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This Day in Jewish History / A Zionist makes a very unfortunate marriage – This Day in – Haaretz

Haaretz
On June 25, 1889, Theodor Herzl married Julie Naschauer, initiating one of history’s most notoriously unhappy unions. At that stage, Herzl had not yet …

Theodor Herzl: Founder of Modern Zionism Jewish History Lecture by Dr. Henry Abramson

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Herzl and his family, c. 1866–1873

File:Theodor Herzl.jpgTheodor Herzl

From Wikipedia,

Theodor Herzl (Hebrew: תאודור הֶרְצֵל, Theodor Hertzel; Hungarian: Herzl Tivadar; May 2, 1860 – July 3, 1904), born Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין זְאֵב הֶרְצֵל, also known in Hebrew as חוֹזֵה הַמְדִינָה, Khozeh HaMedinah, lit. “Visionary of the State”) was an Austro-Hungarian journalist, playwright, politic

al activist, and writer. He was one of the fathers of modern political Zionism. Herzl formed the World Zionist Organization and promoted Jewish migration to Palestine in an effort to form a Jewish state (Israel).

He was born in Pest, the eastern, mostly flat part of Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary (now Hungary), to a secular Jewish family originally from Zimony (today Zemun, Serbia).[1] He was the second child of Jeanette and Jakob Herzl, who were German-speaking, assimilated Jews.

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This Day in Jewish History / Murder of Weimar minister shocks Germany – This Day in – Haaretz

Haaretz
This Day in Jewish History / Police presumably relieved as Kid Cann, bad to the last, passes on. By David B. Green | Jun. 21, 2015 | 1:19 AM. On June ..

File:Walther Rathenau.jpgWalther Rathenau

From Wikipedia,

Walther Rathenau (September 29, 1867 – June 24, 1922) was a German industrialist, politician, writer, and statesman who served as Foreign Minister of Germany during the Weimar Republic. He was assassinated on June 24, 1922, two months after the signing of the Treaty of Rapallo.

Rathenau was born in Berlin. His parents were Emil Rathenau and Mathilde Nachmann.[1] His father, Emil Rathenau was a prominent Jewish businessman and founder of the Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG), an electrical engineering company.

He studied physics, chemistry, and philosophy in Berlin and Strasbourg. His German Jewish heritage and his wealth[2] were both factors in establishing his deeply divisive reputation in German politics at a time of antisemitism. Lesen Sie weiter Button - OrangePhotos by Wikipedia 

Part 6 of 10 — The Kahn Family: Lili Deutsch and Walther Rathenau

Coda: The Kahn Family

This Day in Jewish History / A Jew and an anti-Semite duel in Paris

Haaretz
On June 23, 1892, a duel took place in Paris that pitted a young Jewish army officer against one of the more notorious anti-Semites of the day. At the …

Marquis de Mores

From Wikipedia

Antoine-Amédée-Marie-Vincent Manca Amat de Vallombrosa, Marquis de Morès et de Montemaggiore (June 14, 1858 – June 9, 1896), commonly known as the Marquis de Morès, was a famous duelist, frontier ranchman in the Badlands of Dakota Territory during the final years of the American Old West era, a railroad pioneer in Vietnam, and an anti-Semitic politician in his native France.

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This Day in Jewish History / The Altalena arms ship reaches Israel – and is attacked with friendly fire

Haaretz
The bitterness caused by the incident remains fresh for many people even today. The Altalena, which was attacked off the coast of Tel Aviv, had been .

Speech by PM Netanyahu at Memorial for Victims of the Altalena

04.06.2015
נאום ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו בטקס האזכרה לחללי אלטלנה
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speech at the memorial ceremony for the victims of the Altalena

וידאו: רועי אברהם, לע”מ
סאונד: איתמר בוטון, לע”מ

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June 1948. The ship Altalena on fire after being shelled near Tel-Aviv. Altalena was a ship of the right wing zionist organisation “Irgoun”, which tried to give weapons to the fighters of irgoun in Isel. The Israeli government refused the existence of weapons furnitures without the control of IDF, and fight against the boat.

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Crew members of the Altalena. Bottom row center is Captain Monroe Fein

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Altalena memorial at Tel Aviv beach
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Altalena Affair

From Wikipedia

The Altalena Affair was a violent confrontation that took place in June 1948 by the newly created Israel Defense Forces against theIrgun (also known as IZL), one of the Jewish paramilitary groups that were in the process of merging to form the IDF. The confrontation involved a cargo ship, Altalena, captained by Monroe Fein and led by senior IZL commander Eliyahu Lankin, which had been loaded with weapons and fighters by the independent Irgun but arrived during the murky period of the Irgun’s absorption into the IDF   Lesen Sie weiter Button - OrangePhotos by Wikipedia 

 

This Day in Jewish History / Police presumably relieved as Kid Cann, bad to the last, passes on

Haaretz
He made regular visits back home to Minneapolis, where he died on this date in 1981. Blumenfeld had a traditional Jewish burial, presided over by ..

Isadore "Kid Cann" Blumenfield.jpgKid Cann

From Wikipedia

Isadore Blumenfeld (September 8, 1900 – June 21, 1981), commonly known as Kid Cann, was a Jewish-American organized crime figure based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for over four decades and remains the most notorious mobster in the history of Minnesota. The power and influence he held in Minneapolis were often compared to that of Al Capone in Chicago and were associated with several high-profile crimes in the city’s history, including his alleged involvement in the 1924 murder of cab driver Charles Goldberg, the attempted murder of police officer James H. Trepanier, and the December 1935 killing of newspapermanWalter Liggett. He is also thought to have participated in the fraudulently dismantling of the Twin City Rapid Transit street railway during the early 1950s.  Lesen Sie weiter Button - OrangePhoto by Wikipedia 

 

This Day in Jewish History / Good communist-turned-rights activist dies

Elena Bonner, disabled war veteran-turned-pediatrician, is best known for her activism — and for having been the voice of her exiled dissident …

Yelena Bonner

From Wikipedia

Yelena Bonner (Russian: Елена Георгиевна Боннэр; 15 February 1923 – 18 June 2011)[1][2][3][4] was a human rights activist in the former Soviet Union and wife of the noted physicist Andrei Sakharov. During her decades as a dissident, Bonner was noted for her characteristic blunt honesty and courage

Bonner was born Lusik Georgievna Alikhanova[7] in Merv, Turkmen SSR, USSR (now Mary, Turkmenistan). Her father, Georgy Alikhanov (Armenian name Gevork Alikhanyan), [8] was an Armenian who founded the Soviet Armenian Communist Party,[3] and was a highly placed member of the Comintern; her mother, Ruf, (Ruth Bonner), was a Jewish Communist activist. She had a younger brother, Igor, who became a career naval officer. Her family had a summer dacha in Sestroretsk and Bonner had fond memories there  Lesen Sie weiter Button - OrangePhoto by youtube

Elena Bonner – Internal Exile in the Soviet Union

Elena Bonner speaks at Oslo Freedom Forum 2009
Internal Exile in the Soviet Union

Reb Gavrial Saidov – Jewish History – Chabad.org

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His brother, R. Yehuda Saidov, today a Chabad rabbi in Netanya and the spiritual leader of the local Bucharian community, relates the brilliant

Kirk-kerkorian.jpgKirk Kerkorian

From Wikipedia,

Kerkor “Kirk” Kerkorian (June 6, 1917 – June 15, 2015) was an American businessman. He was the president/CEO of Tracinda Corporation, his private holding company based in Beverly Hills, California. Kerkorian is known as one of the important figures in shaping Las Vegas and, with architect Martin Stern, Jr.[3] the “father of the mega-resort”.[4] He built the world’s largest hotel in Las Vegas three times: the International Hotel (opened in 1969), the MGM Grand Hotel (1973) and the MGM Grand (1993).[5]

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Kirk Kerkorian, Billionaire and Las Vegas Casino Mogul, Dies

16.06.2015

Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, an eighth-grade dropout who built Las Vegas’ biggest hotels, tried to take over Chrysler and bought and sold MGM at a profit three times, has died. He was 98. He died Monday night in Beverly Hills. The reserved, unpretentious Kerkorian spent much of his life trying to stay out of the spotlight and rarely gave interviews. He called himself a “small-town boy who got lucky.” He shunned glitzy Hollywood parties and movie premieres in favor of making deals. He also gave back, forming The Lincy Foundation at UNLV in 1989 to support Armenian causes. After shutting down in 2011, his assets went to The Dream Fund at the University of California, Los Angeles, that supports research and charitable projects.

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This Day in Jewish History / Artist enchanted by celestial objects is born

Haaretz
Beginning with what he identified in 1852 as a planet that was given the name Lutetia —today it is recognized as an asteroid — he went on to …

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Le Procope /Cafe Procope

Hermann Goldschmidt

From Wikipedia,

Hermann Mayer Salomon Goldschmidt (June 17, 1802 – April 26, 1866) was a German-French astronomer and painter who spent much of his life in France. He started out as a painter, but after attending a lecture by the famous French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier turned to astronomy. His discovery of the asteroid Lutetia in 1852 was followed by further findings and by 1861 Goldschmidt had discovered 14 asteroids. He received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1861 for having discovered more asteroids than any other person up to that time. He died from complications of diabetes.   Lesen Sie weiter Button - OrangePhoto by Wikipedia 

Chicago Blackhawks beat Tampa Bay Lightning to win NHL Stanley Cup (Reuters)

Haaretz
This Day in Jewish History / Scion of famous U.S. Jewish family, who gave money to charity … Reina was the daughter of the Jewish New York businessman Judah Hays. … And this is but a very partial list of his beneficiaries. … Unbeknownst to Judah, however, Catherine had died 16 days before him.

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From Wikipedia

Judah Touro 

(Newport, Rhode Island, June 16, 1775 – New Orleans, January 19, 1854) was an American businessman and philanthropist.[1],,,

His father, Isaac Touro of Holland, was chosen in 1762 as the hazzan at the Touro Synagogue, a Portuguese Sephardiccongregation in Newport.[2][3] After the British captured Newport, Isaac and his family moved to New York in 1780, and then in 1782 to Kingston, Jamaica. In 1783 Isaac died and his wife, Reyna, moved the family to Boston, to live with her brother, Moses Michael Hays. Reyna Touro died in 1787, and Judah and his siblings were raised by his uncle, a merchant who helped found Boston’s firstbank.[4] ,,,,,,

Judah Touro’s lasting fame, however, was as a philanthropist. He contributed $40,000—an immense sum at the time—to the Jewish cemetery at Newport, and bought the Old Stone Mill there, at that time thought to have been built by Norsemen, giving it to the city.[6] The park surrounding it is still known as Touro Park.,,,,,

The Jewish-American Hall of Fame-Part 1

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Features Columbus, Haym Salomon, Emma Lazarus, Levi Strauss, Touro Synagogue, Gershom Seixas, Rebecca Gratz, Uriah P. Levy, Adolph Ochs and Judah Magnes. Visit our web site http://www.amuseum.org/jahf.

This Day in Jewish History / Music stars on solidarity visit to Israel spontaneously marry

Haaretz
The Six-Day War began a week later, on June 5, 1967, and lasted until June 10. Barenboim and du Pre remained in Israel and continued to perform .

File:Barenboim Vienna.jpgDaniel Barenboim

From Wikipedia

Daniel Barenboim (German: [baːrənboim], Hebrew: דניאל ברנבוים; born 15 November 1942) is an Argentine pianist and conductor. Currently, he is general music director of La Scala in Milan,[2] the Berlin State Opera, and the Staatskapelle Berlin; he previously served as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris. Barenboim is also known for his work with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a Seville-based orchestra of young Arab and Israeli musicians, and as a resolute critic of theIsraeli occupation of Palestinian territories. ,,,,,,,,

Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to parents of Russian Jewish descent, Aida (née Schuster) and Enrique Barenboim.[5] He started piano lessons at the age of five with his mother, continuing to study with his father, who remained his only teacher. On 19 August 1950, at the age of seven, he gave his first formal concert in his hometown, Buenos Aires…….

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Jacqueline du Pre – Kol nidrei (orchestral version)

Jacqueline du Pre & Daniel Barenboim ▶ ▶ selection videos in this playlist

File:Jacquelinedupredavidoff.jpgJacqueline du Pré

From Wikipedia,

Jacqueline Mary du Pré, OBE (26 January 1945 – 19 October 1987) was an English cellist. At a young age, she achieved enduring mainstream popularity unusual for a classical performer. Despite her short career, she is regarded as one of the more uniquely talented cellists of the second half of the twentieth century.

Du Pré is most famous for her iconic recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor, her interpretation of which has been described as “definitive” and “legendary”

Du Pré was born in Oxford, England, the second child of Iris Greep and Derek du Pré. Derek was born in Jersey, where his family had lived for generations. After working as an accountant at Lloyds Bank in St Helier and London, he became assistant editor and later editor of The Accountant. Iris was a talented concert pianist who taught at the Royal Academy of Music.[2]Lesen Sie weiter Button - OrangePhoto by Wikipedia 

This Day in Jewish History / A diamond magnate drowns under mysterious circumstances

Haaretz
Barnett attended the Jews‘ Free School, under its legendary headmaster … a model of trade that still largely characterizes the gem market today.

