History of the Talmud VII:

The Maccabean Rebellion The events surrounding the wars fought by the Jewish People known as the “Maccabean Rebellion,” with which most of us are familiar as the prelude to the Festival of Hanukkah, are more significant a factor in Jewish history than the declaration of the holiday itself. The events were critical to the development […]

History of the Talmud VI:

24. Alexandria, Egypt and its Jewish Community. One of the interesting and intriguing features of Alexandria at its peak was the fact that more than one-quarter of its inhabitants were Jews. If we should ask where they all came from, the answer should not be difficult to find. The explosive growth of the economy of […]

History of the Talmud V:

Hellenistic Civilization. 20. That phase of the growth of western civilization which follows the conquests of Alexander is known as Hellenistic. To clarify definitions: Hellenic refers to the civilization of the Greeks from the Homeric Age of the twelfth pre-Christian century, to the great efflorescence of Greek culture which is usually associated with the City […]

History of the Talmud IV:

Extent of Jewish settlement in the Persian Empire circa 500 B.C.E. 15. The Achaemenian Persian Empire of Cyrus the Great and his successors, which lasted from about 550 to the conquests of Alexander in 325 B.C.E., was a realm of vast extent, covering an area in excess of 4,000,000 square miles. Its eastern boundaries were […]

Top 2 Reasons Why You Should Watch History Documentaries

Who doesn’t love watching documentaries? If you need a past time that combines education and relaxation, then you should be adopting documentaries as a habit. Not only does the informative entertainment calm you down, but it is easy to engage with the novel information displayed. The educational insights gained from history documentaries can be applied […]

Ancient Innovations: The Hammurabi Code of Law.

Innovation is the human trait that led to today’s technological age. It has always been present throughout all human ages, manifesting in different ways. Without innovation, we would still be hunting animals with spears. We would still be lighting fire with stones. Being innovative tends to serve 2 purposes. The first would be to express […]

History of the Talmud III:

The Jewish Diaspora 10. What is the Jewish Diaspora? Diaspora, a Greek term, refers to the many communities of a nation dispersed over a wide geographical area. It was applied to the many Greek communities which had established themselves in areas far from the Hellenic homeland in what is known as Hellas, or Greece. There […]

History of the Talmud II:

4. Each stage of the transmission, from Moses to Joshua, from Joshua to the Elders, from the Elders to the Prophets, and from the Prophets to the Men of the Great Assembly was accompanied by a tradition of interpretation, for no legal system functions without constant study, review and reinterpretation. 5. This interpretation is called […]

History of the Talmud I:

The Talmud is Jewish Law. 1. One can refer to the Talmud as the Corpus Juris of Judaism, the sytem of Jewish jurisprudence. Jewish Law is based on the Torah, that section of the sacred scriptures which is known as The Humash, the Five Books of the Torah. The Greek name usually used in English […]

History of the Sadducees X:

The pietists and their affiliated groups who ultimately came to be subsumed under the general term of Pharisees, continued the tradition of Torah interpretation which ultimately came to be known as the Torah Shè-Be’al Pèh, the Oral Torah or Tradition of Interpretation. When citing a tradition which came to be enacted into law by the […]