In addition to Prof. Schiffman’s academic work, he also lectures at synagogues, Chabad houses and community events.

Selected Lecture Topics:

  • Archaeology and the Bible: Friends or Foes
  • Archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls—A Slide Lecture
  • At the Crossroads: The Jewish-Christian Schism
  • The Baal Shem Tov: 300 Years from the Founding of Hasidism
  • The Cairo Genizah: The Rediscovery of the Jewish Past–with or without slides
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and the History of Judaism—with or without slides
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and the History of Hebrew Language and Literature—A Slide Lecture
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Jewish Origins of Christianity
  • The Enduring Legacy of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi
  • The Gaon of Vilna and his Enduring Legacy: 200 Years after his Death
  • Iraq and the Jews: Perspectives from Jewish History
  • Jerusalem: Twice Destroyed, Twice Rebuilt (with slides)
  • Jewish Leadership in Halakhah and History
  • The Jewish Claim to Jerusalem and the Land of Israel
  • Judaism and Islam: Their Historical Relationship
  • Judaism, Islam and Israel’s Crisis with Terrorism
  • Masada and Bar Kokhba: The Other Dead Sea Scrolls (with slides)
  • The Modern Mystical Movement: Three Hundred years of Hasidism
  • The Passion: What Really Happened
  • Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Rediscovering Bar Kokhba
  • Rabbis and Sectarians: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Rabbinic Judaism
  • Rereading Genesis: Biblical Creation and Modern Science
  • Scholars, Scrolls, and Scandals: Judaism, Christianity, and the Dead Sea Scrolls—with or without slides
  • Sects and Schisms in Ancient and Modern Judaism
  • A Tale of Three Revolts: Maccabees, Zealots, and Messiahs
  • The Temple Mount: Past Present and Future
  • “This Land is Your Land:” The Jewish Claim to Jerusalem and the Land of Israel
  • Waiting for Mashiach: The Messianic Idea in Jewish History
  • The Western Wall Tunnels and the Temple Mount—A Slide Lecture
  • Who Was a Jew? Controversies over Jewish Identity from Ancient to Modern Times
  • Who Wrote the Bible: Orthodoxy and Biblical Criticism
  • Written Torah, Oral Torah, and the Authority of the Rabbis
  • The Lubavitcher Rebbe and Gentiles
  • The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Torah Scholarship
  • Lubavitch’s Openess

Please contact Prof. Schiffman to arrange a lecture in your community.