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Rabbiner Mosche Alschich Jahrzeit 13. Nissan

Rav Moshe Alshich

From Wikipedia

Moshe Alshich, also spelled Alshech, (1508–1593, Safed), known as the Alshich Hakadosh (the Holy), was a prominent rabbi, preacher, and biblical commentator in the latter part of the 16th century.

The Alshich was born in 1508 in the Ottoman Empire, and was the son of Hayyim Alshich. He later moved to Safed where he became a student of Rabbi Joseph Caro. His students included Rabbi Hayim Vital and Rabbi Yom Tov Tzahalon. He died in Safed in 1593.

Only a few rabbis were granted the title “Hakadosh” throughout Jewish history. Alongside the Alshich were the Shelah HaKadosh, theArizal HaKadosh and the Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh, all of them distinctive personalities in their times.[1] Various reasons have been suggested as to why the Alshich received the “Hakadosh” title.[2]

His homiletical commentaries on the Torah and the Prophets enjoy much popularity and are still studied today, largely because of their powerful influence as practical exhortations to virtuous life.Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

Bobover Rebbe speaking at Kosel

מוצש”ק פרשת יתרו תשע”ה
כ”ק אדמו”ר מבאבוב שליט”א בכותל המערבי עם 4000 חסידים. בדיוק כשהרבי התחיל לדבר הישיבה הסמוכה הייתה צריכה לשחק המוזיקה הרועשת…

Motzs”k Yisro, 5775

Crash Course on Passover 2015 – Top Pick

This awesome Passover video created by Rabbi Avraham Goldhar. For more Jewish crash courses, visit

Passover Story The Passover Story. The great holiday of Passover is one of the central days in the Jewish Calendar. The Jewish people came down to Egypt through Joseph. Joseph was at one point the viceroy of Egypt, but after he died, the Jewish people sink into slavery. This slavery was very harsh- both physically and spiritually, yet somehow there is a core of the Jewish people that survives and remains loyal to the ideas of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Moses is the great redeemer, who was himself raised in the Egyptian court through the Princess having adopted him. Through a series of events involving G-d miracles and plagues, Moses becomes the messenger of freedom- and the Jewish people leave Egypt.

Not all the Jews make it out of Egypt. According to a Midrash, 80% of the Jewish people stayed and died in Egypt. Whatever the Exact numbers, there was still a massive exodus- and the Jewish people (along with some others who left Egypt with them) were freed and begin their wandering in the Desert. Freedom must have a purpose, and the purpose of the Jewish people was to spread the concept of G-d, morality, charity, Monotheism, and goodness throughout the world.

In the Sinai Desert, the Jewish people receive the Torah and become a nation- the beginning of a long journey of spreading light throughout the world. The Passover holiday is re-enacted every year and tells us the value of freedom, purpose, faith, and family.

At Rabbi Wein’s Passover table- there was sometimes a span of over 300 years sitting at the table (the Rabbi’s great-grandfather who witnessed generations before him, and his great grandson who will G-d willing witness generations after him). Going back in History, it would only take 10 more tables like this to connect the Jewish people back to the time of the Exodus. This is an example of how Passover is a family holiday.

By sitting together, we testify to our past, to our commitment to the future, to our faith, to the fact that we are an eternal people. And to the fact that freedom means discipline and purpose- only a person who accepts upon themselves the yoke of Torah and morality is truly free.

The first law of Passover is to give charity to the poor so that they can also have a Seder (Passover meal).

Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus

Israel is under assault on North American college campuses today like never before. Anti-Israel activities to alienate, demonize, and delegitimize Israel are increasingly crossing the line into anti-Semitism, in the form of hate speech, harassment and intimidation.
Crossing the Line 2 is a new documentary from Jerusalem U that reveals the rise of anti-Israel activity and anti-Semitic rhetoric on North American university campuses, and demonstrates when reasonable criticism of Israel ‘Crosses the Line’ into anti-Semitism.

The Mystery of the Jews

13.01.2015 Who are the Jews? What impact have the Jews had on the world? A powerful short film that reveals the real story behind “The Mystery of the Jews”. With remarkable insights by renowned historians, world leaders and perceptive authors. “The Mystery of the Jews” challenges the normative conception of human history.

Le Réseau Marcel

27.03.2015 english,french
L’histoire d’un jeune couple français qui sauva 527 enfants juifs de l’holocauste.
Le réseau Marcel est l’une des plus belles réussites de la résistance juive en Europe.
Auteur : Fred Coleman – Éditeur : Acropole

The Marcel Network – author talk

Filmed February 4, 2013

The Marcel Network breaks historic ground, and reveals how the Catholic Church, French Christians, and Jews themselves did far more to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust than is generally known.

