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This Day in Jewish History / Lawyer couple invent new Internet ‘service’ – spamming

In today’s terms, the numbers of individuals reached would probably appear puny, but the transmission was quickly dubbed “spam,” the term used to …

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda

From Wikipedia,

Eliezer Ben‑Yehuda (Hebrew: אליעזר בן־יהודה‎‎ pronounced [ɛli’ʕɛzeʁ bɛn jɛhu’da]; 7 January 1858 – 16 December 1922) was a Litvaklexicographer and newspaper editor. He was the driving spirit behind the revival of the Hebrew language in the modern era.

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda was born Eliezer Yitzhak Perlman[citation needed] (Yiddish אליעזר יצחק פערלמאן), in Luzhki (Belarusian Лужкі (Lužki), PolishŁużki), Vilna Governorate of the Russian Empire (now Vitebsk Oblast, Belarus). He attended cheder where he studied Hebrew and the Bible from the age of three,[citation needed] as was customary among the Jews of Eastern Europe.  Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

Revival of Hebrew

While Hebrew had remained the language of study and prayer, it had not been a spoken language for centuries. Few believed it could again become a tongue of everyday speech, but one man did, and dedicated his life to reviving Hebrew. His name was Eliezer Ben-Yehuda.

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This Day in Jewish History / First boy to be raised speaking modern Hebrew dies

This Day in Jewish History / First boy to be raised speaking modern Hebrew dies. Itamar Ben-Avi was son of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the founder of the …

File:Itamar Ben-Avi 1933.jpgItamar Ben-Avi

From Wikipedia,

Itamar Ben-Avi (Also Ittamar, Hebrew: איתמר בן אב”י‎; born Ben-Zion Ben-Yehuda, בן-ציון בן-יהודה on 31 July 1882, died 8 April 1943) was the son of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. Eliezer is credited with reviving the Hebrew language and brought up Itamar to be the first native speaker of what would become Modern Hebrew. Ben-Avi worked as a journalist (starting with his father’s newspaper HaZvi), and as a Zionist activist.

Ben-Zion grew up speaking modern Hebrew with his parents, making him the first native speaker of the Hebrew language in over a thousand years. When he was very young,  Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange


This Day in Jewish History / Pivotal figure in sensationalist US journalism is born

This Day in Jewish History / Pivotal figure in sensationalist U.S. journalism is born. Walter Winchell’s name may have been forgotten but he attracted …

WWII News Radio May 18, 1941 – Walter Winchell

“This is a contemporary amateur home recording of a live WWII-era radio news broadcast (see note below). This is the May 18th, 1941 installment of Walter Winchell’s program of news and commentary, presented in Winchell’s characteristically sensationalist style. The program is broken up between three sides on two 10” 78rpm disks; I have joined these together, but there are gaps between the sides. There is also some noise and a few choppy spots near the beginning, and some speed variation. The only information on the disk label is “Walter Winchell 5/18/41″.”

File:Walter Winchell 1960.JPGWalter Winchell

From Wikipedia

Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972) was an American newspaper and radio gossip commentator.

Born in New York City, he left school in the sixth grade and started performing in Gus Edwards’s vaudeville troupe known as “Newsboys Sextet”.

He began his career in journalism by posting notes about his acting troupe on backstage bulletin boards. Joining the Vaudeville News in 1920, Winchell left the paper for the Evening Graphic in 1924, and in turn was hired on June 10, 1929 by the New York Daily Mirror where he finally became the author of what would be the first syndicated gossip column,[2] entitled On-Broadway.,,,,,

Winchell, who was Jewish, was one of the first commentators in America to attack Adolf Hitler and American pro-fascist and pro-Nazi organizations such as the German-American Bund  Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange


This Day in Jewish History / Prophet of USSR’s collapse dies

This Day in Jewish History / Prophet of USSR’s collapse dies. Igor Birman’s predictions fell mostly on deaf ears in his adopted U.S. home, but he knew …

Igor Birman

From Wikipedia,

Igor Yakovlevich Birman (July 25, 1928 – April 6, 2011)[1] was a Russian-American economist. Received his Ph.D. in 1960. Authored a number of books translated into four languages and some 200 articles in professional periodicals and also in the popular press (Izvestia,Literaturnaya gazeta, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post).

