A Rebuke from the King

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It happened on the first day of Sukkos. The French king was Louis XIV, the paternal grandfather of Louis XVI, who was guillotined by the revolutionaries during the French Revolution…

In Search of the Sambatyon

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Throughout the ages, there have been many gedolei Yisrael who shared a father-in-law and son-in-law bond.  One of these special bonds which was unique in its closeness, is that of…

Did Jews Really “Control the Economy”?

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The proverbial Jewish merchant appears in world literature throughout the Middle Ages in what is most often a less than complimentary light.  Christian sources especially tend to portray Jewish businessmen…

Avraham the Wanderer

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The year was 1617, and the location was the German port city of Danzig (known in Polish as Gdansk). A gentile mob had massed outside the fortified villa walls of…

He Summoned His Shver to Beis Din

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Throughout the ages, there have been many gedolei Yisrael who shared a father-in-law and son-in-law bond.  One of these special bonds which was unique in its closeness, is that of…

The Fight Of The Rabbis 

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In last month’s issue of Kankan, we began a series exploring the great ideological battles of Jewish history.  We began by delving into the disruption to the Jewish world caused…

An Ancient Duo of False Mashiachs

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When most people think about a “false mashiach,” the first name that comes to mind is that of Shabbetai Tzvi, the infamous self-proclaimed redeemer who took Europe by storm in…

Succor in the Sukkah

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Seven years after the horrific massacres perpetrated by the Ukrainian Cossack leader, Hetman Bogdan Chmielnicki, yemach shemo, in the towns of Podolia and Wohlin, the bloodthirsty murderer awoke once more.…

The Fights of The Rabbis:

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Descent within the Jewish people is not a new thing. It goes back to the very inception of our nation. Just 40 days after the mass revelation at Mt. Sinai,…

Shemini Atzeres in the Sukkah

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All halachic authorities agree that on Sukkos we must eat all our meals in the sukkah, and the halacha is similarly unanimous that on Simchas Torah, we eat our meals…

In Search of the Sambatyon

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In this series, we will explore the subject of the Sambatyon River. Beyond this river dwell the Aseres Hashevotim and the Bnei Moshe- the descendants of Moshe Rabbeinu. Although the…

Yonah’s Itinerary

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The general outline of the story of Yonah and the fish which we read in sefer Yonah on Yom Kippur is well-known, but listening to the story makes us curious…

Jewish Explorers of the Globe

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Diaries of explorers of the ancient world read like a fantasy novel. Quaint descriptions of previously unknown creatures, colorful accounts of strange peoples, and dramatic renditions of events, fascinate the…
17th Century

The Age-Old Question

As we continue to investigate the mysterious chapters in our rich history, we begin to…
17th Century
Spare the Rod?
18th Century
A Rebuke from the King
18th Century
Over a Cup of Coffee
17th Century
The Golden Rose
16th Century
Invited by the Emperor
17th Century
Wax Figurine
2nd Beis HaMikdash
Yehudis and the Bride
1st Beis HaMikdash
The Holy Vessels from the Beis Hamikdash:
18th Century
A Living Kesser Torah in Stree
1st Beis HaMikdash
Who Are the Reichavim?
2nd Beis HaMikdash
Churban Bayis Sheni: An Eyewitness Account
10th Century
Queen Judith of Ethiopia
11th Century
The Carbuncle Conundrum
Av
Humiliation: The Fall of Babylon, the World’s Capital
Burning of the Talmud
13th Century
Notre Dame on Fire! 1
Burning of the Talmud
13th Century
Notre Dame on Fire! 2
Burning of the Talmud
13th Century
Notre Dame on Fire! 3
7th Century
The Jews of Narbonne and a Babylonian Sage
19th Century
R’ Leib Kusmirak: The Polish Rothschild
2nd Beis HaMikdash
Hilnei HaMalkah: The Royal Convert to Judaism
16th Century
Piracy in the New World
19th Century
Fasting? Not So Fast: Cholera vs. COVID–19
19th Century
A Hachnassas Sefer Torah 300 Years Ago
18th Century
Heartless & Alive???
18th Century
The Raitzes Brothers
1st Beis HaMikdash
Asalyah, the Evil Queen
6th Century
Emperor Justinian I and the Jews
Halacha
From Moshe to Maimonides
18th Century
Saved by an American Jew
16th Century
Shmuel Palache: The Pirate Rabbi
17th Century
Doctor and Rabbi…  and Also Court Jew
18th Century
En Garde
2nd Century
R’ Shimon Lavie
Meiron Entrance
2nd Century
Meiron
17th Century
Mordechai II of Zolkiew
15th Century
Jewish Pirates of the Mediterranean
2nd Beis HaMikdash
Shlomtzion HaMalka
17th Century
The Jewish Quarter of Yerushalayim’s Old City
17th Century
The Fast and the Feast
17th Century
The Cossack’s Sword
17th Century
The Saga of Two Wives
17th Century
Two Names
17th Century
Cracow’s Legendary Shul
17th Century
The Centenarian Rav
17th Century
R’ Simcha Doctor
17th Century
The Maiden from Hainholz
1st Century
The 9th of Teves: A Fast Day?
17th Century
The Prince a Rav – Saul III
17th Century
Going to Yerushalayim?
18th Century
Saved by Spiderwebs
Issue 8
A Wedding in Worms
Babylonian Exile
The Last Kings
Halacha
The Unasked Question
16th Century
The Schlissel Challah