Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-08-20 07:30
In 2007, Rita J. King and Joshua Fouts collaborated to create Al-Andalus, a virtual Alhambra, on Second Life, in order to explore the concept of Convivencia, the "Spanish term for the harmonious 'living together' of Muslims, Christians and Jews in the southern Iberian Peninsula during the Islamic caliphat." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-07-18 07:22
Archaeologists have found the remains of a medieval synagogue beneath Kebabish, a fast food restaurant, in Northamptonshire, England.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2010-04-12 10:05
A New York Times article by Matthew Fishbane tells the story of the author's trip to Kaifeng in search of remnants of of one China's medieval Jewish communities.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-04-06 15:39
Two fragments of a 7th century biblical manuscript of the Song of the Sea, a triumphant hymn to the destruction of the Egyptian Army and the freeing of the Israelites, have been reunited for an exhibit at Israel's national museum.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-12-12 16:53
From December 8, 2009 to May 3, 2010, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University will host Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures, "which tells the story of how Jews, Christians and Muslims have together contributed to the development of the book as an object of great cultural importance."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-10-23 18:54
University of Minnesota professor Susan Noakes has received a US$70,000 grant for two years for a project entitled “Globalization of the Middle Ages.” The research will be funded by the university's Imagine Fund.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-10-01 16:31
In celebration of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new Year, officials at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem are displaying the Nuremberg Mahzor, a 14th century collection of "handwritten Ashkenazi, or northern European, prayers and liturgical poems." The manuscript is considered the largest surviving text of its kind with only 7 of its 528 pages missing.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-09-06 07:57
Archaeologists excavating the ancient port city of Andriake in Lycia have discovered what they believe is the "first archaeological trace of Jewish culture" found in the area. They believe the temple was one of the earliest built after a 212 C.E. law allowed Jews to become Roman citizen.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-07-26 08:23
Negotiations between the Spanish government and Jewish leaders concluded recently with the reburial of more than 100 medieval Jews whose final resting places were disturbed during construction of a school in Toledo, Spain.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-03-18 13:28
The Levenger Company has produced a facsimile of the Sarajevo Haggadah, a 14th century Spanish prayer book and the oldest haggadah known. The original found its way to Sarajevo, and was saved by an Islamic scholar during World War II.
Submitted by Morag filia Scayth on Sat, 2009-03-07 09:41
Maev Kennedy takes a tour around the treasures of the Black Death exhibition at The Wallace Collection, London, including a tiny perfume bottle that was owned by a victim of a superstitious anti-plague pogrom.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-03-02 17:22
The Treasures of the Black Death exhibit at London's Wallace Collection showcase two hoards of medieval jewelry dating to the 14th century. The treasures were owned - and buried with - Jewish families who perished during the Black Plague. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-12-24 11:07
In the village of Kfar halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, children learn about Israel of 2,000 years ago and the Hanukkah story with the help of historic re-enactors. The village also features activities for kids such as harvesting olives and making oil.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-12-20 07:46
500 years after the Inquisition expelled many Moors from Spain, DNA proves that their "genetic legacy" is still strong, according to Professor Mark Jobling, of the University of Leicester.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-11-25 18:48
On December 8, 2008, Sotheby's Auction House in London will be auctioning a number of western and oriental manuscripts. A catalogue of the items with closeups and descriptions is available to view online.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-10-27 17:15
Detective work comes in all forms, including those willing to intensely study ancient Jewish manuscripts looking for clues to the past. This work is chronicled in the recent novel People of the Book.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-10-26 15:53
Author Edward Kritzler, author of a new book Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom — and Revenge has probably heard all the jokes about Jewish pirates, but he has the last laugh. Benjamin Ivry of the Jewish Daily Forward has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-10-08 13:35
The Royal Ontario Museum has announced that it will bring sixteen of the Dead Sea Scrolls to Toronto for an exhibit which will run June 27, 2009, until Jan. 3, 2010.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-09-26 17:27
Archaeologists from Astrakhan State University believe they have discovered the long-lost capital of the Khazar kingdom in southern Russia. The Khazars were a semi-nomadic people who converted to Judaism between the 8th and 10th centuries.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-09-07 08:07
The 15th century forced conversion of Vienna's Jews led to the community's expulsion from the city, but now archaeologists have discovered the remains of the walls and foundations of the Viennese Synagogue destroyed in 1421.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-07-26 13:23
300 rare Jewish books, confiscated from Iraq's Jewish community during the regime of Saddam Hussein, have been returned to Israel. The works included a 15th century commentary on the biblical Book of Job.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-06-08 10:44
Dozens of skeletons, thought to be Muslim and dating from the 8th or 9th centuries C.E, have been removed from the site of excavations near the Temple Mount according to the Israel Antiquities Authority who have deemed the incident "a serious mishap."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-04-14 18:52
A gold amulet dating to the 3rd century CE inscribed with a Jewish prayer has been discovered in the grave of a Roman child in Halbturn, Austria proving that people of the Jewish faith inhabited the country at the time.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-01-19 23:39
In a review for the New York Times, Janet Maslin discusses People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, a novel about book preservation that revolves around the discovery of a medieval Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript which describes the Jewish Passover Seder.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-12-20 12:19
Jewish scholars are having to rethink opinions about life and culture in early Byzantine times after the discovery of a 5th century synagogue, complete with elaborate mosaic floors.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-12-11 08:07
The remains of a late Roman-Byzantine-era synagogue have been discovered in the Arbel National Park near the Sea of Galilee. The building is thought to date from the 2nd to 4th century C.E.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-11-26 18:41
The History Channel has created a website with interactive links covering the history of all the major holidays on the calendar.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-06-25 20:17
Plans to build a parking lot in Pilsen, Czech Republic, have changed after the discovery of children's graves, part of a 15th century Jewish cemetery.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-06-01 14:11
Christian Science Monitor correspondent Cathryn J. Prince paints document restoration expert Rabbi Menachem Youlus as a latter-day Indiana Jones in her May 16, 2007 report. Rabbi Menachem travels the world to find and restore sacred but damaged Torahs.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-05-27 13:07
For several decades, Israeli archaeologist Ehud Netzer has been looking for the tomb of King Herod. Now he believes he has found it at Herodium, a flattened hilltop in the Judean Desert.