Henry Abramson is a Dean at Touro’s Lander Colleges. A native of northern Ontario, Canada, he received his PhD in History from the University of Toronto in 1995, and has held visiting and post-doctoral appointments at Harvard, Cornell, Oxford and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has received numerous awards for his research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, and his teaching style has been recognized by the National Education Association with an Excellence in the Academy Award. The author of several books on Jewish history and thought, his popular lectures are available at www.henryabramson.com.
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VideosThe Kabbalah of Forgiveness Coming in Time for Rosh Hashanah
New for the Season of Repentance: a translation and modern commentary on Rabbi Moshe Cordovero's classic of Jewish ethics, the Date Palm of Devorah (Tomer Devorah). Learn the Thirteen Levels of Mercy and discover how to forgive others, and yourself. Please visit www.jewishhistorylectures.com and click on "The Kabbalah of Forgiveness" for translations and videos.
The Kabbalah of Forgiveness
The Kabbalah of Forgiveness is a translation of the first chapter of Rabbi Moshe Cordovero’s classic work Date Palm of Devorah (Tomer Devorah) with a commentary by Dr. Henry Abramson. Emerging from the 16th-century Safed Circle of Jewish mystics, this book earned a rare exception to the centuries-old ban on the study of Kabbalah by students under 40 because of its profound ethical value.
Moses Maimonides on Teshuvah: The Ways of Repentance, A New Translation and Commentary
A classic work of medieval Jewish philosophy, Maimonides on Teshuvah is a new translation of The Laws of Repentance with a modern commentary by Dr. Henry Abramson. This work, which retains its value even eight hundred years after its original composition, covers both practical steps for personal transformation as well as many basic issues of Jewish theology such as life after death.
Reading the Talmud: Developing Independence in Gemara Learning
Reading the Talmud is a textbook designed for students who want to move beyond translations to learning the Talmud on their own. This book presents a proven, “no shortcuts” approach based on the traditional Yeshiva model. If you have enough Hebrew skills to work out a Biblical verse, and a healthy determination to toil in the Talmud, this book will help you develop independence in Gemara learning.
The Sea of Talmud: A Brief and Personal Introduction
Scholarly yet readable, The Sea of Talmud combines basic, authoritative information on the Talmud with the author’s unique and personal journey to traditional Judaism. Tracing the history of the Talmud from its origins in ancient Israel and Babylon to Internet-based texts, Dr. Abramson describes the excitement and thrill of studying Talmud from an insider’s perspective.
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