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King David: (a) (907-837 BCE) A Bethlehem native, youngest son of Jesse and Nitzevet. A shepherd boy, he rose to fame after slaying the Philistine hero Goliath. This earned him the hand of King Saul’s daughter Michal in marriage. Anointed by Samuel to succeed Saul after the latter failed to annihilate Amalek. This aroused Saul's jealousy, who then pursued him relentlessly. David became king after Saul’s death. During his monarchy, David successfully secured and expanded Israel’s borders, but was beset by a series of revolts and personal tribulations. Compiled the Book of Psalms. Succeeded by his son Solomon. (b) A common Jewish name.
A biblical history of the Jews
Even after the death of Saul, King David’s leadership is contested. In this class we learn of the many domestic and foreign conflicts that David overcame in the beginning of his rule, as well as the conquest of the future site of the Holy Temple in Jerusa...
The harp of King David had 7 strings, yet the harp of Moshiach will have eight.
What is true and everlasting love, both between friends and between spouses? Here are stories from the lives of our ancestors that depict real, unconditional love as well as conditional love that is not real, nor enduring.
A biblical history of the Jews
The events of King David’s later years, starting with the famous story of his relationship with Bathsheba. We also learn of the rebellion of his son Absalom. The class ends with the anointing of David’s 12-year-old son Solomon as his successor.
The prophet Balaam who tried to curse the Jewish people, instead blesses them with incredible blessings. Maimonides points out how Balaam prophesies of two Messiahs, King David and King Messiah.
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Learning the story of David and Jonathan from the Book of Samuel, which is the haftorah of Machar Chodesh.
Explore the mystical meaning
Discover the spiritual meaning of the male name David, the secret behind their Hebrew letters and numerical value, and the name’s corresponding verse in the Torah.
Learning Pirkei Avot on Five Levels
One who learns from his fellow…a single law…must treat him with respect. For so we find with David, king of Israel, who did not learn anything from Achitofel except for two things alone, yet he called him his "master," his "guide" and his "intimate"… (Eth...
Leading the delegation of ushpizin on the seventh day of Sukkot is King David. Understanding the special qualities of 7th day, and the connection to the chassidic ushpiz, the Rebbe Rashab.
Decoding the hidden messages
The parshah of Bechukotai contains 78 verses and the mnemonic for it is the word Uzah. Explore the coded message in this Masoretic note and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
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