Judaism

Combining grand narrative with vignettes of private lives and long-forgotten events, the last 500 years of Jewish life are told by a consummate master of his craft.

Menorah from the King’s Bible by Isaac ben Judah of Toulouse, 1384.

The function, history and symbolism of the menorah from deep antiquity to its use as the emblem of the state of Israel.

The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Under the Command of Titus, AD 70, by David Roberts.

A visually arresting look at the minutiae of centuries of everyday Jewish life.

Street Types of New York City: Emigrant and Pretzel Vendor, Alice Austen, c.1896. Courtesy Library of Congress

Faced with an extortionate rise in the price of kosher meat, Jewish women in New York’s Lower East Side employed protest tactics borrowed from the radical political movements that prospered in their neighbourhood. 

The Apadana Palace, Persepolis, Iran, 2008.

A Danish-German survey sought to unearth the roots of the Hebrew Bible in Arabia. It became the first to comprehend a new Islamic ideology, which now threatens the West.

Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, Francesco Hayez, oil on canvas, 1867

There are to sides to every story but the survival of sources from antiquity means we do not always see both. Tim Whitmarsh calls for a more nuanced view of Jews in the Greco-Roman world.

Lionel Kochan profiles one of the leading bankers among British Jews, who devoted fifty years of his long life to the welfare of Jewry overseas and the future of Palestine.

Roger Hudson gives context to a photograph highlighting the plight of Galician Jews after the Russian army's invasion in the Great War.

Henry D'Avigdor-Goldsmid describes an insider trading scandal that embroiled the House of Commons in 1912.

Lord Balfour, then Foreign Secretary, announced that he viewed with favour a national home for the Jews in Palestine. I.T. Naamani examines the philosophical writings of a remarkable British statesman.