Origins of Ashkenazi Jewry; Jews and D-Day

The first in a series of twelve lectures delivered at The Ashkenazium of Budapest. Join us at 11:00 am (New York time) for a premiere and live chat. The last four lectures will be delivered on Monday and Tuesday: sign up for free registration at http://www.bit.ly/ASHKENAZ2022. The Jews and D-Day Did you know that someContinue reading “Origins of Ashkenazi Jewry; Jews and D-Day”

Ukrainians, Jews, and the 17th century Cossack Uprising

Join me for a discussion of the economic, social, political and religious background of the violent Khmel’nyts’kyi Uprising of 1648-49. Trigger warning: some cherished, yet incorrect, stereotypes may be challenged. Video with live chat.

Register (free) for Twelve Live Lectures on the Jews of Ashkenaz

With gratitude to The Ashkenazium and its Dean, Dr. Michael Chighel, I am pleased to offer twelve lectures on the history of Jews in Ashkenaz to the global audience. Please visit http://www.bit.ly/ASHKENAZ2022 to register for free! Can’t make the live classes? No problem. Sign up for the course I put together to prepare my HungarianContinue reading “Register (free) for Twelve Live Lectures on the Jews of Ashkenaz”

The Ashkenazium Lectures (Free Registration); Historically Significant Ukrainian Jews; New Material in Biblical Jewish History Course

Twelve Lectures on the Jews of Ashkenaz (Free Registration) With gratitude to Dean Michael Chighel of The Ashkenazium of Budapest, my new series of lectures on the history of the Jews of Ashkenaz will be open to the global community of students of Jewish history via webinar. Please visit http://www.bit.ly/ASHKENAZ2022 for details and registration. LecturesContinue reading “The Ashkenazium Lectures (Free Registration); Historically Significant Ukrainian Jews; New Material in Biblical Jewish History Course”

Volodomyr Zelensky: His Presidency in the Context of Ukrainian-Jewish History

A brief discussion of the election of Volodomyr Zelensky in the larger context of Ukrainian-Jewish history. Recorded on March 4, 2022 with hope for a speedy return to peace for Ukraine and its people.

The Elusive Yahrzeit of Henry Ravvin: A Personal Commemoration

My grandfather died, suddenly, on the rarest date of the year: March 3, 1957, which coincides with today, the 30th of Adar Rishon. It’s a leap year date that only appears seven times in the nineteen-year cycle of the Hebrew calendar. Following our Lithuanian Jewish custom, we observe his death anniversary on the 1st ofContinue reading “The Elusive Yahrzeit of Henry Ravvin: A Personal Commemoration”

Jewish History in Ukrainian Maps; WWII Ghettos; When was the Book of Esther written?; Judaism Demystified

I recorded this video just hours before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, motivated by Mr. Putin’s bizarre speech denying the historical legacy of the Ukrainian people.

Welcome 100th Student in the Online Holocaust Class

Very pleased to welcome the 100th student to my new online class on the Holocaust, free and open to the community. When Was the Book of Esther Written? New video available to students registered for the Biblical Jewish History course, and YouTube channel members at the Researcher and Colleague level.