1000 Years of Jewish History in Halakha
Teacher Title Abstract
שיעורי טקסט Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #01: The First Crusade May 1096 The Crusades forced many Jews to choose conversion or death, but the permissibility or obligation of martyrdom in Jewish tradition is far from clear. Is King Shaul a model, or an aberration?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #02: The Crusades May 1096 Part II: Berakha Recited on Martyrdom The Crusades set off centuries of anti-Jewish violence, raising the unspeakable question: should a Jew faced with death recite a blessing on martyrdom?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #03: The Crusades May 1096 Part III: Religious Practices Commemorating the Crusades The question of how to memorialize the martyrs of the Crusades proved to be complex, but it set the precedent for how to confront contemporary historical tragedy, particularly following the Holocaust.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #04: 17 June, 1242 The Burning of the Talmud The burning of the Talmud in medieval Paris is considered a monumental tragedy, but how are we supposed to treat sacred Jewish texts?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #05: Maharam of Rothenburg’s Attempt to Make Aliya 1286 The attempt of one medieval German rabbi to emigrate to the Land of Israel raises compelling halakhic issues about the status and sanctity of the Land.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Aviad Tabory Shiur #06: Maharam of Rothenburg’s Imprisonment 1286 The grim fate of Maharam of Rothenburg, who died in prison, raises historical and contemporary questions about the lengths to which the Jewish community should go to in order to save its kidnapped members.