Exile to Babylonia and Return
The Babylonians destroyed Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem in the year 586 B.C.E. Much of Jerusalem was destroyed and a large number if its inhabitants were exiled to Babylonia. The exile and its aftermath is was one of the most important transitions in Jewish history, historically and theologically. In this session we will learn about the importance of that moment in our past.
Destruction of the Temple and Biblical Judaism
The Romans destroyed the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the year 70. As a result the ancient priesthood came to an end. Biblical religion gave way to Rabbinic Judaism and the centrality of Jewish law as incorporated in the Talmud. In this session we will learn how that transition affected all of later Jewish history.
The Holocaust and Beyond