Jews in Late Roman Period, The Convert who Illustrated the Maxwell House Haggadah, and the Tragic Jewish Backstory to yelling “fire” in a theater

Jewish History Lab Report for February 5, 2021.

Videos dropping next week (advance viewing for Students now available):

Researchers video:

Text version at JTA here.

Colleagues Live Class on Wednesday: Jews in Visigothic Iberia

Other Publications:

The German Convert who Illustrated the Maxwell House Haggadah

Have an excellent Shabbos! Looking forward to learning more Jewish history with you next week.


Jewish History Lab Report (January 29, 2021) Babylonian Center, Talmud, Amsterdam Haggadah

Hello fellow students of Jewish History! Here’s this week’s Jewish History Lab Report.

Dropping next week:

Researchers Video: Who Illustrated the Amsterdam Haggadah of 1695?

Next Week: Under Christian Rule

A Bird-Headed Haggadah (Why?)…

What is the Meaning of Jewish History?

A brief overview of some historiographic theory as it relates to Jewish history, also considering the impact of Postmodernism.

Here’s a link to Rosman, Moshe. How Jewish is Jewish History?. United Kingdom: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2009.

Another fairly recent and important work is Yerushalmi, Yosef Hayim. Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory. United Kingdom: University of Washington Press, 2011.

Please take this brief, anonymous survey

Good morning fellow students of Jewish History! Do you watch the Jewish History Lab series? If so, please contribute your thoughts in this brief, anonymous survey. We’ll be starting the second semester later this month, and I value your opinion!

Spiritual Heroism in a Time of Quarantine

The Holocaust Writings of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalmish Shapira (The Aish Kodesh הי׳׳ד)

Please join me on Sunday, January 10 at 8PM ET for a discussion of the Warsaw Ghetto experience of the Aish Kodesh, and what lessons we may glean for the present season of quarantine.

Wishing you all a healthy 2021

Hello fellow students of Jewish history!

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and secure.

Just a brief note to let you know the website will have some reduced functionality over the next week or so. I like to take the turn-over of the Gregorian calendar to renovate and reorganize my digital life. Some pages may not be visible for a while, but I think you’ll like the end result once it’s all organized.

In the meantime, the Jewish History Lab lectures are continuing as scheduled. The Bar Kochba Rebellion is scheduled to release on Sunday at 1 pm New York time.

Wishing you all an excellent 2021,


The SECRET History of Chanukah

The following eight brief videos are scheduled for release over the holiday (two on Friday morning, none on Saturday), looking at the Maccabean revolt and some aspects of the development of the Chanukah festival over the centuries. Enjoy in good health, but warning up front: some of them appear to have been written by the Grinch who stole Chanukah!