File:Barney Barnato00.jpgBarney Barnato

From Wikipedia,

Barney Barnato (21 February 1851 – 14 June 1897), born Barnet Isaacs, was a British Randlord, one of the entrepreneurs who gained control of diamond mining, and later gold mining, in South Africa from the 1870s. He is perhaps best remembered as being a rival of Cecil Rhodes.

Barney Barnato claimed he had the same birthday as Cecil Rhodes (5 July 1853). Most biographies give his date of birth as 5 July 1852. However, his birth certificate (supported by census data) shows he was born Barnet Isaacs in Aldgate, London on 21 February 1851,[1] the son of Isaac and Leah Isaacs. He was educated by Moses Angel at the Jews’ Free School.Lesen Sie weiter Button - OrangePhoto by Wikipedia 

BARNEY BARNATO (TV Drama series) Barnato & Rhodes

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Casale Monferrato Synagogue in Piedmont, Italy, May 18, 2008

I gave two concerts in this synagogue, in 2007 and 2008 – it’s known to some as the most beautiful
synagogue in the world, and is more than 400 years old.
Owner and Camera: Alex Jacobowitz

This Day in Jewish History / An artist who sought to connect the ‘English’ with the ‘Jewish’ dies

Haaretz
Solomon Hart, the first Jew accepted to the Royal Academy of Arts, expressed these ties in such masterpieces as ‘The Conference of Menasseh ben …
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The Feast of the Rejoicing of the Law at the Synagogue in Leghorn, Italy

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Milton visiting Galileo when a prisoner of the Inquisition. Oil painting by Solomon Alexander Hart, 1847.

Solomon Hart

From Wikipedia

Hart Self Portrait.jpgSolomon Alexander Hart (April 1806 – 11 June 1881) was a British painter and engraver. He was the first Jewish member of theRoyal Academy in London and was probably the most important Jewish artist working in England in the 19th century.

He was born at Plymouth, the son of Samuel Hart (fl. 1785–1830), a Jewish engraver and teacher of Hebrew. He remained an observant Jew all his life. He served as an engraver’s apprentice in London where he studied at the Royal Academy, and excelled in miniature painting. Hart became celebrated as a painter of historical scenes and characters, and in 1854 was appointed professor of Painting in the Royal Academy, and subsequently librarian.

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This Day in Jewish History / Air Force pioneer Al Schwimmer is born

Haaretz
What began as aircraft-maintenance company Bedek in 1953 soon became Israel Aviation Industries, today the enormous Israel Aerospace Industries,

Al Schwimmer – 1917-2011

Al (Adolph) Schwimmer, one of the founders of the Israel Air Force and the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and an Israel Prize laureate, died, Friday. He was 94.

Schwimmer, an American citizen, was born in New York in 1917. An aeronautics graduate and a licensed pilot, he served in the US Air Force during WWII, and was awarded a medal of valor.

In 1947 he volunteered to help the Haganah paramilitary group to acquire aircraft. Schwimmer formed an aviation company, purchased war surpluses and smuggled them to Israel via then-Czechoslovakia.

In 1950, however, he was convicted by US authorities of violating the UN imposed embargo for smuggling the planes. He was stripped of his rights, but not imprisoned. In 2001 he was pardoned by then President Bill Clinton.

“Ordered” by Israeli PM, David Ben-Gurion to leave the USA and start an aircraft overhauling facility in Israel, Schwimmer came to Israel and founded ‘Bedek National Aviation Institute’ – later to become the IAI.

He served as the technological advisor to the prime minister in two different governments in the 1970s, and founded the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Israel Institute of Technology.

In 2006 he was awarded the Israel Prize for his contributions to Israeli society.

File:Al Schwimmer.jpgAl Schwimmer

From Wikipedia

Adolph William “Al” Schwimmer (Hebrew: אל שווימר‎;‎ 10 June 1917 – 10 June 2011) was an American-born Israeli engineer and businessman. He was the founder and first CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries.

Schwimmer was born in New York in 1917 to Jewish parents who had emigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe. He never used his given birth name of Adolph, preferring the nickname “Al”.[1]

In 1939, Schwimmer began his aerospace career at Lockheed Corporation as an engineer and also received his civilian pilot license. During World War II, he worked for TWA and assisted the U.S. Air Transport Command as a flight engineer.[2]Lesen Sie weiter Button - OrangePhoto by Wikipedia 

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An Israel Aircraft Industries Kfir C2 at the Muzeyon Heyl ha-Avir (Israeli Air Force Museum), Hatzerim Air Base, Israel, in 2006.

Israel Aerospace Industries BEDEK

Israel Aerospace Industries

From Wikipedia,

Israel Aerospace Industries (Hebrew: התעשייה האווירית לישראל ha-ta’asiya ha-avirit le-yisra’el) or IAI (תע”א) is Israel’s primeaerospace and aviation manufacturer, producing aerial systems for both military and civilian usage. It has 16,000 employees as of 2013. IAI is wholly owned by the government of Israel.

In addition to local construction of fighter aircraft, IAI also designs and builds civil aircraft (including for Gulfstream with aircraft such as the G100/G150 and G200/G250 mid-sized business jets) and performs local maintenance and reconfiguration of foreign-built military and civilian aircraft. In addition, the company works on a number of missile, avionics, and space-based systems.

Although IAI’s main focus is aviation and high-tech electronics, it also manufactures military systems for ground and naval forces. Many of these products are specially suited for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) needs, while others are also marketed to foreign militaries.  Lesen Sie weiter Button - OrangePhoto by Wikipedia 

This Day in Jewish History / A master of high comedy may have been born

Haaretz
S.N. Behrman, a child of Orthodox, Lithuanian immigrants, discovered a knack for knocking the higher classes, which he did with brilliant wit. By David ..

S. N. Behrman

From Wikipedia

Samuel Nathaniel Behrman (June 9, 1893 – September 9, 1973) was an American playwright, screenwriter, biographer, and longtime writer for for The New Yorker.  Behrman’s family immigrated from what is now Lithuania to the United States, where Samuel Nathaniel Behrman was born, the youngest of three sons, in a tenement in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1893.[1] His parents spoke little English, and his father was a Talmudic scholar. (Though known for his sophisticated comedies and worldly characters, Behrman fondly dramatized his family-centered, impoverished childhood in one of his last plays, the 1958 The Cold Wind and the Warm, an autobiographical drama starring Eli Wallach, Maureen Stapleton, and Morris Carnovsky.[2]) His own path, however, took him far from the Orthodox world of his parents. Lesen Sie weiter Button - OrangePhoto by Wikipedia 

‘No Time for Comedy’

Princeton Summer Theater will perform S.N. Behrman’s “No Time for Comedy” through Aug. 2 at the Hamilton Murray Theater as part of a series of student productions.

This Day in Jewish History / The ultimate hostess of enlightened Vienna dies

Haaretz
This Day in Jewish History / The ultimate hostess of enlightened Vienna dies. Fanny von Arnstein brought together European greats, from Mozart to …

File:Fanny Arnstein Litho.jpgFanny von Arnstein

From Wikipedia

Baroness Franziska “Fanny” von Arnstein, born Vögele Itzig (September 29, 1758, Berlin – June 8, 1818, near Vienna) was a leader of society in Vienna.

Fanny Arnstein was born the daughter of Daniel Itzig, and was a member of the extensive and influential JewishItzig family.

She married the banker Nathan Adam von Arnstein, a partner in the firm of Arnstein and Eskeles; her sister Caecilie (Zipperche) was married to the other partner, Bernhard von Eskeles. They brought the social influences of Berlin to Vienna, notably the concept of the intellectual salon, to the Vienna of Joseph II. The Arnstein mansion at Vienna and her villas at Schönbrunn and Baden bei Wien were regularly used for hospitality. She was also involved in charitable

works.

 

 

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Baroness Fanny von Arnstein

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Image of the Jewish Cemetery in the Viennese district Währing and Döbling (Israelitischer Friedhof Währing). Parts of it were destroyed by the Nazis between 1938-45, the cemetery lay neglected as of September 2005.

Mordechai Gebirtig

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לוח זיכרון המוקדש למרדכי גבירטיג, שהוצבה בעת פסטיבל התרבות היהודי השלישי בקרקוב (14 ביוני 1992) על קיר ביתו של גבירטיג ברח’ ברק יוסלביץ’ מס’ 5 בקרקוב.
בלוח תבליט דיוקנו, שעליו מצוין “מרדכי גבירטיג: נגר, משורר, זמר”; על פני הקשתות שמעל הדיוקן מתנוססות מילות הפואמה שלו “בלייב געזונט מיר, קראקע!” (ובפולנית: “Bądź zdrów mój Kraokwie”) – “היי לי בריאה, קרקוב”, או במשמעות האירונית של השיר: “היי שלום” [או “שלום ולא להתראות”], קרקוב”.

  This Day in Jewish History / A man of the people who sang of fire is murdered by Nazis
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A German soldier shot down folk hero Mordechai Gebirtig and his wife in Krakow Ghetto as Jews were boarding a train for deportation to the east.Photo by Wikipedia


Mordechai Gebirtig

From Wikipedia,

 

Mordechaj Gebirtig

 

Mordechai Gebirtig, born Mordecai Bertig[1] (Yiddish: מרדכי געבירטיג‎, b. 4 May 1877, Kraków, Austria Hungary; d. 4 June 1942, Kraków Ghetto, General Government[1]) was an influential Yiddish poet and songwriter.

Mordecai Gebirtig (1877–1942) was born in Krakow and lived in its Jewish working-class quarter all his life, one which was ended by a Nazi bullet in the Kraków Ghetto on the infamous “Bloody Thursday” of June 4, 1942.[1] He is the preeminent “folk” artist in Yiddish literature and song. Gebirtig served for five years in the Austro-Hungarian army.[1] He was self-taught in music, played the shepherd’s pipe well, and tapped out tunes on the piano with one finger. He earned his livelihood as a furniture worker; music and theater were avocations.

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This Day in Jewish History / A Jew becomes leader of Russia, if not for long

Haaretz
Perhaps Yakov Sverdlov’s stint as top Bolshevik was dimmed in memory by his untimely death at age 33, under very mysterious circumstances indeed …
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Snow-covered statue of Sverdlov inYekaterinburg, formerly Sverdlovsk.

Yakov Sverdlov ☭

Yakov Sverdlov, Bolshevik activist.

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“AN IMPERIOUS CHAIRMAN

Sverdlov had to preside a great deal. He was Chairman of many bodies and at many meetings. He was an imperious Chairman. Not in the sense that he shut off discussion, or curbed the speakers, and so on. Not at all. On the contrary, he never quibbled or insisted on formalities. His imperiousness as Chairman consisted in this, that he always knew exactly what practical decision was before the body; he understood who would speak, what would be said, and why; he was quite familiar with the backstage aspects of the issue — and every big and complex issue has its own backstage; he was adept at giving the floor in time to speakers who were needed; he knew how to put the proposition to a vote in time; he knew what could be carried and he was able to carry what he wanted. These traits of his as Chairman were bound up indissolubly with all his qualities as a practical leader, with his ability to appraise people in the flesh, realistically, with his inexhaustible inventiveness in the field of organizational and personnel combinations.

During stormy sessions he was adept at permitting the assembly to become noisy and let off steam; and then at the proper moment he would intervene to restore order with a firm hand and a metallic voice.

Sverdlov was of medium height, of dark complexion, thin and gaunt; his face, lean; his features, angular. His powerful and even mighty voice might have seemed out of consonance with his physique. To an even greater degree this might be said of his character. But such an impression could be only fleeting. And then the physical image became fused with the spiritual. Nor is this all, for this gaunt figure with its calm unconquerable and inflexible will and with its powerful but not flexible voice would then stand forth as a finished image.

“Nichevo,” Valdimir Ilyich would sometimes say in a difficult situation. “Sverdlov will tell them about it in his Sverdlovian bass and the matter will be settled …”

In these words there was affectionate irony.

In the initial post-October period the Communists were, as is well-known, called “leatherites,” by our enemies, because of the way in which we dressed. I believe that Sverdlov”s example played a major role in introducing the leather “uniform” among us. At all events he invariably walked around encased in leather from head to toe, from his leather cap to his leather boots. This costume, which somehow corresponded with the character of those days, radiated far and wide from him, as the central organizational figure.

Comrades who knew Sverdlov in the underground days remember a different Sverdlov. But in my memory Sverdlov remains clothed in leather as in an armor grown black under the blows of the first years of the Civil War.

We were gathered at a session of the Political Bureau when Sverdlov, who was burning up with fever at home, took a turn for the worse. E.D. Stassova, the then Secretary of the Central Committee, came in during the session. She had come from Sverdlov”s apartment. Her face was unrecognizable.

