* Extrordinary * Award Winning Mini-Series * Timeless *
DVDrip, English Audio and SubTitles (from closed captioning)
WINNER of the coveted Peabody award, 2 Emmys, with an additional 2 nominations
"Easily withstands the test of time, retaining revelence, after over a quarter century."
Hosted by Abba Eban, former Israeli ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, based on his book chronicling over five thousand years of recorded history; focusing on the complex relationships of the Jews and their interaction with the rest of Western civilization. Examining a common human and moral heritage, the series travels from Sinai to the Dead Sea, from Delphi to Rome, and from concentration camps to villages in Israel, marking the renewal and resonance of Jewish culture.
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A uniquely wonderous educational tool where teachers, families, and the public can find diverse thematic pathways; from biblical times through the 20th century; from the birth of civilization to the rebirth of the State of Israel. This is not, however, a documentary solely about Judaism; it is instead an in-depth look at the history of Jewish interaction with the world at large, a look at how Jews have shaped communities around them and how the communities around them have shaped the Jews. Host Abba Eban, who has served as foreign minister of Israel and Israeli ambassador to the U.N., is authoritative and knowledgeable in his explications. Using paintings, artifacts, modern cinematography of ancient sites, readings, and theatrical music, Abba Eban brings drama and tension to events long past. The spanning of five millennia necessitates at times briefer detail than a viewer may like, yet it also provides a sampling of history that may provoke the viewer into seeking more information. This marvelous set should be experienced by anyone who desires a greater understanding of the Western world and the role of the Jews in shaping it.
Described as, "a celebration of our common humanistic and moral heritage, exploring through the mysteries of preservation, renewal, and resonance of the Jewish people." From the stony heights of Sinai to the shores of the Dead Sea, from a Greek amphitheater in Delphi to the Forum of ancient Rome, out of the ashes of concentration camps to the rebuilt cities and villages of Israel, Heritage brings to life the long and complex history of the Jews and their centuries-old interaction with the rest of Western civilization.
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From Abba Eban: "It is a matter of profound importance that audiences in the U.S. and around the world, both Jews and non-Jews, can now experience through television and new technologies the long, continuous, somber, sometimes tragic, yet noble story of the Jewish journey across the theater of history. The series and the new DVD-ROM examine, through art and sculpture, writing and film, the miracle and mystery of Jewish history--self preservation, resonance, suffering and renewal--and its impact on the spiritual and intellectual history of mankind."
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The history of the Jews is a history of involvement: with Near Eastern and Classical civilization in the Biblical period, with Christendom and Islam in the Middle Ages, with the nations of all the earth in modern times. It is a history as old as civilization itself, and it is the history of the involvement of one people with civilization. The involvement was total, complex and reciprocal. It was total in the sense that the Jewish people never enjoyed the luxury of detachment: even when intermittently masters of in their own land, that land was the vortex of all surrounding lands and shared their fates. It was complex in the Jewish people, before and above any other people, experienced the tension of diaspora and homeland, a tension ever shifting but never resolved. It was reciprocal in that Judaism took, learned and borrowed from the civilizations of other peoples – but at the same time contributed in essential respects to civilization at all times and in many different places.
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The interaction of Jewish history and Western civilization successively assumed different forms. In the Biblical and Ancient periods, Israel was an integral part of the Near Eastern and classical world, which gave birth to Western civilization. It shared the traditions of ancient Mesopotamia and the rest of that world with regard to it’s own beginning; it benefited from the decline of Egypt and the other great Near Eastern empires to emerge as a nation in it’s own right; it asserted it’s claim to the divinely promised Land of Israel and struggled to a precarious independence there for a thousand years until forced to yield to the greater power of Greece and Rome.
In the Medieval era Jewish history took place on a larger stage, including all of Europe and the Mediterranean world. Fewer and fewer Jews were able to remain on the soil of the Holy Land itself. For more and more of them, it became the object of prayerful longing as they sought refuge in all the lands of the dispersion. Gradually the pious hope of a return to the true homeland gave way to the more practical desire to participate in the life of their new surroundings. But no matter how deeply the Jews became involved in the various lands of the dispersion, they faced the necessity of being uprooted again and again. They became the classical example of a diaspora population: confined or committed to intellectual or commercial pursuits; linked to their co-religionists in other lands through the bond of a common faith as interpreted by rabbinic authority; and an ever yearning to live, or at least to die, in the Holy Land.
