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  • Irving Berlin and the Creation of Popular American Culture

    Irving Berlin and the Creation of Popular American Culture

    At this time of year it’s impossible to escape the ubiquitous holiday music that assults us whenever we turn on the radio...

     
  • The Nuremberg Laws

    The Nuremberg Laws

    The Nuremberg Laws of 1935 defined, for the purposes of the Nazi regime, exactly who was considered a Jew. This was an essential...

     
  • The Rishonim

    The Rishonim

    This lecture serves as an introduction to the Rishonim, a body of Rabbinic scholars associated with the 9th through the 15th...

     
  • The Chofetz Chaim

    The Chofetz Chaim

    Brief video highlighting the life and work of Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan (1838-1936), one of the most influential Rabbis of...

     
  • Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

    Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

    Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888) articulated a strategy to allow Jews their traditional observances while participating...

     
  • Nicholas Donin and the Disputation of 1240

    Nicholas Donin and the Disputation of 1240

    In 1240 Nicholas Donin, a Jewish convert to Christianity, engaged in a public debate with his former teacher, Rabbi Yechiel...

     
  • Rabbi Moshe Isserles (The Rema)

    Rabbi Moshe Isserles (The Rema)

    Rabbi Moshe Isserles was an exceptionally important Polish Jew of the 16th century. His commentary on the Code of Jewish...

     
  • Jewish Teacher of Deaf-Mute People

    Jewish Teacher of Deaf-Mute People

    Jacob Rodrigues Péreire (1715-1780) was one of the inventors of sign language. ...

     
  • Sarah Schenirer and the Revolution in Jewish Education for Women

    Sarah Schenirer and the Revolution in Jewish Education for Women

    Sarah Schenirer (1883-1935) founded the Bais Yaakov (Bet Ya’akov) school system for women. One of the most visionary educators...

     
  • The Beilis Affair of 1911-1913

    The Beilis Affair of 1911-1913

    The discovery of the mutilated body of a young boy in Kiev led to the false arrest of a Jewish laborer named Mendel Beilis....