New Series: Second Temple – The Last 100 Years

As we reach the time of year when we enter the mouring period over the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash we will begin a series traveling through the last 100 years before the destruction of the Second Bais HaMikdash. This will cover the decline and fall of the Chashmonaim dynasty, the rise of Hurdus and the Herodian dynasty and his remarkable building project in Jerusalem (Old City) and the Jewish civil wars that ultimately brought on the final destruction.

This period coincides with the rise of Bais Hillel and Bais Shammai and the house of Hillel which provided Am Yisrael with a Nasi for close to 500 years. It concludes with the heroism of Hillel student Rabbi Yochanan be Zakkai whose brave escape from Yerushalayim, brilliant foresight and incredible leadership singlehandedly kept Klal Yisrael alive through this dark and difficult time.

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