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Modern Israel

Tikvatenu: The Poem that Inspired Israel's National Anthem, Hatikva

With a Close Look at Its Biblical Sources[1]

Prof. Rabbi

Dalia Marx

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The Ancient Judean Holiday: Yom Nicanor - 13th of Adar

The Historical Events Surrounding the Holiday, Yom Nicanor, and Why We Should Consider Marking the Day in our Generation

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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An Ancient Precedent for the Yom Kippur War?

Two Roman conquests of Jerusalem (Pompey in 63 B.C.E. and Sosius in 37 B.C.E.) purportedly happened on “the day of the fast,” during which the Jews barely defended themselves. Is this a reference to Yom Kippur and why didn’t the Jews defend themselves?

Dr.

Nadav Sharon

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Israel's Declaration of Independence and the Biblical Right to the Land

Israel’s Declaration of Independence defends the right of Jews to the land, invoking the ancient connection between the people of Israel and the land of Israel going back to biblical times. But does Ben-Gurion’s Declaration conform to biblical thought?

Prof.

Nili Wazana

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Hasidic-Muslim Relations in Ottoman Palestine

In the wake of the Hasidic aliyah in the 18th and 19th centuries, Hasidic masters reflected on the positive experience the local Jews had with their Muslim neighbors, as well as the importance of loving the land’s inhabitants as part of loving the land itself. 

Prof.

Yitzhak Y. Melamed

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