Syrian immigrant Moussa Abadi was only 33, and his future wife, Odette Rosenstock, 28, when they found themselves trapped in Nazi-occupied France. This young Jewish couple–he a graduate student in theater, and she a doctor–was poor but resolute. Risking their own lives and relying on false papers, the Abadis hid Jewish children in Catholic schools and convents and with Protestant families. In 1943, their clandestine organization–the Marcel Network–became one of the most successful operations of Jewish resistance in Europe. By the end of the war, 527 children owed their survival to the Abadis. Yet their improbable success, owing largely to extraordinary interfaith collaboration, came with almost unspeakable sacrifice. Fred Coleman tells the Abadis’ full story for the first time in The Marcel Network.

אבא אבן – Abba Eban

An interview – part 1

אבא אבן – Abba Eban

An interview – part 2
a small bonus at the end: Eban gives a short statement (Hebrew) in an extreme selected language about how a state should handle terrorism.

Picture Of Chofetz Chaim Revealed For The First Time


The Rebbe and Dr Victor Frankl – Founder of Logotherapy

Rabbi Yaakov Biderman, director of Chabad-Lubavitch in Austria, discovered that he was not the first shliach to Vienna. Over two decades before his arrival, the Rebbe sent Mrs. Marguerite Chajes to pay a visit to Doctor Viktor Frankl, the founder of logo-therapy and author of Man’s Search for Meaning.

From Living Torah Volume 115 Program 459
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Viktor Frankl

From Wikipedia,

Viktor Emil Frankl, M.D., Ph.D. (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997)[1][2] was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as aHolocaust survivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of existential analysis, the “Third Viennese School ofPsychotherapy”. His best-selling book Man’s Search for Meaning (published under a different title in 1959: From Death-Camp to Existentialism, and originally published in 1946 as Trotzdem Ja Zum Leben Sagen: Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager, meaning Nevertheless, Say “Yes” to Life:

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Who Was Viktor Frankl? Jewish Biography as History Dr. Henry Abramson

Viktor Frankl was a noted psychologist whose experience in the Holocaust formed the basis of logotherapy, his therapeutic approach to help people find meaning in suffering and in life.

Who Was Sigmund Freud? Jewish Biography as History

A brief biography of Sigmund Freud, with emphasis on his Jewish background and identity. Part of the Jewish Biography as History Series, more available at

Exodus from Egypt and the Sinai Experience – #8
The Jewish people leave Egypt after the Egyptians suffer 10 plagues and finally the Pharoah relents- allowing the Jewish people to leave under the leadership of Moses. 80% of the Jewish people die in Egypt, but the remaining 20% who escape total around 3 million people.
The Pharoah pursues the Jewish people into the desert, cornering them at the sea. A great miracle of the splitting of the sea occurs- the Egyptians are drowned while the Jews cross on dry land.
The Torah is given at Mount Sinai- a low mountain which symbolizes the ability to lower oneself in order to help others.
The Exodus from Egypt and the Revelation at Sinai are form the core events of Jewish history. They form the foundation of all Jewish life.
For 40 years the Jews are sustained miraculously in the desert- manna from heaven, water from a rock, etc. Yet still, they complain and attempt minor mutinies. Some even wish to return to Egypt. Therefore, that generation dies in the desert. The slave mentality eventually kills them, but their children, the next generation will go on. Moses also dies in the desert (though nobody knows his burial place)- as the Rabbis say, the leader is subject to the fate of the generation.

ISRAEL MUSIC HISTORY Russia TV Jews Celebrate Passover Иудеи празднуют Песах

Russian Museum of Jewish History – AV Technology by Kraftwerk Living Technologies

On November 8, 2012 Israeli President Shimon Peres and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov officially opened the Russian Museum of Jewish History and Tolerance Centre in Moscow, which is the world’s largest Jewish museum.

The Jewish Museum and the Tolerance Center occupy an area of over 8,500 square meters. There will be permanent and temporary exhibitions, a library, a museum shop, a research center, conference halls, a children’s center and a kosher cafe. Along with traditional methods and tools, the museum includes the most advanced computer and audiovisual technologies.