“Jacob Mikhailovich feels poorly, very poorly,” she said. A glance at her sufficed to understand that there was no hope. We cut the session short. Vladimir Ilyich went to Sverdlov”s apartment, and I left for the Commissariat to prepare to depart immediately to the front. In about 15 minutes a phone call came from Lenin, who said in that special muted voice which meant great strain: “He is gone.” “He is gone.” “He is gone.” For a while each of us held the receiver in our hands and each could feel the silence at the other end. Then we hung up. There was nothing more to say. Jacob Mikhailovich was gone. Sverdlov was no longer among us.”

March 13, 1925

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 Wikipedia,

Yakov Mikhailovich Sverdlov (Russian: Я́ков Миха́йлович Свердло́в; IPA: [ˈjakəf mʲɪˈxajləvʲɪtɕ svʲɪrdˈlof]; known under pseudonyms “Andrei”, “Mikhalych”, “Max”, “Smirnov”, “Permyakov”; 3 June [O.S. 22 May] 1885 – 16 March 1919) was a Bolshevik party leader and chairman of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee.

Sverdlov was born in Nizhny Novgorod as Yakov Mikhailovich Sverdlov to Jewish parents Mikhail Izrailevich Sverdlov and Elizaveta Solomonova. His father was a politically active engraver who eventually went into forgery, and arms storage and dealing partially to support his family. The Sverdlov family had six children

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This Day in Jewish History / The man who realized that mass murder depends on petty bureaucrats

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Hilberg understood that Adolf Hitler genuinely intended to eliminate the Jews, but also believed the Holocaust was only made possible by a complex …

Shoah-Part 2: Interview with Raul Hilberg

Director Claude Lanzmann interviews Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg about the train schedules that represent the deaths of thousands of Jews, calling into question Walter Stier’s and other Germans’ claims that they knew nothing about the Final Solution.

File:Hilberg1.jpgRaul Hilberg

From Wikipedia

Raul Hilberg (June 2, 1926 – August 4, 2007) was an Austrian-born American political scientist and historian. He was widely considered to be the world’s preeminent[1][2][3] scholar of the Holocaust, and his three-volume, 1,273-page magnum opus, The Destruction of the European Jews, is regarded as a seminal study of the Nazi Final Solution.

Hilberg was born to a Polish–Romanian Jewish family in Vienna, Austria.

Hilberg was very much a loner, pursuing solitary hobbies such as geography, music and train spotting.[4] Though his parents attended synagogue on occasion, he personally found the irrationality of religion repellent and developed an allergy to it. He did however attend a Zionist school in Vienna, which inculcated the necessity of defending against, rather than surrendering to, the rising menace of Nazism  .Read More Button--orangePhoto by Wikipedia 

This Day in Jewish History / Enigmatic ‘living work of art’ and savior of German Jews shot down by

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June 1, 1943, is the day on which Wilfrid Israel, the mysterious but saintly savior of many thousands of German Jews in the years leading up to the …

Trailer: Wilfrid Israel – The Savior from Berlin – The Story of a Forgotten Hero

Trailer of the new film: “Wilfrid Israel – The Savior from Berlin – The Story of a Forgotten Hero”. Learn more at http://www.wilfridisraelfilm.org.
Currently the film runs in its Hebrew version with English subtitles.
Soon enough, the English version, and a bit later the German version will be available.

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Wilfrid Israel

From Wikipedia,

Wilfrid Berthold Jacob Israel (11 July 1899 – 1 June 1943) was an Anglo-German businessman and philanthropist, born into a wealthy Anglo-German Jewish family, who was active in the rescue of Jews from Nazi Germany, and who played an important role in the Kindertransport.

Described as “gentle and courageous” and “intensely secretive”, Wilfrid Israel avoided public office and shunned publicity, but had, according to his biographer Naomi Shepherd, an “almost hypnotic” ability to influence friends and colleagues. Martin Buber described him as “a man of great moral stature, dedicated to the service of others”.[1]

He was killed when his civilian passenger plane, en route from Lisbon to Bristol, was shot down by a Luftwaffe fighter patrol over the Bay of Biscay.Read More Button--orangePhoto by Wikipedia 

This is the essence:
to have compassion
upon all beings

~ Moshe Cordovero (neohasid.org )

Moses ben Jacob Cordovero

From Wikipedia

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Moses ben Jacob Cordovero (Hebrew: משה קורדובירו‎‎; 1522–1570), was a central figure in the historical development of Kabbalah, leader of a mystical school in 16th-century Safed, Israel. He is known by the acronym the Ramak.

After the Medieval flourishing of Kabbalah, centered on the Zohar, attempts were made to give a complete intellectual system to its theology, such as by Meir ibn Gabbai. Influenced by the earlier success of Jewish philosophy in articulating a rational study of Jewish thought, Moshe Cordovero produced the first full integration of the previous differing schools in Kabbalistic interpretation. While he was a mystic inspired by the opaque imagery of the Zohar Read More Button--orangePhoto by Wikipedia 

Rabbi Moshe Cordovero and the Tomer Devorah Dr. Henry Abramson

This video concentrates on the life and work of Rabbi Moshe Cordovero (1522-1570), a prominent Kabbalist of Safed, Israel. This lecture was originally delivered at Young Israel of Bal Harbour but technical difficulties rendered the audio portion inaudible (which is the point of audio, after all) so this is a replacement lecture. Delivered by Dr. Henry Abramson of Touro College South.

This Day in Jewish History / A star dancer who didn’t want to seem ‘less Jewish’ is born

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Nonetheless, she agreed to change her name to Pearl Lang – but of the works she choreographed for her own company, most had Jewish themes.

Madonna: Driven (2001) Part 3 of 7

Madonna moves to New York to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Also covers her brief time in Paris as a back singer/dancer for the Patrick Hernandez Revue and the nude modeling she did to support herself during this time. Includes interviews with: Pearl Lang, Stephen Bray, and painter/photographer Anthony Panzera.

MADONNA DRIVEN 2001 television special on Madonna’s early years and her drive to succeed: from her childhood in Detroit, to her days as a struggling dancer in New York and the beginnings of her music career.

File:Pearl Lang.jpgPearl Lang

From Wikipedia

Pearl Lang (May 29, 1921 – February 24, 2009) was an American dancer, choreographer and teacher renowned as an interpreter and propagator of the choreography style of Martha Graham, and also for her own longtime dance company, the Pearl Lang Dance Theater

A native of Chicago, Lang began her dance training as a child and studied acting at the Goodman Theatre Her dance teacher was Frances Allis who taught movement for actors as well as her own modern dance technique which has many similarities to Graham’s. Lang studied Allis technique and performed with her company in Chicago. In 1938, at the age of 17, she enrolled in a program for gifted students at the University of Chicago, where she remained until 1941, the year of her move to New York. Born Pearl Lack, she adopted the stage name, “Pearl Lang”, s  Read More Button--orangePhoto by Wikipedia 

This Day in Jewish History / A biologist who decided that capitalism is environmentally disastrous is

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Barry Commoner was an early ecologist who noticed that everything was connected with everything else, and thus wound up on the cover of Time …

File:Barry Commoner Time Magazine February 2, 1970 Vol 95 No 5.jpgBarry Commoner

From Wikipedia,

Barry Commoner (May 28, 1917 – September 30, 2012) was an American biologist, college professor, and politician. He was a leading ecologist and among the founders of the modern environmental movement. He ran for president of the United States in the1980 U.S. presidential election on the Citizens Party ticket.[1] He served as editor of Science Illustrated magazine.[2]

Commoner was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 28, 1917, the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia.[3] He received hisbachelor’s degree in zoology from Columbia University in 1937 and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University in 1938 and 1941, respectively.Read More Button--orangePhoto by Wikipedia 

Barry Commoner – Scientist, Candidate and Planet Earth’s Lifeguard

16.04.2014

Mazal tov, Herman Wouk, on your 100th birthday!

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… among more than a dozen other novels – is 100 years old today. … Not a few people in the 1970s and 1980s learned what they knew about the history of … Betty underwent conversion, taking on the additional, traditional Hebrew …

File:Herman Wouk.jpgHerman Wouk

From Wikipedia,

Herman Wouk (/ˈwk/; born May 27, 1915) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author whose novels include The Caine Mutiny,The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

Herman Wouk was the son of Esther (née Levine) and Abraham Isaac Wouk.[1] His family was Jewish and had emigrated fromRussia. After a childhood and adolescence in the Bronx and a high school diploma from Townsend Harris High School, he earned aB.A. from Columbia University in 1934, where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity    Read More Button--orangePhoto by Wikipedia   Herman Wouk in Jerusalem, 1955

Readings by Herman Wouk

27.07.2014
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk presents A Short Ramble Through a Long Literary Life, readings from his works. Wouk won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1952 for The Caine Mutiny. Among his other best-selling novels are The Winds of War (1971), War and Remembrance (1978) and Marjorie Morningstar (1955). [9/2001] [Humanities] [Show ID: 5824]

What’s My Line? – Herman Wouk; Van Heflin (Oct 23, 1955)

04.12.2013
Herman Wouk, author of “The Caine Mutiny”, appears as the first mystery guest. Wouk got his start as a professional writer on the staff of Fred Allen’s radio show.

This Day in Jewish History / The town of Blois kills its Jews
Haaretz

The murders in 1171 were the first case of blood libel in continental Europe — though no crime had been reported, let alone associated with the Jews.

Jews in the Medieval Economy (Essential Lectures in Jewish History) by Dr. Henry Abramson

07.10.2014
An introductory lecture on the role of Jews in the medieval European economy. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series. More available at http://www.henryabramson.com.

Jews in the Middle Ages

From Wikipedia

 

French Jews of the Middle Ages. From the 1901-1906 Jewish Ecyclopedia.

The history of Jews in the Middle Ages spans the timeframe of approximately 500 CE to 1750 CE. This article covers the medieval history of Jews in the Christian-dominated Western European region. See the History of the Jews in the Byzantine Empire forEastern Europe. The other two themes that comprise the history of Jews during the Middle Ages include Jewish history in MuslimArab lands, mainly Islamic Spain, and the Jewish history in North Africa.

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The yellow badge Jews were forced to wear can be seen in this marginal illustration from an English manuscript.

From the fall of Rome to the Late Middle Ages (500-1500)

Historically, Jews are believed to have originated from the Israelite tribes of the Land of Israel.[1][2][3][4] Their first migration to Europe began when large amounts of them moved to Italy, France, and Germany in the early 4th century.[5][6][7] Afterwards, due to various pogroms that took place during the early Middle Ages, they fled mostly to Poland and Lithuania, and from there spread over the rest of Eastern Europe.[8][9] These European Jews later came to be known as Ashkenazi Jews.  Read More Button--orangePhotos by Wikipedia

This Day in Jewish History / A brilliant actor who was not a communist dies very young

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This Day in Jewish History / A brilliant actor who was not a communist dies very young. John ‘Julie’ Garfield, who was so picky about his roles that …

John Garfield

This was meant to be uploaded for John’s birthday but it is probably a little too sad for that. However it is a celebration of his wonderful, underappreciated talent, showcased best when playing down-to-earth, yet troubled characters. I don’t really know what else to say, except that in the few films of his I’ve seen, I have been consistently impressed. I think it’s terrible that he died so young and was so ruined by the McCarthy witch-hunts. On the bright side, he’s still quite valued today and a few of his films are very well remembered. He’s not my favourite actor, but he certainly is one of the best.

CLIPS FROM:
The Postman Always Rings Twice
He Ran All The Way
Tortilla Flat
Humoresque

Music is the title theme from ‘Midnight Cowboy’

John Garfield

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From Wikipedia,

John Garfield (March 4, 1913 – May 21, 1952) was an American actor adept at playing brooding, rebellious, working-class characters.[1] He grew up in poverty in Depression-era New York City and in the early 1930s became an important member of theGroup Theater. In 1937, he moved to Hollywood, eventually becoming one of Warner Bros.’ major stars. Called to testify before the U.S. Congressional House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), he denied Communist affiliation and refused to “name names,” effectively ending his film career,,,,,,

Garfield was born Jacob Julius Garfinkle in a small apartment on Rivington Street in Manhattan’sLower East Side, to David and Hannah Garfinkle, Russian Jewish immigrants    Read More Button--orangePhotos by Wikipedia

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Cropped screenshot of John Garfield from the trailer for the film Gentleman’s Agreement.

This Day in Jewish History / Shabtai Zissel is bar mitzvahed, and turns out to be Bob Dylan

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Taught by an Orthodox rabbi who appeared mysteriously, the young Bob Dylan studied Torah upstairs and fell in love with the rock scene in the bar …

Top 10 Bob Dylan Songs

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From Wikipedia,

Bob Dylan (/ˈdɪlən/; born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he was a spokesman for his generation. Nevertheless, early songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'” became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements ………..