Birman was born in Moscow in 1928, graduated from the Statistical Institute in 1949, Ph. D. in Economics (кандидат экономических наук) – 1960. Was Director of Planning in three factories, worked in scientific institutes. Member of the Commission on the economic reform (1965).

In 1974 emigrated to the United States, where was employed chiefly as a consultant on the Soviet economy for The Pentagon and taught at two universities. He disproved all basic estimates of the Soviet economy by the CIA and other Sovietologists, particularly, the size of the economy, comparative level of living, share and size of military expenditures, deficit of the state budget, etc. (see NYT, 13.10.91, Newsweek, 3.03.09). Together with Valery Chalidze he edited the magazine «Russia».Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

This Day in Jewish History / Female astronaut who would die in shuttle explosion is born

This Day in Jewish History / Female astronaut who would die in shuttle explosion is born. Judith Resnik was recruited with the help of ‘Star Trek’s’ Lt.
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Judith Resnik

From Wikipedia

Judith Arlene Resnik (April 5, 1949 – January 28, 1986) was an American engineer and a NASA astronaut who died when theSpace Shuttle Challenger was destroyed during the launch of mission STS-51-L.

Resnik was the second American female astronaut, logging 145 hours in orbit. She was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon Universityand had a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. The IEEE Judith Resnik Award for space engineering is named in her honor.

Judith Arlene Resnik was born in 1949 to Sara and Marvin, an optometrist, in Akron, Ohio. Both her parents were Jewish emigrants from Ukraine. Judith’s brother Charles was born four years later. She attended Hebrew school. A graduate of Firestone High Schoolin 1966, she excelled in mathematics and played classical piano  Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

Judith Resnik from Challenger Shuttle Disaster IS Still ALIVE

Both Judith Resniks (NASA challenger disaster astronot and Yale law prof currently) both have DOUBLE JOINTED FINGERS
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Jewish life in the Land of Israel

This Day in Jewish History / A scholar who tried to revive the Sanhedrin dies

The prodigy Rabbi Jacob Berab was gripped by the Messianic fever of the times, but fell foul of the rabbi of Jerusalem — and the Turkish regime.
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Rabbi Jacob Berab

From Wikipedia,

Jacob Berab, also spelled Berav or Bei-Rav, (b. Moqueda, nr. Toledo, Castilian Spain, 1474 – d. Safed, Ottoman sanjak of Safed, April 3, 1546), was an influential rabbi and talmudist best known for his attempt to reintroduce rabbinic ordination as a prelude to Jewish autonomy in Ottoman Southern Syria.

Berab was born at Moqueda near Toledo, Castilian Spain in 1474. He later became a pupil of Isaac Aboab. After the expulsion of Jews from Spain, he fled to Fez[1] and from there to Tlemçen, then the chief town of the Barbary states. There, the Jewish community consisting of 5,000 families, chose him for their rabbi, though he was but a youth of eighteen.[2] Evidence of the great respect there paid him is afforded by the following lines of Abraham Gavison: “Say not that the lamp of the Law no longer in Israel burneth! Jacob Berab hath come back—once more among us he sojourneth!”Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

This Day in Jewish History / LB Mayer has a daughter who went into popular culture her way

The movie mogul didn’t want his daughters to ‘go Hollywood,’ but Irene married David ‘that schnook’ Selznick – who would make “Gone with the Wind” …

David O. Selznick – Producer ,,Gone with the Wind

Tribute to Jean Arthur

Jean Arthur (October 17, 1900 – June 19, 1991) was an American actress and a major film star of the 1930s and 1940s.
Arthur had feature roles in three Frank Capra films: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can’t Take It With You (1938), and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), films that championed the “everyday heroine.” Arthur was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1944 for her performance in The More the Merrier (1943). James Harvey wrote in his recounting of the era,

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Irene Mayer Selznick

From Wikipedia,

Irene Gladys Mayer Selznick (April 2, 1907 – October 10, 1990) was an American socialite and theatrical producer.