Kraftwerk Living Technologies was responsible for the detailed planning and implementation of the entire audiovisual technology including a number of interactive exhibits. Starting point of the exhibition is the ‚Beginning Theatre’ featuring a 3D film about the origins of Jewish faith and belief. The film is presented on a 360-degree screen and includes special effects like moving seats, wind, fog, mist and strobes. Another highlight is a panoramic film themed on the Holocaust / Great Patriotic War. Directly in front of the screens is a landscape of ‚Russian soil’ with large objects sequentially illuminated in concert with audio narration and lighting effects.


Pearl Delikat on celebrating the Jewish Holiday Purim

Holocaust survivor Pearl Delikat remembers celebrating Purim with her family and describes the festivities of the Jewish holiday.

Video testimony from USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive. To learn more and explore the stories of other eyewitnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides, visit Copyright USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education.

פורים 1928 ציפורה צברי מלכת אסתר הראשונה של תל אביב

ראיון מדהים, נדיר ויחיד במינו שערכתי (יעקב גרוס) עם ציפורה צברי, המלכה הרשמית הראשונה של העיר תל אביב. אשר הלכה לעולמה בשנת 1994. על מצבתה בבית הקברות טרומפלדור בת”א נכתב: “ציפורה צברי, הוכתרה על ידי ראש העיר דיזנגוף בשנת 1928 למלכת אסתר”. בסוף הסרט הוספתי את פורים 1928 ובו מופיעה המלכה המוכתרת עם ברוך אגדתי, בסרטו של יעקב בן דב: “אביב בארץ ישראל”. את הראיון צילמתי באמצע שנות ה80.

פורים תל אביב שנת 1930- תהלוכת פורים “העדלאידע” שנות ה-30 ת”א

בשנות ה 30 הפך חג פורים לחגה של ת”א, כאשר הוחלט על הקמת העדלאידע [ע”פ הפסוק התלמודי: ” עד דלא ידע בין ארור המן לברוך מרדכי”]. הייתה זו תהלוכת קרנבל פורים גדושת מסכות ותחפושות, אליה נהרו אלפי אנשים מן הישובים והכפרים שבא”י וגם תיירים יהודיים רבים מארצות רחוקות. האוירה בעיר הייתה מלאת שמחה והומור, חגיגיות של
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Yisrael Meir Kagan.jpgIsrael Meir Kagan

From Wikipedia,

Israel Meir (HaKohen) Kagan (1839–1933), known popularly as the Chofetz Chaim, was an influential rabbi of the Musar movement,[1] a Halakhist, posek, and ethicist whose works continue to be widely influential in Jewish life. His surname, Poupko, is not widely known.[2]

Kagan was born in Dzyatlava, Grodno Governorate, Russian Empire (today Belarus), on January 26, 1839, and died inRadun’/Raduń, Wilno Voivodship in Poland (now Belarus) on September 15, 1933. His home town, Dzyatlava, was once named Zdzięcioł when it was part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth until the time of the partitions of Poland. When Kagan was ten years old, his father died. His mother moved the family to Vilnius in order to continue her son’s education. While in Vilnius, Kagan became a student of Rabbi Jacob Barit. Kagan’s mother later re-married (Epstein) and moved to Raduń. At 17, he married the daughter of his stepfather, and settled in Raduń.

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Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim 80th Anniversary Dinner

Highlighting 8 Cities and 13 Ambassadors across the Yeshiva’s nationwide network.
Produced by: Moshe Bree
Filmed by: Moshe Bree, Moshe Finkelstein & Yoni Oscherowitz

The Chofetz Chaim Video – Vienna 1923 with Music

A rare clip of the Chofetz Chaim and many other gedolim.

Gedolei Yisroel Visit The Kevarim Of The Vilna Gaon And Chofetz Chaim Ahead Of The Yomim Noraim

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Journey Of Gedolei Yisroel to the Kevarim of the Vilna Gaon Zt”l, in Vilnius, Lithuania and to that of the Chofetz Chaim Zt”l, located in Radin, Belarus ahead of the Yomim Noraim 2010 . This pilgrimage was arranged by the Kupat Hair charity group on behalf of thousands of Jews worldwide.

