How Europe’s First Jewish Medical-School Graduates Fought a 17th-Century Pandemic

Sept. 9 2020

Even in ancient times, Jews were often associated with the practice of medicine, an association that persists in both the popular imagination and in reality to this day. Edward Reichman tells the story of the first European medical school to accept Jewish students, and their battles against the plague that swept through the continent in the 17th century:

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More about: Italian Jewry, Jewish history, Medicine, Plague

 

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