She was born in Brooklyn, the daughter of film producer Louis B. Mayer and his first wife, Margaret Shenberg. She had an older sister, Edith (born in 1905).[1] Edith married William Goetz in March 1930, who became the vice president of 20th Century Fox in 1941 and later became the head of production at Universal-International.[2][3] Irene Mayer Selznick’s paternal and maternal grandparents were Belarusian Jews who immigrated to Canada in the 1880s from Vilnius and Kaunas (then territories belonging to the Russian Empire) Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

This Day in Jewish History / Blood libel ignites fresh Jew-hatred in Hungary

Passover was to begin three days later, and rumors began to spread that Eszter had been kidnapped by Jews who planned to kill her and take her …

Solymosi Eszter

Megöltek egy kis libapásztort. Égre kiált a régi vád,
úgy ölték meg Solymosi Esztert, mint egy tokos, pihés libát,
mint egy síró galambfiókot,
szûz juhocskát Húsvét elõtt…

Tiszaeszlár Affair

From Wikipedia

The Tiszaeszlár Affair was a blood libel which led to a trial that set off anti-semitic agitation in Austria-Hungary in 1882 and 1883.[1]After the disappearance of a local girl, Eszter Solymosi, Jews were accused of ritually murdering and beheading her. After her body was found some time later in a river, she having apparently drowned, it was claimed that the body was not that of Eszter, but had been dressed in her clothes. A lengthy trial followed, eventually resulting in the acquittal of all the accused. Eszter Solymosi Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

This Day in Jewish History / Happy 80th birthday, Herb Alpert!

Tillie Goldberg, Herb’s mother, was born in New York to Jewish immigrants from Hungary. She worked as a bookkeeper. Herb was the second of their …

This Day in Jewish History / A Jew who helped the sultan usher Turkey into the modern age dies

In this capacity he became the empire’s wealthiest Jew and helped finance the Ottomans’ participation in the Crimean War. He was the personal ..

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İstanbul – Camondo Stairs – Mart 2013

Abraham Salomon Camondo

From Wikipedia,

Count Abraham Camondo (1781, Constantinople – March 30, 1873, Paris) was a Jewish Ottoman-Italian financier and philanthropist and the patriarch of the Camondo family.

He was born in Constantinople,[1][2] Ottoman Empire. In 1832 he inherited from his brother Isaac (who died without children) a fortune and was able to expand it greatly during his life. While Venice was under Austrian rule, he received as an Austrian subject the title of Chevalier of the Order of Francis Joseph. When Venice again became an Italian possession, Camondo, as a Venetian citizen, presented large gifts to several Italian philanthropic institutions, in recognition of which King Victor Emmanuel conferred upon him the title of count, with the privilege of transmitting it in perpetuity to the eldest son of the family.

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This Day in Jewish History / A brilliant piano teacher and even better wife is born

This Day in Jewish History / A brilliant piano teacher and even better wife is … the family moved to Moscow, in the wake of anti-Jewish rioting in Kiev.


Russian conductor and pedagogue Vasily Ilyich Safonov (1852—1918) with his pupils from Moscow Conservatory (from left to right): Rosina Lhévinne,Alexander Goedicke, Elena Beckman-Schcherbina, Olimpiada Kartasheva and Aglaida Fridman

The Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne

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This Award winning film offers a revealing and compelling portrait of the life and achievements of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne who is regarded as one of the great pianist, master/teachers of all time. Through intimate conversations and stunning performances we will witness her inspiring growth, particularly from age 65 to 96. And we will observe how she taught and influenced some of the world’s most celebrated musicians as James Levine, John Williams and Van Cliburn.

Rosina Lhévinne

From Wikipedia

Rosina Bessie was the younger of two daughters of Maria (née Katch) and Jacques Bessie, a prosperous jeweler from a Dutch Jewish family who emigrated to the Russian Empire to ply his trade as a diamond merchant. There were violent anti-Semitic riots in Kiev during her first year, and the Bessies moved to Moscow in 1881 or 1882. The young Rosina began studying piano at the age of six with a teacher in Moscow, where the family had moved shortly after her birth. When her teacher became ill, a family friend suggested that she continue her studies with Josef Lhévinne, a talented student at the Moscow Imperial Conservatory, five years older than Rosina.

