This Week in Jewish History: The Jewish Badge

[youtube=] This is a new experiment, suggested by Elya at a weekly, 3-minute “This Week in Jewish History” mini-lecture.  I’m trying it out, let me know what you think! Please click here for the refined, edited version from

Albert Einstein Video (now with PowerPoint) from TorahCafe editors

Here’s a new version of the Albert Einstein lecture, edited by the wonderful people at to include the PowerPoint. It’s basically the same, except without the lame jokes. Click on the icon below to watch the video.

Isaac Bashevis Singer: Singer in the Shtetl, the Shtetl in Singer (2004 lecture)

This is a lecture I delivered at the University of Central Florida back in October 2004 (my hair was quite a bit darker and, well, there).  Found the CD when I was cleaning out some old files. There’s a PPT that goes with this lecture, and I’m going to try to find a way toContinue reading “Isaac Bashevis Singer: Singer in the Shtetl, the Shtetl in Singer (2004 lecture)”

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Chabad

A presentation on the life and work of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), the Seventh Rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. A native of Nikolaev, Ukraine, and educated in Germany and France, his leadership transformed his Hasidic followers into an international movement that continues to shape the lives of Jews world wide. The lecture was heldContinue reading “Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Chabad”

Betty Friedan: Jews and American Feminism

A presentation on the life and work of Betty Friedan, a prominent American Jewish feminist leader. The author of the landmark The Feminine Mystique (1963), she later became the Founder of the National Organization of Women, and an important political activist for women’s rights.  The lecture was held at the Young Israel of Bal Harbour on May 29,Continue reading “Betty Friedan: Jews and American Feminism”

Albert Einstein: Time, Space and the Jewish People

A presentation on Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the best-known Jews of the twentieth century.  Although he had a complicated relationship with Judaism, he maintained a distinct pride in his Jewish identity, and once said “A Jew who abandons his Judaism is like a snail that abandons its shell.  It’s still a snail.”  The lectureContinue reading “Albert Einstein: Time, Space and the Jewish People”

Excerpt from The Kabbalah of Forgiveness Now Online

  An excerpt from The Kabbalah of Forgiveness: A Reader’s Guide to Rabbi Moshe Cordovero’s The Palm Tree of Devorah, a new translation and commentary on the 16th-century classic of Kabbalistic musar, is now available online.  Anticipated publication date is August 2013.  The Palm Tree of Devorah first appeared in 1588 and became and instant classic.Continue reading “Excerpt from The Kabbalah of Forgiveness Now Online”

Stephen Samuel Wise and the Jews of America

A presentation on the life and work of Stephen Samuel Wise (1874-1949), an important American communal leader. The lecture will take a broader focus, looking at the history of Jewish settlement in the United States during the 19th century and the major issues facing this immigrant community through the middle of the twentieth century.  TheContinue reading “Stephen Samuel Wise and the Jews of America”