Reviews and Blog Posts: Judaism

Open heart

by Elie Wiesel

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Health emergencies can make you fearful, confused and even angry. For Elie Wiesel, survivor of the Nazi death camps and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, emergency heart surgery at age 82 offers another opportunity to revisit his own mortality and ask the big questions he has spent his life...

Sacred trash : the lost and found world of the Cairo Geniza

by Adina Hoffman

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Solomon Schechter is working away at Oxford when a couple of wealthy, widowed sisters share a snippet of a manuscript picked up on their latest journey to Egypt. Schechter, a Jewish scholar, immediately recognizes the importance of the manuscript and embarks on sifting through 900 years of history, filling in the...

How Did It Get to Be 5774 Already?

Rosh Hashanah plate

When the sun sets on Wednesday, September 4, Jews around the world will celebrate the new year 5774. Rosh Hashanah begins earlier than usual this year. Actually, it hasn't fallen this early on the secular calendar since 1899. To understand the Jewish calendar, there's no better place to go than Steve Morse's remarkable One-Step web sites. 

Many genealogists are familiar with Morse's portals for searching large databases like the Ellis Island Foundation. If you're looking for passenger lists, naturalization papers, census returns, or vital records, Steve Morse's powerful tools help in countless ways. Making sense of calendars can be a challenge for historians and genealogists. The Jewish calendar has fascinated Steve all his life, as he explains here. You'll find out exactly how it got to be 5774 already.

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