Rabbi Dovid Katz, Phd

About: Rabbi Dovid Katz, Phd

  • Role : Rabbi, Educator, Spiritual Mentor
  • Website : https://RabbiDovidKatz.com
  • Experience : See Below
  • Specialist in : Jewish History
Topics Handling
Course Name Lesson Name Complexity Length
Three Weeks Lecture Series 2018 - "פֹּה לִין" - Poles and Jews in 2018 “Can we at least agree on the facts? No!” Poles and Jews Since the Fall of Communism
Three Weeks Lecture Series 2018 - "פֹּה לִין" - Poles and Jews in 2018 Poles and Jews in the Holocaust and After; Poles and Others in the Holocaust and After
Three Weeks Lecture Series 2018 - "פֹּה לִין" - Poles and Jews in 2018 Poles and Jews in the Reborn Republic of Poland
Three Weeks Lecture Series 2018 - "פֹּה לִין" - Poles and Jews in 2018 Deuteronomy 28:49 - 51: Poles and Jews under Czarist Rul
Three Weeks Lecture Series 2018 - "פֹּה לִין" - Poles and Jews in 2018 The Crisis of the Old Order: Poles and Jews and the Downfall of the Kingdom
Three Weeks Lecture Series 2018 - "פֹּה לִין" - Poles and Jews in 2018 How the Kingdom of Poland Became the Site of the Largest, Freest, and Most Important Community in Jewry
Revolution! Jews and the Great European Revolutions The Twisted Legacy of the Liberal Revolutions on Jewish Religion and Identity
Revolution! Jews and the Great European Revolutions The Great Liberal Revolutions of 1848 and their Impact on the Jews
Revolution! Jews and the Great European Revolutions The Anti - Semitic Reaction of Europe and its impact on the Jews
Revolution! Jews and the Great European Revolutions The French Revolution and the Jewish Religion
Revolution! Jews and the Great European Revolutions The French Revolution and the Political Fate of the Jews
Revolution! Jews and the Great European Revolutions Sufferance is the Badge of Our Tribe
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (18) From Then till Now: How the Events of 1972-75 Affect us Today
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (17) Diaspora Indian Summer? The Jewish World and its Culture in the mid-Seventies
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (16) Three Big Themes: Evolving American Jewry 1972-75
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (15) Baiting a Conflicted Bear: The Soviet Jewry Struggle in the mid-Seventies
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (14) The State of Israel and the Jewish Religion 1972-75
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (13) Oily Friends: Europe and the State of Israel 1972-75
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (12) The Crisis of Zionism in Israel and at the UN
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (11) If I Were a Rich Man: Arabs, Oil Billions, and What They Did With It
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (10) Israeli Political Earthquake: The Fall of Golda, the Rise of Rabin
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (9) Oich Mir a Yid! The Age of Henry Kissinger
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (8) Nixon’s Finest Hour: Russian Roulette with ICBMs
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (7) Affliction: Yom Kippor war part III
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (6) Affliction: Yom Kippor war part II
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (5) Affliction: Yom Kippor war part I
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (4) None are as Blind as Those who Would not See – Buildup to the Yom Kippur War
On Chanukah Chanukah, the Untold Story
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (3) Cogs in the Cold War: Israel in the Age of Nixon’s Detente
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (2) Promises Unfulfilled: The Arab world in the 1970s
Hubris and Atonement: The State of Israel and the Jewish People 1972 - 75 (1) Quiet before the Storm – The Golda (Golden?) Era in its Heyday
test lecture
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 “A Stiff-necked People”: Concluding Considerations Concerning the Nexus of Culture, Economics, and Religion in the new State, 1949
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 American Jewry: Orthodox Spring, Conservative Summer, Traditionalist Autumn, Secularist Winter
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 The State of Israel and American Jewry: Can Zionism Survive Success?
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 The State of Israel and Germany: Jewish Ideals vs. Hard Economic Realities
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 The State of Israel & the Jewish Religion: An Era of Understandings & Misunderstandings
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 Israeli Politics: The Supremacy of Mapai -Decisive Leadership and Tammany Hall
