Topics to be Discussed
Part 1: Introduction: The Biblical definition of a 'Messianic' time period ( "reishit tzmichat geulateinu"): The famous Cyrus Declaration- and its historic and prophetic setting, including an brief overview of the Biblical books that discuss the time period of Ezra, Chagai & Zecharya
Part 2: Yeshayahu chapters 40-48: Who's the prophet and who's the audience? Can an Orthodox Jew entertain the possibility of more than one Isaiah, and can a Relgious Zionist deny it?
Part 3: Yirmiyahu's prophecy of "the 70 years" and its ramifications during the time period of "Shivat Tzion"
Part 4: The book of Ezra--why it is often misunderstood (and rarely studied). And why it should become part of the core-curriculum in our Jewish Education
Part 5: Is the Jewish year really 5781? How the Biblical books of shivat tzion became its source (and the reason for the controversy)
Part 6: The book of Chagai, and the Biblical roots of how and when we celebrate Chanuka
Part 7: Zecharya chapters 1-6: the vision of the Menorah and the special relevance of the Haftara for Chanuka, as well as exploring it as the symbol of the modern state of Israel
Part 8: Zecharya chapters 7 & 8: the reason for the 'Four Fasts' commemorating Jerusalem's destruction
Part 9: The book of Nechemya and its effect on Rabbinic Judiasm (part 1 of 2)
Part 10: The book of Nechemya and its effect on Rabbinic Judiasm (part 2 of 2)
Part 11: Re-examining Megillat Esther, in light of the books of shivat tzion (part 1 of 1)
Part 12: Re-examining Megillat Esther, in light of the books of shivat tzion (part 2 of 2)
Part 13-15: The controversy of the 'missing years' of bayit sheni as it centers around the question of who was Achashverosh of the Megilla (3 parts)
Part 16: The Prophets of yore, what would they say about the state of Israel today?
Part 17: A discussion of our own time period and how it reflects our views on the modern state of Israel and geula