Bob Dylan and the Band touring in Chicago, 1974

Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman (Hebrew name שבתאי זיסל בן אברהם [Shabtai Zisl ben Avraham])[2][3] in St Mary’s Hospital on May 24, 1941, the first of two boys, inDuluth, Minnesota,[4][5] and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, on the Mesabi Range west of Lake Superior. Dylan’s paternal grandparents, Zigman and Anna Zimmerman, emigrated from Odessa in the Russian Empire now Ukraine,  Read More Button--orangePhotos by Wikipedia

This Day in Jewish History / A rabbi who urged the Orthodox to join the world is born

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This Day in Jewish History / A rabbi who urged the Orthodox to join the world … Azriel attended a Jewish primary school in Halberstadt, the first in the …

Secret World of Hasidism

An in depth documentary on the world of Hasidism, ,,,,
It explains what Hasidism is, and how it differs to contemporary Judaism. It covers the laws of Judaism, Kosher food, weddings and those who have embraced and left Judaism. It features Luzer Twersky and Jewish author Simon Jacobson.

File:Hildesheimer Azrial enface.jpgAzriel Hildesheimer

From Wikipedia

Esriel Hildesheimer (also Azriel and Israel, Yiddish: עזריאל הילדעסהיימער; May 20 1820 – July 12 1899) was a German rabbi and leader ofOrthodox Judaism. He is regarded as a pioneering moderniser of Orthodox Judaism in Germany and as a founder of Modern Orthodox Judaism.

Hildesheimer was born in Halberstadt, Province of Saxony, Kingdom of Prussia, the son of Rabbi Löb Glee Hildesheimer, a native ofHildesheim, Electorate of Hanover, a city near Hanover. He attended the Hasharat Zvi school in Halberstadt, and, from age seventeen, theYeshiva of Rabbi Jacob Ettlinger in Altona; Chacham Isaac Bernays was one of his teachers and his model as a preacher. While studying in yeshiva Hildesheimer also studied classical languages. In 1840 he returned to Halberstad    Read More Button--orangePhotos by Wikipedia

This Day in Jewish History / Physicist who wrote movingly about evading the Nazis is born

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Abraham Pais was the last Jew to do his PhD in the Netherlands before the Nazi deportations began, and won a reprieve from death due to his genius

Abraham Pais.jpgAbraham Pais

From Wikipedia,

Abraham Pais (May 19, 1918 – July 28, 2000) was a Dutch-born American physicist and science historian. Pais earned his Ph.D. from University of Utrecht just prior to a Nazi ban on Jewish participation in Dutch universities during World War II. When the Nazis began the forced relocation of Dutch Jews, he went into hiding, but was later arrested and saved only by the end of the war.[1] He then served as an assistant to Niels Bohr in Denmark and was later a colleague of Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Studyin Princeton, New Jersey. Pais wrote books documenting the lives of these two great physicists and the contributions they and others made to modern physics. He was a physics professor at Rockefeller University until his retirement.  Read More Button--orangePhotos by Wikipedia

American Experience – The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer (PBS Documentary)

30.12.2014
American Experience – The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer (PBS Documentary) American Experience – The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer (PBS Documentary) Ameri.

This Day in Jewish History / A humiliated Syria hangs Israeli spy Eli Cohen

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Cohen had penetrated the highest echelons of the Syrian command and suspected they were hunting for a mole. But he went back one more time.

Eli Cohen tried and executed as Israeli spy in 1965.

In the early 1960’s Eli Cohen became a spy for Israel. Posing as a wealthy Arabic businessman, he gained the confidence of many prominent government officials in Syria. Cohen learned many military secrets before he was caught, tortured and executed in 1965. Two years later during the Six Day War, Israel used Cohen’s information to easily defeat the overconfident Syrian army. One of his brilliant feats was to recommended that trees be planted to shade the soldiers’ outposts. The Israeli army then knew the exact location of every one of them because of the trees. To this day his body is still in Syria. His widow has been campaigning for its release and return but stated that it should not in exchange for freeing terrorists. This Jewish History Moment was brought to you by Israel National Radio. For more news and politics on Israel and the Jewish world visit http://www.IsraelNationalRadio.com for free streaming a audio and podcasts.

Israel, Syria and The Bible~The Eli Cohen Story

The Impossible Spy 1987 John Shea Eli Wallach Full Length Movie

The Impossible Spy 1987 John Shea Eli Wallach Full Length Movie
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Director: Jim Goddard

Stars: John Shea, Eli Wallach, Sasson Gabai

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From Wikipedia

Eliahu (Eli) ben Shaoul Cohen (Hebrew: אֱלִיָּהוּ בֵּן שָׁאוּל כֹּהֵן, 16 December 1924 – 18 May 1965) (Arabic:ايلي كوهين) was an Israelispy. He is best known for his espionage work in 1961 – 1965 in Syria, where he developed close relationships with the political andmilitary hierarchy there and became the Chief Adviser to the Minister of Defense. Syrian counter-intelligence authorities eventually uncovered a spy conspiracy, tried and convicted Cohen under pre-war ‘martial law’ to death penalty in 1965. The intelligence he gathered is claimed to have been an important factor in Israel’s success in the Six Day War.[1]

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Eli Cohen was born in Alexandria to a devout Jewish and Zionist family in 1924. His father had moved there from Aleppo in 1914. In January 1947, he chose to enlist in theEgyptian Army as an alternative to paying the prescribed sum all young Jews were supposed to pay, but was declared ineligible on grounds of questionable loyalty. Later that year, he left university and began studying at home after facing harassment by the Muslim Brotherhood. In the years following the creation of Israel, many Jewish families left Egypt. Though his parents and three brothers left for Israel in 1949  Read More Button--orangePhotos by Wikipedia

This Day in Jewish History / An actress so moving that anti-Semites pelted her — with flowers — is

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This Day in Jewish History / An actress so moving that anti-Semites pelted … But it is said that she was so popular during this period that some of her …

YIDDISH THEATRE, New York…memories

File:Bertha Kalich 1.pngBertha Kalich

From Wikipedia,

Bertha Kalich, (also spelled Kalish) (17 May 17, 1874 – 18 April 1939) was a Jewish actress, born in Lemberg, Galicia (now Lviv,Ukraine). Though she was well-established as an entertainer in Eastern Europe, she is best remembered as one of the several “larger-than-life” figures that dominated New York stages during the “Golden Age” of American Yiddish Theatre during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.[1] Historians estimate that, during her career, Kalich performed more than 125 different roles in seven different languages.

Kalich was born Beylke Kalakh in what was then Austria-Hungary, the only child of Solomon Kalakh, a poor brush manufacturer and amateur violinistRead More Button--orangePhotos by Wikipedia

Jerusalem Day 2015: History And Facts About Israeli National Holiday, Yom Yerushalayim

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Forty-eight years ago, Jerusalem was reunited under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in … This year, Jerusalem Day will be observed on May 17.

1967 Jerusalem

Images from Jerusalem right after the war in 1967. The kotel, Western Wall, being reopened to Jews.

Jerusalem Day – Yom Yerushalayim – יום ירושלים – Sisu et Yerushalaim – Givat Hatakhmoshet

This is a compilation of short clips about Jerusalem Day.
Jerusalem Day – Yom Yerushalayim – יום ירושלים – Sisu Et Yerushalayim – Givat Hatachmoshet – Har HaBait Beyadenu – Am Israel Chai

ריקוד דגלים- Dancing with Israeli flags on the Jerusalem day

ריקוד הדגלים ביום ירושלים
Dancing with Israeli flags on the Jerusalem day

סלפי ירושלמי – יום ירושלים Jerusalem Day

Jerusalem Day

From Wikipedia,

Jerusalem Day (Hebrew: יום ירושלים‎, Yom Yerushalayim) is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalemand the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War. The day is officially marked by state ceremonies and memorial services. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to mark the regaining of access to the Western Wall.[1] While the day has lost its significance for most secular Israelis,[2][3][4] the day is still very much celebrated by Israel’s Religious Zionist community[5][6] with parades and additional prayers in the synagogue.Under International Law, in the San Remo agreement in 1920, Jerusalem and Israel was given to the Jews for a homeland and is therefor still legally Jewish land[7] . Under the 1947 UN Partition Plan, which proposed the establishment of two states in the British Mandate of Palestine—a Jewish state and an Arab state—Jerusalem was to be an international city, neither exclusively Arab nor Jewish for a period of ten years Read More Button--orangePhotos by Wikipedia

This Day in Jewish History / A rabbi, astronomer and inventor honored by Russia dies – Haaretz

Haaretz
The brilliance of Chaim Selig Slonimski, who loved God and science, is evident in the wild span of his innovations, from advanced metal plating to …

File:Slonimski Chaim Zelig.jpgHayyim Selig Slonimski

From Wikipedia

Hayyim Selig Slonimski (Hebrew: חיים זעליג סלונימסקי‎, also known by his acronym CHaZaS) (1810-1904) was a Hebrew publisher,astronomer, inventor, and science author

Hayyim Selig Slonimski was born in Białystok, in the Grodno Governorate of the Russian Empire (present-day Poland) on March 31, 1810.

He pioneered the education of Jews in Eastern Europe in science; to do this, he introduced a vocabulary of technical terms created partly by himself into the Hebrew language. His reputation as a strictly orthodox rabbi assured fellow Jews that his scientific teachings would not undermine religion.  . Read More Button--orangePhotos by Wikipedia

This Day in Jewish History / Ocean liner leaves Germany with fleeing Jews on board…
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This Day in Jewish History / Ocean liner leaves Germany with fleeing Jews on board… …Yet of the 937 passengers, nearly a third wound up …

When Canada Said No: The Abandoned Jews of the MS St. Louis

In May 1939, the oceanliner MS St. Louis departed Hamburg, Germany carrying Jewish refugees desperate to flee Nazi Germany.
They tried to escape any way they could.
But the world did not want them.
This is their story.

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File:StLouisPorthole.jpgMS St. Louis

From Wikipedia

The MS St. Louis was a German ocean liner most notable for a single voyage in 1939, in which her captain, Gustav Schröder, tried to find homes for 915 Jewish refugees from Germany, after they were denied entry to Cuba, the United Statesand Canada, until finally accepted in various European countries, which were later engulfed in World War II. Historians have estimated that, after their return to Europe, approximately a quarter of the ship’s passengers died in concentration camps. The event was the subject of a 1974 book, Voyage of the Damned, by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts. It was adapted for a 1976 American film of the same title. Read More Button--orangePhotos by Wikipedia

This Day in Jewish History / Archaeologist announces finding 2000-year old letters by Bar Kochba

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The letters presented by Yigael Yadin were signed by Bar Kochba, the man revered by modern Israelis — but who led the Jewish nation to disaster.

Wysinfo Docuwebs: Yigael Yadin on the Dead Sea History

CAVE OF LETTERS: JEWS vs. ROMANS (AMAZING ANCIENT HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)

12.04.2015
CAVE OF LETTERS: JEWS vs. ROMANS (AMAZING ANCIENT HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)

Follow an expedition to a remote cave in the Judean desert, first excavated by the famed Israeli archeologist Yigael Yadin in 1960-61. Yadin uncovered a cache of ancient documents, human skulls, and artifacts that shed light on a legendary revolt by Jews against the Roman Empire in the year 132. The uprising, led by Jewish patriot Shimon Bar-Kokhba, is said to have resulted in the Roman slaughter of 580,000 Jews. Explore t

The Temple Scroll

A description of the Temple Scroll one of the longest of the scrolls purchased by Professor Igael Yadin

File:Israeli delegation to the 1949 Armistice Agreements talks.jpgYigael Yadin

From Wikipedia,

Yigael Yadin (Hebrew: יִגָּאֵל יָדִין, born Yigael Sukenik (Hebrew: יגאל סוקניק‎) 20 March 1917 – 28 June 1984) was an Israeliarcheologist, politician, and the second Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces.

The Israeli delegation to the 1949 Armistice Agreements talks. Left to right: Commanders Yehoshafat Harkabi, Aryeh Simon, Yigael Yadin, and Yitzhak Rabin(1949)

IDF Chief of Staff Yigael Yadin presenting a decoration to actorEdward G. Robinson (1950)

Yadin was born in 1917 to noted archeologist Eleazar S ukenik and educationalist and women’s rights activist Hasya Feinsod Sukenik.[1] He joined the Haganah at age 15, and served there in a variety of different capacities. In 1946, however, he left the Haganah following an argument with its commander Yitzhak Sadeh over the inclusion of a machine gun as part of standard squad equipment. Read More Button--orangePhotos by Wikipedia  The Israeli delegation to the 1949 Armistice Agreements talks. Left to right: Commanders Yehoshafat Harkabi, Aryeh Simon, Yigael Yadin, and Yitzhak Rabin(1949)

Menashe Kadishman

From Wikipedia,

A Tribute to Artist Menashe Kadishman

10.05.2015
Iconic Israeli painter and sculpture Kadishman died at the age of 82

Popular Jewish Museum, Berlin & Menashe Kadishman videos

Menashe Kadishman (August 21, 1932 – May 8, 2015) (Hebrew: מנשה קדישמן‎;) was an Israeli sculptor and painter.

Kadishman artworks are presented in central locations in Israel, such as Habima Square and his paintings can be found in many different galleries in Israel. He is most famous for his metallic sculptors and colorful sheep paintings.

From 1947 to 1950, Kadishman studied with the Israeli sculptor Moshe Sternschuss at the Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel Aviv, and in 1954 with the Israeli sculptor Rudi Lehmann in Jerusalem.

