fighting  conquering women.
  • people upset => ask the gods to do something about it => gods create Enkidu = match = almost as strong as Gilgamesh
  • sacred bull killed by Enkidu + Gilgamesh => Enkidu is poisoned.
  • Gilgamesh searches for immortality > meets Utnapishtim.
  • Gilgamesh similarities to bible & greek mythology

Diamonds or Light?

In Mesopotamia Gilgamesh is half god and half man. He is the most handsome man. He wreaks havoc in the town fighting and conquering the women. The people are upset and ask the gods to do something about it. The gods create Enkidu so Gilgamesh has a match. Enkidu is almost as strong as Gilgamesh, but when they fight Gilgamesh wins. Gilgamesh and Enkidu travel and have to fight Humbaba so they can be remembered throughout history. They defeat him. A god sends down the sacred bull. Enkidu and Gilgamesh kill it. The goddess of love tries to seduce Gilgamesh, but he does not marry her. One of them has to die for killing the sacred bull and it is Enkidu. He is poisoned. Gilgamesh searches for immortality. He meets Utnapishtim. Utnapishtim says humans cannot be immortal but he was granted immortality after a flood that wiped away most of…

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Egypt, Moshe and Those who never felt they belonged there

Along the Nile River the river’s annual flooding ensured reliable, rich soil for growing crops. Having people cultivating the lands around this rich water made that in ancient North-eastern Africa the Egyptian civilization coalesced around 3150 BCE (according to conventional Egyptian chronology) with the political unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the first pharaoh [...]

2019 Purim March 20

Remembering the day many years ago, Jehovah God delivered His people from slaughter from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.

The one who breached the wall of the academy

Jacob Neusner (July 28, 1932 – October 8, 2016) American academic scholar of Judaism who had an exceptional prolific publishing output and was known both for his highly acerbic nature to some and his deeply affectionate loyalty to others.