Dr. Henry Abramson serves as a Dean of Touro University in Brooklyn, New York. A popular online lecturer, he is currently working on a three-volume history of the Jewish people for Koren Publishers (Jerusalem).
Dr. Henry Abramson
The appalling story of desecrated tombstones from the 16th century Sephardic cemetery of Ferrara, Italy.
Why were European Jews who appeared in court subjugated to humiliating acts like standing bare-chested and bare-headed on a bloody pigskin?
Italian-Jewish businessman Daniele da Norsa removed the outdoor painting of Madonna and Child, triggering a terrible series of consequences.
When Yosef ben Matityahu, a great warrior, defected to the Romans and became Josephus Flavius.
This fascinating Hebrew letter from 630 BCE is the earliest documented example of how average Jews incorporated Judaism’s laws into their everyday lives.
900 years later, a woman’s story as a convert persecuted by the Crusaders still endures.
The likely inspiration for the famous Passover poem is a medieval German children’s rhyme.
This brief video provides a survey of the long Jewish presence in the region, framed in the context of maps: political, ethnolinguistic, military and social.
Jewish history for ridiculously busy people.
Daniel Bomberg capitalized on the disruptive new technology – printing, understanding the potentially huge market for books amongst Jews.
Three medieval documents chronicle the life of a wealthy Jewish woman in Egypt at the turn of the 12th century.
Exploring the mysterious 2nd-Century find in the Cave of Letters.
Appreciating the trailblazing scholarly work of Rabbi Yitzchak al-Fasi.
The amazing story of the 700 year old Haggadah, the Muslim librarian who saved it from the Nazis, and how his children were miraculously saved by Israel.
“Red Haggadahs” were published in the 1920s with the explicit goal of replacing belief in God with faith in Communist Russia.