Communities and Context

Community and Context

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Don’t judge the ultra-Orthodox solely by the stories of those who’ve left it

For months now, we’ve been treated in Jewish newspapers to a spate of articles about a small number of people who have left Hasidic or other ultra-Orthodox communities. In some cases, these people have been asked to write columns, sometimes based on books that they have published on their experiences. Read more >

International Bible Study Week

Bible Study WeekThe First International Bible Study Week is an innovative program to bring together Christians and Jews from around the world to hear new perspectives on the biblical text from top-notch Jewish and Christian scholars.

Bible Study Week features 3 days of lectures and 1 day of guided excursions, with 24 fascinating lectures and 3 excursions to choose from.

I will be lecturing on the following topics:

  • The Hebrew Bible and Its Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Prophecy and Pesher: Contemporizing Exegesis in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Love of God in the Hebrew Bible

You can register for the entire program or for individual days.

For more information, see the Bible Study Week website.

Pesach and the Second Temple

Pesach and the Second TempleWhat was the first Yom Tov observed in the Second Beis Hamikdash after it was built? And what was the last one observed there right before it was destroyed by the Romans? Answer: Pesach.

The Book of Ezra (6:16-20) relates how the construction of the Second Beis Hamikdash was completed in Adar 515 BCE and immediately followed by the celebration of Pesach. Kohanim, Leviim and those Judeans who had come up from the exile in Babylonia joyously marked the rededication of the Beis Hamikdash with numerous sacrifices. The priestly and Levitical rotations were reinstated, and the worship was conducted in accordance with the Torah’s commands. The account of Ezra stresses the purification rituals, as well as the fact that some of the Jews who remained in Eretz Yisrael after the deportations of 597 and 586 BCE joined in observing Pesach. As expected, Chag Hamatzos was observed for seven days.

Click here to rest the rest of this article in Ami Magazine: Pesach and the Second Beis Hamikdash.