She showed remarkable talent, and several years later she was admitted to the Conservatory herself, where she also studied with Lhévinne’s teacher, Vasily Safonov. At her graduation in 1898, she won the Gold Medal in piano as had Josef before her, and that year the two were married. With Josef’s career as a concert pianist already well underway

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File:Dr Moshe Wallach at Shaare Zedek Hospital.jpgMoshe Wallach

From Wikipedia

Moshe (Moritz) Wallach (28 December 1866[3] – 8 April 1957[4]) was a German Jewish physician and pioneering medical practitioner in Jerusalem. He was the founder of Shaarei Zedek Hospital on Jaffa Road, which he directed for 45 years.[5] He introduced modern medicine to the impoverished and disease-plagued citizenry, accepting patients of all religions and offering free medical care to indigents.[6] He was so closely identified with the hospital that it became known as “Wallach’s Hospital”.[3][7][8] A strictly Torah-observant Jew, he was also an activist in the Agudath Israel Orthodox Jewish movement.[9] He was buried in the small cemetery adjacent to the hospital.

Moshe Wallach was one of seven children[6] born to Joseph Wallach (1841–1921), a textile merchant originally from Euskirchen, and Marianne Levy of Münstereifel. His parents moved to Cologne following their marriage in 1863. Joseph Wallach was a founder of Adass Jeshurun, the Cologne Orthodox community, which he later served as president.[7]   Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

Dr. Mosche Wallach Jahrzeit 7. Nissan

Shaare Zedek Medical Center 2014 Highlights

New PET CT, Neonatal Intensive care Unit, Comprehensive Breast Cancer Complex and many other Highlights in this short video

Shaare Zedek Medical Center המרכז הרפואי שערי צדק

Shaare Zedek Medical Center Gala- Interview with Prof. Jonathan Halevy

For more than a century, in Jerusalem, a 500-bed facility located in the center of the city, has been known as the Hospital with a Heart. Patients have consistently streamed to our hospital, seeking top level treatment in a compassionate, supportive and nurturing environment. Today, Shaare Zedek is the most exceptional hospital for health care treatment in Israel. Shaare Zedek has taken its commitment to its patients to the next level by providing industry leading, cutting-edge medical care.
Shaare Zedek first opened its doors as a 20-bed facility on Jaffa Road in 1902 with Dr. Moshe Wallach serving as the Medical Director for the first 46 years. In 1979, now a thriving and esteemed medical facility, the hospital moved to a more central location, a 14-acre site opposite Mt. Herzl. To fully ensure the safety of its patients, the first three stories of the ten-floor complex, housing vital areas such as the operating theaters, Emergency Room, Pharmacy and medical supplies, were built underground, so that even in times of military attack, the hospital can continue to function.
Shaare Zedek is a public non-profit hospital with 40,000 admissions, 125,000 outpatient visits and 60,000 Emergency visits annually.
Their departments gained international acclaim, the spectrum of treated ailments and diseases has become as vast as the diversity of the population we treat. Shaare Zedek staff of more than 2000 employees is made up of the most highly acclaimed and sought after physicians, nurses and medical professionals in their respective fields.
From the most advanced procedures in Laparoscopic Surgery to the latest technology in robotics, from the treating of victims of terror and IDF soldiers, to expectant mothers needing advanced prenatal care; from seniors with tragic illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, to cancer patients fighting for their lives, we provide a full range of services at the highest level to every patient who walks through our doors.
Like all other hospitals in Jerusalem, Shaare Zedek does not receive ANY funding from the Israeli government and therefore they rely on the generosity of their friends and family from around the world to help them to continue to provide the healthcare experience our patients have come to expect.

This Day in Jewish History / An eccentric mathematician is born

This Day in Jewish History / An eccentric mathematician is born. A friend, on Paul Erdos: ‘A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into …

Paul Erdős – A Brilliant Mathematician

A short film of the life of the very interesting mathematician Paul Erdős.

Imaginary Erdős Number – Numberphile

File:Erdos head budapest fall 1992.jpgPaul Erdős

From Wikipedia,

Paul Erdős (Hungarian: Erdős Pál [ˈɛrdøːʃ paːl]; 26 March 1913 – 20 September 1996) was a Jewish-Hungarian mathematician. He was one of the most prolific mathematicians of the 20th century,[2] but also known for his social practice of mathematics (more than 500 collaborators) and eccentric lifestyle (Time magazine called him The Oddball’s Oddball).[3] Erdős pursued problems incombinatorics, graph theory, number theory, classical analysis, approximation theory, set theory, and probability theory.[4]

