Recording of lectures hosted at the Oxford University Chabad Society during Academic Year 2023-2024

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Pre-Passover Seminar 2024

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Dr. Naftali Loewenthal

'Wicked sons (and Daughters) in Jewish thought'

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Dr. Israel Sandman

'Personal Liberation: Basic dynamics'

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Rabbi Professor David Golonkin

'What can we learn from illuminated Haggadot?'

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Professor Shalom Sabar

'The Sarajevo Haggadah'

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Professor Chaim Saiman

‘The Fifth Question: When Do We Eat?’

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Hilary, 2024

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Daniel Revach

'Seven.Ten: a poetry project for the victims of the 7th of October'

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Rabbi Yaron Nisenholz

 

'Purim and the Reacceptance of the Torah'

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Rabbi Shabtai Rappoprt

 

'Torah and science'

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Rabbi David Samson

'Philosophy of first Chief Rabbi of British mandate Palestine, Rabbi Kook'

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Dr. Isaac Herskowitz

'Being human during war: self reflections'

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Professor Martin Goodman

'Herod the Great and his sons' 

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Isaac Meyers memorial lecture

 

 

 

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Screenwriter of the film 'Golda' - Nicholas Martin

 

'Golda Meir and the Yom Kippur War'

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Rabbi Chaim Miller

 

'Vision to Art: Mystical Inspiration and the Creative Process'

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Professor Edith Elkind 

 

'Social choices: how to select a committee fairly? '

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Professor Colin Mayer CBE

 

' Capitalism and Crises: How to fix them'

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Professor Saul Smilansky

 

' What is Crazy Ethics and why does it matter?'

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Michaelmas 2023

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Professor Susanne Marten-Finnes

'The Emergence of a Sephardic Community in late 16th-Century Poland'

Susanne is a Professor of Applied Linguistics (Emerita) at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Portsmouth. Her academic career began with a PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Tübingen, where Susanne became interested in the study of literary activities and periodical culture at the centres of Jewish scholarship in Central and Eastern Europe. 

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Professor Zoe Waxman

'Testimony as a Response to Mass Atrocity'

Prof. Waxman has been awarded the title of Professor of Holocaust History at the University of Oxford. She is a senior research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She was educated at the universities of York, Warwick, and Oxford and was previously a lecturer in history at Mansfield College, Oxford, and then lecturer and fellow in Holocaust Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published widely on gender, genocide, and the history of ideas. Her most recent book was Women in the Holocaust: A Feminist History (2017). Her next book will be Motherhood: A Holocaust History.

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Yossi Klein Halevi

'Israel at war and what October 7 means to the future of the Jewish people'

 

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Perl Grunzweig memorial lecture

 

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Prof. Oren Gazal

'Incarceration Rates in Israel and Judges' Biases'

Oren Gazal-Ayal served as the dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa, currently, he is a visiting fellow at All-Souls College at the University of Oxford. He heads the Center for the Study of Crime, Law, and Society at the University. He serves as the vice chair of the public committee for the prevention of false convictions and as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Minister of Justice for Criminal Procedure and Evidence Law. He is also the former president of the Israeli Law and Economics Association.

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Pre-Chanukah Seminar in Jewish Studies - Yom Limmud 

Rabbi Eli Brackman

'The basic mitzvah of Chanukah: A study in the manuscript of the Talmud at the Bodleian Library (Opp. Add. fol. 23)'

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Dr. Ros Abramsky

'The four dimensions of heaven'

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Ari Deller (Philosophy, Oxford)

 

'Arguments about the existence of G‑d' 

 

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Elan Traum (English, Oxford)

'Jewish responses to attempts of assimilation'

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Giovani Truong (Yiddish, MSt, Oxford)

'Yiddish literature on Chanukah'

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Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman

'Demystifying Jewish Mysticism: Finding Light in Darkness'

Avraham Arieh Trugman has over forty-five years of experience in the field of Jewish education. He was a founding member of Moshav Meor Modiim in 1976, where he served as the Director of the Center of Jewish Education, which ran yearly programs for over 5,000 participants from over 25 countries. In 1988, Rabbi Trugman and his wife took the position of Regional Directors of NCSY in Denver, Colorado. The Trugmans returned to Israel in 1995 and are now the Directors of Ohr Chadash: New Horizons in Jewish Experience, a dynamic program they created that has run programs for tens of thousands of participants. Their website, You-tube channel, SoundCloud, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp and Telegram groups and Facebook have gotten millions of visits. Rabbi Trugman has written twenty-one books and produced nine music discs of original music. 

