The Mysteries of the Monk’s Haggadah

April 18 2016

Sometime in the late 15th century, an illuminated manuscript of the Haggadah came into the possession of a monastery in southern Germany, which then passed it on to the Christian Hebraist Erhard von Pappenheim, who appended a detailed prologue. The entire manuscript, prologue included, has now been published with a series of scholarly introductions. Philip Getz writes:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Blood libel, Christian Hebraists, Hagaddah, History & Ideas, Passover, Religion & Holidays

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war