Jewish History

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The famous (or infamous) Mossad is Israel’s national intelligence service, founded in 1949 and considered one of the world’s premier spy agencies. The Hebrew word “Mossad” literally means “Institute,” a shortening of the agency’s full name: המוסד למודיעין ולתפקידים מיוחדים or the Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations. Most of the Mossad’s activities and operations are classified and shrouded in [...]
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Why do the Jewish holidays always change date year to year? How does the Rabbi figure out the bar mitzvah portion?  There is an entirely separate Jewish calendar that is the basis for every Jewish holiday, birthday and anniversary, and the weekly Torah portion, (‘parasha’ in Hebrew), along with so much more. This is everything you need to know to [...]
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People have been wearing Jewish amulets going back milenia. Some such items are worn as a commandment like tefillin, which comes from the word meaning ‘prayer’ but in the Torah are called word ot (sign), or zicharon (memorial), and as such are often translated as ‘amulet’. After all, an amulet is just a way to remember G-d and in so [...]
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Who were the priests of ancient Israel and why were they so important? What did they do in the Holy Temple, and how do their descendants carry on the tradition today? Read on to learn more! Moden model of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in which the Priests served Biblical origins and roles Jewish priests, also known in Hebrew as [...]