An Ancient Greek Inscription Paints a Portrait of One of the Forgotten Jewish Communities of Asia Minor

In the early centuries of the Common Era, there were Greek-speaking Jewish communities scattered across the western and southern areas of what is now Turkey. They left few records behind them, and are now known primarily from references in the New Testament. But discovery of a marble block with a Greek inscription—likely once part of a synagogue—in the ancient city of Aphrodisias in western Anatolia offers rare contemporary evidence of one such community. Carl Rusmussen writes:

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More about: ancient Judaism, Archaeology, Conversion, Synagogues

How Israel Helped Win the Cold War

Oct. 20 2020

When Harry Truman announced that he was inclined to recognize the fledgling Jewish state, George C. Marshall and other eminent foreign-policy advisers urged him not to, arguing that the new country would be a severe liability to American interests—a way of thinking that persists to this day. But, to the contrary, Israel has proved itself time and again to be an invaluable ally. Joshua Muravchik describes some of its important contributions to fighting the cold war:

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More about: Cold War, Mossad, U.S. Foreign policy, US-Israel relations