Nicholas Donin and the Disputation of 1240 (This Week in Jewish History)

In 1240 Nicholas Donin, a Jewish convert to Christianity, engaged in a public debate with his former teacher, Rabbi Yechiel of Paris. Donin charged that the Talmud was a noxious document that prevented the Jews from embracing Christianity, and brought a total of 35 distinct accusations against this ancient holy text. Ultimately, 24 carriage loads […]

Read More Nicholas Donin and the Disputation of 1240 (This Week in Jewish History)

Jacob Rodrigues Pereira, Jewish Teacher of Deaf-Mute People (This Week in Jewish History)

Jacob Rodrigues Periera (1715-1780) was the inventor of dactylology, a method for teaching deaf-mutes to communicate. A crypto-Jew from Portugal, his first student was his sister. His methodology received phenomenal acclaim, he received honors from the King of France and was named to both the Royal Society of London. This video is part of This […]

Read More Jacob Rodrigues Pereira, Jewish Teacher of Deaf-Mute People (This Week in Jewish History)

Sarah Schenirer and the Revolution in Jewish Education for Women (This Week in Jewish History)

Sarah Schenirer (1883-1935) founded the Bais Yaakov (Bet Ya’akov) school system for women. One of the most visionary educators of the twentieth century, her movement had global impact. To view the Prezi associated with this lecture, please click here.  

Read More Sarah Schenirer and the Revolution in Jewish Education for Women (This Week in Jewish History)

The Beilis Affair of 1911-1913 (This Week in Jewish History) by Dr. Henry Abramson

The discovery of the mutilated body of a young boy in Kiev led to the false arrest of a Jewish laborer named Mendel Beilis. Ignoring the argument of investigating officers, the Russian government under Tsar Nicholas II pressed ahead with the prosecution of Beilis, arguing that the boy was murdered as part of a Passover-related […]

Read More The Beilis Affair of 1911-1913 (This Week in Jewish History) by Dr. Henry Abramson

“Purimfest 1946:” Julius Streicher and the Ten Sons of Haman (This Week in Jewish History)

In October of 1946, ten Nazi defendants were hung on gallows erected by the International Military Tribunal. One of the most notorious, the propagandist Julius Streicher, uttered the phrase “Purimfest 1946” moments before his death, unconsciously echoing a mysterious passage in the Biblical book of Esther itself. Fascinating footnote in Jewish History!

Read More “Purimfest 1946:” Julius Streicher and the Ten Sons of Haman (This Week in Jewish History)

The Incident at Inmestar (This Week in Jewish History)

Murder on Purim? That’s the charge of Socrates Scholasticus, whose lone account of an alleged Purim celebration that got out of hand in the year 415 has become part of the historical record, for good or ill.  Although the validity of the accusation is highly questionable, the incident at Inmestar had a larger impact centuries […]

Read More The Incident at Inmestar (This Week in Jewish History)

Dr. Bernard Lander and Touro College (This Week in Jewish History)

Dr. Bernard Lander (1915-2010) was one of the most influential Jewish educators of the 20th and 21st century. Scholar and social activist, he founded Touro College in 1971, which now serves almost 19,000 students world wide. This short video was prepared to commemorate the recent anniversary of his passing.

Read More Dr. Bernard Lander and Touro College (This Week in Jewish History)