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Professor Drew Weissman

Nobel Prize Laureate for Medicine 2023

'The Covid vaccine was just the tip of the iceberg…the breathtaking potential of mRNA therapeutics'

Drew Weissman  M.D., Ph.D. is a professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He received his graduate degrees from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Weissman, in collaboration with Dr. Katalin Karikó, discovered the ability of modified nucleosides in RNA to suppress activation of innate immune sensors and increase the translation of mRNA containing certain modified nucleosides. The nucleoside-modified mRNA-lipid nanoparticle vaccine platform Dr. Weissman’s lab created is used in the first 2 approved COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. They continue to develop other vaccines that induce potent antibody and T cell responses with mRNA–based vaccines. Dr. Weissman’s lab also develops methods to replace genetically deficient proteins, edit the genome, and specifically target cells and organs with mRNA-LNPs, including lung, heart, brain, CD4+ cells, all T cells, and bone marrow stem cells.

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Professor Robert A Harris 

'The Origin of Peshat'

Robert A. Harris is professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in biblical literature and commentary, particularly medieval Jewish biblical exegesis. Dr. Harris is an expert in the history of medieval biblical exegesis. His most recent book is Rabbi Eliezer of Beaugency: Commentaries on Amos, Jonah (with Selections from Isaiah and Ezekiel). TEAMS Commentary Series. Kalamazoo, MI:  Medieval Institute Publications, 2017. In 2004 he published a book in the Brown Judaic Studies series, Discerning Parallelism: A Study in Northern French Medieval Jewish Biblical Exegesis. In addition, he has published many articles and reviews in both American and Israeli journals. His dissertation (1997) was titled The Literary Hermeneutic of Rabbi Eliezer of Beaugency.  He is currently at work on a book, tentatively titled The Reinvention of Reading in the 12th Century Renaissance. Dr. Harris’s most recent publication is “Sexual Orientation in the Presentation of Joseph’s Character in Biblical and Rabbinic Literature,” AJS Review 43:1 (Spring, 2019)

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Dr. Joseph O'Hara (Oxford)

‘Hebrew Micrography: A uniquely Jewish art form?’

Dr Joseph O’Hara is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a Junior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford. He works on the international project The history of the Jewish book in the Islamicate world (Oxford–LMU Munich) and is a member of Hebrew Palaeography Album, a major new initiative to produce a large-scale online repository of specimens of medieval Hebrew handwritings. He has presented on digital palaeography and also convenes the OCHJS Medieval Hebrew reading group.

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Dr. Richard Schwartz

' Maintaining Happiness During Disaster?'

Robert M. Schwartz, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and former assistant professor who did pioneering research on positive and negative emotions. In addition to scientific articles on positive psychology, he has published social and political commentaries in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jerusalem Post, Arutz Sheva, Christian Science Monitor, the American Thinker, and others

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Professor Sir Bernard Silverman FRS

'What is Modern Slavery and how can we act against it?'


Sir Bernard Silverman is a statistician whose research has ranged widely across many aspects and applications of statistics.  He gained his PhD from Cambridge in 1978, and has held senior academic posts at a number of universities.  He was Master of St Peter’s College from 2003 to 2009 and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office from 2010 to 2017, during which time his work played a pivotal role in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.   His current activities encompass geospatial and location data, the fight against modern slavery and child sexual violence, official statistics, security, and science and technology for policy, business and government.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a former President of the Royal Statistical Society, and has won leading awards for his work.

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High Holidays Seminar 2023

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Avi B.

'What is the nature of Rosh Hashanah?'

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Rabbi Eli Brackman

'Maimonides on the sound of the Shofar'

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Professor Rabbi Efraim Kanarfogel

'The Literary Artistry of Rashi and the Tosafists in Their Piyyutim for the Eve of Rosh HaShanah'

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Dr. Naftali Loewenthal

University College London

'Teachings on repentance in Chabad thought'

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Dr. Israel Sandman

'The source of the Divine Kingship'

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Dr. Daniel Rand

'Teshuva: obligation or opportunity?'

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Prof. Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg

'Rosh Hashana: the day of the creation'

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