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Jewish Hollywood Stars

10 Hollywood Stars You May Have Not Known Are Jewish Jews are often associated with Hollywood pioneers, manager and producers. But here is a list – not ranking – of some of Hollywood’s most  glamorous and talented Jewish actresses: Zsa Zsa Gabor Zsa Zsa Gabor was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite. Her parents were both […]

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Great Jewish Commanders

5 legendary Jewish non-Israeli military commanders Throughout history there have been many inspiring Jewish military commanders – from antiquity, through the struggle against the Nazis, pre-state Israel and the modern I.D.F. Here we meet other legendary Jewish military commanders – from several nations. John Monash – Australia General Sir John Monash GCMG, KCB, VD (27 […]

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Spinoza – An Unlikely Jewish Hero

Spinoza Baruch Benedict (1632-1677) Last week was Spinoza’s 384th birthday. The story of this incredible thinker is part of our groundbreaking children-friendly “Heroes” exhibition Baruch Spinoza was a philosopher born into a Jewish Dutch family of Sephardi/Portuguese origin. He widely credited with laying the foundations for the 18th-century Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern […]

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Embrace Ladino!

El Dia Internasional del Ladino – International Ladino Day El Dia Internasional del Ladino has been celebrated since 2013 Originally Proposed on Ladinokomunita, the largest online correspondence circle in Ladino, In 2013, it was endorsed by Yitzhak Navon, the fifth president of Israel and director of the National Authority for Ladino in Jerusalem. Originally spoken in […]

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Leonard Cohen’s 5 Great Jewish Moments

Leonard Cohen – His 5 Jewish Moments Leonard Cohen, The Jewish-Canadian poet-singer who died last week, was deeply influenced by his Jewish identity. Here are five beautiful Jewish moments in Cohen’s journey. 1. 1973: Leonard Cohen performed for Israeli troops during the Yom Kippur War. He said : “I’ve never disguised the fact that I’m Jewish and in any […]

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The Most Precious Jewish Manuscripts

Top 6 Jewish Manuscripts Jews are often nicknamed “people of the book” – and accordingly some of the most ancient and treasured written materials in the world are Jewish. Here are some of the rarest and most important manuscripts to Judaism. 1. The Dead Sea Scrolls The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of some […]

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U.S.A. 2016 ELECTIONS

Voting in the Polls, Voting in the Pews: The Prayer for the Welfare of the Government Jewish communities express their connection to their governments By Rachel Druck On November 8, 2016 citizens of the United States of America will vote for their next president, as well as for a number of local and state representatives. […]

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Oy vey – 5 Jews that Started Other Religions

 5 Jews that Started Other Religions Judaism is one of the world’s most ancient existing religions, but ironically also one of the world’s smallest. Reasons for this are varied and often tragic – but here is another: Jews that founded other religions! 1. Jesus The founder of Christianity was born at Yeshua in the year […]

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The Jewish Paradise

The Jewish Community of Maui, Hawaii / Prof. Bernard Katz A retired Professor of Marketing and Advertising. Prof. Katz contributed this article to the website of Beit Hatfutsot. Mention to friends that you would like to visit the Hawaiian Islands and they will probably have the typical image in their minds: tropical breezes, palm trees, […]

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Sandy Koufax, Yom Kippur and all that

A Sporting Symbol of Multiculturalism The four-time Cy Young Award winner who sat out game 1 of the 1965 World Series due to Yom Kippur and later pitched two complete-game shoutouts to secure the title for the LA Dodgers With the baseball post season overlapping the Jewish High Holidays it is always a pleasure to […]

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Tashlich: Coming Together and Casting Off

Does your community have an interesting Tashlich custom? Tell us about it! racheld@test.bh.org.il by Rachel Druck It can be difficult to find customs that contemporary Jews have in common with each other: something that any Jew, whether Ashkenazi or Sefardi, Orthodox or Reform, from a community in Australia or a community in India or community in […]

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Shana Tova Cards – a Short History

Shana Tova greeting cards are a surprisingly ancient tradition – dating back to 14th century Germany and preceding Christmas cards by nearly 500 years! They were initially the privilege of the rich, until the introduction of postal stamps and post cards in the 19th century popularized the custom. Following is a rare collection of Shana […]

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SHANA TOVA – Happy New Year 5777!

