Course contains 16 sessions of about 25 minutes each.
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Rabbi Jamie Cowen
Jamie Cowen is rabbi of Tikvat Israel Messianic Jewish Congregation in Richmond, Virginia, and former president of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC). After college he went to law school, and then on to Capitol Hill where he took a position in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. During his Washington tenure Jamie became Chief Counsel for a U.S. Senate subcommittee. In 1988, he enrolled in a Messianic Jewish seminary which eventually led to his current position as rabbi of Tikvat Israel Congregation.
In this second of three surveys on Jewish History and Culture, the learner will:
- Examine the roots of separation between the Jewish and Christian communities, the roots of anti-Semitism and the role of the historical Church in perpetuating crimes against the Jewish people.
- We will introduce the impact of Islam, the Church Fathers, the Crusades, the accusations of the church against the Jewish peoples and the Inquisition, the Kabbalah and Hassidism, as well as other topics as they relate to the Sephardic and Ashkenazi experience.
- Continuing through the periods of expulsion, freedom and persecution, we will begin to unfold and witness the impact of the Jewish people’s will to survive by turning their skill in banking and trading into a blessing to other communities around the world, particularly during times of great calamity and opportunity in both Europe and the New World.
- Additionally, a review of the major transformations that altered the cultural and religious landscape, from the Renaissance to the Reformation and beyond, will help demonstrate the adaptability of the Jewish people in the face of persecution.
- The Eastern European experience will be presented with a focus on Russian Jewry while emphasis will be placed on the role of Columbus in helping to save the Sephardic people from extinction.
- The Converso experience in Jamaica will be examined to demonstrate the miraculous opportunity given to the Jewish peoples as they rose to positions of authority in business, banking and government, especially in the New World from the Caribbean to New York.
- Finally, we will examine the role of America in God’s plan to keep Israel as a light to the nations during diaspora, thereby fulfilling His ultimate goal for the Jewish people in Messianic prophecy.
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