Jewish History

Jewish History

A Crash Course in Early Jewish History

From biblical times to the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism.

Ancient/Medieval Jewish History

Jewish Ghettos of Pre-Emancipation Europe

In many cities, Jews were forced to live and work in specific areas.

Modern Jewish History

Key Issues in Modern Jewish History

How emancipation, nationalism, capitalism and liberalism affected the Jews.

Jews and the African Slave Trade

Like many others, Jews participated in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, but they by no means dominated it.

What Were Pogroms?

Anti-Jewish violence sweeping the Russian Empire in the late 19th century spurred many Jews to emigrate and organize politically.

Modern Israeli History: A Timeline

Key moments in the Jewish state's history.

A Timeline of the Holocaust

From Hitler's rise to power to the Nuremberg trials, key events of the Shoah.

Anti-Semitism 101

What you need to know about the world's oldest hatred.

Israeli Settlements: Questions and Answers

An overview of these Jewish communities in the West Bank — and why they are so controversial.

What Is BDS?

All about the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

Who Was Anne Frank?

The story of the young diarist who became a symbol of the Holocaust.

Maimonides (Rambam) and His Texts

One of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, he was both a traditionalist and an innovator.

The Sephardic Exodus to the Ottoman Empire

How Jews fleeing Spain and Portugal transformed the region.

Jews and Finance

The idea that Jews are good with money is one of the oldest Jewish stereotypes. But it's undeniable that Jews are well-represented in finance and business.

Nazi Germany 1933-1939: Early Stages of Persecution

How Hitler laid the groundwork for genocide.