In 1959, he moved to London, where he attended Saint Martin’s School of Art and the Slade School of Art.[1] During 1959 and 1960 he also studied with Anthony Caro and Reg Butler.[1] He remained here until 1972; he had his first one-man show there in 1965 at theGrosvenor Gallery. . Read More Button--orangePhotos by Wikipedia

This Day in Jewish History / A Jewish engineer so good the Nazis wanted him back is born

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Theodore von Kármán’s insights into aerodynamics, and tinkering, is the reason mankindtoday has jet engines. By David B. Green | May 11, 2015 …

NASA | Theodore von Kármán and the Creation of JPL [HD]

04.01.2014
The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Theodore Von Karman’s death. Born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary in 1881, Von Karman emigrated to the United States in 1930, joining the faculty of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at Caltech, where he remained until 1944. He then gradually moved to Washington, DC., to head the Air Force’s Scientific Advisory Group. He was ultimately awarded the first Medal of Science by President Kennedy in 1963. Von Karman was also the first director of JPL. This talk will tell the story of Von Karman’s role in founding rocketry at Caltech, and Caltech’s role in developing rocket weapons for the U.S. Military during World War II.

Theodore von Kármán

From Wikipedia,

Theodore von Kármán (Hungarian: Szőllőskislaki Kármán Tódor; May 11, 1881 – May 6, 1963) was a Hungarian-Americanmathematician, aerospace engineer and physicist who was active primarily in the fields of aeronautics and astronautics. He is responsible for many key advances in aerodynamics, notably his work on supersonic and hypersonic airflow characterization. He is regarded as the outstanding aerodynamic theoretician of the twentieth century

Von Kármán was born into a Jewish family in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Kármán Tódor. One of his ancestors was RabbiJudah Loew ben Bezalel.[2] He studied engineering at the city’s Royal Joseph Technical University, known today as Budapest University of Technology and Economics. . Read More Button--orangePhotos by  Wikipedia 

This Day in Jewish History / An extraordinary Jewish leader dies in punitive exile in Uzbekistan

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Moses Schorr, rabbi and scholar, Jewish activist and Polish senator, was found guilty by Russia of ‘defending the interests of the bourgeoisie.’.

The Jews in Poland-Lithuania and Russia: 1350 to the Present Day

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A middle aged man with glasses and a beard and moustacheMoses Schorr

From Wikipedia

Moses Schorr, Polish: Mojżesz Schorr (May 10, 1874 – July 8, 1941) was a rabbi, Polish historian, politician, Bible scholar,assyriologist and orientalist. Schorr was one of the top experts on the history of the Jews in Poland. He was the first Jewish researcher of Polish archives, historical sources, and pinkasim. The president of the 13th district B’nai B’rith Poland, he was a humanist and modern rabbi who ministered the central synagogue of Poland during its last years before the Holocaust. Read More Button--orangePhotos by  Wikipedia 

This Day in Jewish History / Biologist who discovered ‘death genes’ through worm research is born

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H. Robert Horvitz won the Nobel Prize following a unique insight that mysteries of human genetics could be elucidated by studying lowly animals.

H. Robert Horvitz (MIT/HHMI): When Stockholm Called

Lecture Summary: Have you ever wondered how scientists react when they discover that they have been awarded a Nobel Prize? Horvitz, one of the winners of the 2002 Prize for Medicine or Physiology, tells us where he was and what he did when he found out he had won.

H. Robert Horvitz

From Wikipedia,

Howard Robert Horvitz (born May 8, 1947) is an American biologist best known for his research on the nematode wormCaenorhabditis elegans.

Horvitz was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Mary R. (Savit), a school teacher, and Oscar Freedom Horvitz, a GAO accountant.[1]He did his undergraduate studies at MIT in 1968, where he joined Alpha Epsilon Pi. He obtained his PhD in Biology from Harvard University in 1974. Read More Button--orangePhotos by  youtube

This Day in Jewish History / The movie producer who didn’t go to Hollywood but created it is born

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Marcus Loew started working at age 6, quit school at 9 and became the quintessential capitalist, building an entertainment empire and creating MGM.

MGM 90th Anniversary – Official® [HD]

22.01.2014
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) announced today a yearlong global campaign to honor the studio’s storied 90-year legacy. Founded in 1924 when theater magnate Marcus Loew bought and merged Metro Pictures Corp. with Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions, MGM and its legendary roaring lion logo signify the golden era of Hollywood to film lovers around the world. Since its inception, the company has led the industry in creating some of Hollywood’s greatest stars and is home to over 175 Academy Award-winning films, including 14 Best Pictures.

The celebration of 90 extraordinary years kicks off today, as the MGM icon, Leo the Lion, is immortalized with a paw print ceremony at the world famous TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, cementing his place in Hollywood history. Sylvester Stallone, writer and star of Rocky (1976), one of MGM’s most iconic and enduring characters, is also on hand to commemorate the special occasion.

MGM is debuting a special 90th anniversary trailer which will play in theaters, on MGM channels – including MGM’s 24/7 movie network, MGM HD its action-themed VOD channel, Impact and its premiere multicast programming service dedicated to movies, THIS TV – as well as on DVD products and across social media. The trailer includes a tapestry of iconic images and scenes from films in MGM’s library, evoking a deep emotional connection and celebrating the company’s extensive contributions to the entertainment world.

Additionally, several of MGM’s signature films including Rocky, Rain Man, Fargo, RoboCop and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, have been meticulously restored in 4K resolution (four times the clarity of HD) and will be presented on Blu-ra for a high-definition home viewing experience. These re-releases will be issued through MGM’s home entertainment partner, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and are now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Other initiatives to mark the company’s 90th anniversary include:

– MGM will complement its already vast collection of films currently available on Blu-ray by releasing new titles across all genres throughout the year. Upcoming titles for release include In the Heat of the Night, A Chorus Line, and The Birdcage.

– MGM has created a one-of-a-kind collector’s book and bonus video disc companion commemorating 90 amazing years, featuring interviews from award-winning filmmakers, directors, and actors discussing the significance of their contributions to MGM’s legacy. The book and video highlight the evolution and history of the legendary studio and provide an extensive look into the studio’s golden years, classics, iconic franchises and much more. Interviews include Sylvester Stallone on Rocky, Clint Eastwood on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis on Thelma and Louise, and Walter Mirisch on The Pink Panther. The bonus disc will also be available accompanying select DVD offerings.

– Fans can also relive their favorite film moments at MGM90th.com, a unique Tumblr website and the first Tumblr integration to feature a studio’s full library. The MGM 90th Tumblr site’s dynamic design encourages fans to explore and immerse themselves into rich content celebrating 90 years of MGM filmmaking. As fans integrate socially with the yearlong celebration, the Tumblr site will serve as an active aggregator showcasing all of the current sharing and postings.

File:1914 MarcusLoew his 42ndSt office NYC.pngMarcus Loew

From Wikipedia

Marcus Loew (May 7, 1870 – September 5, 1927) was an American business magnate and a pioneer of the motion picture industry who formed Loews Theatres and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

Marcus Loew was born into a poor Polish Jewish family who had emigrated to the U.S. And settled in New York City just a year before. He was forced by circumstances to work at a very young age and had little formal education. Nevertheless, beginning with a small investment from money saved from menial jobs, he bought into the penny arcade business. Shortly after, in partnership withAdolph Zukor and others, Loew acquired a nickelodeon and over time he turned Loew’s Theatres into a leading chain of vaudeville and movie theaters in the United States.  Read More Button--orangePhotos by  Wikipedia 

This Day in Jewish History / Peace activist unloved by his country dies

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This Day in Jewish History / Peace activist unloved by his country dies. Austria’s Albert Fried performed a scientific analysis of war, and he won a …

Vom Wiener Lehrling zum Friedensnobelpreisträger

11.04.2012
(c) Andreas H. Landl für friedensnews.at:

AK Präsident Herbert Tumpel erwies Wiens Friedensnobelpreisträger die Ehre. Tumpels Vater war Esperantist und ein Mann er Lettern, sprich gelernter Drucker wie der Friedensnobelpreisträger. Tumpel ist ein Anliegen, dass die von den Nazis verbrannten Bücher der Pazifisten in Österreich wieder zugänglich gemacht werden. Denn was nicht gedruckt vorliegt ist nicht zugänglich und kann tot geschwiegen werden. Ab jetzt wir “zurückgedruckt”, denn:

Im Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten schaffte ein Bursche aus elendigen Verhältnissen eine Karriere mit Lehre. Er wurde der einzige Wiener Friedensnobelpreisträger. Bis 2006 war das in Wien kaum jemandem bekannt. Denn der war Freidenker aus einer jüdischen Familie, Pazifist, Gewerkschafter, Friedensjournalist, Internationalist und Freimauerer. Soviel Friedensengagement war natürlich für die Militaristen im deutschsprachigen Raum ab 1914 zuviel des Guten. Fried und seine Werke wurden bekämpft. Er musste zweimal fliehen. Einmal aus Österreich und einmal aus Bayern. Rechtsextreme aller Couleur säuberten die Bibliotheken in vier Wellen von seinen Werken. So kam es, dass selbst Friedensbeweger wie ich oder Herbert Tumpel der Präsident der Arbeiterkammer bis 2006 nichts über den Wiener Friedensnobelpreisträger wussten. Walter Göhring stieß bei der Recherche über Ferdinand Hanusch auf den Wiener Friedensnobelpreisträger und macht erstmals 2006 breiter publik, was fast vollkommen verdrängt war.

Am 11.04.2012 18:00 Uhr gab es eine hochkarätige Veranstaltung des

Instituts für Gewerkschafts- und AK Geschichte und derAlfred Hermann Fried Gesellschaft Löcker Verlag in der AK Bibiliothek in Wien.

“Zwei Mal in der Geschichte ging der begehrte Friedensnobelpreis auch an ÖsterreicherInnen:
1905 an Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) und 1911 an
Alfred Hermann Fried (1864-1921).

Die Leistungen des Friedensnobelpreisträgers Alfred Hermann Fried standen lange Zeit im Schatten Bertha von Suttners. Vielfach unbekannt ist, dass Fried
* als Buchhandelslehrling eine Jugendgewerkschaft gründete, die in die Gewerkschaft der Kaufmännischen Angestellten mündete, eine der Vorläufer organisationen der heutigen GPA-djp.
* Ab 1892 gab er gemeinsam mit Bertha von Suttner die pazifistische Zeitschrift „Die Waffen nieder!” heraus, in der er u.a. seine pazifistischen Ideen artikulierte.

Dass Fried damit zu den Vorkämpfern der europäischen Friedensbewegung gehörte, ist heute ebenfalls vielfach vergessen: mit seiner

Zeitschrift “Die Friedenswarte”

schuf Fried ein Organ, in dem die Ideen für ein neues demokratisch geeintes Europa ihren Niederschlag fanden.

Der Zeithistoriker Walter Göhring hat sich in Archiven und Bibliotheken in der Schweiz, in den USA, den Niederlanden, Ungarn, der Slowakei und Österreich auf die Spuren Alfred Hermann Frieds begeben. Ergebnis dieser Spurensuche sind Publikationen und Beiträge sowie eine Ausstellung über Alfred Hermann Fried, der mit seinen Arbeiten bis in die Gründung der UNO und der Europäischen Union hineingewirkt hat.

Sein Werk ist heute aktueller denn je.”

Entfetzung für Wiener Friedensnobelpreisträger Alfred Hermann Fried nach 100 Jahren

27.05.2011
Wien – 1911 vor 100 Jahren erhielt der Wiener Pazifist Alfred Hermann Fried den Friedensnobelpreis. Der revolutionäre Pazifist, Friedensforscher und erste Friedensjournalist von Weltrang erhielt nun gestern nach fast 100 Jahren seine 1. Gedenktafel in Wien.

Vor Widerhofergasse 5 wo Fried 1911 wohnte versammelten sich am 25.5.2011 abends über 200 Menschen und nahmen am Festakt teil.

Klaus Maria Brandauer enthüllte die Gedenktafel während der Brunnenchor
Kayra Silo (Mandingo/En: The Way of Peace)

Hevenu Shalom (Wir haben Euch Frieden gebracht) sang.

Alfred Hermann Fried

From Wikipedia,

Alfred Hermann Fried (11 November 1864 – 5 May 1921) was an Austrian Jewish pacifist, publicist, journalist, co-founder of the German peace movement, and winner (with Tobias Asser) of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1911.

Born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, Fried left school at the age of 15 and started to work in a bookshop. In 1883 he moved to Berlin, where he opened a bookshop of his own in 1887. Following the publication by Bertha von Suttner of Die Waffen nieder! (Lay Down Your Arms) in 1889, he and von Suttner began in 1892 to print a magazine of the same name. In articles published within Die Waffen nieder! and its successor, Die Friedenswarte (The Peace Watch), he articulated his pacifist philosophy. Read More Button--orangePhotos by  Wikipedia 

This Day in Jewish History / A trailblazing female archaeologist dies

Hetty Goldman wanted to write novels but thought she had ‘nothing to say.’ Then she discovered human history – and war. And found she had something to say.

