These lectures on the Book of Kings were delivered by Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein at the Wild Summer Program in Yeshivas Ohr Somayach (August 2017). These lectures follow the Book of Kings based on traditional rabbinic sources.
Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein is the author of Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2015). He studied for over a decade at such premier institutes as Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem, and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ. He currently lives in Beitar Illit, Israel where he continues to deliver lectures and publish articles in rabbinic and academic journals. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Episode 9: The Final Kings
In this lecture, we discusses the reigns of Josiah's sons and grandson and how Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylonia, conquered the Jewish Kingdom of Judah and destroyed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Episode 8: A Hero's Tragic Death
This lecture discusses the heinous sins of Manasseh and his son Amon and continues with the good deeds of King Josiah until his unfortunate demise.
Episode 7: The Boy King, the Leper King, and More
This lecture discusses the Kings of Judah from Joash through Hezekiah.
Episode 6: The First Kings of Judah
This lecture discusses the history of the Kingdom of Judah from Rehoboam until the assassination of Ahaziah and the rise of the Queen Athaliah.
Episode 5: The Kingdom of Israel
In this lecture, we give an overview of the entire history of the Kingdom of Israel, focusing especially on the reigns of Jeroboam, Ahab, and Jehu.
Episode 4: The Wise King Falls
In this lecture, we discuss various tales about the great wisdom of King Solomon, how he seems to stray after his wives' idolatry, and how the United Kingdom of Israel splits into two.