Derek Penslar 2013 Sherman Lectures – 4 – The Invention of Israeli Nativity


This final Sherman lecture tackles the question of continuity versus rupture in the idea of the Jews’ return to the Land of Israel in modern times. ¬†On the one hand, they are returning to what is thought of as a native land; yet they are also newcomers, immersed in the culture of lands in which they have lived for generations.


Derek Penslar 2013 Sherman Lectures – 3 – Diaspora Jewry and the 1948 War


Adapted from the final chapter of Jews and the Military: A History (Princeton University Press, 2013), this lecture discusses the indispensable role of diaspora Jews in financing and fighting on behalf of Israel in the 1948 War.