Uri Feinberg

Uri Feinberg Course Archives

Temple Beth-El and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Interfaith Study & Dialogue

The second Temple Period, the Roman Period, the time of Jesus: All of the above and more.
Uri Feinberg lead us in a 4-week exploration of this watershed evolutionary moment in Jewish history, Christianity and the history of the world. Our exploration will begin shortly after the return of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel, when during the regional reign of the Persians, the Second Temple will be built. Over the course of four sessions together, we will follow the trajectory of the Jewish People as they begin anew in the Land. The fall of the Persians and the rise of the Greeks will provide fodder for rebellion, new leadership, new law and lots of challenge. Once the Romans enter the picture the Jewish world changes forever, in more ways than one. As the dust settles around the destroyed Second Temple, with continued residue yet to fall, the stage will have been set for new paths, both internally and externally.  

Session 1 – Destruction, Exile and Return: When does the period really begin?
We will begin with the Destruction of the First Temple (maybe from the last days of the First Temple), and continue through the end of the Persian period.  Watch the full session     Session 1  Cheat Sheet        

Session 2  – Hellenists, Hasmoneans and…Pompei: An end of sorts.
We will begin with the rise of the Macedonians through Hasmoneans and continue to the entrance of the Romans into Judea.  
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Session 3 – Herod, Jesus, the birth of Christianity: The seeds of Rebellion.
The reign of Herod through the eve of the Great Revolt, touching on the life of Jesus as a figure within the greater context of the multiple sects of Jews living at the time.  Watch the full session

Session 4 – If you stand for nothing, what do you fall for: The Great Revolt and does it end here?
The Great revolt, Masada with a forward glance to the Bar Kochba rebellion as a symbol of the actual end of the Second Temple Period.  
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Uri Feinberg’s study is made possible through the generosity of the Jean and Jesse Wulfe Religious Enhancement Fund.

November Mini-Mester: Pride & Prejudice

When do we get it right, when do we get it wrong, and does context matter? Waves of Immigration, inclusion and success, discrimination and regress. Join us for four sessions, as we examine the history of the State of Israel through the immigrant lens. Waves of immigration served as the foundation for the birth of the State of Israel, and waves of immigrants who arrived after 1948 allowed the young state to grow. These waves were a miracle orchestrated by the very Rock of Israel mentioned in the concluding line of the Declaration of Independence. This description of entity, deity or people, was chosen in all its ambiguity, for the purpose of allowing the founding generation the freedom to direct the ownership to this miracle that best reflected their ideals. With open arms the founding generations welcomed in their Jewish sisters and brother. This is your home; you face strife; return, we now have a state of our own. We will identify the altruistic and practical reasons behind this call of inclusion, and we will excavate the cracks that represent the failure and the fissure which lead to discrimination and exclusion of the very same sisters and brothers.

Through our sessions we will also be witness to those moments in which ‘all of Israel is [indeed] responsible for each other’, and where we sadly still find ‘causeless hate’.

Uri Feinber’s mini-mester is made possible through the generosity of the Jean and Jesse Wulfe Religious Enhancement Fund.  

SESSION 1 – Video
Transcript from Israeli Documentary
2 Poems

SESSION 2 – Video

SESSION 3 – Video
Im Ninalu/ Ofra Haza
Elohay/ Kobi Oz and grandfather Rabbi Nissim Messika
Ethiopian immigration and becoming Israeli

SESSION 4 – Video