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Jewish History

A tour of Jewish history through the millennia, from our biblical fathers to the upheavals of the 20th century.

The Life of the Baal Shem Tov
Stories about the Baal Sham Tov and his students.
The Life of King David
Drawing upon events of King David’s life and his unique virtues, we’re able to apply important lessons in our lives.
Siege of Jerusalem
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Siege of Jerusalem
The Romans lay siege to Jerusalem; the leading Sage is smuggled out to confront Vespasian, the Roman General. Learn the spiritual significance of these events according to the mystical teachings of the Maharal of Prague.
The Holocaust: Coping Philosophically
Exploring why we feel remorse and rejection towards G-d because of the holocaust? How we can deal with these feelings philosophically
The Ten Lost Tribes
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The Ten Lost Tribes
Historical legends tell us about the ten mighty tribes of Israel exiled by the ancient Assyrian Empire. Our scriptures identify their exilic settlements by name, but no one knows where they’ve gone. How did millions of Jews simply vanish?
Finding Light Despite the Darkest Darkness
A Holocaust Survivor’s Story
Barbaric Nazis drove her out of hiding while enormous flames engulfed the ghetto as she was shoved onto packed cattle trains. Estelle Laughlin shares her horrific Holocaust story and how she was surrounded by the heroism of special people who kept their hearts and spirit. Despite her ordeal, she asserts, we can find our own light even in the darkest lives.
The Amazing Archeological Find of King Chizkiyahu’s Seal
Archeologists recently discovered a seal or bulla of King Hezekiah near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which dates back to biblical times in the 8th century BCE. The timing of this incredible new discovery appears to have tremendous significance, and is connected to the signet ring mentioned in the Torah.
Biography of the Baal Shem Tov
A Biography of the Founder of the Chassidic Movement
The Miracle of Surviving Auschwitz
A story of survival, faith and triumph
At the tender age of ten, Rabbi Nissen Mangel miraculously evaded the notorious ‘selection’ and the gas chambers to become Auschwitz’s youngest inmate. Marking his bar-mitzvah by wearing tefillin, he miraculously survived the infamous Death March and went on to live a life of communal devotion and extraordinary scholarly achievement.
Miracles Amid the Horror
How I survived the Hungarian Holocaust
The Holocaust came late to Hungary. But when the Nazis began their gruesome work, they were ruthlessly efficient, and two-thirds of the Jewish population perished at their hands. Leslie Meisels went through hell together with his parents and siblings, but miraculously they survived.
Tales of a Nazi Hunter
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Tales of a Nazi Hunter
Efraim Zuroff is driven by a single purpose: justice. The chief Nazi hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center details his commitment to bringing Holocaust perpetrators before prosecutors. Brace yourself for his story and a behind-the-scenes look at how Nazis are caught and put on trial 70 years after their crimes.
State of the Nation
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State of the Nation
Our place in history and what the future portends
The Secret of Chabad
Inside the most successful Jewish movement
In his unique style of weaving storytelling and philosophical insight, Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie presents six big transformational ideas from the Rebbe that revolutionized the Jewish world and propelled a fledgling group of chassidim to blossom into the most influential movement in modern Judaism. (Filmed at Chabad of Flamingo in Toronto, Canada)
The Real Story about Yiftach's Daughter
Although Yiftach was a judge, and a leader of the generation, he failed to understand the importance of having a teacher and mentor, and the consequence was disastrous.
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