The Christian Search for China’s Jews
Rumors of an ancient Jewish community in eastern China began with Jesuit journeys to the Chinese interior and intensified in search of a supposedly undoctored version of the Bible. But could the Confucian-inspired devotion to rites practiced in Kaifeng’s Temple of Purity and Truth still be considered part of Jewish tradition?
Lay of the Land
Banished from his native Provence, Ashtori Ha-parhi brought scientific tools acquired there to the land of Israel, becoming the first to match up Bible stories with the topography of the Holy Land
Arriving in Jerusalem in the middle of a famine, Queen Helene of Adiabene saved the city from starvation and earned herself and her family a reputation as benefactors of the Jewish people. But who got her hooked on Judaism? And was she alone?
Jiří Langer: Hasid of Prague
Seeking an authentic Jewish identity, a young man left Prague for the Hasidic world of Bełz. On his return, he brought Bełz back with him, much to his family’s consternation. But was it inspiration he sought or companionship? The metamorphosis of Jiří Langer
This Month in History – Tammuz / Av
Brief History – Qing China
Quick Looks at Books – Jews in the Roman Period
Archives – Siegfried Marcus‘ first automobile
Tale of a Trail – Mount Scopus
Portrait of a People – Pieter Brueghel the Younger