Brief overview of the life and work of Hakham Ovadia Yosef, prominent Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel. Final installment in the Spring 2018 Lecture Series: The Sephardic Diaspora. Sponsored by Katie and Vick Crespin of Miami Beach, FL In honor of the Six Million and all who were killed just for being Jewish.Read More Who Was HaRav Ovadia Yosef?
Hello everyone– Had a great time here at the “Touro of Cambridge.” Great colleagues, great students, but looking forward to returning to the Mighty Avenue J for tomorrow’s lecture on Hakham Ovadya Yosef, last of the Spring 2018 series). Here’s a couple photos my wife took of me at my old hangouts: Widener Library and […]Read More Greetings from Harvard
Brief lecture on the Crypto-Jews. Part 9 of The Sephardic Diaspora series. If you have difficulty seeing the video please click here.Read More Who Are the Crypto-Jews?
The brief sense of relief felt by Warsaw Jews at the beginning of Passover 1941 did not last. Decrees expelling Jews from several towns were scheduled for the intermediate days of the holiday, and pressures upon the Jewish community increased dramatically. Diarists of the Ghetto record widespread confusion among the population over new Nazi policies […]Read More Parashat Emor in the Warsaw Ghetto (May 11, 1940)
Really looking forward to this.Read More Piaseczno Talk at Chabad of Harvard
Good morning students of Jewish History! Just a reminder that we will not be meeting tonight; classes will resume on Monday May 7. You can always use the extra time to catch up on some reading! Click here for a few suggestions. Looking forward to learning with you next week, the penultimate lecture in the […]Read More Reminder: No class tonight, resume next week
Good morning– Just a quick note to those who attend in person at the Mighty Avenue J campus: we will not be meeting this Monday, April 30. Planning to reconvene on Monday, May 7 with the penultimate lecture of the season–the history of the Crypto-Jews. Fascinating stuff, I think. H P.S. Seeking sponsors for the […]Read More No Jewish History Lecture Monday April 30
Can’t see the video? Please click here.Read More Who Was Emma Lazarus?
Here’s the video of the talk I gave at The WELL, my favorite institution of Sephardic Studies in New York. Really wonderful audience. Having difficulty seeing the video? Click here.Read More The Secret Treasure of the Cairo Geniza (Talk at The WELL)
In early April 1940, Warsaw Jews were distressed to witness the initial construction of walls in several parts of the city. Up until this point, the concentration of Jews in certain parts of Warsaw was effected by administrative decree, with few permanent physical structures demarcating the boundaries of the ghetto. Debates raged within the Nazi […]Read More The Walls of the Warsaw Ghetto: The Rebbe on Parashat Metsora, 1940