Rebuilding the Temple and the reign of Cyrus
Jewish law guided marriage, divorce, and child-rearing in the ancient world.
The Purim story is a guideline for living in the Diaspora.
Jews and Christians read their own ideas about authority into this ancient legislative institution.
Beliefs & Practices
Since the destruction of the Temples, Jews have struggled with the enduring meaning and legacy of the sacrificial rites.
The leader of all priests in the ancient Temple had special rights and privileges.
As far back as the biblical period, art has been created and valued in Jewish communities.
Jewish History from the beginning through the Babylonian exile.
The accumulation of disasters in the Middle Ages--expulsions, crusades, and the Black Death, to name a few--inspired a steady stream of Jewish immigration to the Holy Land.
Persian Jewry can serve as a role model for Jews who live outside of the Land of Israel.