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These lectures on the Book of Judges (Sefer Shoftim) were delivered by Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein at the Wild Summer Program in Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem (August 2019). These lectures follow the Book of Judges based on traditional rabbinic sources. Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein is the author of God versus Gods: Judaism in the Age of Idolatry (Mosaica Press, 2018). He studied for over a decade at such premier institutes as Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem, and Beth ...
 
These lectures on the Book of Kings were delivered by Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein at the Wild Summer Program in Yeshivas Ohr Somayach (August 2017). These lectures follow the Book of Kings based on traditional rabbinic sources. Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein is the author of Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2015). He studied for over a decade at such premier institutes as Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem, and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ. He ...
 
These lectures on the histories of different cities in the Holy Land (Land of Israel) were delivered by Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein at the Mechinah Program in Yeshivas Ohr Somayach (Fall 2017). These lectures focus on the cities mentioned in the Books of Joshua and Judges, but draws from all the books of the Bible. Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein is the author of Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2015). He studied for over a decade at such premier institutes as Yeshiva Gedol ...
 
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In this episode, we accentuate the tragedy of Samson by highlighting his potential role as a Messiah/King of the Jewish People and the partnership between his tribe of Dan and the tribe of Judah (Yehudah).We then continue with a brief introduction to the two judges from the Book of Samuel: Eli the Kohen and Shmuel the Prophet.Afterwards, we look ba…
 
In this episode, we discuss the judge Ibzan (Ivtzan) whom the Talmud identifies as Boaz (from the Book of Ruth). We analyze this assertion and test its viability from different angels, ultimately suggesting that other elements of Rabbinic Tradition do not agree with this identification.Afterwards, we briefly speak about Elon the Zebulunite and Abdo…
 
In this episode, we discuss the story of Jephtah (Yiftach), the son of a Zonah, who delivered the Jews from the Ammonites, possibly sacrificed his daughter at the altar, and waged a civil war against the Tribe of Ephraim. Despite all of this, Jephtah is equated to Shmuel HaNavi -- one of the greatest prophets to ever live.…
 
In this episode, we continue our discussion of Gideon/Jerubaal's military successes and the proposal which offered Gideon the chance to become the first King of the Jews.We then discuss Gideon's son Abimelech who unjustly tried to take the role offered to his father, and ended up massacring the people of Schechem.Afterwards, we discuss the judge To…
 
In this episode, we discuss the story of the prophetess Devorah (from the tribe of Naftali) and her role as a the only female judge in Judges. She and Barak led the Jews to a victory over the Canaanite general Sisera. We also discuss select lines in Devorah's song, as well as Yael's contribution to the victory over Sisera (by possibly engaging in s…
 
In this episode, we discuss the story of Ehud's secret mission to assassinate the Moabite killing Eglon, and the significance of Ehud's special ops ability in terms of understanding the characteristics of the Tribe of Binyamin.Afterwards, we discuss Shamgar ben Anat, and discuss whether his father's name can give us any clues as to his origins or t…
 
In this episode, we offer an introduction to the Book of Judges (Shoftim) explaining the book as a continuing cycle of sin-subjugation-redemption, and clarify the Halachic differences between Shoftim and Kings (Melachim).We then segue to a discussion about the first Shofet, Osniel ben Knaz and how he captured the city of Kiryat Sefer and married hi…
 
In this episode, we discuss the story of the conquest of Jericho in the Book of Joshua. In doing so, we talk about the spies that Joshua sent to scout the walled and the way the Jews miraculously brought down the walls of Jericho--an event celebrated to this very day. We also discuss the re-appearance of Jericho in the Book of Kings.…
 
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