History Crash Course #27: The Greek Empire

To the Greeks, what was beautiful was holy; to the Jews, what was holy was beautiful. These views were bound to clash.

History Crash Course #26: The Great Assembly

Extraordinary sages define the essence of Judaism for the Jews of Israel and the Diaspora.

History Crash Course #24: Purim in Persia

A feast celebrating God's abandonment of Israel puts into motion Haman's plot to annihilate the Jews.

History Crash Course #23: Babylonian Exile

The Babylonians think God has abandoned the Jews and celebrate. But they have a surprise coming.

History Crash Course #22: The End of Israel

The Kingdom of Judah lasts another of 134 years before it falls.

History Crash Course #21: Assyrian Conquest

The Assyrians conquer northern Israel and vanquish the nation with exile.

History Crash Course #20: A Divided Nation

The 10 northern tribes secede, splitting Israel in two.

History Crash Course #19: King Solomon

King Solomon, the wisest of all men, built the Temple in Jerusalem and reigned over Israel's golden age.

History Crash Course #18: David: The King

King David established Jerusalem as Israel's capital over 3,000 years ago.

History Crash Course #17: David: Shepherd & Warrior

Still too young to fight in the army, David becomes Israel's champion when he slays Goliath.

History Crash Course #16: King Saul

King Saul was a great man who committed one terrible mistake, dooming his reign from the start.

History Crash Course #15: The Time of the Judges

Jewish guidance came from the "judges," who were both warriors and prophets.

History Crash Course #13: The Tragedy of the Spies

Every major disaster in Jewish history is connected to the 9th of Av. It all began with the 12 spies.

History Crash Course #12: The Golden Calf

Only a tiny portion of Jews participate in worshiping the golden calf. So why blame the whole nation?

History Crash Course #11: Mount Sinai

The encounter between God and the Jews at Mount Sinai was a totally unique event in all of human history.

History Crash Course #9: Moses

In an all-time irony, Moses the savior of the Jewish people is raised in the house of the enemy of the Jews.

History Crash Course #8: Reunion

To remedy the family animosity, Joseph sets the stage for a great test.

History Crash Course #7: Joseph

Joseph demonstrates a classic pattern: The Jew arrives impoverished, works hard, and rises to the top.

History Crash Course #6: Isaac and His Sons

History repeats: The groove that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob carve will be for their descendants.

History Crash Course #5: The Promised Land

God gave Abraham the Land of Israel as a laboratory to create a model nation for the world.

History Crash Course #4: Abraham's Journey

Abraham gave rise to a nation of Hebrews -- people who live "on the other side."

History Crash Course #3: The World of Abraham

By understanding the character of Abraham, the "proto-Jew", one can understand what Jews are all about.

History Crash Course #1: Why Study History

Jewish history teaches not only to avoid past mistakes, but to understand where destiny is leading us.

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