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Secrets under the Al Aqsa Mosque

A photographic essay made possible by a 1927 earthquake and a British photographer who explored the area revealed under the mosque.Lenny Ben David, 6/5/2016, 7:53 AM

The long history of Jewish/Israeli ties with Jordan

Jordanian ties to the Zionists go back to 1919, with Lawrence of Arabia as interpreter.Lenny Ben David, 6/3/2016, 2:46 PM

WWI: Did a German officer prevent massacre of Jews in Israel?

Did a German officer prevent the massacre of the Jews of Eretz Yisrael during World War I?And later his son-in-law conspired to kill HitlerLenny Ben David, 5/26/2016, 5:46 AM

19th century painting of the Western Wall

The Ottoman Imperial Archives posted this beautiful painting.Lenny Ben David, 5/3/2016, 8:26 AM

The Samaritans on Passover 100 years ago

The Samaritans still sacrifice the Pascal Lamb.Lenny Ben David, 4/27/2016, 10:56 AM

Matza factories hard at work

Getting ready for Passover in Israel at the start of the 20th century and in the US in 1858, the latter leavened with some anti-Semitism., 4/10/2016, 12:00 AM

For Israel Radio's 80th anniversary

March 30th was the 80th birthday of Kol Yisrael.Lenny Ben David, 4/3/2016, 11:41 PM

Historic Purim photos of Pre-State Israel and 19th Century USA

A Purim ball in Manhattan 1865, the Adloyada in Tel Aviv 1934. Happy Purim to all!Lenny Ben David, 3/22/2016, 8:57 PM

Through the enemy's lens: WW1 German officer's war photos

Gaza, Jordan, Be'er Sheva, and Jerusalem - just some of the incredible rare photos found on the camera of a captured German officer.Arutz Sheva, 3/18/2016, 11:16 AM

The American Colony in the Holy Land, 1866

They were an innocent group, "Shamefully Humbugged by their Prophet." (See information on forthcoming book of pictorial history.)Lenny Ben David, 3/6/2016, 4:31 PM

Damascus Jewish woman in her finest

Rare photographs of women in what was once the country of Syria and the home of a vibrant Jewish community.Lenny Ben David, 2/28/2016, 4:35 PM

How the US Navy saved the Jews in the Holy Land 100 years ago

Why did the navy have to bring the aid the US sent Jews during WWI?Lenny Ben David, 2/11/2016, 11:44 AM

Why the Jerusalem merchant closed his shop when the Emperor came

An answer to last week's question, asked for the first time in 1898. Straightforward, actually.Lenny Ben David, 1/6/2016, 2:23 PM

Ottoman Rabbis and a Jerusalem Store that boycotted the Emperor

Newly released pictures from the Ottoman archives.Lenny Ben David, 1/2/2016, 8:56 PM

Jerusalem captured by the British 98 years ago

New photos from the Ottoman Archives depict transfer from Ottoman control to the British, one of many conquests of the Holy City.Lenny Ben David, 12/22/2015, 7:11 AM

130-year-old testimony to Jewish life in Silwan, Jerusalem

An annotated picture of Shiloah (Silwan) found in the British Library's Endangered Archives collection.Lenny Ben-David, 12/14/2015, 9:45 PM

Jewish women of the Orient 100-150 years ago

Commemorating the 850,000 Jews expelled from Arab countries after the establishment of the Jewish state.Lenny Ben David, 12/2/2015, 10:08 PM

Bringing the Holy Land to America

Mark Twain's travels set the scene for an exhibition and reproductions.Lenny Ben David, 11/23/2015, 11:42 AM

Mystery Photo from Ottoman Archives

See a long procession of Jews of Ashkenazic and Sephardi extraction and British soldiers walking together - to where? why? when?Lenny Ben David, 11/18/2015, 6:27 AM

