“The Light of the Eyes” caused an intellectually seismic event whose aftershocks reverberate in the Jewish world 500 years later.Read More How an Italian earthquake in 1570 created the first Modern Orthodox Jew
Who was the mysterious dark-skinned woman in the Sarajevo Haggadah?Read More Who Was the Dark-Skinned Woman in the Sarajevo Haggadah?
Brief overview of the life and work of Shmuel David Luzzatto (ShaDaL), an important 19th-century Italian-Jewish thinker.Read More Who Was Shmuel David Luzzatto (ShaDaL)?
Brief description of the world’s oldest illuminated Hebrew manuscript–and a 700-hundred year mystery, solved recently by a 10-year old boy.Read More The Mystery of the Birds’ Head Haggadah
He survived the 1570 earthquake in Ferrara–and became the world’s first Modern Orthodox Jew.Read More Who Was Azariah de’ Rossi?
Brief overview of the life and work of Rabbi Ovadiah of Bertinoro (Bartenura), best known for his commentary on the Mishnah but also an important communal leader in late 15th-early 16th century Jerusalem.Read More Who Was Rabbi Ovadiah of Bertinoro?
Hello everyone–here’s a brief historical article for this time of year that appeared in today’s JTA. Thanks to my daughter Raphaela and Laura Adkins at JTA for some amazing editing help. Enjoy in good health!Read More The Romans Tried to Ban Wild Purim Parties in 408
Connect yourself with the Rav for as long as there is an Internet.Read More Looking for a Sponsor for Monday Night’s Lecture
Not enough snow to cancel tonight’s class on Nathan of Rome!Read More Tonight! Nathan of Rome. Also, some Torah on the Piaseczno Rebbe.
A medieval historian recounts the remarkable story of four Rabbinic captives.Read More The Legend of the Four Captives (Jews of Italy pt. IV)