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Photographs of boys and girls of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York (1930s) partaking in summer camp activities. The Hebrew Orphan Asylum (HOA) was active for over a century, from 1822 to 1941.

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YIVO
YIVO
YIVO

Throughout the centuries, Karaites maintained an alternate form of Judaism, one that denied the validity of the Rabbinic Oral Torah as embodied in the Talmud.

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Trees of emanation

According to the scholar of kabbalah J. H. Chajes, medieval kabbalists thought a lot about how to visualize the sefirot, and ultimately favored arboreal diagrams over the astronomical. Consider Pardes rimonim (Pomegranate Orchard). a survey of Kabbalah—or, as Chajes puts it, “an inventory with an attitude”—completed in 1548 by the brilliant young kabbalist R. Moses Cordevero. In Cordevero’s own words: And I have already explained that the constellation ofAṣilut (Emanation—the highest of the four “worlds”) is the ilan (tree) of Aṣilut, and no (demonic) shell will rule it whatsoever.

on seeing salanter

What did the founder of the Musar Movement Rabbi Yisrael Salanter (1810-1883) look like? One admirer described him as a “stately figure” with ”an unusually wide forehead” and “a handsome beard.“ As wanting in detail as this description may be, it is a more reliable picture than the photographs that many authoritative sources claim to be of Salanter, according to the scholar Shnayer Leiman. After evaluating them, Leiman deems each photograph to be a photo of someone else. For the number of such false photographs now in circulation, it is clear that something in us wants to see Salanter. In Salanter’s own words: “Man is a drop of intellect drowning in a sea of instincts.”

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Smithsonian

A pocket watch with Hebrew letters that belonged to Sinai Kantor, a Russian immigrant who went down with the Titanic when it sunk on its maiden voyage in 1912. His wife Miriam survived the accident.

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A silver and brass pocket watch made by Jules Levy in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1901.

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A pocket watch on which Yeshayahu Markowitz (d. 1944) of Szilágysomlyó, Transylvania, pasted the photographs of his twelve children in order of birth.

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Sholem Aleichem’s 18k gold watch. The writer received the watch in 1911 in commemoration of the 10th Zionist Congress in Basel.

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