Rabbi Israel Meir Kahan, the Chofetz Chaim (Jewish Biography as History)

The Chofetz Chaim (This Week in Jewish History)

Mordechai Shlomo Friedman.gifMordechai Shlomo Friedman

From Wikipedia

Mordechai Shlomo Friedman (15 October 1891, Boiany, Ukraine – 2 March 1971, New York City),[1] sometimes called Solomon Mordecai Friedman, was the Boyaner Rebbe of New York for over 40 years. In 1927 he left Europe to become one of the firstHasidic Rebbes in America, establishing his court on the Lower East Side of New York City and attracting many American Jewish youth with his charismatic and warm personality. He also played a role in American Jewish leadership with positions on Agudath Israel of America, the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, and Holocaust rescue organizations. In 1957 he built the flagship Ruzhiner yeshiva, Tiferet Yisroel, at the top of Malkhei Yisrael Street in Jerusalem.   Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

Boyaner Rebbe in Miron

Boyan is the name of a Hasidic dynasty, whose founder was a scion of the Ruzhiner dynasty. The dynasty began with Rabbi Yitzchok Friedman (1850–1917) of Boyan in the Ukraine known as the Pachad Yitzchok of Boyan. He was the son of Rabbi Avrohom Yaakov Friedman of Sadigura, who was the son of the Holy Rabbi Yisroel Friedman of Ruzhin, the founder of the Ruzhiner dynasty.
He was succeeded by his four sons. His son Rabbi Mordechai Shlomo Friedman moved to America, and was the only one who survived the Holocaust and continued the dynasty of Boyan. Upon his passing in 1971, he was succeeded by his grandson (his daughter’s son), Grand Rabbi Nachum Dov Brayer of Boyan, who now resides in Jerusalem, Israel.

The Previous Rebbe Accepts US Citizenship

In honor of the 65th anniversary of the Previous Rebbe becoming a US Citizen, we are pleased to present this historical footage of the special ceremony that took place at 770.

This newly restored footage includes documentary narration and historical interviews.

The full DVD “America is No Different” featuring the videos of the Previous Rebbe is available for pre order at

The Jewish Kingdom of Khazaria (Essential Lectures in Jewish History) Dr. Henry

China, World Jewish Congress to host commemoration on 70th anniversary of Shanghai Ghetto …
World Jewish Congress
Lauder will chair the event, which will include 100 WJC representatives from Jewish communities around the world, representatives of China and …

Remembering the WWII Shanghai Ghetto: Beijing honours Jews who escaped Holocaust in China

Shanghai Jewish Ghetto: Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs Extended Interview

Israel’s WWII Shanghai ghetto refugees speak out, Roee Ruttenberg reports

תיעוד היסטורי ונדיר של רבי ישראל מאיר הכהן מראדין החפץ חיים בוידאו!

בסרטון נראה רבי ישראל מאיר הכהן מראדין מחשובי הרבנים בדור שלפני השואה. מחבר הספרים משנה ברורה וחפץ חיים. מכונה “החפץ חיים” על שם ספרו.
וזה תיעוד היסטורי מהכנסייה הראשונה אשר יועדה להתקיים בחודש אלול תרע”ד (1914), אך מספר שבועות לפני התאריך המיועד פרצה מלחמת העולם הראשונה.
המועד: ג’-י’ באלול תרפ”ג (1923). המקום: וינה. בכנסייה השתתפו כ-900 צירים.
בין המשתתפים:

הג”ר אברהם צבי פרלמוטר אב”ד ורשא ונציג אגו”י בסיים 0:27
האדמו”ר ר’ ישראל פרידמן מצ’ורטקוב 0:47
רשכבה”ג מרן החפץ חיים זי”ע 0:57
משמאלו מלווה בבנו, ומימינו נכדיו הג”ר צבי הירש לוינסון והגר”א קפלן הי”ד
האדמו”ר מסוקולוב ר’ יצחק זליג מורגנשטרן הי”ד 1:47
הג”ר אשר מיכאל [דר. ארתור] כהן אב”ד באזל 1:57
הג”ר יהודא ליב צירלסון אב”ד קישנב הי”ד 2:05
הג”ר אלחנן וסרמן הי”ד 2:22
ר’ אשר מנדלסון מראשי אגו”י בפולין ונציג בסיים 2:28
הג”ר דר. פנחס קאהן אב”ד אנסבך 2:56
הג”ר טוביה הורויץ אב”ד סנוק 3:02
מורנו רבי יעקב רוזנהיים נשיא אגו”י 3:16
הג”ר אליהו [דר. ליאו] יונג רב ג’ואיש סנטר ניו יורק 3:55
הג”ר דר. מאיר הילדסהיימר מברלין 3:16
הרב שפיצר נציג אגו”י מהונגריה 3:58
הג”ר יחזקאל סרנא אח”כ ראש ישיבת חברון 4:13
רבי משה בלוי מירושלים 4:28
הג”ר דר. טוביה לוונשטיין אב”ד ציריך 4:34

