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by Joel Rich

Henry Abramson Essential Lectures

http://jewishhistorylectures.org/history-of-the-jewish-people-i-his-155/
 
“Essential lectures” are a series of short review lectures. There are longer lectures available on quite a few topics. I’m still looking for an on-line in-depth series on Jewish history or specific portions thereon.
 
Also, if you’ve listened to any Mada related series you think I’d find interesting, please let me know.
 
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcsuYXEhfz8

Jewish History and Historians (Essential Lectures in Jewish History) This series concerns Jewish history from the beginning of the diaspora. History captures reality (facts) and literacy (interpretation). It also serves a social function of providing a cohesive narrative. Discussion of historical sources and problems with certain historians (agendas, hagiography…).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0O4fK0Xwh0

Jews and Judaism in the Year Zero

Primary sources for history of the beginning of the diaspora include Josephus. There were fierce political splits (zealots et al) and also messianic forces.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2obtCz2JuM

The Fox in the Ruins: The Roman-Jewish WarsDiscussion of Eliezer’s and Bar Kochba’s wars against Romans (sounds like he takes the asura hargei malchot literally).

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng7D4beNmeA

Judaism and Early Christianity

 

History and teachings of Yushke and Paul.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQmZxCwl7zU

The Mishnah

 

R’Yehuda Hanasi, written and oral law. Structure and purpose of mishna.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghyCKml8I00

Jewish Communal Structure: The Kehilla

Description of lay and religious leadership (and the dynamic tension between them). How were proclamations enforced? What areas were covered?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvbLdCBW4Mc

The Talmud

 

Goals, layout and authorship discussed.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_yXWbbVTt8

Jews in the Early Islamic PeriodHistory of Islam and Mohammed. Islam was an egalitarian movement, which accepted elements of faiths it conquered. Many similarities to Judaism. Judaism was accepted as a second class but protected religion.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b4Vn_-jYWA

The Jewish Kingdom of Khazaria

Kuzari was a philosophical work but there was a kingdom or Khazars – not clear how much of Judaism they took on and no evidence of any impact on Judaism.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OnArXdHQdc

The Golden Age of Spanish Jewry

 

Until the reconquering of Spain by Europe, there was a successful, integrated Jewish community under Moslem rule.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK8OnrEuKNI

The Rishonim

 

Job of rishonim was to make Talmud accessible to “modern” readers as well as codify, clarify and analyze. Some had an interest in philosophy.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnkP5IIclpY

Jews in the Medieval Economy

 

Jews had specific, non-land owning roles allowed by the King. Money lending was lucrative, portable, not physical and had good hours! It also caused resentment and danger. They also were involved in crafts and running taverns.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz2RIShVCTA

The Eastern European Center

 

Why did the Jews move to Poland/Lithuania? Problems in Western Europe, as well as invitation (based on economics) of local nobles. They were successful because the nobles didn’t want to interact with the serfs and inserted Jews between them. Cossacks resented them, it didn’t end well!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFjNkUVhvvE

What is Modern Jewish History?

Basically 17th century and later when reason and industrialization replaced religion. There was a decline in kehila structure.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4ZbOcOoaio

Jewish History in the Sixteenth Century Changes in demographics and technology had a large impact. The Rabbis of Tzfat also had a strong influence.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a3g3J3rIQc

The Haskalah

Reason and autonomy trends led to changes in Jewish thought. The impact varied across Europe. Mendelssohn was the key player (Orthodox reaction discussed as well).

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE5emz8XyKo

Origins of Modern Jewish Humor

 

Theory is real Jewish humor differentiation began with the emancipation and is based on:

  • the disconnect between theoretical chosen, and our actual, status
  • self-depreciation

  • irreverence

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLdiAQwLyKa8Lnfv7WLEohwn0N2PwtRvQs&v=8hb_G62BgaM

Modern Antisemitism

 

Primarily based on new focus on race as well as conspiracy.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOjgZJ92d0U

Women in Jewish History

 

Usually a unique minority had influence, they usually had subversive power. Things have changed in the 20th Century.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBfZeRwiQwE

The Holocaust

 

WWII history and formalization of the killing machine.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkVBchMoF3c

The Borders of Israel

19th century through Mandate, Balfour, partition, 1948, 1967, 1973, Sinai, Gaza…

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent local lecturer on various Torah topics in West Orange, NJ and supports his Torah listening habits by working as a consulting actuary.

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