Joel Ghosalkar

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6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Alexander the Great

Alexander III of Macedon (356–323 BC), better known as Alexander the Great, created one of the largest empires of the ancient world in little over a …

Ancient History

From Cairo to Kolkata, Traces of a Vibrant Jewish Past

I spotted the front gates of the graveyard one morning on my way to Arabic class in downtown Tunis. Squished into a crowded metro car, I couldn’t see clearly around the other passengers, but that Hebrew and Star of David were unmistakable.<p>In the 15 years since then, I’ve visited at least a dozen …

Israel

Behind the Messy, Expensive Split Between Facebook and WhatsApp’s Founders

After a long dispute over how to produce more revenue with ads and data, the messaging app’s creators are walking away leaving about $1.3 billion on the table​<p>How ugly was the breakup between Facebook Inc. and the two founders of WhatsApp, its biggest acquisition? The creators of the popular …

Mark Zuckerberg

Was Gareth Cliff right about Israel?

Independent radio host Gareth Cliff recently came under fire for comments he made disputing the popular narrative that Israel without provocation …

Israel

The clash between the classical order and Christianity is a tale of murder and vandalism wrought by religious zealotry, evoking modern-day parallels<p>“The theologian,” wrote Edward Gibbon in his classic <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire</i><i>,</i> “may indulge the pleasing task of …

Ancient History

Go figure: Nature's numbers are the keys to the cosmos

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Helpful Infographics Visualize Complex Branches of Math and Science

Click to enlarge<p>It's often easy to get stuck into a narrow view of what a particular field of study entails, but as Dominic Walliman reveals in his impressive science infographics, there's much more than meets the eye when thinking of particular STEM subjects. Walliman demonstrates the diversity …

How to Promote Yourself Without Looking Like a Jerk

Self-promotion can be uncomfortable for many people. That’s certainly true for foreign professionals in America, who have to navigate different cultural mores in the most bullish nation on earth when it comes to personal branding. But even for many Americans, it’s a tricky prospect: how can you …

Daf Yomi: Why God Allows Idol Worship and Sin

<i>Literary critic</i> <i>Adam Kirsch</i> <i>is reading</i> <i>a page of Talmud</i> <i>a day, along with Jews around the world.</i> One of the remarkable things about the Talmud is the way …

Why Jewish History Is So Hard to Write

New books by Simon Schama and Martin Goodman present very different approaches to their subject.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>“Can there be a history of a slave?” When Isaak Markus Jost asked this question, in the introduction to …

Israel

Fall of the Western Roman Empire

To many historians, the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century CE has always been viewed as the end of the ancient world and the onset …

Early Christianity

Emerging from a small sect of Judaism in the 1st century CE, early Christianity absorbed many of the shared religious, cultural, and intellectual …

Theology

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Parenting

When Israel Hatched a Secret Plan to Assassinate Iranian Scientists

In May 2003, the deputy head of the Mossad presented a top secret plan to the reclusive Israeli spy agency’s senior leadership, a group of some of the most hard-nosed security men in the world. The plan, the product of an intensive four-month effort, was an ultra-secret strategy to stop Iran from …

10 “Notes to Self” We Need to Read 10 Times a Day Until They Sink In

<i>Happiness doesn’t start with a relationship, a vacation, a job, or money. It starts with our thinking and what you tell ourselves every day.</i>The best …

Happiness

6 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Ottoman Empire

Jem Duducu presents six lesser known facts about one of the largest empires in history<p>The Ottoman Empire is one of the largest empires in history. In …

World History

“Black Panther” and the Invention of “Africa”

The Maison des Esclaves stands on the rocky shore of Gorée Island, off the coast of Senegal, like a great red tomb. During the years of its operation, the building served as a rendezvous point for slavers trafficking in a seemingly inexhaustible resource: Africans, whose very bodies became the …

Black Panther

The Jews of medieval England

Jewish people first began arriving in England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 and their histories can be traced in the country’s major cities …

History

Petra Lost and Found

In the early 1800s, a Swiss explorer tricked his way into Petra, the ancient oasis whose location had been a closely guarded secret for centuries.<p>Deep within Jordan’s desolate desert canyons and rugged mountains lies an ancient treasure, the stone city of Petra. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one …

Archaeology

Golda Meir: On the Palestinians - and terror

"Had Israel not repelled her would-be destroyers , no Jewish refugees would be alive in the Middle East to concern the world." From the New York …

Why You Should Choose Meaning Over Happiness

Happiness is fleeting but meaning is forever.<p><i>by</i><p>Happiness seems such a wonderful place to visit. The world is full of happy pills, happy places, happy …

1204: The Sack of Constantinople

In 1204 CE the unthinkable happened and Constantinople, after nine centuries of withstanding all comers, was brutally sacked. Even more startling was …

World History

Holocaust movies: 18 of the best beyond Schindler's List

It is known as the Holocaust. Jews call it the “<i>Shoah</i>” – an ancient word for "disaster” or “catastrophe." The mass, industrialized murder of European …

History of Rajputs in India

The main lineages<p>Rajputs who are descended from the thirty-six royal Kshatriya clans mentioned in the sacred books, the Puranas, and in the two great …

“Not a Good Look”: Inside Nikki Haley’s Retreat to Trump Island

After a successful start at the U.N., Haley appears to be trading diplomacy for a more valuable political prize: Donald Trump’s base.<p>By the depraved standards of the Trump administration, <b>Nikki Haley’s</b> first year as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations was an unlikely success story. “When Haley …

Never Stop Asking Why History Matters

The world has changed momentously in the 25 years since the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum opened its doors. Globalization and the digital …

How Arafat Eluded Israel’s Assassination Machine

<b>T</b>he radar on the F-15s picked up the blip of the transport plane, a DHC-5 Buffalo, 370 miles into Mediterranean airspace. The fighters closed rapidly. They read the tail number, saw the blue-and-brown markings. They were positive they’d found the right plane.<p>The lead pilot keyed his radio. “Do we …

Israel

1453: The Fall of Constantinople

The city of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) was founded by Roman emperor Constantine I in 324 CE and it acted as the capital of the Eastern Roman …