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The Ezra Revolution: How Judaism Was Never the Same After Ezra

Rabbi Alex Israel / February 20, 2014

Ezra’s era saw a judicial revolution that created a very different second Temple Judaism, a legacy which we benefit from today. What historical circumstances led to this occurrence? What did Ezra and the Men of the Great Assembly achieve? Which is more important: a loud moral voice, or Jewish living? Come and see what Ezra can teach us, with the help of Rav Kook.




Rabbi Alex Israel

Rabbi Alex Israel teaches Tanakh at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi, Midreshet Lindenbaum and Matan, and director of Community Education, Summer Programs, and the Elmad online learning platform at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.

Born and raised in London, Rabbi Israel moved to Israel in 1991 and received S'micha (Rabbinic ordination) from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate following several years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Rabbi Israel holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education, London, and Bar Ilan University.

His first book "I Kings - Torn in Two" was published in 2013 to great acclaim, and its companion volume “II Kings – In a Whirlwind” in 2019. Rabbi Israel has lectured widely at campuses and communities on five continents. His writings may be found at

Click here to access podcasts recorded by Alex Israel.


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