Topic: History, Israel
Duration: 20+ sessions

Crossroads - ShutterstockWith an emphasis on reclaiming the richness of Jewish history, the chronological exploration investigates significant crossroads where Jews took major decisions that shaped our shared identity and destiny. This course merges the concepts of history and memory in order to better understand how each has shaped Judaism today.

This course is taught in conjunction with Ethics of Jewish Living.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 - The Memory of Crossroads

Lesson 2 - From Tribal Society to Kingship

Lesson 3 - Destruction of the First Temple to Ezra

Lesson 4 - From Judeans to Jews

Lesson 5 - Internal Tensions: Controversies of the Sadducees and the Pharisees

Lesson 6 - Destruction of the 2nd Temple to Bar Kokhba: The Making of a Diaspora

Lesson 7 - Confrontation with Early Christianity

Lesson 8 - Internal and External Disparity between Eretz Yisrael and Bavel

Lesson 9 - Confrontation with Early Islam

Lesson 10 - Geonim Consolidate Power

Lesson 11 - Ushering in the Age of Ashkenazim and Sephardim

Lesson 12 - The First Crusades

Lesson 13 - Jews on Trial

Lesson 14 - The Decline and Destruction of the Sephardi Community in Spain

Lesson 15 - A Community Dispersed: Finding Meaning in Mysticism

Lesson 16 - From Despair to Ecstasy to Despair

Lesson 17 - Fighting for the Soul of Eastern Europe: Chasidim and Mitnagdim

Lesson 18 - A Brave New World: The Modernization of Judaism

Lesson 19 - The Jewish Question is Born: Political Emancipation in Western Europe

Lesson 20 - Responses to Political Emancipation With Religious Reformation

Lesson 21 - Answers to the Jewish Question: Anti-Semitism and Zionism

Lesson 22 - Exodus from Europe: The Immigrant Experience in South Africa and the United States

Lesson 23 - The Holocaust

Lesson 24 - The Creation of the State of Israel

Lesson 25 - Arab Jewish Emigration

Lesson 26 - Answers to the Jewish Question: Communism and Anti-Zionism

Lesson 27 - The Ethiopian Journey: From Exodus to Integration

Lesson 28 - Claiming a Jewish Woman's Voice

Lesson 29 - Religious Authority in Contemporary Israel

Lesson 30 - A Link in the Great Chain

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