To more fully understand the lives and times of our ancestors, genealogists must be aware of Jewish history throughout the ages and how historical events impacted our ancestors.
One of my must-read blogs that puts Jewish history into perspective is This Day in Jewish History.
For example, today's posting covers events beginning with the 1144 blood libel in Norwich, England; the 1349 massacre of Jews in Fulda, Germany, blamed for the Black Death; 1510 expulsion from Colmar, Germany, where they had lived in the Upper Alsace town for 300 years; 1546 saw an attempt to create a Jewish College in Mantua, Italy.
The listing continues from there, ending with events in 2009.
Everything is archived, so you can easily check a specific date of interest.
The blog is part of the study program for the Jewish History Study Group of Temple Judah, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mitchell A. Levin is the compiler.