About the Author


Dr. Henry Abramson

Dr. Henry Abramson is a specialist in Jewish History and Thought, serving as dean of Touro’s Lander College of Arts & Sciences in Brooklyn, New York. He is grateful to the swift and professional services of the Touro College library staff.


The Letter of the Convert: A Survival Story of the Crusades

900 years later, a woman’s story as a convert persecuted by the Crusaders still endures.

The Secret History of Chad Gadya

The likely inspiration for the famous Passover poem is a medieval German children’s rhyme.

Jewish History in Ukrainian Maps

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.

All Jewish History in Under 18 Minutes

Jewish history for ridiculously busy people.

Meet the Non-Jew Who Made Daf Yomi Possible

Daniel Bomberg capitalized on the disruptive new technology – printing, understanding the potentially huge market for books amongst Jews.

Cairo Geniza’s Remarkable Story of Wuhshah the Broker

Three medieval documents chronicle the life of a wealthy Jewish woman in Egypt at the turn of the 12th century.

Babatha & the Role of Women in the 2nd Century

Exploring the mysterious 2nd-Century find in the Cave of Letters.

The First Pillar of Jewish Law: The Rif

Appreciating the trailblazing scholarly work of Rabbi Yitzchak al-Fasi.

The Mysterious, Miraculous Sarajevo Haggadah

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.

The Soviet Campaign to Eliminate Passover

“Red Haggadahs” were published in the 1920s with the explicit goal of replacing belief in God with faith in Communist Russia.

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