Hasidism is born, The Misnagdim Strike Back! and Haskalah Enters the Debate.

Good morning fellow students of Jewish history: please join me for this week’s series of video premieres (with live chat), live in-person and zoom classes. We’ll be looking at the 18th century with some forays into Jewish art history and the controversy that led the Jews of France to torch Maimonides’ works in 1232. Here’s the planned schedule:

Sunday:

The Birth of Hasidism

Premieres Sunday 11am ET with live chat

Monday:

The Misnagdim Strike Back!

Premieres Monday 3pm ET with Live Chat

Burning Maimonides (Live Zoom)

Roundel with Allegorical Scene of Book Burning, ca. 1520-30, at the Met Cloisters. Rhododendrites via Wikimedia Commons

First in a series of three lectures looking at major Jewish leaders who endured intense controversy in their lifetimes (the next two are Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto and the Lubavitcher Rebbe). Sponsored by the Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly Hills, California. 7:30 PM Pacific (10:30 ET), Zoom link is private, available to Beth Jacob congregants and members of my YouTube channel at the Colleague level (see weekly announcements on the Community tab).

Tuesday:

The Haskalah Enters the Debate

Premieres Tuesday 3pm ET with Live Chat

Wednesday:

The Birth of Modern Jewish Politics

Napoléon le grand rétablit le culte des Israélites le 30 mai 1806. Via Wikimedia Commons

Continuation of the Jewish History Lab series, hybrid in-person and Zoom class at Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, 7:30 pm ET. Zoom link is private, available to Beth Jacob congregants and members of my YouTube channel at the Colleague level (see weekly announcements on the Community tab).

Thursday:

The Mosaics of 6th century Bet Alfa Synagogue

Betty Nudler from Jerusalem, Israel, via Wikimedia Commons

YouTube video with live chat, Thursday at 3pm ET (check here for link later this week).

Saturday Night (December 18):

Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto: The First Jew of Modernity

Live lecture at Congregation Talmud Torah of Flatbush, 1305 Coney Island Boulevard, Brooklyn New York, at 8:15 pm ET. This lecture will not be broadcast.


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