Exploring the Sub-basement of the Medieval Synagogue of Carpentras, France

Also: Origins of the Jewish People; Neo-Nazis Zoombomb the Sri Lankan Conference of Jews and Buddhists; Soviet Jews During the Interwar Period, and What’s with the Queen of Heaven Business? What is a Synagogue? 7. A Place of Community (Carpentras, France) Final installment in the What is a Synagogue? series. Amazing things in the basementContinue reading “Exploring the Sub-basement of the Medieval Synagogue of Carpentras, France”

Jews, Ukrainians, Buddhists, Fortress Synagogues, Ancient Torah Amulets, and the Talmud on TikTok

Jewish History lectures, recent and forthcoming. It’s been pretty busy. Jews and Ukrainians in Revolutionary Times Ukrainians and Jews forged an unusual partnership during the brief period that followed the collapse of the Russian Empire, creating a Ministry of Jewish Affairs in a short-lived independent Ukrainian state. The experiment was doomed, however, by the RussianContinue reading “Jews, Ukrainians, Buddhists, Fortress Synagogues, Ancient Torah Amulets, and the Talmud on TikTok”

The History of the Holocaust (new online course, free and open to the public)

Please join this new online course on the History of the Holocaust, free and open to the public. YouTube lectures supplemented with self-testing quizzes and other materials. Why was Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto Persecuted by Fellow Jews?

What is a Synagogue? (3rd in a series). Also, The Premature Burial Crisis of 1772, and the Jewish Catacombs of Rome

What is a Synagogue? 3. A Place of Rejoicing (Dura Europos and YILC) Thank G-d, the hostages in Colleyville, Texas, have been released to safety. Jews all over the world breathe a sigh of relief, and express gratitude to the law enforcement officers for their protection. After the attacks on synagogues in Pittsburgh in 2018Continue reading “What is a Synagogue? (3rd in a series). Also, The Premature Burial Crisis of 1772, and the Jewish Catacombs of Rome”

Who was Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson?

Tomorrow is the tenth of Shvat, an important day of the calendar of Chabad Hasidim. On this day in 1950 the 6th Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, passed away; one year later his son-in-law Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson took over the leadership of Lubavitch Hasidim. His role at the helm of Chabad was truly transformational,Continue reading “Who was Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson?”

Why were the Works of Maimonides burned in 1232?

Moses Maimonides was one of the greatest scholars of medieval Jewish history, yet his works were hardly without controversy in his day. This video (48m) surveys his life and work, with emphasis on the subsequent controversies and their resolution.

The Jews of Hungary; Wooden Synagogue of Gwoździec; Aryeh at 29%!

Good morning fellow students of Jewish History! The Jews of Hungary (A Very Quick Survey!) The Remarkable Wooden Synagogue of Gwoździec, Poland Aryeh at 29%! Great Progress towards his Goal of Representing Team USA at the 2022 Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem!