The Bible is the foundation of Judaism. Unfortunately, as a result of our long exile, it has been neglected. Jewish studies today usually revolve around the oral traditions like the Talmud, and the Bible is left on the shelf. The Jews wrote it, and the gentiles read it. The fact is, only by studying Tanach can one can learn authentic Jewish concepts - nationalism, leadership, redemption, eretz yisrael, war, vengeance.... Through the David's, Saul's, Jonathan's, and other dynamic figures in the Bible, we reveal how a Jew conducted himself in the land of Israel before the exile.
We address the issue - if he repents, why is he still considered a king that has no portion in the world to come? Why did the decree of the destruction of Judea remain? Why isn't his repentance mentioned in Kings?
The Tanach enumerates further the sins of the Kingdom of Israel causing their exile - forsaking the statutes, rejecting the prophets, worthless pursuits, Molech worship, bowing to the stars, witchcraft
Achaz makes some strange alterations to the Temple. Why? And if he so wicked, why isn't he enumerated as one of the three Kings who has no share in the World to Come (along with Menashe, Ahab and Yeruvam ben Navat)?
Why would someone call his son "Yeruvam"? Why did Yeruvam enjoy such great national prosperity if he was not a righteous king? What does Yona the prophet have to do with all this? What are the redeeming qualities of King Yeruvam?
We learn from Chronicles some major events in King Amazyiahu's war against Edom. Then, Amazyiahu takes on Yoash the King of Israel. We discuss the motivations behind this, and try to interpret King Yoash's parable about the thistle and the cedar.
Before Elisha the prophet passes away, he instructs King Yoash to shoot an arrow out the window eastward, and then to pound the arrows into the ground. What are the meanings of these symbols? Finally, Elisha performs a miracle while in the grave!
We continue learning about King Yehoachaz, who is replaced by his son Yoash. Why do the kings of Israel and Judea have identical names? Yoash visits the prophet Elisha, showing great reverence for the prophet.
King Yehoachaz, the son of Yehu ben Nimshi takes the throne. He continues in the sinful ways of Yeruvam son of Navat. We review the sin of Yeruvam, and try to figure out who the "savior" is, that is mentioned in verse 5.
After repairing the Temple, the end of the chapter describes how Yoash is attacked by the armies of Aram. After opening the Temple treasuries to bribe the King of Aram, Yohash is executed by his servants. What happened and why?
In a perfectly executed rebellion directed by Yehoyada the Priest, Atalya is Executed, Yoash is Crowned as the new king of Yehuda. Yehoyada then leads the charge to trash the Baal worship that had been established in Yehuda during Atalya's wicked reign.
The gatekeeper who doubted Elisha's prophesy is trampled at the gate. We examine the reason why the last two chapters repeat what was already in the narrative. Finally, what is the significance that the salvation come about through lowly lepers?
Elisha helps a widow (of the prophet Ovadia) who has lost all her possessions . Elisha performs a miracle, where an unending flow of oil flows into vessels she prepares. In this class, we learn some of the rules of miracles.
We try to reveal the motive of the false prophet who deceived the true prophet. There are many different opinions amongst the commentators. After all that has transpires, King Yeruvam does not repent from his evil ways.
David passes away after a 40 year reign. Before he dies, he warns his son Solomon about Shimi ben Gera, the Benjaminite. Afterwards, Adoniyahu asks Bat Sheva to intervene on his behalf, to convince King Solomon to allow him to marry Avishag the Shunamit