Really excited to be part of Touro College’s Avenue J campus!

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Just returned from two intense days meeting with the amazing AvenueJ faculty.  Great group of dedicated, enthusiastic experts in their fields with a passion for teaching! Can’t wait to get started working with these really inspirational professors.

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Who Was Babatha? Jewish Biography as History Dr. Henry Abramson

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Rolling her precious documents and carefully wrapping them in a leather pouch tied with twine, Babatha buried her entire legal history in the floor of the cave she shared with Bar Kochba’s rebels. They would remain entombed in that desolate refuge for 1800 years until their discovery by archaeologist Yigael Yadin, and then the life of an otherwise forgotten 2nd-century woman suddenly came to light: her marriages, custody battles for her son, property disputes, and much more. The Babatha archive constitutes an amazing source of information for the history of Jewish women in ancient Israel.

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Really excited to be invited to present at Limmud Miami 2015!

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I’ve been selected as a presenter to speak about my latest book, The Kabbalah of Forgiveness: The Thirteen Levels of Mercy in Rabbi Moshe Cordovero’s Tomer Devorah (The Date Palm of Devorah). Please check out the Limmud’s Facebook Page or website for more information (the full schedule and list of presenters will be live in December).

Hope to see you there on February 22, 2015!

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Medieval Antisemitism (Essential Lectures in Jewish History) Dr. Henry Abramson

Depiction of Host Desecration in Sternberg, Germany (1492). Diebold Schilling the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Depiction of Host Desecration in Sternberg, Germany (1492). Diebold Schilling the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Concise video lecture describing the four main expressions of antisemitic ideology in the medieval period.  Warning: images are disturbing.

 

Breaking the history of antisemitism into four major periods (Ancient Xenophobia, Early Christian Anti-Judaism, Medieval Jew-hatred, and Modern Antisemitism), Dr. Abramson focusses on the third period to look at the ideological basis for the false charges of ritual murder, blood libel, and desecration of the host, ending with a discussion of the Judensau image.

“Give me Yavne and its Sages!” Lectures resume this week with a presentation on Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai

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The Jewish Biography as History series at the Young Israel of Bal Harbour continues this week with a presentation on Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai, a major figure whose bold and heroic leadership rescued the Jewish people from the threat of national oblivion in the wake of the destruction of Jerusalem in the first century.

Lectures are scheduled for Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm and are free an open to the community.

The schedule of lectures for the Fall 2014 season is now online.

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Enjoy the lectures? You might enjoy one of Dr. Abramson’s books:

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The Sea of Talmud

A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917-1920.

The Art of Hatred: Images of Intolerance in Florida Culture

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Liked the Free Download of The Kabbalah of Forgiveness? How about writing a review?

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I’m so glad that so many of you decided to download my latest book, “The Kabbalah of Forgiveness: The Thirteen Levels of Mercy in Rabbi Moshe Cordovero’s Date Palm of Devorah (Tomer Devorah).”  I’m also very grateful that many of you have found this work meaningful, especially in the rare moment of the season of repentance that we are enjoying for a few more days.

If you have time to jot down a few words describing your thoughts about the book (any highly superlative praise will do), perhaps you would consider going online and letting other potential readers know?  Here’s a few links:

Amazon

ITunes

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

And if you haven’t had a chance to download a copy for yourself, don’t worry: the free offer extends until the 19th of October.  Please visit smashwords and enter coupon code YT52E.

Do you prefer a hard copy? Please visit one of these booksellers:

Hard copy at Createspace

Hard copy at Amazon

Hard copy Barnes & Noble

Thanks and enjoy in good health!

The Rishonim (Essential Lectures in Jewish History)

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Rashi (Woodcut, France 1539)

This lecture serves as an introduction to the Rishonim, a body of Rabbinic scholars associated with the 9th through the 15th centuries of the common era. Part of the Essential Lectures in Jewish History series.

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The Chofetz Chaim (This Week in Jewish History)

Israel Meir Kagan (photo courtesy Baruch Chafetz via Wikimedia Commons)
Israel Meir Kagan (photo courtesy Baruch Chafetz via Wikimedia Commons)

Brief video highlighting the life and work of Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan (1838-1936), one of the most influential Rabbis of the 20th century.  Better known as the Chofetz Chaim (*one who desires life,” taken from Psalm 34).

 

 

Alexander’s Learnathon for Israel: Last Week to Participate!

Alexander Abramson runs the 2013 ING Miami Marathon
Alexander Abramson runs the 2013 ING Miami Marathon

Alexander has done well with his fundraising efforts to participate in the Boys Israel Leadership Training (BILT) program run by the National Council of Synagogue Youth.  He’s already raised $858 toward his goal of $3,000! To all of you who participated, thanks very much.  If you haven’t yet had a chance, please do so quickly, because the Learnathon ends on Friday, May 23!

Here’s a link to his fundraising page: http://learnathon.ncsy.org/learner/Alexander123/

If you prefer to mail a check, please be sure to indicate it’s for Alexander Abramson and send it to:

NCSY

11 Broadway, 14th Floor

New York, NY 10004

Thanks very much!

Henry (Hillel) Abramson

Proud Parent of a BILT participant

Help a Teen Visit Israel (Special Guest Post by Alexander Abramson)

Alexander Abramson runs the 2013 ING Miami Marathon
Alexander Abramson runs the 2013 ING Miami Marathon

I’m a runner. I’ve been running as long as I can remember, including my first half-marathon at age 12 and my first full marathon at 14. Running gives me energy, and makes me feel like I can accomplish anything.  I’m proud of my finishes, and even more proud that over the years I’ve raised almost $10,000 for charities like the Joe DiMaggio Childrens’ Hospital Foundation and Friendship Circle.  I’m Alexander Abramson, I’m 15, and a proud sophomore at Weinbaum Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton.

My mom suggested I try out for BILT, a program run by the National Council of Synaogue Youth.  It stands for Boys Israel Leadersthip Training, and I think it’s really sick that I got accepted.  BILT will let me visit Israel, train on IDF bases, and help out at camps for Israeli kids in Sderot who have to live with terrorist bombing attacks all the time. I think it’s going to change my life, and help me understand what I can do for Israel and the Jewish people when I get older.

I need your help to attend BILT.  I”ve got an ambitious goal of raising $3,000 to participate, and I’m going to prepare by learning a lot more about Israel’s history, geography, and culture. Please help me by sponsoring me for this program. Click here to visit my sponsor page.

Thanks,

Alexander Abramson

P.S. Thanks to my Dad for allowing me to post this on his website.

P.P.S. Here are some links to videos my sister made of my last two marathons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqV5TvNNWEM