On the one hand: Jews and their religion are fiercely militant. On the other: The Jewish religion is peaceful and Jews avoid fighting, to the point that they have been derided as cowards or draft dodgers. Looking at the three-millennia arc of Jewish history, both statements are sometimes true and sometimes false, observes Rabbi Reuven Firestone, professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and senior fellow at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture.

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Fight or flight: The nature of Judaism

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From New World Encyclopedia The West Bank (Arabic: , Hebrew: , Hagadah Hamaaravit), also known as Judea and Samaria, is a landlocked territory on the west bank of the Jordan River in the Middle East. The area is regarded by many Jews as the birthplace of the Jewish peoples and is the location of the main Jewish religious sites and tombs.

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Quote from Charles Krauthammer – The Weekly Standard, May 11, 1998 “Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago. You dig the soil and you find pottery from Davidic times, coins from Bar Kokhba, and 2,000-year-old scrolls written in a script remarkably like the one that today advertises ice cream at the corner candy store.” The people of Israel (also called the “Jewish People”) trace their origin to Abraham, who established the belief that there is only one God, the creator of the universe (see Torah). Abraham, his son Yitshak (Isaac), and grandson Jacob (Israel), are referred to as the patriarchs of the Israelites

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Brief History of Israel and the Jewish People

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Jewish History Blog Wandering Jews The Hasidic Movement ignited Jewish masses in remote communities with love of Judaism, but the movement had its roots in an earlier era of wandering Jews.

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Members of a Jewish congregation will gather Tuesday April 15 for the second night of Passover, joining with members of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, at 6200 N. Charles St., where both congregations worship, to share the stories, rituals and food of seder


Kol HaLev to host Passover seder in its church home

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Palestinians win implicit U.N. recognition of sovereign state 2012 : Reconocimiento de pal April 06, 2014 Al Jazeera News ONE TIME ONLY DONATION $

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) In a long hallway that looks more like a videogame arcade than a military base, Hamas security forces are holding target practice using assault rifles fitted with lasers all without firing a bullet. For the cash-strapped Hamas government, the system is a much-needed money saver that eliminates the need to train with live ammunition, which is in short supply in Gaza.

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Cash-strapped Hamas turns to e-bullets

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Young Jewish and Palestinian Israelis perform in Dancing in Jaffa.” Photo courtesy of IFC The long history of Jewish-Arab animosity is a hard thing to change, but that didnt stop ballroom dance champion and choreographer Pierre Dulaine from trying, literally, one step at a time. Having taught 350,000 New York City fifth-graders to dance via the Dancing Classrooms program that he founded in 1994, the man famously portrayed by Antonio Banderas in the 2006 feature film Take the Lead returned to his native Jaffa to bring young Jewish and Palestinian Israelis together on the dance floor

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Ballroom peace

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The Forward reports that haredim are building a Holocaust museum in Brooklyn and, at least some of the time, it's going to be gender-segregated and gender-excluded. Haredim who want to learn about the Holocaust without …

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Haredim To Open Gender-Segregated Holocaust Museum …

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Displeased With Arrival of April 15? Take It Up With Abraham Getty Images A Land Divided: Abraham and Lot divide the land and, in some way, begin to invent the concept of taxation. Like it or not and who among us actually likes it come April 15, you will need to have filed your 2013 income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service.

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The Secret Jewish History of Tax Day

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