Nicholas Donin and the Disputation of 1240 (This Week in Jewish History)

In 1240 Nicholas Donin, a Jewish convert to Christianity, engaged in a public debate with his former teacher, Rabbi Yechiel of Paris. Donin charged that the Talmud was a noxious document that prevented the Jews from embracing Christianity, and brought a total of 35 distinct accusations against this ancient holy text. Ultimately, 24 carriage loads […]

Read More Nicholas Donin and the Disputation of 1240 (This Week in Jewish History)

Nicholas Donin: The Dimensions of Medieval Jewish Self-Hatred

Nicholas Donin was an erstwhile Talmudic scholar who converted to Christianity and made a career of denouncing the Talmud. His charges, brought before the Pope, resulted in a massive destruction of priceless Jewish manuscripts in Paris, 1242. Part of the Jewish Biography as History lecture series by Dr. Henry Abramson.

Read More Nicholas Donin: The Dimensions of Medieval Jewish Self-Hatred