Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Tradition portrays the first Kings – Saul, David, and Solomon – as great religious leaders who gave us Tehillim and megillot, Jewish monarchical tradition, and the Beit Hamikdash and its constructs. In reality, however, they also ruled over a powerful nation as ancient kings; they waged wars, played politics, and faced rebellions.
In this series, we will examine and appreciate this often marginalized dimension of our first rulers. By focusing on peshat and historical context, we will come to see exactly how kings Saul, David, and Solomon were warriors and politicians, as much as they were servants of God.
The course meets Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., Oct. 23 to Dec. 11.
Rabbi Mark Glass, a native of Manchester, England, received his BA in Philosophy, MA in Jewish Philosophy, and Semikhah from Yeshiva University’s various schools. Prior to that, Rabbi Glass spent over two years learning in Yeshivat Hakotel in Jerusalem. Rabbi Glass was the Rabbinic Intern for two years at Congregation Ahavas Achim in Highland Park, N.J., and has also worked for ORA (the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot). As of August, Rabbi Glass is the rabbi of the Adams Street Shul in Newton, where he lives with his wife, Ruthy, and son, Yair.+ More... - Less...
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