Hetty Goldman

From Wikipedia

Hetty Goldman (December 19, 1881 – May 4, 1972) was an American archaeologist. She was the first woman faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Study[1] and one of the first female archaeologists to undertake excavations in Greece and the Middle East. Read More Button--orange

Israeli players mark Holocaust Remembrance Day at Prague tournament
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And the personal history of two of the players made the tour especially … to legend, the famous Maharal of Prague created a golem to protect the Jews. … Slovakia, so it is possible that the teammates’ ancestors met during this period.

La biographie du Maharal de Prague

Sinai, Purim & The MaHaRaL of Prague

Le Maharal de Prague sur Pourim: La force de la pensée

Prague Maharal Synagogue

CEMENTERIO JUDIO DE PRAGA

El cementerio judío se ubica en el distrito de Josefor de Praga y se creó en 1439. El poeta y erudito Avigdor Karo fue la primera persona enterrada en este lugar. El cementerio estuvo activo hasta 1787, cuando fue clausurado definitivamente con la tumba de Moses Beck. Debido a la falta de espacio los cuerpos se enterraban unos encima de otros llegando a más de 11 capas de enterramientos. Cientos de nombres célebres descansan en este lugar, como el sabio del Renacimiento, historiador, matemático y astrónomo David Gans (d.1613), o el erudito e historiador José Salomón Delmedigo (d.1655), y el rabino y coleccionista de manuscritos y libros impresos en hebreo David Oppenheim (m. 1736). Aunque sin duda el más conocido de todos es el gran erudito y maestro religioso Judá Loew ben Bezalel, conocido como el rabino Loew (d. 1609), que se asocia con la leyenda del Golem, un muñeco de barro creado por Loew para defender a los judíos de Praga, pero que enloqueció y no pudo cumplir su tarea.A día de hoy se pueden ver más de 12.000 lápidas y se estima que puede haber enterradas unas 100.000 personas

Maharal of Prague’s Netivot Olam w/R. Daniel Kohn

File:Loew-rabin-tombstone.jpgJudah Loew ben Bezalel

From Wikipedia

Judah Loew ben Bezalel, alt. Loewe, Löwe, or Levai, (c. 1520 – 17 September 1609)[1] widely known to scholars of Judaism as the Maharal of Prague, or simply The MaHaRaL, the Hebrew acronym of the initials of “Moreinu Ha-Rav Loew,” (“Our Teacher, Rabbi Loew”) was an important Talmudic scholar, Jewish mystic, and philosopher who, for most of his life, served as a leadingrabbi in the cities of Mikulov in Moravia and Prague in Bohemia.

Within the world of Torah and Talmudic scholarship, he is known for his works on Jewish philosophy and Jewish mysticism and his work Gur Aryeh al HaTorah, a supercommentary on Rashi’s Torah commentary.

The Maharal is the subject of a nineteenth-century legend that he created The Golem of Prague, an animate being fashioned from clay.  Read More Button--orangePhotos by  Wikipedia 

This Day in Jewish History / Benjamin Franklin helps save floundering Philly synagogue
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This led to large numbers of Jews seeking refuge in Philadelphia. Among … The letter included a brief history of the synagogue, and explained that the …

File:Mickve.jpgCongregation Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia)

From Wikipedia

Congregation Mikveh Israel, Mikveh Israel synagogue, officially called Kahal Kadosh Mikveh Israel (Hebrew: קהל קדוש מקוה ישראל‎, which translates as “Holy Community of the Hope of Israel”, is a synagogue founded in the 1740s inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] Established by Spanish and Portuguese Jews, the congregation practices according to theSpanish and Portuguese rite. The congregation conducts daily, Sabbath, and Jewish holy day services. The synagogue will host the Abrams Hebrew Academy Center City Jewish elementary day school beginning in September 2014.[2] The congregation is also responsible for Mikveh Israel Cemetery, the second oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in the United States.   Read More Button--orangePhotos by  Wikipedia 

 

Miles Davis’ All Blues performed at ‘Jazz in the Sukkah” in Philly in America’s oldest synagogue

America’s oldest synagogue, Congregation Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia, founded in 1740, hosts a Jazz Night to celebrate the Jewish holiday Sukkot. A six piece band entertains the crowd, lead by the temple’s talented maintenance man. Here’s the jam on a legendary Miles Davis song. An amazing celebration of cultures and community.

Congregation Mikveh Israel

Congregation Mikveh Israel’s Second Cemetery Philadelphia, PA

Uriah P. Levy Statue Dedication – Mikveh Israel

This Day in Jewish History / A polyglot cultural mongrel who would take Paris and Piaf by storm is

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This Day in Jewish History / A polyglot cultural mongrel who would take … of Sarah and Nessim Mustacchi, Jews of Italian-Greek Sephardi descent, …
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Hommage à Paul Castanier en Février 1992 à l’Olympia avec de gauche à droite : Jacques Serizier – Georges Moustaki – Léo Ferré – Philippe Val – Jacques Higelin – Wasaburo Fukuda – Alain Meilland – Patrick Font –

Georges Moustaki : Les Mères Juives

File:Grand Gala du Disque Populaire 1974 - Georges Moustaki 254-9467.jpgGeorges Moustaki

From Wikipedia,

Georges Moustaki (born Giuseppe Mustacchi;[1] (May 3, 1934 – May 23, 2013) was an Egyptian-French singer-songwriter ofItalo-Greek origin, best known for the poetic rhythm and simplicity of the romantic songs he composed and often sang. Moustaki gave France some of its best-loved music by writing about 300 songs for some of the most popular singers in that country, such asÉdith Piaf,[1] Dalida, Françoise Hardy, Yves Montand, Barbara, Brigitte Fontaine, Herbert Pagani, France Gall, Cindy Daniel, Juliette Greco, Pia Colombo, and Tino Rossi, as well as for himself.[2]

Georges Moustaki was born Giuseppe Mustacchi in Alexandria, Egypt on May 3, 1934. His parents, Sarah and Nessim Mustacchi, were Francophile, Italo-Greek Sephardic Jews from the island of Corfu, Greece. They moved to Egypt, where their young child first learned French. They owned the Cité du livre – one of the finest book shops in the Middle East – in the cosmopolitan city ofAlexandria where many ethnic communities lived together.

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This Day in Jewish History / Avigdor Arikha, who survived the Holocaust and painted the Queen, dies

On April 29, 2010, the celebrated French-Israeli painter Avigdor Arikha died, one dayafter his 81st birthday. A Romanian-born Holocaust survivor, …

Avigdor Arikha PAINTINGS

26.03.2014
VIDEO: The Universe Of Art – Avigdor Arikha PAINTINGS;
Graphics: Th3Mirr0r [& crediting other artists]
Music: Song: “Moon Phases – New Moon, Third Quarter, Full Moon”
/ Album: “Eclipse” ©Th3Mirr0r

File:Avigdor Arikha (Portrait).jpgAvigdor Arikha

From Wikipedia

Avigdor Arikha was born to German-speaking Jewish parents in Rădăuţi, but grew up in Czernowitz in Bukovina, Romania (now inUkraine).[1] His family faced forced deportation in 1941 to the Romanian-run concentration camps of Transnistria, where his father died. He survived thanks to the drawings he made of deportation scenes, which were shown to delegates of the International Red Cross.

Arikha emigrated to Palestine in 1944, together with his sister. Until 1948, he lived in Kibbutz Ma’ale HaHamisha. In 1948 he was severely wounded in Israel’s War of Independence. From 1946 to 1949, he attended the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem     Read More Button--orangePhotos by  Wikipedia 

This Day in Jewish History / The best basketball coach, if you ask Bostonians, is promoted

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Even today, nearly 50 years later, Auerbach is generally remembered as the finest coach professional basketball has ever seen, although his …

Red Auerbach’s last interview (from ‘Basketball Man’)

30.10.2006
NBA giant Red Auerbach gave his last filmed interview to Burt Kearns & Brett Hudson of Frozen Pictures for inclusion in the documentary feature, Basketball Man, about the life and legacy of basketball’s inventor, Dr. James Naismith (on DVD in February).

This clip is but a small portion of the complete, comprehensive, interview, which will be featured as a bonus extra on the DVD set.

Larry Bird, Red Auerbach & The Boston Celtics – Winning Basketball (COMPLETE )

29.03.2012
VHS – Released in 1987.

“You play as you practice” (Mr. ‘Red’ Auerbach)
“It’s about whether you win or lose, not about how you play the game” (Mr. Larry Bird)

9/1/2012: Thanks to http://www.celticslife.com for sharing this video on their website:

File:Auerbach Lipofsky.jpgRed Auerbach

From Wikipedia

Arnold Jacob “Red” Auerbach (September 20, 1917 – October 28, 2006[1]) was an American basketball coach of theWashington Capitols, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Boston Celtics. After he retired from coaching, he served as president and front office executive of the Celtics until his death. As a coach, he won 938 games (a record at his retirement)[1] and nine National Basketball Association (NBA) championships in ten years (a number surpassed only by Phil Jackson, who won 11 in twenty years). As general manager and team president of the Celtics, he won an additional seven NBA titles, for a grand total of 16 in a span of 29 years,[2] making him one of the most successful team officials in the history of North American professional sports.

Arnold Jacob Auerbach was one of the four children of Marie and Hyman Auerbach. Hyman was a Russian Jewish immigrant from Minsk, Belarus, and Marie Auerbach,    Read More Button--orangePhotos by  Wikipedia 

This Day in Jewish History / US bans Austrian president for suspected WWII war crimes

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If the World Jewish Congress, which was joined by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, in Los Angeles, had meant to torpedo Waldheim’s bid to become …

Kurt Waldheim, a commission of enquiry parts 1-9

These nine films are part of a much larger programme that was aired in 1988 which looks into allegations that the recently elected president of Austria Kurt Waldheim was a Nazi war criminal. Waldheim had previously been the fourth Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1972 to 1981. I do not possess any more of this programme which I ‘rediscovered’ in 2008 on a VHS cassette used some 20 years earlier.

Waldheim had unsuccessfully sought election as President of Austria in 1971, but his second attempt on 8 June 1986 proved successful. During his campaign for the presidency in 1985, the events started that marked the beginning of what became known internationally as the “Waldheim Affair”. Before the presidential elections, Alfred Worm revealed in the Austrian weekly news magazine Profil that there had been several omissions about Waldheim’s life between 1938 and 1945 in his recently-published autobiography. A short time later, the World Jewish Congress alleged that Waldheim had lied about his service as an officer in the mounted corps of the SA, and his time as an ordnance officer for Army Group E in Saloniki, Greece, from 1942 to 1943 based in files from the United Nations War Crimes Commission. Waldheim called the allegations “pure lies and malicious acts”. Nevertheless he admitted that he had known about German reprisals against partisans: “Yes, I knew. I was horrified. But what could I do? I had either to continue to serve or be executed.” He said that he had never fired a shot or even seen a partisan. His former immediate superior at the time stated that Waldheim had “remained confined to a desk”.
Part of the reason for the controversy was Austria’s refusal to address its national role in the Holocaust – which was the home not only of Adolf Hitler but also many other leading Nazis. Austria refused to pay compensation to Nazi victims and from 1970 onwards refused to investigate Austrian citizens who were senior Nazis.
Because the revelations leading to the Waldheim affair came shortly before the presidential election there has been speculation about the background of the affair.
Declassified CIA documents show that the CIA had been aware of his war time past since 1945. Some sources report information about Waldheim’s wartime past was also previously published by a right wing Austrian newspaper during the 1971 presidential election campaign – including the claim of an SS membership.

File:Hans Herbert Macholz, Kurt Waldheim, Escola Roncagli, and Artur Phleps in Podgorica, Yugoslavia, 1943.jpg
Waldheim (second from left) with Italian General Ercole Roncaglia, Col. Hans Herbert Macholz, and SS-GruppenführerArtur Phleps at Podgorica airfield, 22 May 1943.

Kurt Waldheim

From Wikipedia

Kurt Josef Waldheim (German pronunciation: [ˈkʊɐ̯t ˈvaldhaɪm]; 21 December 1918 – 14 June 2007) was an Austrian diplomat and politician. Waldheim was the fourth Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1972 to 1981, and the ninth President ofAustria from 1986 to 1992. While he was running for president in Austria in 1985, his service as an intelligence officer in theWehrmacht during World War II raised international controversy.   Read More Button--orangePhotos by  Wikipedia 

Hatikva at Bergen-Belsen

In rare and moving footage dated to April 20th 1945, inmates at Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp sing the anthem of hope ‘Hatikva.’

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Memorial stone at the entrance to the historical camp area

Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

From Wikipedia,

Bergen-Belsen (or Belsen) was a Nazi concentration camp in what is today Lower Saxony in northern Germany, southwest of the town of Bergen near Celle. Originally established as a prisoner of war camp,[1] in 1943, parts of it became a concentration camp. Initially this was an “exchange camp”, where Jewish hostages were held with the intention of exchanging them for German prisoners of war held overseas.[2] The camp was later expanded to accommodate Jews from other concentration camps.

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The Liberation of Bergen-belsen Concentration Camp, April 1945
Cheerful women inmates collect their bread ration from one of the five camp cookhouses.

