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“Conservative Judaism ”

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DEFINITION The word "halakhah" (from the root halakh, "to go"), the legal side of Judaism (as distinct from aggadah, the name given to the nonlegal material, particularly of the rabbinic literature), embraces personal, social, national, and international relationships, and all the other practices and observances of Judaism. In the Bible the good life is frequently spoken of as a way in which men are "to go," e.g... read article

The Vatican & the Holocaust: Preliminary Report on the Vatican During the Holocaust

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Preface The International Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission (Historical Commission) is comprised of a group of three Catholic and three Jewish scholars appointed, respectively, by the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews (Holy See’s Commission) and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), to whom we are submitting this preliminary report... read article

Reform Judaism

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REFORM JUDAISM, first of the modern interpretations of Judaism to emerge in response to the changed political and cultural conditions brought about by the *Emancipation.The Reform movement was a bold historical response to the dramatic events of the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe. The increasing political centralization of the late 18th and early 19th centuries undermined the societal structure that perpetuated traditional Jewish life. At the same time, Enlightenment ideas began to influence not only a small group of intellectuals but also wider circles. The resulting political, economic, and social changes were profound... read article

Reports on Religious Freedom: Israel 2021

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Annual report on religious freedom in Israel produced by the U.S. State Department for 2021... read article

Bibliography of Web Sites

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List of websites relevant to Jewish history... read article

Bibliography of Related Websites

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List of external links related to Jewish history, Israel and the Middle East... read article