Teasers

Questions! Questions! Questions!

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Were there any Jewish gladiators?

Find out what the Talmud and archeology have to say on the subject!

 

 

 

 


What did the Menorah really look like?

Is the depiction of the Menorah on Titus’ arch accurate?


What ever happened to the Temple treasures?

The Talmud and Midrash offer a few clues!


Why does Michelangelo’s Moses have horns?

Could something have been lost in translation?


What does every yeshiva student have Pope Leo XIII to thank for?

Discover how a German Cardinal saved the famous Romm publishing house of Vilna from ruin and got his name printed in the Talmud!


Did Michelangelo and Bernini study Talmud?

Discover traces and allusions to the Talmud, Midrash and Kabbalah in the works of Rome’s most celebrated artists.


Is the Messiah in Rome?

When the prophet Elijah told Rabbi Joshua ben Levi where the Messiah could be found, the sage from Eretz Yisrael set sail for the imperial capital, but what did the Messiah tell him?


What do the Talmudic sage Resh Lakish and Spartacus have in common?

They were both gladiators, of course!


What do Dan and Beit El have to do with Rome?

Roman legend tells us that Romulus and Remus founded Rome, but Jewish legends tell a slightly different story!


What’s the one thing gladiators never do?

Anything the reminds them of the elephant in the room or the possibility of a thumbs down!


Who sent the wolf that reared Romulus and Remo?

The God of Israel has mercy on orphans—even those whose descendants will one day oppress His people.


Are there Jewish “secrets” behind Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel?

The biblical scenes in Michelangelo’s frescoes clearly reveal the artist’s knowledge of Midrashic legends.


How did golden calves give birth to twins reared by a wolf?

“The day that Jeroboam erected two golden calves, Romes [sic] and Romiles [sic] came and built two huts in Rome” (Yerushalmi, Avodah zarah).


Was Nero Jewish?

According to Josephus, Nero’s wife, Poppaea Sabina, was a “God-fearer and favorable toward the Jews.” Did she ultimately convert? And what about her husband?


Where is the Temple menorah today?

Scholarship and archeology tell us the Menorah was taken to Rome and kept there, while the Midrash says that it will one day be reclaimed from “the House of the Emperor Julian”. Are we any closer to knowing where it is right now?