From King Cyrus to Lord Balfour: The Biblical Texts of the Temple Period

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Program Date(s): 
11:00 AM Sunday Oct 25, 2020 to 12:00 PM Thursday Feb 25, 2021
Program Dates: 
Sundays, 11:00 am Eastern
Leaders & Speakers: 
Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

Topics to be Discussed 

  • 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
  • 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?
  • Yirmiyahu's prophecy of "the 70 years" and its ramifications during the time period of "Shivat Tzion"
  • The book of Ezra--why it is often mis-understood (and rarely studied). And why it should become part of the core-curriculum in our Jewish Education
  • Is the Jewish year really 5781? How the Biblical books of shivat tzion became its source (and the reason for the controversy)
  • The book of Chagai, and the Biblical roots of how and when we celebrate Chanuka
  • 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
  • Zecharya chapters 7 & 8:  the reason for the 'Four Fasts' commemorating Jerusalem's destruction
  • The book of Nechemya and its effect on Rabbinic Judiasm (part 1 of 2)
  • The book of Nechemya and its effect on Rabbinic Judiasm (part 2 of 2)
  • Re-examining Megillat Esther, in light of the books of shivat tzion (part 1 of 1)
  • Re-examining Megillat Esther, in light of the books of shivat tzion (part 2 of 2)
  • The controversy of the 'missing years' of bayit sheni as it centers around the question of who was Achashverosh of the Megilla (3 parts)
  • The Prophets of yore, what would they say about the state of Israel today? 
  • A discussion of our own time period and how it reflects our views on the modern state of Israel and geula.