The Western (Wailing*) Wall is the holiest location in Jewish life. With 28 rows of massive stones above ground (and 17 below), the wall itself is physically breathtaking.
In 1947, when the United Nations approved the plan to partition the British Mandate of Palestine (Israel) into a Jewish state and an Arab state, they determined that Jerusalem would be an “international city” for a period of ten years. The plan was…
In the past, it was common for people to learn a trade by serving as an apprentice.
Raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Judah P. Benjamin (1811, St. Croix – 1884, Paris) was 14 years old when he left home to attend Yale Law School.
A cup of sugar, a couple of eggs or a few onions. These are the types of items that neighbors often lend to one another without a second thought.
Some people say that the difference between a human and an animal is the power of speech, others say it is consciousness, and, of course, others say that there are no differences.
When Jacob Milstein met Michael Heilprin, it seemed divinely ordained.
As a young man, the poet Carl Shapiro (born 1913, Baltimore – died 2000, New York City) contemplated changing his name to Karl Camden.
Akiva ben Yosef was once an ignorant and illiterate shepherd. So poor and downtrodden a figure was Akiva that his extremely wealthy father-in-law disinherited Akiva’s wife, Rachel, for marrying him.
Lag Ba’omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer, is a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar. Its observance commemorates the end of a tragic plague that took the lives of nearly all of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students.