The Kuzari book and the ibn Yahya family

The Kuzari book and the ibn Yahya family

By Dr. Gil Dekel When Yehuda Halevi’s philosophical book ha-Kuzari was completed circa 1140, the moveable-type printing press was not invented as yet. And so, the book was copied by hand for over 350 years. Then, in the year 1506, the book was finally printed for the...
King David Dynasty: the Charlap family ascension.

King David Dynasty: the Charlap family ascension.

The ancestry lineage from King David down to the Exilarchs, Ibn Yahya (בן חיים) family, and Charlap (חרל”פ) family. — David, 2nd king of lsrael and Judah. b. ca 1040 B.C.E. Reigned ca 1004-968 {or 970, the year he died} B.C.E. {Reigned over the United Kingdom of Israel. Buried at King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, Jerusalem, Israel. דוד המלך. דָּוִד בֶּן יִשַׁי}.

The personal driver of the first President of Israel.

The personal driver of the first President of Israel.

By Tikva Vineshtock, 2021. (Based on my column in ‘MaAriv’ newspaper, 17 November 1952.)Translated from Hebrew by Dr. Gil Dekel.  [גרסא עיברית למטה]   On 9 November 1952 (תשי”ג), Dr. Chaim Weizmann, first President of Israel, passed away. Immediately I have...
The Book of Destiny – Toledot Charlap – Chapter XXVI

The Book of Destiny – Toledot Charlap – Chapter XXV

Charlap {חרל”פ} was the ancestral honorary title of our family. {The surnames} Ser and Kiejsmacher were arbitrary names assigned near the beginning of the nineteenth century. The Charlaps were descended from King David. Relatives who belonged on totally different branches of the family tree and who had never had connections with one another presented documents claiming Davidic ancestry.