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With Michoel Rotenfeld discussing the autobiography of Pinkhes-Dov Goldenshteyn (1848 – 1930)

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We discussed Pinkhes-Dov (Pinye-Ber) Goldenshteyn’s bio, why he wrote the book, what his life was like, the uniqueness of this autobiography and it vividly describes life in 19th century Ukraine (Russia), various examples from the autobiography, and more

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TLT Series Episode 8: Prof. Alan Verskin – David Reueveni (16th century): Imposter or brother of the King of the Lost Tribes?

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We discussed David Reuveni and his bio, where he was from, languages he spoke, his travels in the Middle East disguised as a Muslim, his travels in Italy, meeting with Pope Clement VII, King João III of Portugal, relationship with Shlomo Molcho and Molcho's conversion to Judaism, fauled meeting with the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, Reuveni's retinue, bad acts of his servants, the story of the diary and the manuscript, and much more.

TLT Series Episode 7: Dr. Moti Benmelech – The Ten Lost Tribes in Jewish Consciousness in the 15th & 16th Centuries

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We discussed Eldad and his impact, letters floating around in the 15th & 16th centuries that relate to TLT,  the role of messianism in TLT discourse, Prester John, Red Jews, Akdamus story, David Reuveni, Shlomo Molcho, and more. 

With Rabbi Mordechai Lebhar & Avishai Shraga discussing Chacham David Sasson Rabban of Hamedan, Iran and his writings (1879 – 1974)

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We discussed  a brief summary of the Jews of Iran, Chacham Sasson Raban's bio, how the mansucripot was discovered, what is unique about the work, examples, the Minhagei Iran included in the Sefer, and more.

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TLT Series Epiosde 6: Keagan Brewer – The Christian Legend of Prester John

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We discussed what “Red Jews” means, how ths title came to be associated with the Ten Lost Tribes, whyb the color red, why only in German and Yiddish literature, the story of Ma'aseh Akdamus and tracing it through history, Rav Meir Shatz, the Red Jews in later (modern) literature, and much more 

We discussed Prester John and the legend: Who he allegedly was, how and when the legend began, the mythical land of Prester Joh, where he purportedly was located, the Ten Lost Tribes and Prester John, various actual kingdoms associated with Prester Joh, and much more.

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TLT Series Episode 5: Prof. Rebekka Voß – The Red Jews and Ma’aseh Akdamus

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We discussed what “Red Jews” means, how ths title came to be associated with the Ten Lost Tribes, whyb the color red, why only in German and Yiddish literature, the story of Ma'aseh Akdamus and tracing it through history, Rav Meir Shatz, the Red Jews in later (modern) literature, and much more 

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With Prof. Ephraim Kanarfogel discussing Baalei Tosafos Al Hatorah: An Overview

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We discussed the 3 stages of Baalei Tosafos (post-Rashi) biblical commentary in France and Germany, the major figures and their works, many examples, and much more.

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TLT Series Episode 4: Dr. Micha Perry – Eldad HaDani (9th century): From the tribe of Dan?

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> We discussed who Eldad really was, the various theories about where was he from, the response of Rabbi Tzemach Gaon, the Hebrew language of Eldad, Eldad's Hilchos Shechita, Eldad's implications for modern day Ethiopian Jews, and much more.

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TLT Series Episode 3: Dr. Daniel Stein-Kokin – The Legendary Sambatyon River

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We discussed where the Sambatyon river is, whether it flows all week and rests on Shabbos or vice-versa, is it a river of water or sand or stones, the primary sources that discuss Sambatyon, and much more.

TLT Series Episode 2: R’ Fishel Mael – The Twelve Tribes from a Torah perspective

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We discussed the 12 Tribes generally and each Shevet's specific characteristic. We also discussed the order of the tribes and if there are different orders, whether Shevet Levi is counted as one of the tribes, the berachos of Yaakov, individuals in Tanach wh personify their Shevet, the 10 tribes that broke away to form the Malchus Yisrael, if Shimon is lost (as Shimon's land was in the south in the midst of Yehuda), whether the Shevatim got along with each other, and much more.

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