After 1945, the name was applied to the displaced persons camp established nearby, but it is most commonly associated with the concentration camp. From 1941 to 1945, almost 20,000 Soviet prisoners of war and a further 50,000 inmates died there,[3] with up to 35,000 of them dying of typhus in the first few months of 1945, shortly before and after the liberation Read More Button--orangePhotos by  Wikipedia 

At Bergen-Belsen, where tens of thousands perished… and others began their lives
REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK Ahead of the 70th anniversary of its liberation, a visit to the German camp with what is Europe’s largest Jewish cemetery, accompanied by some of the ‘babies’ born in the DP camp after the war

By RENEE GHERT-ZAND

EDDIE STRAIGHT – BELSEN LIBERATOR TTTV

22.04.2015
Eddie Straight age 94 of Saltburn, a former Company Sgt. Major of the 11th Armoured Division, recalls liberating Bergen-Belsen on the 70th anniversary.

Bergen Belsen Liberation

Bergen-Belsen was a Nazi concentration camp in Lower Saxony in northwestern Germany, southwest of the town of Bergen near Celle. Between 1943 and the war’s end, an estimated 50,000 Russian Prisoners of War and a further 50,000 inmates died there,up to 35,000 of them dying of typhus in the first few months of 1945.
The camp was liberated on April 15, 1945 by the British 11th Armoured Division.60,000 prisoners were found inside, most of them seriously ill, and another 13,000 corpses lay around the camp unburied.When the British and Canadians advanced on Bergen-Belsen in 1945, the German army negotiated a truce and exclusion zone around the camp to prevent the spread of typhus. Under the agreement, Hungarian and regular German troops guarding the camp returned to German lines when Allied troops liberated the camp on April 15, 1945.

(Uploader note: Ripped from youtube, comments were disabled – not sure why. Video’s like this must be commented and be reflected so that we can never forget history, otherwise we are condemned to relive this.)

Bergen-Belsen

Belsen Nazi Concentration Camp Footage – stock footage – http://www.PublicDomainFootage.com

Eva Kor speaks about Auschwitz, medical experiments, and forgiveness

At the age of 10, Eva and her twin sister Miriam were taken to Auschwitz, the concentration camp where Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele used them for medical experiments.

Nazi Experiment Survivor Eva Mozes Kor Speaks at Clarkson University

Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor delivered a powerful message of forgiveness on October 8 at Clarkson University, while speaking before a large audience of students, faculty, staff and community members.

When she was about 10 years old, Kor and her family were taken by the Nazis to the Auschwitz slave labor and extermination camp, where her parents and two older sisters were quickly sent to the gas chambers.

Kor and her sister, Miriam, were twins, so they were of chilling interest to Dr. Josef Mengele, who subjected them to a series of heinous human experiments.

Her talk, “The Journey from Auschwitz & Mengele to Forgiveness,” told the amazing story of what she endured and how she eventually came to forgive Mengele and the Nazis.

Sheila Faith Weiss, professor of history in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Clarkson, arranged for Kor to share her story.

“I received a $277,000 National Science Foundation grant to write a biography of Dr. Mengele’s mentor, the German human geneticist Baron Otmar von Verschuer, and I had been in contact with Eva Mozes Kor,” Weiss says. “Because I am teaching a seminar on the Holocaust this semester, I asked Eva whether she might be willing to give a lecture at Clarkson. Normally, she would have charged more for her talk, but generously agreed to accept significantly less so we could bring her here. Her message is especially important for our students to hear.”

Trained in German history and the history of biology, Weiss has written a book which explores the background that led to the kind of bestial human experimentation Kor was subjected to in Auschwitz. The Nazi Symbiosis, Human Genetics and Politics in the Third Reich (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010) raises compelling questions about medicine and ethics.

Forgiving Dr. Mengele

Eva Mozes Kor, who survived Josef Mengele’s cruel twin experiments in the Auschwitz concentration camp, shocks other Holocaust survivors when she decides to forgive the perpetrators as a way of self-healing.

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former Foreign Minister of Poland, noted historian, journalist, …

File:Bartoszewski 2004.jpgWładysław Bartoszewski

From Wikipedia,

Władysław Bartoszewski [vwaˈdɨswaf bartɔˈʂɛfskʲi] (19 February 1922 – 24 April 2015) was a Polish politician, social activist, journalist, writer, and historian. He was born in Warsaw.

He was a former Auschwitz concentration camp prisoner.[1] He was a World War II Resistance fighter and Polish undergroundactivist. Bartoszewski participated in the Warsaw Uprising. He was wrongly convicted as a spy and was imprisoned for some years before being released due to medical problems and for being wrongly convicted during the 1950s.[2]

Bartoszewski served twice as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from March through December 1999 and again from 2000 to 2001.[3] He was also an ambassador and a member Read More Button--orangePhoto by  Wikipedia 

Władysław Bartoszewski nie żyje

25.04.2015
Nie żyje Władysław Bartoszewski, działacz społeczny, historyk, więzień Auschwitz i żołnierz Armii Krajowej. Profesor Bartoszewski odszedł w wieku 93 lat. Wspominają Go nie tylko media polskie, ale i zagraniczne, bo Bartoszewski znany był świetnie poza granicami kraju. Odejście Władysława Bartoszewskiego to wielka strata, a w naszej pamięci Profesor zapisze się jako jeden z największych Polaków.

Trauer um WLADYSLAW BARTOSZEWSKI – Ehemaliger POLNISCHER Außenminister gestorben – 25.04.2015

25.04.2015
Er kämpfte im polnischen Widerstand, wurde 1940 ins KZ Auschwitz verschleppt – und machte sich später um die Aussöhnung mit Deutschland verdient: Polens Ex-Außenminister Bartoszewski, der nun im Alter von 93 Jahren gestorben ist.

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski war ein äußerst engagierter, manchmal gar impulsiver Politiker und trotzdem ein großartiger Diplomat. Er war kein Polterer – vielmehr einer, der seine Zuhörer zum Nachdenken zwang.

Sein Motto lautete: Es lohnt sich, anständig zu sein. “Neun Mal habe ich meinen Geburtstag in verschiedenen Gefängnissen und Lagern erlebt. Aber ich bin stets optimistisch geblieben. Meine Haft hat weder Hitler noch Stalin geholfen. Und mir hat sie nicht geschadet – ich bin weiterhin derselbe geblieben.”

Widerstand gegen deutsche Besatzer

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski wurde im Februar 1922 in Warschau als Sohn einer polnischen Beamtenfamilie geboren. Eigentlich wollte er Journalist werden. Doch der Zweite Weltkrieg machte seine Zukunftspläne zunichte. Im polnischen Widerstand kämpfte er gegen die deutschen Besatzer, wurde 1940 verhaftet und ins Konzentrationslager Auschwitz verschleppt.

Trotz oder vielleicht doch eher wegen der Erfahrungen des Krieges wurde Bartoszewski zu einem hervorragenden Anwalt der Aussöhnung mit Deutschland: “Eines der wichtigsten Ereignisse in meinem Leben war der Kriegsausbruch 1939. Dann kam das Kriegsende und das Gefühl der großen Verluste und der brennenden Ungerechtigkeit, die unser Vaterland getroffen haben. Das nächste wichtige Ereignis für mich war das Jahr 1989 – die politische Wende, die etwa anderthalb Jahre dauerte. Ich meine damit den Umbruch in Europa, den Fall der Berliner Mauer und die Emanzipation Polens.”

Geduld und Gelassenheit

Zur Geschichte gehöre immer auch Geduld und die Gelassenheit, pflegte Bartoszewski zu sagen. Missstimmungen in bilateralen Beziehungen sollte man daher nicht allzu viel Gewicht einräumen. “Wenn es um die deutsch-polnischen Beziehungen geht: Was erwarten wir eigentlich noch von ihnen? 250 Millionen Mal wird die Oder-Neiße-Grenze in beide Richtungen überschritten und zwar ohne jegliche Zwischenfälle. Die Deutschen denken in sehr rationalen Kategorien. Und wir Polen sollten uns nicht das Recht nehmen, über die Gedanken der Deutschen mehr wissen zu wollen, als sie selbst.”

Bartoszewski fühlte sich in seinem politischen Leben nie einer Partei verpflichtet. Im Vordergrund stand für ihn immer das Wohl des Landes. Welcher Regierung er als Außenminister nach der Wende diente, war für den ehemaligen Solidarnosc-Mitstreiter unerheblich.

Außenpolitischer Berater noch im hohen Alter

Nach den Wahlen 2007 berief Premierminister Donald Tusk den damals 85-Jährigen zum außenpolitischen Berater. Sein Alter spielte keine Rolle. Gefragt war vielmehr sein Verhandlungsgeschick, um auf europäischer Ebene die Scherben wegzuräumen, die die abgewählte Kaczynski-Regierung hinterlassen hatte.

Nur in einem Punkt, da fiel es Bartoszewski schwer, Contenance zu bewahren: beim Thema Erika Steinbach. Seiner Mission schadete das aber nie. Wenn die Deutschen heute Polen aus einer ganz anderen Perspektive betrachten, dann ist das auch sein Verdienst.

Genau dafür erhielt Wladyslaw Bartoszewski 1986 den Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels – eine Auszeichnung, die er mit dem Satz kommentierte: “Es scheint das Wichtigste zu sein, all das zu unterstützen, was die Menschen verbindet, und sich all dem zu widersetzen, was die Menschen gegen ihren Willen trennt.”

This Day in Jewish History / Yossi Harel, the real person behind Paul Newman’s Ari Ben-Canaan

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This Day in Jewish History / Yossi Harel, the real person behind Paul … However, like so many of his Jewish peers, while he had fought with the British …  

Exodus 1947 Documentary Trailer

Exodus 1947 Documentary Film narrated by Morley Safer. Filmmakers: Elizabeth Rodgers & Robby Henson. PBS broadcast.

To buy the DVD, please go to http://www.exodus1947.com

After World War II, a group of private American citizens banded together in a clandestine effort to transport Holocaust survivors to Palestine.

On July 11, 1947, in the port of Sête, France, 4,500 Jewish refugees were crammed into the hull of a decrepit steamship, later named Exodus 1947.

A British blockade intercepted Exodus 1947 in international waters off the coast of Palestine. The tense standoff culminated in a direct attack by military personnel against the unarmed civilians on the Exodus 1947. This highly publicized international incident heavily influenced the United Nations resolution authorizing the partitioning of Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states. Thus, the Exodus 1947 voyage acted as a catalyst in forming a new nation. The program focuses on clandestine and illegal American efforts to finance and crew the most infamous of ten American ships that attempted to bring Jewish refugees to Palestine.

EXODUS 1947 is a one hour documentary narrated by Morley Safer with a score by Ilan Rechtman. The film is a richly layered program, constructed with first person accounts to recall events that shaped world history.

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Yossi Harel

From Wikipedia,

Yossi Harel (Hebrew: יוסי הראל‎) (January 4, 1918 – April 26, 2008), born Yosef Hamburger, was the supervisor of the Exodus 1947 operation and a leading member of theIsraeli intelligence community.[1]

Yossi Harel was born in Jerusalem in 1918. He was a sixth generation Jerusalemite. At the age of 15, he joined the Haganah. Later, he fought under Orde Wingate. Between 1945 and 1948, he played a leading role in the clandestine immigration enterprise in Palestine, commanding four Aliyah Bet ships: Knesset Israel, the Exodus, Atzma’ut and Kibbutz Galuyot. After the establishment of the State of Israel Harel studied mechanical engineering at M.I.T in the United States. Just before he finished his studies, Moshe Dayan, as Chief of Staff, called him back to Israel to investigate the Lavon Affair and made him head of Unit 131, an Israel Defense Forces intelligence unit.Photo by  Wikipedia Read More Button--orange

This Day in Jewish History / Estee Lauder dies, at some age or other

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Born Josephine Mentzer, she may not have finished high school but working with her uncle in developing things from chicken-lice remedy to …

Beauty Queens: Estée Lauder

Art Documentary
A Film by Eila Hershon and Roberto Guerra
Language: GB
Subtitles: DE, FR

What’s New at Estee Lauder

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Estée Lauder (businesswoman)

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Estée Lauder (/ˈɛst ˈlɔːdər/; July 1, 1908 – April 24, 2004) was an American businesswoman. She was the co-founder, along with her husband, Joseph Lauter (later Lauder),[2] of Estée Lauder Companies, her eponymous cosmetics company. Lauder was the only woman on Time magazine’s 1998 list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th century. She was the recipient of thePresidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted to the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1988.Photos by  Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

 

 

 

 

 

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24Jewish Video Jewish Event of the Day ! Israel Independence Day Video, Part 2 Section on the right side,Sussex Friends of Israel,., Great Videos Selection

Israel celebrates 67th Independence Day

PM Netanyahu’s Greeting for Independence Day 2015

22.04.2015
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Greeting for Independence Day 2015

Israel Independence Day Fireworks 2015

23.04.2015
This year it was short, and suprising.
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David Ben-Gurion declaring independence beneath a large portrait of Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism

Yom Ha’atzmaut

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Yom Ha’atzmaut (Hebrew: יום העצמאותYōm hā-ʿAṣmāʾūṯ   lit. “Independence Day”) is the national day of Israel, commemorating theIsraeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. It is celebrated either on the 5th of Iyar, according to the Hebrew calendar, or on one of the preceding or following days, depending on which day of the week this date falls on. Yom Ha’atzmaut is preceded by Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day.

