Jewish History

Jews of the Middle East

Jews of the Middle East

Regardless of where Jews lived most recently, all Jews have roots in the Middle East and North Africa. Some communities, of course, have more recent ties to this region: Mizrahim and Sephardim, two distinct communities that are often confused with one another.

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Ancient & Medieval History

Genesis

Genesis

Where do Jews come from?

Ancient Judaism 101

The religious, cultural and intellectual history of Judaism in ancient times.

Bar Kochba Revolt

Messianic figure Simeon Bar Kochba led the Jews in a failed revolt against Roman rule.

Crusades

The quest to recapture the Holy Land.

Rashi

From his day until the present, Rashi has been the most beloved of all medieval teachers.

Modern History

Shtetls

Shtetls

Of flying fiddlers & the gefilte fish line.

Modern History 101

In modern nation states, Jews began to ask: What does it means to be a citizen, and a Jew?

Frontier Judaism

How the market revolution helped bring Judaism to the American frontier.

The Crown Heights Riots

The outbreak of violence in 1991 was fueled by anti-Semitism.

Quiz Yourself

How much do you know about Jewish history since 1650?


Jews Around the Globe

Canada

Canada

Canada's multicultural society has shaped its Jewish community.

India

A history of the Baghdadi Jews--who actually lived in India, not Baghdad.

Ethiopia

Piecing together legends and stories.

Morocco

A weekend with the head of Morocco's Jewish community.

Anti-Semitism Today

Taboo no longer?

Themes in Jewish History

Jewish Memory

Jewish Memory

The Jewish people have a reputation of being history-centered.

Themes of Jewish History 101

Why does the scholarly study of the Jewish past engender controversy?

Critical Study of Jewish History

The academic study of Judaism, including the modern, critical study of Jewish history.

Texts Marking Time

The story of the Jewish people is often told in conjunction with the history of Jewish texts.

Holocaust

The Shoah in history, theology, memory, and culture.

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