Paul Erdős was born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, on March 26, 1913.[5] He was the only surviving child of Anna and Lajos Erdős (formerly Engländer).[6] His siblings, aged 3 and 5, died on the day he was born. His parents were both Jewish mathematics teachers from a vibrant intellectual community. His fascination with mathematics developed early—by the age of four, given a person’s age, he could calculate, in his head, how many seconds they had lived    Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

This Day in Jewish History / Bibi’s father and ideological compass is born

This Day in Jewish History / Bibi’s father and ideological compass is born. Benzion Netanyahu lived in the U.S. and Israel and developed a dark view …

Professor Ben Zion Netanyahu 100 years honored by Benjamin

Ben Zion Netanyahu honored and grandson Avner enters as finalist in world bible youth contest. The Netanyahu family is inspiring and we are all proud of the honor they bring Jews all over the world.

Benzion Netanyahu 2007.jpgBenzion Netanyahu

From Wikipedia

Benzion Netanyahu (Hebrew: בֶּנְצִיּוֹן נְתַנְיָהוּ, IPA: [ˈbentsijon netanˈjahu]; born Benzion Mileikowsky ; March 25, 1910 – April 30, 2012)[2][3] was an Israeli Professor of History at Cornell University. A scholar of Judaic history, he was also an activist in theRevisionist Zionism movement, who lobbied in the United States to support the creation of the Jewish state. His field of expertise was the history of the Jews in Spain, and he served as an editor of the Hebrew Encyclopedia. He spent a significant portion of his life in the United States. Though he became Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s personal secretary, he never got involved directly in Israeli politics. One of his sons is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Benzion Mileikowsky (later Netanyahu) was born in Warsaw in partitioned Poland which was under Russian control, to Sarah (Lurie) and the writer and Zionist activist Nathan Mileikowsky.

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The Mike Wallace Interview: Erich Fromm (1958-05-25)

The Mike Wallace Interview: Erich Fromm (1958-05-25)

Erich Fromm, psychoanalyst and social critic, talks to Wallace about society, materialism, relationships, government, religion, and happiness.

This Day in Jewish History / A psychoanalyst who couldn’t understand war is born

This Day in Jewish History / A psychoanalyst who couldn’t understand war is … “The irrationality of human behavior impressed me in this way, and I …

File:Erich Fromm .jpgErich Fromm

From Wikipedia,

Erich Seligmann Fromm (German: [fʀɔm]; March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980) was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst,sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was associated with what became known as the Frankfurt School ofcritical theory.[1]

Erich Fromm was born on March 23, 1900, at Frankfurt am Main, the only child of Orthodox Jewish parents. He started his academic studies in 1918 at the University of Frankfurt am Main with two semesters of jurisprudence. During the summer semester of 1919, Fromm studied at the University of Heidelberg, where he began studying sociology under Alfred Weber (brother of the better known sociologist Max Weber), psychiatrist-philosopher Karl Jaspers, and Heinrich Rickert. Fromm received his PhD in sociology from Heidelberg in 1922. During the mid-1920s, he trained to become a psychoanalyst through Frieda Reichmann’s psychoanalytic sanatorium in Heidelberg. He began his own clinical practice in 1927. In 1930 he joined the Frankfurt Institute for Social Researchand completed his psychoanalytical training.  Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

Jamaica hopes Jewish tourism can help fading community

The Detroit News
“I had to see this temple for myself,” said the tourist, Melissa Solomon, a former Hebrewteacher … Jamaica’s Jewish community is tightly knit with a strong sense of history — in large part … “I hope to be a Jew until the day I die.”.

History of the Jews in Jamaica

From Wikipedia,

The history of the Jews in Jamaica predominantly dates back to migrants from Portugal and Spain to the island since 1494.

The first Jews came to the island during the Spanish occupation of the Island, 1494-1655. These Jews came from Spain and Portugal. They fled because of the Spanish inquisition. To conceal their identity they referred to themselves as “Portuguese” or “Spanish” and practiced their religion secretly. At the time of the British conquest of the island in 1655, General venables recorded the presence of many “Portuguese” in Jamaica.

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Notable Jamaican Jews:

Jewish in Jamaica: Hannah Levy

Interview with a Jamaican woman in Negril, Jamaica. While shopping a woman heard me say Moshe and we explained that it was the Hebrew word for Moses and her eyes just lit up with excitement. Be’chol Lashon

Jews of Jamaica


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