Judaism Then and Now

December 5, 2014 With Daniel Matt, Arthur Green, and Rabbi Yechiel Poupko

The beginning of modern Judaism can be traced to the crisis of 70 AD when the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in Jerusalem. This was the point of transition from Priestly to Rabbinic Judaism. But, as our three truly expert guests explain, the persisting duality between mysticism and rationalism can be found in every stage of the long history. Of special interest in this program is the attention given to the most mysterious of all Judaic scripture: The Kabbalistic Zohar.