Religious Newspapers and Writings, 1898

Since 2015, I've been working on a project regarding the Spanish-American War in NJ's Gateway Region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Union and Middlesex counties). Last summer, I decided to focus my research on religious attitudes in the region during the war, because I noticed that there was markedly less conflict between Catholics and Protestants in the region than would be expected, given the heated religious rhetoric that surrounded the conflict.

Research Query: Tanakh/תנ״ך

I have seen Tanakh described as "the traditional name" for the Hebrew Bible — which it seems to me cannot be right.  (That, I think, would have been Mikra.)

Can anyone point me to the history of this word?  The dictionaries assign it to "the modern period" (which seems obvious), but … who coined it and when?  How long did it take to catch on?



Michael Carasik

Re: Presence of delegates from Portuguese African colonies at socialist conferences

I can only offer some fragments on this. There was evidently a PAIGC representative at the UK Labour Party Annual Conference in 1973 (1-5 October in Blackpool). Portuguese Africa was quite a prominent issue at the event because of the recent – fiercely contested – official visit of Caetano to London. Also, of course, the conference came just weeks after the PAIGC’s declaration of independence for Guinea-Bissau.

Re: Research Query: Responsum on Plastic Water Bottles/Sustainability

Dear Rivka,

Not a responsum per se, but see the article by Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu (in Hebrew, pub. April 24, 2010), in which he cites Midrash Tanhuma, Kedoshim 8 (the story of "King Hadrian and the Old Man"; ed. Salomon Buber, Vilna, 1885, 76) and Kohelet Rabbah 7:13.,7340,L-3880119,00.html


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