100 year old photos of the Cave of the Patriarchs

Hevron's Cave of the Patriarchs will be packed this weekend, Parashat Chayei Sarah. Here is how it once looked.Lenny Ben David, 11/6/2015, 12:00 AM

'Welcome painting' of Jews arriving to Ottoman Empire in 1492

This beautiful painting was posted by the Ottoman Imperial Archives.Lenny Ben David, 10/29/2015, 10:31 AM

Hansen's Hospital for Lepers in Jerusalem (1900's)

Photos from the daughter of the Talbieh neighborhood hospital's in house physician.Lenny Ben-David, 10/21/2015, 12:59 AM

The Sukkot Festival and Hoshana Rabba - 100+ Years Ago

Aussie at Kotel (we apologize for the quality of the photo), Sukkot in Samarkand, Jews at the Kotel in kittels on Hoshana Rabba.Lenny Ben David, 10/4/2015, 7:14 AM

In Pictures: Rosh Hashanah in NY - 100 Years Ago

Photos of praying, going to prayer, promenading, Tashlich - and even a New Year's nap.Lenny Ben David, 9/18/2015, 2:40 PM

Blowing the Shofar in 1879 - with some Anti-Semitism Thrown In

Meet the now-defunct American Society for Suppressing the Jewish Race.Lenny Ben-David, 9/13/2015, 6:11 AM

Why Was a Nazi Flag Flying from a Jerusalem Hotel in the 1930s?

Jaffa Gate was once too small for carriages and boasted a restaurant that later turned into a hotel down the road.Lenny Ben David, 8/31/2015, 1:49 PM

Previously Unknown Photos Taken from 1867 to 1910s

A Major 19th Century Photo Collection Rescued and Digitized by the British Library's Endangered Archives Program.Lenny Ben David, 8/25/2015, 1:24 PM

American 'Manifest Destiny' Heads to the Holy Land in 1847

The early days of the Christian Zionists are portrayed here.Lenny Ben David, 8/14/2015, 12:04 PM

The Capture of Beer Sheva by Australian Light Horsemen in 1917

Arguably the most important battle of WWI in Palestine.Lenny Ben David, 8/10/2015, 6:19 AM

Tanburi Isak: Turkey's Ancient Jewish 'Rock Star'

A surprise from the Ottoman Imperial Archives.Lenny Ben David, 7/30/2015, 5:05 PM

Aleppo, Syria 100 Years Ago - and Today

Aleppo, a World Heritage Site, once had a thriving Jewish community, but now the city's very existence hangs on a thread.Lenny Ben-David, 7/23/2015, 10:44 AM

The "Black Wedding" in the Mt. of Olives Cemetery

The Jews of Jerusalem try to intercede with G-d to prevent a cholera epidemic.Lenny Ben David, 7/13/2015, 5:45 AM

Mystery Picture: A Fountain Found and a Windmill Disappears

One would think the Turks had Photoshop from comparing the pictures in this article.Lenny Ben David, 6/19/2015, 4:47 AM

Were Austrian or Australian Soldiers in Palestine in WWI?

"Austrian" or "Australian," What's the Difference? Plenty If You Were a Soldier Fighting in Palestine in WWI!Lenny Ben David, 6/4/2015, 12:00 AM

Ottoman Archives Posts More Rare Photos of the Holy Land

Never published photos released from unique archive.Lenny Ben-David, 5/27/2015, 2:20 PM

Ottoman Archives Posts More Rare Photos of the Holy Land

Never released photos released from unique archive.Lenny Ben-David, 5/27/2015, 8:20 AM

Ottoman Imperial Archives Releases Mystery Photo of Jerusalem

A massive collection is being digitized for posterity.Lenny Ben Daivd, 5/19/2015, 7:35 AM

The Merchants of Jerusalem: Are They Not Jews?

