News: Chinese Tourists Arrested in Germany after Making Hitler Salutes in Front of Reichstag

Breaking News from Haaretz: “German police on Saturday arrested two Chinese tourists for making illegal “Heil Hitler” salutes in front of the historic Reichstag building that houses the German parliament.” Read more. There are times when I am truly ashamed of the ignorance of some of my own people. They idealize and even idolize everything … More News: Chinese Tourists Arrested in Germany after Making Hitler Salutes in Front of Reichstag

Austria: Salzburg Carnival/Salzburger Fasnacht

The European history never ceases to surprise me. Based on the information presented at the museum of Schloss Hellbrunn. I found out how some 17th century Europeans entertained themselves with their animals. During the annual Salzburg Carnival, which incorporated elements from Venice, 1. bulls and bears were hunted to death. 2. geese were beheaded. According … More Austria: Salzburg Carnival/Salzburger Fasnacht

Austria: A Wonderful Summer School in Salzburg

Prof. Kristin De Troyer held a fantastic summer school on the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts of Esther at the theological faculty of the University of Salzburg between the 3rd and 7th of July, 2017. I consider myself luckly to have been selected as one of the eleven participants from around the world. A knowledgeable teacher … More Austria: A Wonderful Summer School in Salzburg

Germany: Berlin, a City That Looks Back at the Past to Reinvent Itself in the Present

Berlin, the capital city of modern Germany, has an intriguing history. A. 1200-1400 The Slavs who originally inhabited the region called it berl “swamp,” which sounded similar to the German Bär “bear.” Coincidentally, the first Margrave of Brandenburg Albrecht I was nicknamed “the Bear.” Therefore, it is not surprisng that the image of a standing … More Germany: Berlin, a City That Looks Back at the Past to Reinvent Itself in the Present

Israel: Jerusalem of Gold (ירושׁלים שׁל זהב)

Last week was not my first time to visit the Old City in Jerusalem. Still, the city does not cease to enchant me with its timeless beauty… Stepping on the well worn stones dated to the Roman period… Being surrounded by the colorful scarves and blouses hanging out from the stalls… Bumping into the traditional … More Israel: Jerusalem of Gold (ירושׁלים שׁל זהב)

Presentation: The ‘Ethnic’ History of Israel in Ezekiel 20

‘The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.’ — Henry David Thoreau Believe it or not, I love going to academic conferences! There’s no doubt about that, even though at the end of each conference I am pretty much exhausted and need … More Presentation: The ‘Ethnic’ History of Israel in Ezekiel 20