נאום פתיחה: החפץ חיים.
תקנה חשובה: ההכרזה על לימוד הדף היומי, על ידי הרב מאיר שפירא מלובלין.
החלטה חשובה: הקמת “קרן התורה”, לסיוע כלכלי למוסדות תורניים בשל המצב הקשה לאחר מלחמת העולם.
הכנסייה הגדולה היא שמו הרשמי של הכינוס העולמי המרכזי של תנועת אגודת ישראל העולמית, ובו משתתפים רבים ממנהיגיה הרוחניים והפוליטייים, מישראל ומהעולם. עד היום התקיימו שש כנסיות, האחרונה שבהן בשנת תש”מ (1980).

Who Was Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav? Jewish Biography as History

One of the most creative, unusual, and controversial Hasidic leaders at the turn of the 19th century, Rabbi Nahman of Bratzlav (Nachman of Breslov) continues to inspire generations of disciples. Part of the Jewish Biography as History series, more available at

Who Was Heinrich Graetz? Jewish Biography as History by Dr. Henry Abramson

Heinrich Graetz (1817-1891) was the first encyclopedic historian of the Jewish people, and his massive 10-volume History of the Jews had a phenomenal impact on the way Jews saw themselves as a nation living in the diaspora.

Tomb of Mordechai and Esther in Hamedan, Iran. קבר מרדכי ואסתר

Tomb of Esther and Mordechai Hamadan, Iran oct 2013 Иран Хамедан

The Tomb of Esther and Mordechai is located in Hamadan, Iran. Widely believed to house the remains of the biblical Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, it is the most important pilgrimage site for Jews in the country.

Diarna Insights No. 1: The Hamadan Shrine to Esther and Mordechai

The Restorer of Esther & Mordechai’s Tomb

Elias Gabbay, today a top architect in Beverly Hills, California, reminisces about his work in the 1970s renovating and restoring the tomb (by tradition) of Esther and Mordechai in Hamadan, Iran. Gabbay transformed the site, adding a subterranean synagogue/chapel and creating an open entrance plaza to the shrine. Gabbay notes that the synagogue’s roof – built in the shape of a Jewish star – is visible in Google Earth. He also explains how the restoration was an interfaith project.

Jonathan D. Sarna: The Future of American Judaism

History of the Jews in Greece

Interior of the Kahal Shalom Synagogue in Rhodes (city).

From Wikipedia,

Jews have been present in Greece for a little more than two thousand years. The oldest and the most characteristic Jewish group that has inhabited Greece are the Romaniotes, also known as “Greek Jews”. However, the term “Greek Jew” is predominantly used for any person of Jewish descent or faith that lives in or originates from the modern region of Greece.

Aside from the Romaniotes, a distinct Jewish population that historically lived in communities throughout Greece and neighboring areas with large Greek populations, Greece had a large population of Sephardi Jews, and is a historical center of Sephardic life; the city of Salonica or Thessaloniki, in Greek Macedonia, was called the “Mother of Israel”.[1] Greek Jews played an important role in theearly development of Christianity, and became a source of education and commerce for the Byzantine Empire and throughout the period of Ottoman Greece, until suffering devastation in the Holocaust after Greece was conquered and occupied by the Axis powersin spite of efforts by Greeks to protect them.[2][3] In the aftermath of the Holocaust, a large percentage of the surviving community emigrated to Israel or the United States. Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

מסע אל המורשת סלוניקי, יוון חלק Greece Jewish Heritage 1

Judaism and Jews in Greece – Greek Jewish Diaspora

The Jews of Turkey

Eminem – Roza Eskenazi

Tsakitzis (Cakici) – Roza Eskenazi

Jewish history of Rădăuţi


Română: Templul Mare Evreiesc din Rădăuți

From Wikipedia

A Jewish community was present before the Habsburg takeover, and is attested to have been overseen by a starost.

Many Jews fleeing the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria (as well as other Habsburg areas) from intense persecution and anti-Semitism during the Middle Ages settled in Rădăuţi. The community was allowed a degree of self-administration, and witnessed a period of prosperity and cultural effervescence during the 19th century.