Pictures taken by a German photographer in 1917.Lenny Ben David, 5/13/2015, 10:58 AM

Life and Death of a Jewish Courtyard in Jerusalem's Old City

Evacuated in 1948, but back to stay, with G-d's help.Lenny Ben-David, 5/7/2015, 10:19 PM

Could Jewish Soldiers Celebrate Passover in Jerusalem in 1918?

Read Col. Paterson's words to see that there is nothing new under the sun.Lenny Ben-David, 4/3/2015, 12:00 AM

WW100 - The Ottoman-German Attack on the Suez Canal -- 1915

WWI battles in the Middle East preserved in photos by the armies of the waning Ottoman Empire.Lenny Ben David, 3/24/2015, 2:28 PM

Jordan River Waters Shipped to the United States in 1906

Fascinating photos,including one of Jewish girls welcoming the Turkish Sultan, from the Ottoman Imperial Archives.Lenny Ben-David, 3/10/2015, 11:40 AM

World War I in the Holy Land.

Kiwi Soldiers Describe their Encounter with Jews.Lenny Ben-David, 2/24/2015, 9:26 PM

Theodore Roosevelt and Palestine -- "Bully for You!"

The 26th US President supported a Jewish state in Palestine.Lenny Ben-David, 2/18/2015, 9:33 AM

The American Colony Founds a Photography Dep't

The American Colony founders were not missionaries, but wished to live a simple life and help others.Lenny Ben David, 12/21/2014, 6:00 PM

Centenary of WWI: Armies that Fought in the Holy Land

Jews in Palestine starved in WWI, but the Jewish soldiers from overseas rejoiced to see them.Lenny Ben David, 11/15/2014, 10:37 PM

Hidden in a 74-Year-Old Newsreel of Palestine - Exciting Photos

Hidden were the foundations of what would be the State of Israel.Lenny Ben David, 11/6/2014, 6:30 PM

The Hardships of Aliya in the 30's

In the '30s it wasn't only living in Israel that was hard; just getting to the Holy Land was fraught with danger.Lenny Ben David, 10/5/2014, 7:12 PM

Blowing the Shofar ca.1935

Jews around the world will blow 100 shofar blasts on Thursday and Friday, Rosh Hashana 5765 (2014).Lenny Ben David, 9/23/2014, 5:13 PM

How Did WWI End in Palestine?

Skipping to the end of the Great War that began 100 years ago..Lenny Ben-David, 9/18/2014, 12:14 PM

Teddy Roosevelt and Palestine - "Bully for You!"

He said: "There can be no peace worth having" until Armenians and Arabs are granted independence "and the Jews given control of Palestine."Lenny Ben David, 8/14/2014, 10:15 AM

The Balfour Declaration: the Legal Right to a Jewish State

The Jews have biblical rights, historical rights and legal rights to the land of Israel.Lenny Ben-David, 7/20/2014, 7:45 PM

Lydia Mountford and 19th Century Life in Jerusalem

Life in Palestine 1830-1880 as described by a very unusual woman, Lydia Mamreoff von Finkelstein MountfordLenny Ben David, 7/6/2014, 2:29 PM

Mosul, Iraq had an Ancient Jewish Community

In the news because of Jihadist overrunning of the city, it has a Jewish history.Lenny Ben-David, 6/13/2014, 2:41 PM

The Gates of the Old City of Jerusalem: Antique Photos

There are 8 picturesque gates to the Old City, which can be seen on a walking tour today. These photos are over 100 years old.Lenny Ben-David, 6/6/2014, 1:52 PM

For Shavuot: The Book of Ruth as Reenacted 100 Years Ago

Bible-loving members of the American Colony in Jerusalem photographed a reenactment of the Biblical Story of Ruth.Lenny Ben-David, 6/1/2014, 8:07 PM

Jewish Soldiers and Jerusalem

When Jewish soldiers reached Jerusalem, they made a beeline for the Western Wall. Especially in June, 1967.Lenny Ben-David, 5/27/2014, 2:25 PM