Part Four of the Jews of the Danube series. Filmed in a new location without my usual technical support–sorry for the lower video and audio quality, but the lecture is ok. To see the visuals better, please click here. Next week we are back at our usual location with IT support!Read More Who Was Max Nordau?
Taught Freud a thing or two.Read More Monday Night: Bertha Pappenheim
Okay, this is cool: just saw the trailer for a documentary project I worked on several months ago. I can’t wait to see the whole thing! I was especially honored to work with Dr. Lawrence Schiffman, world expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls and senior scholar in Jewish history (he’s the last talking head in […]Read More Trailer for The Fatal Conflict: Judea and Rome
New location next week: corner of J and Ocean.Read More New location next week: Corner of J and Ocean
A scholar and a fighter, the Hatam Sofer articulated a definition of Orthodoxy for the modern era.Read More Who Was the Hatam Sofer (Chasam Sofer)? Jews of the Danube pt. 3
Brief video lecture on the life and work of Isaac of Vienna (c. 1180-c. 1250), author of the important Or Zaru’a.Read More Who Was Isaac of Vienna (Or Zaru’a)? The Jews of the Danube pt. 2
We begin our discussion of the Jews of the Danube with the question: “Who Was Isaac of Vienna (the Or Zaru’a)?”Read More Jewish History Lectures Resume Monday Night!
Unexpected and unexplained, a phalanx of glass obelisks emerge silently from the earthen mound, punctuating the atmosphere above what appears to be an anonymous tel. Some are transparent, others pebbled and translucent, but all glow with a faint green hue. Unyielding, they stand in rigid formation on the angled surface of the earth. These mute […]Read More The Tomb of the Hatam Sofer in Bratislava, Slovakia
When the Hungarians purchased their alphabet, vowels were on sale (also plastic sofa coverings and chandeliers). By the time the Poles came around, all that was left were the consonants. This helps explain why we anglophones are so challenged by both languages: in the case of Hungarian, there are just way too many umlauts and […]Read More The Golden Age of Budapest Jewry: Today’s Excursion with Kosher River Cruises