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NEHEMIAH: Our First Politician, a Man for our Times

April 21, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

NEHEMIAH: Our First Politician, a Man for our Times

Presented by Jerry Friedman

April 21, 2021, 10:30 am


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Security, economic disparity, intermarriage, religious authority, urban planning, diaspora relations, clerical corruption, conspiracy, local unrest and Jewish renewal. Sound familiar? These issues faced by the modern State of Israel were also faced by Judea in the 5th century BCE with the return of the Jews from Babylon. Join Jerry Friedman for a look at how Nehemiah, recruited from the court of the Persian king in Shushan, came to Judea and confronted these challenges. Using the Book of Nehemiah as our guide, we will examine how our first “politician” dealt with these issues. We will look at his style of political leadership, drawing from the text and his words.

Nehemiah was not well regarded by our rabbis through the centuries, and we will perhaps discover why. We may even come away with lessons relevant to our Jewish state today.


Jerry Friedman is a semi-retired psychiatrist with a passionate interest in Biblical texts and Jewish history. He is particularly interested in late antiquity and the return of the exiled Jews from Babylon to Judea as described in the last books of the Jewish Bible, the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah.

Jerry has previously presented at Holy Blossom on the subject “Israelite and Bird Migration through the Wilderness”, combining his love of the natural history of the land of Israel and Jewish history. He is a regular participant in Rabbi Splansky’s Torah Study class.

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April 21, 2021
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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