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These lectures on the Book of Judges (Sefer Shoftim) were delivered by Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein at the Wild Summer Program in Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem (August 2019). These lectures follow the Book of Judges based on traditional rabbinic sources. Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein is the author of God versus Gods: Judaism in the Age of Idolatry (Mosaica Press, 2018). He studied for over a decade at such premier institutes as Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem, and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ. He currently lives in Beitar Illit, Israel where he continues to deliver lectures and publish articles in rabbinic and academic journals. He can be reached via email at rabbircklein@gmail.com

These lectures on the Book of Judges (Sefer Shoftim) were delivered by Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein at the Wild Summer Program in Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem (August 2019). These lectures follow the Book of Judges based on traditional rabbinic sources. Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein is the author of God versus Gods: Judaism in the Age of Idolatry (Mosaica Press, 2018). He studied for over a decade at such premier institutes as Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem, and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ. He currently lives in Beitar Illit, Israel where he continues to deliver lectures and publish articles in rabbinic and academic journals. He can be reached via email at rabbircklein@gmail.com
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These lectures on the Book of Judges (Sefer Shoftim) were delivered by Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein at the Wild Summer Program in Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem (August 2019). These lectures follow the Book of Judges based on traditional rabbinic sources. Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein is the author of God versus Gods: Judaism in the Age of Idolatry (Mosaica Press, 2018). He studied for over a decade at such premier institutes as Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem, and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ. He currently lives in Beitar Illit, Israel where he continues to deliver lectures and publish articles in rabbinic and academic journals. He can be reached via email at rabbircklein@gmail.com

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Episodes

Episode 10 - An Epilogue: The Book of Judges in Retrospect

8/30/2019
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In this episode, we accentuate the tragedy of Samson by highlighting his potential role as a Messiah/King of the Jewish People and the partnership between his tribe of Dan and the tribe of Judah (Yehudah). We then continue with a brief introduction to the two judges from the Book of Samuel: Eli the Kohen and Shmuel the Prophet. Afterwards, we look back at all the Shoftim and seek out each one's redeeming qualities and summarize our findings regarding their tribal affiliations. We also return...

Duration:01:18:42

Episode 9 - Samson the Strong: Kryptonite and Delilah

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In this episode, we discuss Samson consorting with a prostitute in Gaza, and latter entering a relationship with his lover Delilah. The latter, of course, proved to be the bane of his tragic downfall.

Duration:01:11:10

Episode 8 - Manoah's Angel and Samson's Struggle

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In this episode, we discuss the story of an angel informing Manoah and his wife that they will bear a son who will be a Nazirite and save the Jews from the Phillistines. That son, of course, was Samson, who valiantly fought the Phillistines, but also married a Phillistine woman from Timna.

Duration:01:17:56

Episode 7 - The Identity and Tribe of Ibzan

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In this episode, we discuss the judge Ibzan (Ivtzan) whom the Talmud identifies as Boaz (from the Book of Ruth). We analyze this assertion and test its viability from different angels, ultimately suggesting that other elements of Rabbinic Tradition do not agree with this identification. Afterwards, we briefly speak about Elon the Zebulunite and Abdon (Avdon) ben Hillel the Pirathonite. This lecture ends with an introduction to the Phillistines' role in subjugating the Jews during the Period...

Duration:01:04:00

Episode 6 - Jephtah the Gileadite: The Little Judge Who Could

8/30/2019
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In this episode, we discuss the story of Jephtah (Yiftach), the son of a Zonah, who delivered the Jews from the Ammonites, possibly sacrificed his daughter at the altar, and waged a civil war against the Tribe of Ephraim. Despite all of this, Jephtah is equated to Shmuel HaNavi -- one of the greatest prophets to ever live.

Duration:01:15:20

Episode 5 - The Brutal Judge, the Scholar Judge, and the Idolatrous Judge

8/30/2019
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In this episode, we continue our discussion of Gideon/Jerubaal's military successes and the proposal which offered Gideon the chance to become the first King of the Jews. We then discuss Gideon's son Abimelech who unjustly tried to take the role offered to his father, and ended up massacring the people of Schechem. Afterwards, we discuss the judge Tola son of Puah focusing on different ideas derived from his name and his associated with the Tribe of Issachar. Finally, we discuss Jair the...

Duration:01:01:14

Episode 4 - Gideon and the Midianites: The Angel Speaks

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In this episode, we discuss the story of the angel that appeared to Gideon while he was grinding his father's produce and appointed him as the next savior of the Jews. We then talk about Gideon's subsequent military leadership and his role in saving the Jewish people from Midianite domination.

Duration:01:14:29

Episode 3 - Deborah, Barak/Lapidot, and Jael: Defeating the Canaanite General Sisera

8/30/2019
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In this episode, we discuss the story of the prophetess Devorah (from the tribe of Naftali) and her role as a the only female judge in Judges. She and Barak led the Jews to a victory over the Canaanite general Sisera. We also discuss select lines in Devorah's song, as well as Yael's contribution to the victory over Sisera (by possibly engaging in sex with him).

Duration:01:07:49

Episode 2 - Ehud ben Geira: The Southpaw from Benjamin

8/30/2019
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In this episode, we discuss the story of Ehud's secret mission to assassinate the Moabite killing Eglon, and the significance of Ehud's special ops ability in terms of understanding the characteristics of the Tribe of Binyamin. Afterwards, we discuss Shamgar ben Anat, and discuss whether his father's name can give us any clues as to his origins or tribal affiliation.

Duration:00:50:46

Episode 1 - Othniel ben Knaz: Capture the City, Marry the Girl

8/30/2019
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In this episode, we offer an introduction to the Book of Judges (Shoftim) explaining the book as a continuing cycle of sin-subjugation-redemption, and clarify the Halachic differences between Shoftim and Kings (Melachim). We then segue to a discussion about the first Shofet, Osniel ben Knaz and how he captured the city of Kiryat Sefer and married his neice Achsa, the daughter of Caleb ben Jephunah.

Duration:00:50:00