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 Israel and The Communist World: Zionism, Soviet Jewry, & the Heyday of Stalinism
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 Israel & the USA: Zionism, The Second Truman Administration, & The Cold War
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 Israel and Its Arabs: A Democratic Police State?
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 Israel and the Arabs: The “Good Years”?
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 Welfare State & Mass Immigration Pt. 2: Successes & Failures of a “Totalitarian Democracy”
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 Welfare State and Mass Immigration Pt. 1: A Poor Country and a Very Expensive Enterprise
Negotiating Choppy Waters Israel and the Jews: the New State 1949 - 1952 Impossible Borders: Israel’s Existential Security Threat
Romans and Jews: The Age of Bar Kochva 06-The-Aftermath-of-the-Bar-Kochva-War-Retooling-for-the-Long-Haul
Romans and Jews: The Age of Bar Kochva 05-The-War-of-Bar-Kochva-the-Hadrianic-Persecutions
Romans and Jews: The Age of Bar Kochva 04-lecture-4-The-Jews-and-Hadrian-Background-to-the-Great Revolt
Romans and Jews: The Age of Bar Kochva 03-Enduring-the-Unimaginable-The-“Five-Good-Emperors"
Romans and Jews: The Age of Bar Kochva 02-Enduring-the-Unimaginable-part-2-Jews-and-Romans
Romans and Jews: The Age of Bar Kochva 01-Enduring-the-Unimaginable-part-1-Jews-and-Romans
The Slippery Slope - Chanuka to Tisha B'Av The Great Revolt, the Civil Wars, and the Churban
The Slippery Slope - Chanuka to Tisha B'Av The Background to the Great Revolt; the Tragedy of Roman-Jewish Relations
The Slippery Slope - Chanuka to Tisha B'Av The Jewish Civil Wars and the Roman Conques
The Slippery Slope - Chanuka to Tisha B'Av The Maccabeean Revolt and the Beginning of the Jewish Civil Wars 500 mins
Seven Famous Jewish Historians Lecture 4/18/15
Seven Famous Jewish Historians Lecture 5/16/15
Seven Famous Jewish Historians Lecture 5/9/15
Seven Famous Jewish Historians Lecture 3/14/15
The Last Years of the Old Order 13 Radical Impact Jews and the “Sixties Revolution”
The Last Years of the Old Order 11 The Diaspora at its Height (Nadir) A Jewish Tour d’hori
War and No Peace 05 The Six Day War in Sixty Minutes Part3
War and No Peace 04 The Six Day War in Sixty Minutes Part2
War and No Peace 03 The Six Day War in Sixty Minutes
War and No Peace 02 Things Get out of Hand -The Crisis of May-June 1967
War and No Peace 01 The Calm Before the Storm
The Last Years of the Old Order 17 Then and Now Reflections on How the Events of 1962
The Last Years of the Old Order 16 Modifying the Infallible The Roman Catholic Church
The Last Years of the Old Order 15 The Importance of Being Earnest Tensions in Anglo-
The Last Years of the Old Order 14 Chaim Bond More Tales of Espionage 1962-1966
The Last Years of the Old Order 12 Exodus, Goodbye Columbus, and Fiddler on the Roof
The Last Years of the Old Order 10 Revolution in the Snake-pit The Fall of Ben Gurion
The Last Years of the Old Order 09 “Where is Yossele” The State of Israel and the Jewish
The Last Years of the Old Order 08 Statism and the Economic-Cycle Israel’s Economy
The Last Years of the Old Order 07 Secret-Service and Secret Diplomacy Pt-II
The Last Years of the Old Order 06 Secret-Service and Secret Diplomacy
The Last Years of the Old Order 05 The Honeymoon is Over The Creation of the PLO in
The Last Years of the Old Order 03 “Will These Dry Bones Live” The Emergence of the Soviet Jewry Issue
The Last Years of the Old Order 02 From the Basement to the Closet Israel and the A-Bomb
Theological Bubble: Shabtai Tzvi, Messianism and its Discontents Shabtai Tzvi and His Era, Part II
Theological Bubble: Shabtai Tzvi, Messianism and its Discontents After the Bubble Bursts – Sabbateanism, Part I
Theological Bubble: Shabtai Tzvi, Messianism and its Discontents Shabtai Tzvi and His Era, Part I
Theological Bubble: Shabtai Tzvi, Messianism and its Discontents Kabbalah and Kabbalistic Messianism
Theological Bubble: Shabtai Tzvi, Messianism and its Discontents Messianism
The Haskalah Wars Haskala - Orthodox Reactions to the Haskalah 100 mins
The Haskalah Wars Haskala - Honey and Sting - The Legacy of the Haskalah 105 mins
The Haskalah Wars Haskala - The Haskalah of Russia 100 mins
The Haskalah Wars חָ כְמַ ת יִשְׂ רָ אֵ ל - The Haskalah of Central Europe 120 mins
The Haskalah Wars Haskala - The Coming of the New Haskalah – the Age of Mendelssohn and the “Haskalah of Berlin” 93 mins
The Haskalah Wars Haskala - Comfortably Nestled within Cultural Insularity – the “Old Haskalah” 90 mins
Theological Bubble: Shabtai Tzvi, Messianism and its Discontents 01 Messianism 77 mins
The Last Years of the Old Order 01 Big Enough for Both Triumphant Jewish Nationalism and ...

