If These Stones Could Speak

If These Stones Could Speak – “Hiding in Plain Sight”

Episode 14: “Hiding in Plain Sight”

On the one hand, the Sages built the synagogue in the city so that it would not face Jerusalem to make it clear to the Romans that they had no national aspirations. But on the other hand, they planted secret clues to highlight Jerusalem.

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If These Stones Could Speak – “Balancing Security with Morality”

Episode 10: “Balancing Security with Morality”

What is more correct – to sacrifice morality for the sake of security, or to preserve our values at all cost?

This is the dilemma that was faced by King Chezkiyahu of Judah after Assyria destroyed the Kingdom of Israel. Chezkiyahu made a choice – and received harsh criticism for it from the prophet Isaiah.

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If These Stones Could Speak – “Which Comes First, Goodness or God?”

Episode 7: “Which Comes First, Goodness or God?”

How does one building symbolize the essence of Judaism?

The “Zoharei Chama” building in Jerusalem’s Nachlaot area was established about a hundred years ago to serve as a center of goodness: new immigrants were invited to eat and sleep there for free, until they managed to get on their feet.

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If These Stones Could Speak – “A Pillar of Triumph? Or a Warning for the Future?”

Episode 5: “A Pillar of Triumph? Or a Warning for the Future?”

You know of the Arch of Titus in Rome, but did you know that the Romans also erected a triumphal stone pillar in Jerusalem in praise of the Roman general’s victory in the Jewish war and destruction of the Temple? To rebuild the Temple, should we remove this pillar of glory? Or must we remove something else, from within ourselves?

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