Discover History, Art, Writings - Primary Sources from Biblical Times to the 21st Century Discover History, Art, Writings - Primary Sources from Biblical Times to the 21st Century

“The Posen Library’s digital platform (PDL) makes accessible little-known documents of the Jewish past that add enormously to the effectiveness of the classroom. Via a user-friendly website, professors and students can analyze the intimate letters between an early modern Jewish husband and wife, probe the meanings of a blessing warning of Jewish heresy, and investigate the life of a medieval midwife through her diary, among many other gems. The Posen Library opens a world of Jewish creativity.”
—NANCY SINKOFF, Professor of Jewish History at Rutgers University


Introducing Posen Library Teaching Clips

Include a “guest lecturer” in your next lecture section

Professor Zvi Gitelman on Secular Jews Break with Traditional Jewish Education

Teaching Clips are 3- to 5-minute videos available free for use in your lectures and classes. Each clip features  an esteemed scholar of Jewish studies speaking to relevant points on these topics.  The clips are excerpts from longer events.  View the complete events here.

Under each Teaching Clip you’ll find a short list of related reading selections available for free on The Posen Digital Library (PDL), an interactive database of thousands of texts and images. Register here to access the PDL. Registration is fast and free.

Enjoy the selections and thousands more texts and images by registering for free now. Read more about The Posen Library.


Gender Studies, 1750‒2005

Gender Roles in Death Rituals: Posen Library Teaching Clip #3

PARTICIPANT: Professor Elisheva Carlebach

Secular Jews and Religious Traditions, 1800‒2005

Secular Jews Confronting Religious Culture: Posen Library Teaching Clip #9

PARTICIPANTS: Professors Todd M. Endelman and Zvi Gitelman

Jewish Religious and Spiritual Culture

Handicrafts and Jewish Rituals: Posen Library Teaching Clip #2

PARTICIPANT: Professor Elisheva Carlebach

Reading Biblical Literature

Jewish Women Create Art: Posen Library Teaching Clip #6

PARTICIPANTS: Professors Elisheva Carlebach and Deborah Dash Moore

Modern Jewish History, 1750–2005

Early Moments in Secular Jewish Thought: Posen Library Teaching Clip #7

PARTICIPANT: Professor Zvi Gitelman

Jewish Visual Cultures from Ancient Times to the 21st Century

Gender Roles in Public Rituals: Posen Library Teaching Clip #4

PARTICIPANT: Professor Elisheva Carlebach

Antisemitism and Holocaust, 1750–2005

Holocaust and Rebirth (Kibbutz Nezer Sereni, Israel) (1965–1968) by Batia Lichansky (1901–1992) Credit: Photo Avishai Teicher.

Videos Coming in 2022!

Jewish Literature, 1750–2005

Les Hitlériques, cover (1939) by Isaac David Knafo (1912–1979) Credit: Haim Melca

Videos Coming in 2022!

Tip for Teachers: : To avoid YouTube pre-roll ads, use the “insert” feature on Google Slides or PowerPoint when you link to the video on YouTube. Or play the Teaching Clip on our pages. FYI, here are brief videos on how to use YouTube videos in your Zoom sessionhow to insert a playable YouTube video into a Google Doc, and how to insert a playable YouTube video into PowerPoint 2020.

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When you register you’ll only be asked for your name, email, and a password. The password allows you to save your searches and any notes you may put in the system. Your data is private and will not be used for commercial purposes.