Monthly Archives: October 2012

Battles of the Bible: Battles of Saul 4

Battles of the Bible 4 Saul vs. Amalek: What was Saul thinking in sparing the king and cattle of Amalek?  And why was he commanded to destroy Amalek in the first place (weren’t, say the Egyptians worse than Amalek?) Why … Continue reading

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Battles of the Bible 3: Saul’s Curious Campaign Against the Philistines

Battles Bible 3 Why did Saul lead such a small force against the Philistines, who were better armed and had superior numbers? Why did Saul abandon a heavily armored position for a much weaker one? Why did Shmuel make Saul … Continue reading

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Battles of the Bible: Wars of Saul 2

Battles of the Bible 2 What can we learn about Saul from the story of his search for donkeys which results in his coronation? Was Saul’s first campaign, against the Ammonites, a success or failure, and why is it textually … Continue reading

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Battles of the Bible: Wars of Saul 1

Battles of the Bible 1 (2011) Who was Saul, first king of the Jews, and why should we spend time learning about his life? Is it ideal or good for the Jews to have a mortal king? What was the … Continue reading

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Angels: Class 2

Angels 2 Are angels a major or minor component of daily life?  Do Chaza”l seek to minimize or maximize the role of angels in Tanach and in life, and why? Are angels celestial beings or just people chosen to do … Continue reading

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Angels: Class 1

Angels 1 What are angels in Jewish thought?  Are angels divine creatures or ordinary people in God’s service – even unknowingly? This class serves as an introduction to these questions, with a focus on angels as they appear in the … Continue reading

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Hell: Class 2

Hell 2 In which we discuss whether the idea of hell in the thought of Chaz”al is a physical or spiritual place.  Also some good tips for avoiding it.

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Hell: Class 1

Hell 1 First of 4 classes in which we discuss if it’s a good ideas to have a class on hell and demons, and begin some introductory sources on hell.

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