John Hyrcanus the High Priest and Ruler of Judea who spread Judaism by the Sword

Back by popular request 😉 I’m releasing this article again especially for Debi.

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John Hyrcanus (Yohanan Hyrcanus – יוחנן הורקנוס, Ιωάννης Υρκανός) was the High Priest and fourth Hasmonean (Maccabeean) Prince to rule Judea in the 2nd century BCE. It is believed that he was born between 175-164 BCE. He served as High Priest and Ruler of Judea from 134 BCE until his death in 104 BCE.

Although it is important to note that he was not an absolute Monarch or King, for Josephus wrote, “NOW when their father Hyrcanus was dead, the eldest son Aristobulus, intending to change the government into a kingdom, for so he resolved to do, first of all put a diadem on his head, four hundred eighty and one years and three months after the people had been delivered from the Babylonish slavery, and were returned to their own country again.” Josephus Antiquities of the Jews Book 13:11:1

Furthermore he is credited with minting the first ever Jewish…

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The Maimonidean Controversy

Another great lecture from my good friend Dr. Henry Abrahmson

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Brief overview of the controversy that surrounded the writings of Rabbi Moses Maimonides. Lecture delivered at the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst.

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Who Was Rav Kook?

Another interesting lecture about a spiritual leader in a time of controversy. Please take the time to be entertained and enlightened.

Henry Abramson

Mystic and early Zionist, Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook’s challenging and eclectic philosophy has inspired generations of Jews since his passing in 1935. Often misunderstood, Rav Kook’s role as one of the principal Rabbinic figures of the era was foundational for establishing a religious ideology for the the modern, secular and democratic state of Israel.

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Free Gift from Jewish History @ J!

A gift for all the viewers and Friends of Jewish History.

Henry Abramson

Please send your mailing address to abramson@touro.edu and I’ll be happy to send one right out to you.

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Archival Footage of Rav Kook

This film clip is from 1921 when Winston Churchill was the Colonial Secretary of Great Britain. Both he and his wife had been invited to Jerusalem by his friend the British High Commissioner for Palestine, Herbert Samuel. He met with the Muslim, Christian and Jewish religious leadership of Jerusalem.

In this incredible film clip, Churchill takes leave of the leading rabbis of the time, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, Chief Rabbi of the Ashkenazic community; Rabbi Joseph Chaim Zonnenfeld, Chief Rabbi of the ultra-Orthodox Eidah Charedis community; and Rabbi Jacob Meir, chief Rabbi of the Sephardi community. To the left of the door is Emir Abdullah.

Henry Abramson

Norm Robinson, a member of the Friends of Jewish History, sent me this interesting video clip that features Rav Avraham Isaac Kook for the first 23 seconds, along with several other rabbinic and political luminaries.

Monday’s lecture promises to be especially fascinating for anyone interested in religious thought and Israeli politics.  Please join us!  Register for free by clicking here.

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“Who Was Vladimir Jabotinsky?” Sponsored by Norman and Bridgette Robinson!

We are proud to support Jewish History at Lander College of Arts and Sciences, presented from the Avenue J campus in Brooklyn, NY. Our friend Dean Henry Abramson is a skilled orator ho will entertain and enlighten all while in the process of educating the public pro bono.

Please take time to watch his lectures and contribute as the One God moves you to do.

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Norm

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“Who Was Vladimir Jabotinsky?” is sponsored by Norman and Bridgette Robinson in memory of Leona Robinson of blessed memory. In the words of her son, she was “an avid reader who loved history” who would have enjoyed this lecture.

Thank to the Robinsons for becoming the first members of the Friends of Jewish History! Their generosity will help fund a student internship in Jewish History at the mighty Avenue J campus.

Would you like to sponsor a lecture this semester in memory of a loved one or in honor of a family member, friend or colleague? Please visit the Crowdrise website below for details.

https://www.crowdrise.com/friends-of-jewish-histo…/…/avenuej

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Lag B’Omer Message from Dean Abramson

A short presentation by my friend, Dr. Henry Abrahmson on yet another celebration that I had never heard about.

Henry Abramson

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