Israeli Declaration of Independence

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The Israeli Declaration of Independence (Hebrew: הכרזת העצמאות‎, Hakhrazat HaAtzma’ut or Hebrew: מגילת העצמאותMegilat HaAtzma’ut), formally the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, was proclaimed on 14 May 1948 (5 Iyar 5708) byDavid Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization[2][3] and the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Palestine.[4]It declared the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel, which would come into effect on termination of the British Mandate at midnight that day.[5][6] The event is celebrated annually in Israel with a national holiday Yom Ha’atzmaut (Hebrew: יום העצמאות‎, lit. Independence Day) on 5 Iyar of every year according to the Hebrew calendar.Photos by  Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

 

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Large celebratory crowd outside the Dizengoff House (now called Independence Hall) to hear the declaration and signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, dated May 14, 1948.

The original document of Israel’s Declaration of Independence

 

 

This Day in Jewish History / The banker who helped William of Orange conquer England dies

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On April 22, 1710, Francisco Lopes Suasso, scion of one the wealthiest and most influential banking families of the Dutch Golden Age, died in the …
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Suasso as a young man

Francisco Lopes Suasso

From Wikipedia,

Francisco Lopes Suasso, second Baron d’Avernas le Gras (ca. 1657 – 22 April 1710) was a banker and financier of theDutch Republic. He was also known within the Sephardic community as Abraham Israel Suasso.

After being expelled from the Iberian Peninsula, most of the Sephardic Jews settled in trading cities such as London andAntwerp. By the late sixteenth century they were arriving in Amsterdam and The Hague. The Lopes Suassos were a rich old Sephardic family of Marranos, or Jews who had been forced to convert to Christianity under pressure from the Portuguese Inquisition, but once in Amsterdam they openly returned to their true religion, Judaism.Photo by  Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

5765 Portrait of Moreinu HaRav Lichtenstein.jpgAharon Lichtenstein

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Aharon Lichtenstein (May 24, 1933 – April 20, 2015) was a noted Orthodox rabbi and rosh yeshiva.[1] He was an authority inJewish law (“Halacha”).[2]

Rabbi Lichtenstein was born in Paris, France, but grew up in the United States, studied in Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin under RabbiYitzchok Hutner. He earned a BA and semicha (“rabbinic ordination”) at Yeshiva University and a PhD in English Literature atHarvard University, where he studied under Photo by  Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

<h1Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein: Love of the Torah and Love to a Fellow Jew

20.04.2015
Interview with Rabbi Moshe Taragin, Yeshivat Har Etzion
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Shock and Emptiness – Students Eulogize Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein

20.04.2015

A Hesped on Rabbi Ahron Lichtenstein by Rabbi Yochanan Schrader

20.04.2015
Baruch Dayan Emet. One of the greatest has left us. This is a Hesped said by Rabbi Yochanan Schrader, in the Beit Midrash of Akiva Hebrew day school in Southfield Michigan.
The photo is from a Shiur that Rav Lichtenstein gave in the Beit Midrash of the Hesder Yeshivah of Yerucham

Rav Aaron Lichtenstein zt”l

20.04.2015

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Toaff with Oscar Luigi Scalfaro in 2007.

Elio Toaff

From Wikipedia

Elio Toaff (30 April 1915 – 19 April 2015) was the Chief Rabbi of Rome from 1951 to 2002.

In 1947 Toaff served as a rabbi in Venice and in 1951 became the Chief Rabbi of Rome.

One of his children is Israeli-Italian professor Ariel Toaff.

On 17 May 2012 he was awarded the Prize Culturae within the Italian National Festival of Cultures in Pisa.

Toaff died on 19 April 2015, 11 days before his 100th birthday.Photo by   Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

Elio Toaff, l’addio del Ghetto romano al suo rabbino

20.04.2015
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Il Papa ricorda il rabbino Toaff uomo di pace e dialogo

20.04.2015
(Papa Francesco)
Esprimo le mie sentite condoglianze per la scomparsa, ieri sera, del Rabbino Elio Toaff, già Rabbino Capo di Roma. Sono vicino con la preghiera al Rabbino Capo Riccardo di Segni – che avrebbe dovuto essere qui con noi – e all’intera comunità ebraica di Roma, nel ricordo riconoscente di quest’uomo di pace e di dialogo, che accolse il Papa Giovanni Paolo II nella storica visita al Tempio Maggiore.

Papa Francesco ricorda così la figura del Rabbino Toaff nell’incontro con la delegazione della Conferenza dei Rabbini europei. Sottolinea poi i progressi fatti e l’amicizia che lega la Chiesa Cattolica e le Comunità ebraiche a 50 anni dalla Dichiarazione conciliare Nostra aetate. Il Ponte …

Addio a Elio Toaff, la massima autorità spirituale e morale ebraica in Italia dal secondo dopoguerr

20.04.2015
Fra pochi giorni avrebbe compiuto 100 anni. Parliamo dell’addio a Elio Toaff, rabbino emerito di Roma considerato la massima autorità spirituale e morale ebraica in italia dal secondo dopoguerra. Dalle 11 di oggi, 20 aprile 2015, il feretro esposto sotto il colonnato del tempio maggiore di Roma per l’ultimo saluto
Da Giorgio Napolitano a Laura Boldrini, da Emma Bonino a Marco Pannella, da Ignazio Marino a Pierferdinando Casini, in tanti sono venuti al Ghetto per rendere omaggio al rabbino emerito Elio Toaff

Yom Hazikaron

Remembering Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror.

Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron (Hebrew: יום הזיכרון לחללי מערכות ישראל ולנפגעי פעולות האיבה‎, lit. Day of Remembrance for Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism) is Israel’s official Memorial Day. The national observance was enacted into law in 1963. While Yom Hazikaron has been traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers, commemoration has now been extended to civilian victims of the ongoing armed dispute.

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IDF soldiers at Yom Hazikaron ceremony, 2007

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An IDF officer places new flags on the graves of IDF soldiers for Yom Hazikaron.

Yom Hazikaron

From Wikipedia,

Yom Hazikaron (in full Yom Hazikaron l’Chalalei Ma’arachot Yisrael ul’Nifgaei Peulot Ha’eivah Hebrew: יום הזיכרון לחללי מערכות ישראל ולנפגעי פעולות האיבה‎; lit. “Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism”)[1] is Israel’s officialMemorial Day,[2] enacted into law in 1963.[3] While Yom Hazikaron has been traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers, commemoration has now been extended to civilian victims of political violence,[4] Palestinian political violence,[5] and terrorism in general Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

This Day in Jewish History / The medieval rabbi who put Aristotle before God passes on

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Quoth Levi ben Gerson, also known as Gersonides: ‘The Law cannot prevent us from considering to be true that which our reason urges us to believe.’.

This Day in Jewish History / With the land groaning in crisis, the Jews of Lisbon are massacred

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As disease and drought racked Portugal, murders of New Christians who denied a Catholic’s vision of Jesus spread to the Jews. By David B. Green …

This Day in Jewish History / Not profound, but adored: ‘Greatest American novelist’ dies

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On April 16, 1968, the novelist and playwright Edna Ferber died, at her home in New York.Today Ferber may be best known for the popular films that …

Edna Ferber – Long Distance

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Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968) was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were especially popular and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into the celebrated 1927 musical), Cimarron (1929; made into the 1931 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), and Giant (1952; made into the 1956 Hollywood movie).

Ferber was born August 15, 1885, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to a Hungarian-born Jewish storekeeper and his Milwaukee, Wisconsin-born wife, Jacob Charles and Julia (Neumann) Ferber. After living in Chicago, Illinois, and Ottumwa, Iowa, at the age of 12 Ferber and her family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where she graduated from high school and briefly attended Lawrence University. She took newspaper jobs at the Appleton Daily Crescent and the Milwaukee Journal before publishing her first novel. She covered the 1920 Republican National Convention and 1920 Democratic National Convention for the United Press Association.

Ferber’s novels generally featured strong female protagonists, along with a rich and diverse collection of supporting characters. She usually highlighted at least one strong secondary character who faced discrimination ethnically or for other reasons; through this technique, Ferber demonstrated her belief that people are people and that the not-so-pretty persons have the best character. Several theatrical and film productions have been based on her works, including Show Boat, Giant, Ice Palace, Saratoga Trunk, Cimarron (which won an Oscar) and the 1960 remake. Three of these works – Show Boat, Saratoga Trunk and Giant – have been developed into musicals.

When composer Jerome Kern proposed turning the very serious Show Boat into a musical, Ferber was shocked, thinking it would be transformed into a typical light entertainment of the 1920s. It was not until Kern explained that he and Oscar Hammerstein II wanted to create a different type of musical that Ferber granted him the rights. Saratoga, based on Saratoga Trunk, was written at a much later date, after serious plots had become acceptable in stage musicals. In 1925, she won the Pulitzer Prize for her book So Big, which was made into a silent film starring Colleen Moore that same year. An early talkie movie remake followed, in 1932, starring Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent, with Bette Davis in a supporting role. A 1953 remake of So Big starred Jane Wyman in the Stanwyck role, and is the version most often seen today.

Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885[1] – April 16, 1968) was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were especially popular and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into the celebrated 1927 musical),Cimarron (1929; made into the 1931 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), and Giant (1952; made into the 1956 Hollywood movie).
Ferber was born August 15, 1885, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to a Hungarian-born Jewish storekeeper, Jacob Charles Ferber, and hisMilwaukee, Wisconsin-born wife, Julia (Neumann) Ferber. After living in Chicago, Illinois, and Ottumwa, Iowa, at the age of 12 Ferber and her family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin,……Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

This Day in Jewish History / ‘Apostle to friends, secular pope to enemies’ is born

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This Day in Jewish History / ‘Apostle to friends, secular pope to enemies’ is born … This did not mean, however, that Durkheim (who dropped the name …

File:Emile Durkheim.jpgÉmile Durkheim

From Wikipedia

David Émile Durkheim (French: [emil dyʁkɛm] or [dyʁkajm];[1] April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917) was a French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher. He formally established the academic discipline and — with Karl Marx and Max Weber — is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science and father of sociology.,,,,,

Emile Durkheim was born in Épinal in Lorraine, coming from a long line of devout French Jews; his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather had been rabbis.[8] He began his education in a rabbinical school, but at an early age, he decided not to follow in his family’s footsteps and switched schools.[8][9] Durkheim led a completely secular life. Much of his work was dedicated to demonstrating that religious phenomena stemmed from social rather than divine factors.Photo by Wikipedia  Read More Button--orange

 

This Day in Jewish History / Its author safely dead, ‘Nathan the Wise’ premiers in Berlin

Sociological Theory: Emile Durkhiem and Social Solidarity

Conceptual art and historical imagery vivifies a discussion of Emile Durkhiem’s Division of Labour in Society. The video focuses upon differences between traditional “mechanical” solidarity and modern “organic” solidarity.

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Yet Lessing was probably the most important figure in the German theater of his day, and he remains influential today, as much for his work as a ..
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Nathan the Wise

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Nathan the Wise (original German title: Nathan der Weise) is a play published by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in 1779. It is a fervent plea for religious tolerance. Its performance was forbidden by the church during Lessing’s lifetime; it was first performed in 1783 inBerlin. In 1922 it was adapted into a silent film of the same title.

Set in Jerusalem during the Third Crusade, it describes how the wise Jewish merchant Nathan, the enlightened sultan Saladin, and the (initially anonymous) Templar bridge their gaps between Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Its major themes are friendship, tolerance, relativism of God, a rejection of miracles and a need for communication.

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Recha Welcoming Her Father. From an incomplete series of illustrations for the play Nathan the Wise. Photo by Wikipedia  

 

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Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (This Week in Jewish History)

In August of 1778, the non-Jewish writer Gotthold Ephraim Lessing wrote to his brother of a new literary project designed to further tolerance of Jews in German society. The result was Nathan the Wise, a sensation that was initially banned by the Church and heavily criticized by antisemites of the day.

This Day in Jewish History / Einstein’s ’embarrassing granddaughter’ dies

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Hire put the baby up for adoption, and at the age of eight days, Evelyn was taken into the family of Hans Albert Einstein and his wife, the former Frieda …

Evelyn Einstein

From Wikipedia,

Evelyn Einstein (28 March 1941 – 13 April 2011) was the adopted daughter of Hans Albert Einstein, the son of Albert Einstein

Einstein was born in Chicago; after her birth she was adopted by Hans Albert Einstein. She obtained a Master’s degree in Medieval literature at University of California, Berkeley. She was married to Grover Krantz for 13 years. She then worked briefly as an animal control officer, as a cult deprogrammer and as a Berkeley, California reserve police officer.Read More Button--orange

 

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

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

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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.

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

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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 …
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