January 28: Nahman Avigad in the Old City

Israeli archaeologist Nahman Avigad, who excavated the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and discovered remnants of the Jewish revolt against Rome that was crushed by Titus, as described in the work of Josephus, died at 86 on this date in 1992. Avigad also worked on excavating Masada as well as the caves […]

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June 28: Yigael Yadin

Yigael Yadin, who was David Ben Gurion’s Head of Operations during the Israeli War of Independence and then Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces from 1949 to 1952, died in Jerusalem at 67 on this date in 1984. Son of archaeologist Eleazar Sukenik and women’s rights activist Hasya Sukenik-Feinsod, Yadin became an archaeologist […]

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September 2: Marc Antony and the Jews

Marc Antony and his ally and wife, Cleopatra, were defeated by Octavian (soon to be the Emperor Augustus) in the naval Battle of Actium off the coast of Greece on this date in 31 BCE, thirteen years after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Antony had appointed Herod “the Great” as king of Jerusalem and the […]

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April 16: Masada, according to Josephus

According to Book Seven of The Jewish Wars by Josephus (Joseph ben Matityahu) — a Jewish commander who defected to the Romans and chronicled their suppression of the Jewish uprising and the destruction of Jerusalem — this was the date in 73 CE when the Roman soldiers who had besieged Masada for several months broke […]

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In Defense of ‘Self-Hating’ Jews

Conversations with the Targets of Masada2000’s S.H.I.T. List by Menachem Wecker If self-hatred, as the Encyclopedia Judaica suggests, is “a negative attitude” that members of a minority group level against their own group, Jewish self-hatred should have disappeared when Israel was founded in what the EJ describes as a “renaissance of Jewish pride and self-respect.” […]

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