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Ep. 25: A History of Christian Anti-Semitism Part 1

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The past 1,000 years of Jewish life in Christian Europe has seen a near continuous litany of fierce anti-Semitism. In this podcast we chronicle the beginnings of Christian Jew-hatred and get a sense of the scope and intensity of that hatred.

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Ep. 24: Great Jewish Personalities: Rambam (Maimonides)

“From Moshe till Moshe no one arose like Moshe”

This epithet is engraved on the tombstone of Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, better known as Rambam or Maimonides, and sheds light on the enormity of his impact and influence upon the Jewish people. The mere claim that the Rambam’s contributions and leadership was surpassed only by Moshe Rabbeinu is a testament to his remarkable accomplishments. In this podcast we tell the story of his life, personality and towering literary achievements that are still relevant more than 800 years after his passing.

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Ep. 23: Great Jewish Personalities: Rashi

The era succeeding the Geonic Era is the Era of the Rishonim. During this time, the Ashkenazic (Germanic) and Sephardic (Spanish) communities were separated due to the geopolitical instability resulting from the constant wars between the Muslims and Christians. For several generations, each community flourished and developed independent, and largely unaware, of the other. Both communities gave us Torah giants who revolutionized the world with their character and works. The greatest of the Ashkenazic Rishonim, and the foremost commentator on Talmud and Tanach, was Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, known the world over by his acronym – Rashi.

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Ep. 22: The Middle and Late Geonic Era

The Geonic Era spanned for more than 400 years. During this time, the great Yeshivas in Babylon, Sura and Pumpedisa, were universally recognized as the epicenter of Jewish life. Its heads, known as Geonim, together with the political leader of the nation, the Reish Galusa, led the people with great skill. In this episode we look at some of the great personalities, groundbreaking developments, and existential threats of the era, and also examine the conditions that led to its ultimate dissolution.

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Ep. 21: The Early Geonic Era

The story of the Geonim takes shape at about the same time as the Islamic Empire overruns much of the world, bringing the majority of Jews under their rule. Under the relatively tolerant rule of the Caliphate, the Jewish world flourished and an entire epoch of Torah greatness blossomed. During this period, the Talmud calcified its status as the authoritative and final word of Oral Torah, the first books of Halacha were written, and the Jewish world learned how to thrive in a Diaspora that spanned the world over.

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Ep. 20: The Rise of the Muslims

After the Talmud was codified and sealed, the Jewish communities worldwide came under protracted assault. There were several interconnected contributing factors to the conflict and turmoil that consumed the world: The Roman Empire was in long-term decline and splintering; the Sasanian Empire had shifting attitudes towards the Jews; there were frequent wars; and there was a rise in the ruthlessness of the ascendant Christians. Amid these tectonic, tumultuous tensions, an unexpected storm emerged from the Arabian desert that swept through centuries-old Empires.

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Ep. 19: The Late Amoraic Era: The Giants of Babylon and the Writing, Codification and Sealing of the Talmud

The Babylonian Talmud was the culmination of several hundred years of Amoraic scholarship. In shorthand it is known as “the discussions of Abaye and Rava” because these two titans contributed more to its arranging than any others. In this podcast we learn about these great Sages and the process of codification of the Talmud.

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Ep. 18: The Middle Amoraic Era: Setting the Stage for the Babylonian Talmud

The writing of the Babylonian Talmud was the most significant human project of all time. But it was not the first time that the writing of the Talmud was attempted. In northern Israel, during the third and fourth centuries, the Jerusalem Talmud was written. But catastrophic events transpired to the Torah communities in Israel that halted the development of that project.

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Ep. 17: The Early Amoraic Era

The Amoraim were the Rabbis and Torah leaders of the 3rd to 5th Century. This era began after the compilation and sealing of the Mishnah, the canon of Jewish laws. Their collective task was to explicate, clarify and ultimately codify the Talmud, the book of everything relating to the laws of the Mishnah; including sources, examples, exceptions, etc. In this episode we explore the conditions surrounding the transformation of eras and five of the Great Jewish Personalities – Rav, Shmuel, Rav Yochanan, Reish Lakish, and Rav Kahana – who headline this time period.

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Ep. 16: The Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Story and Significance

The most significant archaeological find of the 20th century, and arguably of all-time, was made in Israel, in 1947. Discovered accidentally by a Bedouin shepherd in caves overlooking the Dead Sea, the Dead Sea Scrolls, as they became known, consists of tens of thousands of 2,000 year old scrolls and scroll fragments. This treasure trove of documents have captivated the minds and imaginations of professional and amateur biblical archaeologists ever since. In this podcast we tell the story and mull the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  

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