Category Archives: History

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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Ep. 15: Heresy, Hedonism and Hatred: The Rise of The Sadducees

The Sadducees were a sect of Jews that splintered away from the mainstream during the 2nd Century BC. They are erroneously portrayed as conscientious opposers to a rabbinical overreach by the Sages. In truth, their heresy was not ideological. In this podcast we dive deep into the roots of this movement, its core principles and detail the devastation that they left in their wake.

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TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
The Jewish History Podcast – Telling the Remarkable story of the Jewish People;
The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

Ep. 14: Dialogue, Discourse and Disputation: When Rabbis and Romans Debate

The multi-century Roman occupation of Judah spurred much intercourse between the Jews and their overlords. One particular arena of interactions was in the realm of theological and philosophical discourse. The Romans were enamored with the Jewish religion and core beliefs and frequently peppered the great rabbis with questions. They also instituted public academies of interreligious polemics. In this podcast we learn the surprising attitude that the scholars had regarding disputation and sample some fascinating debates of yore.
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JC in the Talmud: Examining the Censored Text

Unlike what most imagine, the Sages of the Talmud wrote very little regarding Christianity and JC. The little that was included was censored by the Christian authorities in the Middle Ages. Thankfully, copies of those parts of the Talmud remain. In this podcast, we explore with a fine toothed comb these statements.

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The History of Hanukah: Hellenism, Heroism and Hasmoneans **New JEWISH HISTORY PODCAST**

The holiday of Hanukkah 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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