Setting up a Sukkah, decorating with the four species, performing a Tashlikh (casting away sins), or fasting on Yom Kippur – Jewish high holidays ceremonies from around the world View 18 unique photos from our collections: Children holding the four species. New York, USA, Sukkot, 1950’s: Girl reading a book about Rosh Hashana, Israel, 1950’s: […]

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Amy Winehouse: Rewind

Amy Winehouse, the Jewish-British musician accomplished a lot in her tragically short life. Including two chart topping studio albums, “Frank,” and “Back To Black,” which won five Grammy awards. They re-entered in Billboard’s Top 10 catalog shortly after her death. “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” is an original exhibition about Amy Winehouse, curated by the […]

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The Refugee Doctor Who Inspired the Paralympics

How Ludwig Guttmann fled from twisted Nazi race theories to restore hope and self-belief in people with disabilities Treating many war, Guttmann fundamentally disagreed with the commonly held medical view on a paraplegic patient’s future. Thanks to him, a small Archery event for disabled athletes turned to 4,300 athletes from 161 nations competing at the Rio Paralympic Games Ludwig Guttmann fled […]

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Jewish Family Names

What’s in the name? Family names are a quite modern phenomena – becoming widespread only the recent 200 years. They were created as a means to distinguish between people in a time where communities grew and national registries were formed. With trades and location being the main source of names – but heritage rights or […]

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Back To School

People of The Book It’s September and school is back. Few things bond Jewish communities throughout centuries and diasporas more than the bond of learning and commitment to education. Here are some school related images from our collection at the Beit Hatfutsot open databases   1. Pupils in a religious school, Israel, 1950’s   2. Jewish […]

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Jews and the Olympic rings

Hundreds of Medals: A Proud Jewish Tradition Since 1896 Learn about the great athletes like Alfred Hajos, Mark Spitz, Agnes Keleti, Dara Torres and more It has been another great Olympics for Jewish athletes worldwide. Gymnast Aly Raisman captured the hearts of millions winning gold with Team USA in gymnastics and a brilliant silver medal in the All-Around and […]

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Framing the Story

The “Framing the Story” series interlaces past and present, an old and ongoing story, while commemorating and reviving particular moments in time. The photographs are products of the G2G: Generation to Generation program, a nationwide initiative run collaboratively by the Ministry for Social Equality, the Ministry of Education and Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of […]

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Nine most common mistakes regarding Judaism

Stubborn presumptions are embedded deep in us, even if they contradict apparent facts. As professional myth smashers striving to deliver the Jewish story as accurately as possible, we hereby reveal the most ten common mistakes. Enjoy! Eve did not eat an apple according to the Hebrew text in Genesis, Eve did not eat an apple, […]

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Zuzanna Ginczanka / by Rachel Druck

Zuzanna Ginczanka – The lasting power of poetry Zuzanna Ginczanka was a remarkable poet who managed to produce her most impressive work under desperately difficult circumstances. Though her poetry is largely unknown, particularly among English and Hebrew-speaking audiences, it has proved to have a lasting power that even Nazi oppression, and Soviet suppression, could not crush Early […]

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JEWISH MARKETS AROUND THE WORLD

“אצא אל השוק המפשיל שרווליים אלך מתנודד בין צבעיו הדולקים סחרחר מיינו, מראשו בשמיים מאש הקללות של מוכרות הדגים” (נתן אלתרמן) שוק דגים, שוק זהב, שוק בדים, שוק פרחים שוק בשר, השוק השחור, שוק שבועי ואפילו שוק לילי – שווקים תמיד היו חלק בלתי נפרד מחייה של העיירה היהודית הכפרית הקטנה, או של הרובע היהודי […]