Gospel of Freedom

Gospel of Freedom

Jan 29, 2014 By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary | Public Event audio

Dr. Jonathan Rieder delves deeper than anyone before into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” illuminating both its timeless message and crucial position in the history of civil rights.

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A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel

A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel

Nov 11, 2013 By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary | Public Event audio

Novelist Dara Horn, the winner of two National Jewish Book Awards, on her new book, A Guide For The Perplexed: A Novel.

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Hatemail: Anti-Semitism on Picture Postcards A Discussion with Author Salo Aizenberg

Hatemail: Anti-Semitism on Picture Postcards A Discussion with Author Salo Aizenberg

Nov 7, 2013 By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary | Public Event audio

Salo Aizenberg, one of the leading collectors of Judaic picture postcards, is also the author of Postcards from the Holy Land: A Pictorial History of the Ottoman Era, 1880-1918. He is a managing director of the RLJ Credit Opportunity Fund, and coordinates its business development activities. He earned his BS in Management Information Systems at the State University of New York at Binghamton and his MBA at Columbia Business School.

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A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog Throughout Jewish History

A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog Throughout Jewish History

Oct 7, 2013 By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary | Public Event audio

Philip I. Ackerman-Liebrman, assistant professor of Jewish Studies and Law, as well as affiliated assistant professor of Islamic Studies and History, at Vanderbilt University, delivered a JTS Library Book talk on October 7th, on his new book, A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog throughout Jewish History.

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Rav Hisda’s Daughter

Rav Hisda’s Daughter

May 14, 2013 By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary | Public Event audio

Maggie Anton, the award-winning author of the historical fiction series Rashi’s Daughters and Rav Hisda’s Daughter, a Talmud scholar with expertise in Jewish women’s history, and an esteemed lecturer, gave this Library Book Talk at JTS on Monday, April 29, 2013.

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The Radical American Judaism of Mordecai M. Kaplan

The Radical American Judaism of Mordecai M. Kaplan

Apr 10, 2013 By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary | Public Event audio

The philosophy of Mordecai M. Kaplan, longtime professor at JTS (1910 – 1963), dean of its Teachers Institute (1909 – 1946), and founder of the Reconstructionist Movement, is presented in its entirety for the first time in The Radical American Judaism of Mordecai M. Kaplan.

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Josephus and the Theologies of Ancient Judaism

Josephus and the Theologies of Ancient Judaism

Mar 25, 2013 By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary | Public Event audio

A Discussion with Dr. Jonathan Klawans, Author, JTS, March 19, 2013, 7:30 PM

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A Feminist Commentary on Massekhet Taanit

A Feminist Commentary on Massekhet Taanit

Oct 4, 2012 By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary | Public Event audio

As part of The Library’s series of book talks, Dr. Tal Ilan delivers a lecture on A Feminist Commentary on Massekhet Taanit: How to Read Gender into a Commentary of the Mishnah and the Babylonian Talmud.

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The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture

The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture

Oct 4, 2012 By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary | Public Event audio

What if the Hebrew Bible wasn’t meant to be read as “revelation”? What if the authors of the Bible meant to present us with a book that is not about miracles or the afterlife-but about how to lead our lives in this world? In this Library Book Talk, Dr. Yoram Hazony addresses these questions while discussing his latest book, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture.

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High Holiday Rare Materials

High Holiday Rare Materials

By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary

Audio Collection The JTS Library has an extensive collection of audio recordings from individuals and communities that reflect the sounds of the High Holiday season. These examples illustrate the breadth of the collection:  Cochin (India) Rosh Hashana Musaf (Recorded 1967) Nusah from the Firenze (Florence) Jewish Community (Recorded 1967) Selihot from Salonika (Recorded September 21, […]

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A Sacred Space: Synagogue Architecture and Identity

A Sacred Space: Synagogue Architecture and Identity

By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary

October 26, 2023–March 7, 2024 The JTS Library exhibit, “A Sacred Space: Synagogue Architecture and Identity,” offers an exciting opportunity to view a large selection of rare prints depicting historic synagogues. The exhibit, co-curated by Samuel D. Gruber and Sharon Liberman Mintz, will trace the history of European synagogue styles from the 17th to the 19th […]

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Living Yiddish in New York

Living Yiddish in New York

By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary

This exhibit introduced visitors to rare archival materials that provided a snapshot of New York City as an important center of modern Yiddish culture. Between 1880 and 1924, approximately two million Eastern European Jews immigrated to the United States. Many of them settled in New York City, which by 1914 was home to 1.4 million Jews, among them the world’s largest urban population of Yiddish speakers.

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The Jews of Corfu: Between the Adriatic and the Ionian

The Jews of Corfu: Between the Adriatic and the Ionian

By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary

This unprecedented exhibition offered a window into the rich history and culture of the little-known Jewish communities of Corfu. Columbia University and JTS, two of the world’s largest repositories of rare materials from Corfu, displayed a selection of illustrated prayer books, historical documents, celebratory poems, and elaborately decorated ketubbot telling the story of the island’s vibrant, distinct, and sometimes contentious Jewish communities. Situated on a major trade route, these communities thrived under Venetian and then Greek rule from the Middle Ages until 1944, when the Jews of Corfu were almost entirely annihilated by the Nazis. 

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To Build a New Home: Celebrating the Jewish Wedding

To Build a New Home: Celebrating the Jewish Wedding

By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary

To Build a New Home: Celebrating the Jewish Wedding featured a collection of rare materials illustrating the creative, often surprising, evolution of Jewish marriage practices over centuries.  

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