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Română: Sinagoga din Strada Topliței nr. 10 din Rădăuți

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The Jews of Radauti

Jewish Survivor Rachel Gottstein Testimony

You are watching Rachel Gottstein, a Jewish Survivor from the Holocaust. To learn more about Rachel, and explore the stories of other Holocaust survivors and…

You are watching Rachel Gottstein, a Jewish Survivor from the Holocaust. To learn more about Rachel, and explore the stories of other Holocaust survivors and… Jewish Survivor Rachel Gottstein…

Jewish Survivor Rachel Gottstein Testimony

Jewish Survivor Rose-Helene Spreiregen Testimony

You are watching Rose-Helene Spreiregen, a Jewish Survivor from the Holocaust. To learn more about Rose-Helene, and explore the stories of other Holocaust su…

Jewish Survivor Rose-Helene Spreiregen Testimony

JN1’s Ron Jacobsohn explores the meaning of Purim in Judaism

Ron Jacobsohn, JN1 Correspondent:
Purim is considered the happiest and funniest holiday in the Jewish calendar but is this just the modern interpretation of Purim. We went to find out how much fun is actually allowed on Purim and why do pretended to eat the ears of the one of the biggest Jew hatter, Haman.

So lets start from the very beginning why do we even celebrate the holiday of Purim?

Prof. Avigdor Shinan, Hebrew University:
“Purim became a very happy holiday, kids, costumes, people enjoying it but that’s not the original meaning of Purim. Purim was very solemn holiday in which people celebrated the salvation from Haman the first anti-Semite person in history.
The idea of costumes and drinking too much and enjoying and having real fun it’s a modern idea only maybe 300-400 years ago and initiated in Europe probably as an imitation of Carnivals which took place in Venice and other places. And, today, unfortunately this seems to be the most important part of Purim, which it is not.”

And like every Jewish holiday nothing is really as it seems on the surface, so what does Purim symbolize for the Jews?

Rabbi Shaul Yudkevitz, Live Kabbalah:
“Purim is a point of total darkness that comes before the light before the sun light, before the sunrise. The Kabbalist look at Purim as something that is very personal, every person has moments in his life in which everything looks dark, grim and it’s like coming to a dead end. And many times this is the most amazing moment in this persons life, because that negative moment, that gruesome, dark moment, is exactly where the person is giving birth to a new perception about life, a perception of reborn and starting all over again from a different point of view and that’s called the place of Ad-De-Lo-Yada – not knowing at all, one day in the year is on Purim that you drink to a level in which the good and the evil look to you the same. And you can’t tell between the bad guys and the good guys because without that good guys won’t start to work and change the world, so thanks to the bad guys good things are happening.”

The one food item everyone associates with Purim are the Human Taschen, those poppy seeds filled cookies, which for some odd reason were called in Hebrew, Hamman’s Ears. So why would we eat someones ears on Purim?

Prof. Avigdor Shinan, Hebrew University
“Ears because its looks like ears, its triangle, it looks like an ear, it’s a simple misunderstanding of a German-Yiddish word, it looks like a triangle so it may in a way remind us of an ear but it was field with poppy seeds, which in German-Yiddish is called Mon, which is Mohn. And as a people didn’t really understand what Mohn means they connected it to this guy from the Megila, Haman, and that’s how it became the ears of Hamman but it has nothing to do with Hamman, we are not eating his part, we are not cannibals and we are not enjoying eating parts of any human beings especially not such an enemy. So that’s how it became to be called and if you like ‘Osney Hamman’ (Hamman Ears), which is the Hebrew name for this, enjoy it without going back to the history of this word.”

Ron Jacobsohn, JN1 Correspondent:
So no matter how we want to interpret the holiday as adults, let’s not forget that first and foremost Purim is the biggest Jewish holiday for kids with all the costumes and fun gifts.
For JN1 I am Ron Jacobsohn, wishing all our viewers Happy Purim from Jerusalem

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

On March 19, Simon Schama was joined onstage by Adam Hochschild to talk about The Story of the Jews, Mr. Schama’s multimedia account of Jewish history from 1000 BCE to present times. He also showed clips from the five-part PBS documentary series. Although Judaism is the only religion that commands us to remember for future generations, Mr. Schama is determined to portray Jewish history not as a history of suffering or Jews as a people apart. It was an entertaining evening with two charming intellectuals on subjects usually discussed reverentially

Israeli History – Jewish migration to Europe

Jewish History – Jewish Diaspora 1/2

History of Israel – Documentary on Israeli Jewish history and the Jewish diaspora in Europe and the Middle East part 1

Jewish History – Jewish Diaspora 2/2

Who Was Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav? Jewish Biography as History

