Category Archives: History

Ep. 46: The Purim Backstory

Purim is a holiday celebrated by Jews worldwide on the 14th day of the month of Adar, and in Jerusalem and walled cities on the fifteenth day of Adar. It commemorates the story of the salvation of the Jewish nation from the genocidal plans of Haman and Achashveirosh in Persia. How did the Jews end up living under the Persians in the middle of the Middle East? How did the nation that entered and conquered Israel/Judea under Joshua end up in Persia? In this podcast we will tell the backstory of the Purim story and next episode will feature the actual Purim miracle as told in the Book of Esther and the related sources in classical Jewish Literature.
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Ep. 45: A History of Tefillah (Jewish Prayer), Liturgy, and the Siddur

Prayer is a central aspect of Jewish life. The second mishnah in Pirkei Avos identifies the three pillars that uphold the world, one of them being prayer. Prayer also occupies a large part of Jewish observance: we pray thrice daily, four times on Shabbos, Rosh Chodesh, holidays and festivals, and five times on Yom Kippur, amounting to well over 1000 annual prayers. Prayer is also a major lever of influence in the Torah and the Tanach, and there are many stories of our antecedents employing this tool of worship. In this podcast we will explore the history and origins of Jewish prayer, survey instances of prayer in the Bible and the Talmud, see its various dimensions and themes, and learn how prayer reached its current form.
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Ep. 44: Jerusalem: A History of the Holy City from the Bible to Bibi

The ancient and historic city of Jerusalem is the most contested piece of real estate on the planet. For Jews, it is the center of the world; it is the hallowed grounds upon which Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob treaded and prayed; it was the site of the two Temples, and of the long-awaited third Temple. In this podcast, we outline the Jewish people’s religious and theological connections to Jerusalem and trace the millenia-long history of the holy city.

This lecture was recorded live in Harrisburg, PA as part of a three-lecture visit to the capital of Pennsylvania.

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Ep. 43: The History of Chanukah: Hellenism, Heroism and Hasmoneans

The holiday of Chanukah commemorates the triumph of the Maccabean Revolt over the oppressive regime of Antiochus IV and the Seleucid Empire. In this podcast we tell the story of this miraculous victory of the weak over the mighty; the few over the many; the pure over the impure; and the righteous over the wicked.

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Ep. 42: Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel (Part Two: The Mussar Ideology)

The burgeoning yeshiva movement today, and indeed the fact that yeshivos did not go extinct a century ago, is due to Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, known the world over as the Alter of Slabodka, more than any one person. He was the first to combine two of the greatest movements of the 19th century into one, formidable, potent, and unstoppable force, when he opened the first Mussar yeshiva, thereby marrying the modern yeshiva framework of Volozhin with the powerful Mussar movement of Reb Yisrael Salanter. This is part two which will focus primarily on his pedagogical methodologies and how he succeeded in molding such illustrious disciples.

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Ep. 41: Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel (Part One: The Slabodka Revolution)

Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, known the world over as the Alter of Slabodka, was and is the greatest builder of Torah of the last several centuries. The burgeoning yeshiva movement today, and indeed the fact that yeshivos did not go extinct a century ago, is due to him more than any one person. He was the first to combine two of the greatest movements of the 19th century into one, formidable, potent, and unstoppable force, when he opened the first Mussar yeshiva, thereby marrying the modern yeshiva framework of Volozhin with the powerful Mussar movement of Reb Yisrael Salanter. This is part one which will focus primarily on the path that he took to building his eponymous yeshiva in Slabodka.

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Ep. 40: Rabbi Chaim Soloveichik and the Brisker Method of Talmudic Analysis

Rabbi Chaim Soloveichik, the scion of a prestigious rabbinical family, was the father of a new penetrating, incisive, and brilliant approach to Talmudic study and analysis that took the Yeshiva world by storm and is now ubiquitously accepted in the Yeshiva world. In addition to those accomplishments, he was also the paragon of kindness. In this podcast we tell the story of the man, and the method that revolutionized Talmudic study in the yeshiva world.

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Ep. 39: Rabbi Yisrael Salanter and the Mussar Movement

By the 1840s, ferocious winds of changes were sweeping through the Jewish nation, and leaving wreckage and carnage in the wake of their consuming vortexes. The spiritual standing of the nation was under assault from without and vulnerable from within. Several great, innovative leaders rose up and created movements aimed at rebuffing the threats. In this podcast, we tell the remarkable story of Reb Yisrael Salanter and his Mussar Movement.

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Ep. 38: Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin and the Mother of all Yeshivos

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Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin was a man of extraordinary character and scholarship, and the most prominent disciple of the Gaon of Vilna, who succeeded him as leader of Lithuanian Jewry in the first two decades of the 19th Century. The yeshiva that he founded – the Volozhin Yeshiva – came to be known as the mother of all yeshivos because it spawned a revolution whose impact reverberates until today..

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Ep. 37: Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch and Torah Im Derech Eretz

19th Century German Jewry was faced unprecedented, hitherto unseen threats to its continuity. Due to the rise of Reform and the Haskalah movements bent on drawing Jews away from Torah, coupled with the circumstances – the Emancipation and the relaxing of the hostility towards the Jews all over Europe – that enabled assimilation into the greater world, Jews were abandoning Torah at alarming rates. As had happened numerous times in Jewish history, a great, innovative and genius leader arose to adapt Torah to the ethos of the time, to create a new paradigm, a new Weltanschauung, that would stand as a bulwark against assimilation, and was tailored for the people of the time. His name was Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, and his philosophy was couched in the words of the Mishnah in Pirkei Avos – Torah Im Derech Eretz – Torah together with the way of the world.

 

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