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Timeline of Jewish History

Chapter 1The New World [numbers on the left hand side correspond to the Jewish calendar which begins with the year '1' - creation of the world -...

What do BCE and CE stand for?

Rabbi Isser Weisberg: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? justastudent: What do "BCE" and "CE" mean? As you can tell, I am...

Why did Maimonides live in Egypt if the Torah forbids returning there?

The Kesef Mishneh answers (in the name of the Re'am) that the prohibition of the Torah to dwell in Egypt applies only if one travels from Israel to Egypt,...

Who was Benjamin of Tudela?

Benjamin of Tudela was a traveler who lived around late 12th Century in medieval Spain, and he traveled extensively and recorded what he saw of Jewish...

Who was Maimonides?

A. Maimonides was one of the greatest scholars in Diaspora Jewish history. He was born in Cordoba, Spain in 1135 and fled Islamic persecution with his...