Jews in the Byzantine Empire, Elul in Jewish History

Good morning fellow students of Jewish History! In a few hours we’ll premiere a video on a topic that receives very little attention in Jewish history: the experience of Jews in the Byzantine Empire. Just a brief video for now (12m), but I hope to expand it in the print version. Join me for aContinue reading “Jews in the Byzantine Empire, Elul in Jewish History”

Ethical Literature (Mussar) in Jewish History: A Personal Reading List

Good morning fellow students of Jewish history! Today is the Rosh Hodesh Elul, the beginning of the month of Elul, initiating the annual season of introspection leading up to the High Holidays. I’ve prepared this brief video that surveys some of the most important works of the literary tradition that make up the loosely-organized MussarContinue reading “Ethical Literature (Mussar) in Jewish History: A Personal Reading List”

My lecture on the History of Antisemitism, censored by YouTube, is now back online. Here’s the takeaways.

Join me at 12 noon (ET) for a live chat on this topic. Here’s the link to the controversial video (my part starts around 41:00).

Sectarian Infighting and the Fall of Jerusalem: Tisha B’Av lecture for Sunday

Good morning fellow students of Jewish history. In a few hours we will begin Shabbat Hazon, marking the last transition to Tisha B’Av, the most tragic day in the Jewish calendar. As in previous years, I hope to lecture on the history of the Roman-Jewish war that resulted in the destruction of the Temple. ThisContinue reading “Sectarian Infighting and the Fall of Jerusalem: Tisha B’Av lecture for Sunday”

Banning critical race theory will gut the teaching of Jewish history

No responsible teacher wants to teach students to “hate each other” or “hate America.” But we all participate in a sacred covenant with our students: They expect us to tell them the truth.  Please click here to read this article on JTA.

Antisemitism: Mutations of the Eternal Virus (Sunday, 1pm ET)

Please join me on Sunday, July 11 for a panel discussion on the history of antisemitism, appropriate for the Nine Days. Discussants include Professor Adam Mendelsohn, director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies & Research and Associate Professor of History at the University of Cape Town, Professor Karen Milner, Gauteng Chair of the SA Jewish Board ofContinue reading “Antisemitism: Mutations of the Eternal Virus (Sunday, 1pm ET)”