TODAY: Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Wisdom: Postmodernism and the Digital Age (Torah and Science Conference) 1:45 pm ET

Good morning fellow students of Jewish history. Please join me today for a discussion of the implications of postmodernism and the digital age in the XIV Torah and Science conference, held virtually at this link. My presentation is at 1:45 PM ET, the conference program is below. I hope to release a recording later, butContinue reading “TODAY: Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Wisdom: Postmodernism and the Digital Age (Torah and Science Conference) 1:45 pm ET”

Jewish Migration to the Americas; The Haskalah; Torah and the Internet

Sunday Premiering today at 12pm ET: Jewish Migration to the New World. Following up on the previous Jewish History Lab video on the Origins of the Jews in the New World, this brief video will survey the major waves of Jewish migration in the 18th-20th centuries. Tuesday Final lecture in the three-part series entitled Hasidim,Continue reading “Jewish Migration to the Americas; The Haskalah; Torah and the Internet”

The Jewish (Re)Discovery of Chanukah

Strange but true: Jewish sources largely ignored the history of Chanukah until the 10th century! Here’s a quick review of the major works, and how they affected the Jewish memory of this remarkable period in Jewish history. Here’s a few Sefaria links to texts mentioned in the video: Relevant section of Talmud, Tractate Shabbat MegilatContinue reading “The Jewish (Re)Discovery of Chanukah”

History and Practice of Eating Donuts on Chanukah: A Book Review

Review of Reuven Melekh ben Binyamin Yitzhak Schwartz, Emek Ha-Sufganim: Iyunim u-beiurim be-inyan minhag akhilat sufganim be-yemei hanukah Israel: Sh. Vaynraikh, Hanukah 5780 (2019), 431 pages. For a copy, please contact your local Jewish bookseller or the phone numbers listed on the copyright page: (718) 253-2804; (516) 581-3597; (718) 501-3165. Interested in studying more deeply?Continue reading “History and Practice of Eating Donuts on Chanukah: A Book Review”

Elazar Maccabee and the Battle of Bet Zekharya; The Shtadlan in Jewish History

The Misnagdim Strike Back! Part II of the series on Hasidim, Mitnagdim and Maskilim: The Formation of Jewish Identity. Open to the Community at Beit Midrash of Teaneck, 70 Sterling Place, Teaneck NJ. Tuesday, November 30 at 11:45 am. Please write BMTeaneck@gmail.com for Zoom links. Take your learning to the next level: try a course!

Hasidim, Mitnagdim and Maskilim: The Shaping of Modern Jewish Identity

Three live lectures at Beit Medrash of Teaneck, 70 Sterling Avenue, Teaneck NJ 07666. Tuesdays November 23, November 30, and December 7. 11:45 AM ET. Please write BMTeaneck@gmail.com for Zoom information.

Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Wisdom (Torah and Science Conference Dec 8-11)

The Torah and Science Conference will be virtual this year, please visit http://www.torahscienceconference.org for details. I’m looking forward to speaking on “Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Wisdom: Postmodernism and the Digital Age,” Thursday December 9 at 1:45 pm ET. Join our class! Click here for course information and registration.