One of the most creative, unusual, and controversial Hasidic leaders at the turn of the 19th century, Rabbi Nahman of Bratzlav (Nachman of Breslov) continues to inspire generations of disciples. Part of the Jewish Biography as History series, more available at

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Beni Melal Women Sung Poetry conference 2013 Hebrew and English
canet plage
Fes Iben Danan Synagogue
Essaouira Pinto Synagogue
Essaouira had Synagogues too
Ksar Souk had a Jewish Community too
Zohara Knafo sails to the land of Israel
Agadir had a Jewish Community too
Oujda had a Jewish Community too
Zohara s Wisdom Folk Poets in Morocco Part IX
Zohara s Wisdom Folk Poets in Morocco Part VII
Tetouan had a Jewish Community too
Erfoud had a Jewish Community too
Israel s Other Pioneers Part II Nissim Shitrit of Sedot Mikha
Israel s Other Pioneers Part I Nissim Shitrit of Sedot Mikha
Israel s Other Pioneers Part VII Esther Amsalem of Sedot Mikha
Israel s Other Pioneers Part VI Esther Amsalem of Sedot Mikha
Israel s Other Pioneers Part V Esther Amsalem of Sedot Mikha
Israel s Other Pioneers Part IV Esther Amsalem of Sedot Mikha
The Other PioneersPart III Esther Amsalem of Sedot Mikha
The Other Pioneers Part II Esther Amsalem of Sedot Mikha
The Other Pioneers Part I Esther Amsalem of Sedot Micah
Zohara s Wisdom Folk Poets in Morocco Part X
Tangier International City
Meknes Memories
Zohara s Wisdom Folk Poets in Morocco Part VIII
Zohara s Wisdom Folk Poets in Morocco Part VI
Zohara s Wisdom Folk Poets in Morocco Part V
Zohara s Wisdom Folk Poets in Morocco Part IV
Casablanca City of Dreams.wmv
Zohara s Wisdom Folk Poets in Morocco Part III
Zohara s Wisdom Folk Poets in Morocco Part II
Zohara Moroccan Folk Poetry Wisdom Part 1
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Demnat had a Jewish Community too
La contribution de Harif au développement de la pensée Juive
Harif Contribution to Jewish Knowledge Development
Jewish Learning and Modernization in Morocco
Meknes had a jewish community too
Leather work in Morocco
Artistic Merit and Craftmanship in Moroccan Pottery
Essaouira had a Jewish Quarter too
The Moroccan Heavenly Community Oven
Vollubilis and the antiquity of the Jews in Morocco
Rabat had a Jewish Community too
Chefchaouen had a Jewish Community too
Belmonte, Portugal Apartment
The Saint of Ouazzane
Maimonides, Averroes or Ibn Rushd
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Essaouira Jewish Cemetery
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Marrakesh Jewish Cemetery
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Roots in Belmonte
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Building the Roof of the Jewish Moroccan Archive.wmv
Solika the Just and the Fes Jewish Cemetary.wmv
Rambam Community Centre.wmv
Fes Mellah the old Jewish Quarter.wmv
Fes Ben Saadoun Synagogue.wmv
Religious Learning in Casablanca.wmv
Aging honorably in Casabalanca.wmv
Casablanca Jewish Community Centre.wmv
Casablanca Beth El Synagogue.wmv
Leather Making in Fes Morocco .wmv
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Sculpting the Gate of the Jewish Moroccan Museum and Archive1.wmv
Painting the Jewish Moroccan Museum and Archive mural1.wmv
You home at sedot mikha
Jewish Moroccan Contemporary Artists
Eroba, Eroba, exposition d’ Eliany
Eliany’s Gates of Welcome a Painting Tribute to Moroccans
מוזיאון וארכיב יהדות מרוקו לתרבות חיה
Le musée et archive du judaisme marocain
Building the Jewish Moroccan Museum and Archive Dec update
Sculpting with mud
פיסול בבוץ


Bilder aus der Hölle – KZ Auschwitz Doku


Bar-Ilan University Videos in English 2014

ראיון עם פרופ’ מרים פאוסט, הרקטורית החדשה באוניברסיטת בר-איל++++ bar ilan universit

אוניברסיטת בר-אילן למען הקהילה

חגים ומועדים bar ilan university

טעימות מחקריות: מיטב החוקרים בבר-אילן מספרים על מחקרם


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Miejsce Pamięci i Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau

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The Forgotten Refugees – 1,000,000 Jews


Museo de las Colonias Judías

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Mix – The king of Yiddish Music: Leo Fuld – Where

Yeshiva University Museum’s YouTube channel. Here you can view clips from our public programs, exhibition and artists’ features, and much more.


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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Survivors and Veterans Remember D-Day

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Jewish History of the Maccabees


The Jewish community has for many centuries lived in harmony and friendship with its Muslim and Christian neighbours in this most beautiful land of Morocco has been reduced to a mere few thousand from the 450 000 souls. These precious photos of the City of ELJADIDA formerly known as Mazagan give a small glimpse of its former Jewish Community which no longer exists.
Peace to all.

USC Shoah Foundation

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אנחנו מקווקז-היהודים ההרריים(קווקזים)KAVKAZ JUHURO

Survivor Mitzvah Slideshow – Meet the Survivors

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a collection of documentaries about Israel.

Jewish Diaspora

The Kabbalah of Forgiveness and more…. (Dr. Henry Abramson)


Dr. Henry Abramson channel

היסטוריה ארץ ישראל

היסטוריה ככלליתון

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YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

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The Fate of Jewish Communities: Before,During and After the Holocaust

Rav Berel Wein is a new Destiny website where one can study Jewish History online.

Rav Berel Wein Jewish History Crash Course

Jewish Documentary – Full Film

21.04.2009 Faith and Fate is a documentary telling the story of the Jews in the 20th Century.


SRAEL is the historic homeland of the Jewish people. God gave that land to the descendants of Abraham and Sarah, who are the Jews. The Bible says he’ll never break that covenant: Judges 2:1 “I brought you unto the land which I swore unto your fathers; and I said, I will Never break my covenant with you”. God set forth what he had done for Israel, and what he had promised.

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Menachem Mendel Schneerson built the Lubavitcher movement from a relatively small sect within Hasidic Judaism into the powerful force in Jewish life that it is today. Samuel Heilman, Professor of Sociology at CUNY, explores Schneerson’s beliefs and the rise of orthodox Judaism. Series: “Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies” [11/2011] [Humanities] [Show ID: 22631]

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The Chofetz Chaim was one of the most influential Rabbinic thinkers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan is known principally for his dramatically creative analysis of the topic of forbidden speech (lashon ha-ra), and rose to prominence as a major scholar-leader of the Jewish people. Part of the Jewish Biography as History lecture series by Dr. Henry Abramson, more lectures available at

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Shalom education 1993

This channel is essentially a high-quality database of the educational programs which I have enjoyed since childhood, remastered by me if necessary, and occasionally containing the odd video for which I did not want to make another channel to upload.

Amb. Dore Gold



Chabad World

מבוא להיסטוריה עולמית תשע”ג

National Museum of American Jewish History |

Jewish Synagogues |

Behind The Scenes

Jewish Treats Acts of Kindness for Israel

On this Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, the Director of NJOP, discusses how remembering what happened on this day in Jewish history helps us identify with our past but it is also a day when we need to identify with the present and future. Even while people are protecting themselves from Hamas’ rockets, some admirable stories are coming out from Israel. Rabbi Buchwald tells of a couple that’s wedding was canceled in the south of Israel due to rockets nearby and a councilman treated them to a wedding in Jerusalem. This should remind us that all the meritorious acts will be for the merit of those in Israel. So let’s use this day and the coming days to do acts of kindness so that our people will be spared any future sorrow and God should bless us with goodness and peace.

The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation


Israel Palestinian Conflict: The Truth About the West Bank

Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon explains the historical facts relating to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. The video explains where the terms “West Bank”, “occupied territories” and “67 Borders” originated and how they are incorrectly used and applied. Also follow on Twitter: and

KiruvMedia Subbotniks – Russians who embraced Judaism – Khazars and more…


The Subbotniks were ethnic Russian peasants in southern Russia who embraced Jewish practice and converted to Judaism more than 200 years ago under the Czarist regime.
They were referred to by the term “Subbotniks” because of their love of the Subbot, which is Russian for Sabbath.
In the early 19th century, Czar Alexander I expelled them from their homes and deported them to the far reaches of the empire as punishment for their adoption of Judaism.
They were later ruthlessly persecuted by the Communists, and thousands of them were murdered by the Germans after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War II.
There are still an estimated 15,000 Subbotnik Jews living primarily in southern Russia and in Siberia, most of whom wish to return to the traditions of their ancestors and emigrate to Israel.

More information about Subbotniks:


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