Mussar in Jewish History: Crisis and Resurgence?

Is it possible that the classic works of the Jewish ethical tradition are literary reactions to personal crises? Can we approach the great works of Maimonides, Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto and others as strong responses to devastating reversals in their personal lives? Please join me at 12pm (ET, New York Time) forContinue reading “Mussar in Jewish History: Crisis and Resurgence?”

Jews in the Byzantine Empire, Elul in Jewish History

Good morning fellow students of Jewish History! In a few hours we’ll premiere a video on a topic that receives very little attention in Jewish history: the experience of Jews in the Byzantine Empire. Just a brief video for now (12m), but I hope to expand it in the print version. Join me for aContinue reading “Jews in the Byzantine Empire, Elul in Jewish History”

Ethical Literature (Mussar) in Jewish History: A Personal Reading List

Good morning fellow students of Jewish history! Today is the Rosh Hodesh Elul, the beginning of the month of Elul, initiating the annual season of introspection leading up to the High Holidays. I’ve prepared this brief video that surveys some of the most important works of the literary tradition that make up the loosely-organized MussarContinue reading “Ethical Literature (Mussar) in Jewish History: A Personal Reading List”

My lecture on the History of Antisemitism, censored by YouTube, is now back online. Here’s the takeaways.

Join me at 12 noon (ET) for a live chat on this topic. Here’s the link to the controversial video (my part starts around 41:00).