I am really enthusiastic about the Spring 2020 series of lectures in Jewish history, beginning Wednesday evening at 7:30 prompt at Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst. Our plan is to cover the entire, amazing story of the Jewish people from the earliest time to the present day in twelve lectures (click here for calendar and topics). As always, these lectures are free and open to the community!
For those of you who can’t make it in person, we are trying something new on YouTube. I hope to upload an advance copy video of the lecture for students, researchers and colleagues the day following the Wednesday night lecture (click here for more information on how to get early access to the “director’s cut” version), and then open it up for the wider public (free of charge as always) in a Premiere showing on Mondays at 9:00 pm EST. The cool thing about the new Premiere feature is that I plan to be online at the same time, engaging in a live chat with Jewish history enthusiasts! I tried it out recently with my slightly absurd “All Jewish History in under 18 minutes” video, and it was a lot of fun. BTW that 18 minute video enjoys a ridiculous amount of popularity–it’s been viewed over 26,000 times in the past three weeks–and my favorite comments are the ones that say I left out this topic, or that period, etc.).
Wednesday’s lecture, covering the Origins of the Jewish People to the Maccabean Revolt, was particularly difficult to prepare because it reaches back into the murkiest past, and I had to do a lot of reading in archaeology (fascinating stuff, though).