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Sample Sources

The sources below are those contained in our three curated collections—covering themes of Passover, Gender Roles, and Holocaust Resistance. They represent a fraction of the thousands of sources that will be available when the full site launches in 2024.
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“Who Is a Sephardi?”

Haifa 1 Elul, 5724 August 9, 1964 To: His Excellency David Ben-Gurion Sde Boker Dear Sir, From your letter of May 19, 1964, I understood that you wish to avoid a comprehensive discussion of the…
Leather capsule with four indented sections.
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Tefillin

In Jewish tradition, the command to “bind them [God’s words] as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead” is understood as requiring passages from the Torah to be written on…

Prologue (to Deuteronomy)

Chapter 4 5See, I have imparted to you laws and rules, as the Lord my God has commanded me, for you to abide by in the land that you are about to enter and occupy. 6Observe them faithfully, for that…
Rectangular box and separated lid with two winged figures standing across from each other.
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Ark of Covenant and Cherubs

These are modern reconstructions of the Ark of the Covenant. Chests with images on top and with carrying poles are known from ancient Egypt. The depictions of the cherubs here are based on winged…
Painting of factory in background and water in foreground.
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Factory near Pontoise

Camille Pissarro painted landscapes that, unusually for the time, included industrial elements, like this sugar-beet factory near Pissarro’s home in Pontoise. Like other impressionist paintings, this…
Photograph of exterior facade of building with minarets, circular windows, and decoration, and trees in courtyard.
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Dohány Street Synagogue

The Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest is the largest synagogue in Europe, and the second largest in the world, capable of accommodating three thousand people. The Moorish- and Byzantine-inspired…
Photograph of building exterior with five columns.
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Óbuda Synagogue

The Óbuda Synagogue in Budapest is the oldest functioning synagogue in Hungary. The building was inaugurated in 1821. Its restrained, neoclassical aesthetic was consistent with popular architectural…
Photograph of interior of building featuring menorah and decorated Torah ark.
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Janów Sokólski Synagogue

Janów, Poland, was home to a unique wooden synagogue. The town was settled by Jews toward the end of the seventeenth century, and, by 1739, the Jewish population formed the majority of the town’s…
Photograph of exterior of building with semi-circular windows featuring American flag on left and flower garden in front.
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Touro Synaguge

The Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, is home to the second-oldest congregation in the United States. As Sephardic Jews began emigrating from the Caribbean to colonial America in the…
Page of Aramaic text in center and around border with images of birds and flowers.
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Ketubah

The ketubah is a religious and legal contract of marriage. Traditionally, it outlines the conjugal and economic conditions of a marriage and is written in Aramaic. This ornate one from Isfahan, Iran…
Heart-shaped amulet with Hebrew words.
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Amulet for Bitoul Ada

This unusual heart-shaped amulet from Morocco is inscribed with the words “God Almighty,” followed by the priestly blessing (Numbers 6:24–26) and an individualized text: “May God give him life and…
Page of Aramaic text in two arched columns with Star of David and flowers on top.
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Ketubah

The ketubah is a religious and legal contract of marriage. Traditionally, it outlines the conjugal and economic conditions of a marriage and is written in Aramaic. This one, made in Bucharest, Romania…