AKEIDA: A Conversation on The Binding of Isaac in Jewish History and Thought

Genesis 22–the description of the patriarch Abraham’s binding of his son Isaac and the angelic intervention that followed–is a key text in the Jewish tradition, and forms part of the Torah reading for Rosh Hashanah. Join philosopher Dr. Michael Chighel (Milton Friedman Egyetem, Budapest) and historian Dr. Henry Abramson (Touro College, New York) for a conversation on the way this moving Biblical passage has resonated throughout Jewish culture over the centuries. Moderated by Mr. David Kraus (Jewish Museum of Prague).

Wednesday, September 16 @ 1:00 PM EDT

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Dr. Michael Chighel (Milton Friedman Egyetem, Budapest)

Michael Chighel holds a doctorate in Philosophy and is the author of Kabale: Das Geheimnis Des Hebraischen Humanismus Im Lichte Von Heideggers Denken (Klostermann, 2020)

Dr. Henry Abramson (Touro College, New York)

Henry Abramson is currently working on a multi-volume survey of Jewish History for Koren Publishers, Jerusalem.

Mr. David Kraus (Jewish Museum of Prague)

Plagues, Pandemics, and Preparation for the High Holidays

A brief overview of infectious disease in Jewish history from ancient times to the present COVID-19 era, and then some thoughts on how to prepare for the High Holidays based on Maimonides’ work on repentance. Join me today for a live chat and premiere of this lecture at 3PM EDT today.

Black Jews: A Conversation with Nissim Black

A conversation with Nissim Black and Henry Abramson, moderated by Mordechai Yosef ben Avraham. The panelists and moderator will explore the idea of race and color in Jewish history and culture, and discuss the African and African-American Jewish experience over the centuries and in contemporary America, Europe and Israel. Recognizing that the world is at a potential inflection point on issues of race, the participants hope to expose the audience to the broader perspective that comes from understanding the experience of Black Jews, both in their shared historical past as part of the Jewish people and in their future history as well.

Broadcast of webinar recording: Sunday, August 30, at 1pm EDT.

Contents: Introduction by Mordechai ben Avraham (8m) Historical overview by Henry Abramson (15m) Screening of Mothaland Bounce (4m) Personal Experience and Thoughts by Nissim Black (20m) Discussion and Q&A (40m)

Nissim Black has been a gangsta rapper, a gang member, and a faith seeker. But it is his current incarnation that is here to stay: an African American Hasidic Jew who brings sharp beats and hooked-filled rhymes to the masses.

Henry Abramson earned his PhD in History at the University of Toronto and held visiting and post-doctoral fellowships at Cornell, Harvard, Oxford and the Hebrew University of Toronto. The author of eight books and the Jewish History in Daf Yomi podcast on All Daf, his online lecture in Jewish History are viewed by thousands daily. He is currently working on a major multi-volume survey of Jewish History forthcoming from Koren Publishers Jerusalem.

Mordechai Yosef Ben Avraham Hazan is a Rabbinical student in Jerusalem. He grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he converted to Judaism. Before coming to Israel, Mordechai Yosef was an entertainment executive with companies such as Warner Brothers, Electus, and others. He was also was a writer for Vogue Japan, MyJewishLearning.com and most recently TheJ.Ca. Mordechai is currently co-host personality on Israel unwired hit show “Israel in black-and-white.”

Maimonides: Life, Work and the Ways of Teshuvah

New class on Maimonides’ life, work and a mini-class on his Ways of Teshuvah for the month of Elul. Enjoy in good health!

This video discusses the 8th edition of Maimonides on Teshuvah, with a commentary written during the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Black Jews: Their Place in History, A Conversation with Nissim Black

A conversation with Nissim Black and Henry Abramson, moderated by Mordechai Yosef ben Avraham. The panelists and moderator will explore the idea of race and color in Jewish history and culture, and discuss the African and African-American Jewish experience over the centuries and in contemporary America, Europe and Israel. Recognizing that the world is at a potential inflection point on issues of race, the participants hope to expose the audience to the broader perspective that comes from understanding the experience of Black Jews, both in their shared historical past as part of the Jewish people and in their future history as well. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.

Wednesday, August 26, at 1:00 PM EDT. To RSVP click here.

Nissim Black has been a gangsta rapper, a gang member, and a faith seeker. But it is his current incarnation that is here to stay: an African American Hasidic Jew who brings sharp beats and hooked-filled rhymes to the masses.

Mordechai Yosef Ben Avraham Hazan is a Rabbinical student in Jerusalem. He grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he converted to Judaism. Before coming to Israel, Mordechai Yosef was an entertainment executive with companies such as Warner Brothers, Electus, and others. He was also was a writer for Vogue Japan, MyJewishLearning.com and most recently TheJ.Ca. Mordechai is currently co-host personality on Israel unwired hit show “Israel in black-and-white.”

Maimonides: Wisdom for a Pandemic Season

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (Maimonides, 1138-1204) was one of the towering figures of medieval Jewish thought, casting a long shadow even today. Renowned in his own day as a world-famous physician to royalty, he offered guidance both physical and spiritual in a time of pandemic. This lecture will review his life and work, including the  controversy that surrounded his writings for centuries, and reflect on his guidance for Elul, the month of preparation for the High Holidays.

Wednesday, August 19, 1PM EDT. Click here to RSVP.