Biography

Rabbi Dovid Katz, PhD is lauded for his extensive knowledge of Jewish History, his engaging and insightful lecture series, and eye opening historical international tours. He has been at the helm of Beth Abraham Congregation in Baltimore for almost 20 years and was the driving force behind the revitalization of this beloved synagogue after the tragic passing of it's founding Rav.

 

Rabbi Katz has attracted a following not only at Beth Abraham (where, besides weekly sermons, he gives three classes a week, including a very popular weekday seminar for women), but in the Baltimore Jewish community and beyond. He also teaches at Talmudical Academy, lectures at Johns Hopkins Univeristy (“Introduction to the History of Rabbinic Literature”) and University of Maryland (a survey course in Jewish history), and appears as a scholar-in-residence at various venues around the country. In the past few years he has been to Houston, St. Louis, New Haven, Conn., Teaneck, N.J., Lancaster, Pa., and elsewhere. He is currently working on several projects about Judaism in the early modern era.

 

Born in Baltimore, he graduated from the Talmudical Academy, received semicha [ordination] from Ner Israel Rabbinical College, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and his doctorate from the University of Maryland. His dissertation was on early modern Jewish history (the period between 1492 and 1790). He has been a contributing editor and translator of the ArtScroll edition of the Babylonian Talmud, and has appeared in a diverse variety of scholarly publications, from the Journal of Halachah and Contemporary Society and Yeshurun (a 75-page biography of Rabbi Yaakov Ruderman) to the Catholic Historical Review (“The Medici State and the Ghetto of Florence”).

 

As a professor of Jewish History at Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, Rabbi Katz uses his comprehensive knowledge of history to crystallize complex timelines and provide context that allows well known figures and incidents to become human once again in the eyes of his students and audiences.

 

Rabbi Katz has built a diverse community of thinkers, encouraging people from every walk of life to examine their connections to their past and consider how those connections will affect their future.

Rabbi Katz lives in Baltimore with his wife, Karen, 7 children, and _ grandchildren. His weekly public lectures on Jewish history, which are available on this site, continue to draw hundreds of people every Saturday Night.
Can't make it to a lecture? All lectures are available to sample and for download here.

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