The contemporary pattern of Jewish life presents another model for it’s interaction with civilization. Where previously that life had been concentrated successively in Israel and the diaspora, it is now balanced between the two. Israel is once again politically sovereign, and it commands a central position in Judaism, both culturally and emotionally. But equally significant centers of Jewish population and hence of Jewish cultural, religious, and political activity exist in the United State, the Soviet Union and other parts of the diaspora. World Jewry, as always, continues to gravitate towards the rising centers of world civilization and hence to play a part in the shaping of world events. At the same time it lives in a creative tension with Israel. The interdependence of diaspora Jewry with the Israel on the one hand and with world civilization on the other, characterizes the present scene and will no doubt influence yet other patterns, whatever the precise shape they may take in the future
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===== Episode Descriptions ====
9 part, 9 hour (540 minute) series originally released on 3 dual-sided DVDs or 5 VHS cassettes. Condensed onto a one single-sided DVD5.
Episode 1: A People Is Born: This program profiles the life and culture of the ancient Near East--Egypt, Canaan and Mesopotamia--and recalls the Exodus from Egypt in approximately 1250 B.C.E. (Before the Common or Christian Era) as a crucial event in Israel’s self-conception and as a metaphor for all human freedom. In the experience of exile the vision of the early Israelites was transformed, and the Jewish people was born. In Jewish tradition, this emergence from Egypt has been celebrated by generation after generation in the springtime holiday of Passover, a festival of liberation as passionately observed as any nation’s independence day. The liberated exiles saw the hand of a universal God. All the world’s nations were linked in a common destiny, bound together by a moral law with inescapable consequences.
Episode 2: The Power of the Word: This program begins in the abundant land of Babylon, where the exiled Jew of Judah had settled after the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonian forces. Far from their homes in Judah, they were disoriented and confused. But they had their own vision. They came to believe more profoundly than ever before that there was a universal dimension to their faith--that their God extended to all lands, to all times. "It was here in Babylon that Jewish scribes compiled the writings they had brought from Judah--the history, the laws, the legends for the Jewish people and combined them with what had been passed down by word of mouth to form the first five books of the Bible--the Torah," explains Mr. Eban in the program.
Episode 3: The Shaping of Traditions: In first century Rome Jews were scattered throughout the Mediterranean. Wherever they lived, communities of Jews continued to obey the laws of their own land though it might be thousands of miles away. By the year 135, the Roman armies of the Emperor Hadrian had crushed the land of Judea. A total of 580,000 Jews had been killed in battles and raids. On the ruins of Jerusalem, a Roman city was built. The shrine to Jupiter was erected where the Holy Temple had stood, and the teaching of Judaism became a capital crime. Emperor Hadrian obliterated the Jewish state and renamed Judea, Palestine. The Shaping of Traditions chronicles the decline of this Roman Empire, a process extending over four centuries, and shows how the Jewish faith continued to survive throughout these turbulent years.
Episode 4: The Crucible of Europe: The world of Islam, stretching from India in the East to the Iberian Peninsula in the West, is where the majority of Jews lived. Here, in Islamic Spain, the Jews found a "Golden Age" in the 10th and 11th centuries. An invasion of the Berber tribes from North Africa brought an end to this era of enlightenment. In Northern Europe, the Latin Church was gradually consolidating its authority. For Jews, life in this Christian world was attractive but often difficult, for the bitterness of religious differences between Jews and Christians had become institutionalized. The Jewish people found themselves trapped in a politically and economically untenable position.
Episode 5: The Search for Deliverance: This program picks up the thread of Jewish history as the intellectual awakening of the Renaissance began to alter the attitudes and habits of all people. Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Johanes Kepler, Galileo, and other scholars began to examine the world around them with new eyes. Within the confines of the Venetian ghetto, Jewish culture flourished. Jewish composers, artists and poets achieved fame that transcended the ghetto walls. Spanish and Portuguese Jews who had escaped the persecution of the Spanish Inquisition, flocked to Amsterdam, known as the "New Jerusalem" where refugees from religious intolerance were welcomed.
Episode 6: Roads from the Ghetto: The 19th century witnessed the rise of nationalism, romanticism, industrialism, and socialism across the European continent. Jews were offered political equality and citizenship and new career opportunities in the nations of Europe. Roads from the Ghetto also documents the infamous Dreyfus case in France, which served as a springboard for "anti-Semitism"; the birth of Zionism and other modern expressions of Judaism; and the waves of Jewish emigration from Europe toward the end of the 19th century.
Episode 7: The Golden Land: The Golden Land describes one of the most important and exciting chapters in Jewish history--the relationship between the United States and the Jewish people. Never before in their 3,000-year history, had Jews made such a significant contribution to the shaping and growth of a country. The program examines the role of American Jews from the days of George Washington. With the rise of anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s, a new chapter in the American Jewish story was written. Some two million Jews from all over Eastern Europe converged on the United States from 1880 to 1920. The program captures in archival photos and rare documentary footage, the voluntary "ghettos" in which they settled--cramped, dirty and unlit sections, the best known of which is New York’s Lower East Side.
Episode 8: Out of the Ashes: "Out of the Ashes" comes the understanding that no one’s life can be guaranteed without constant struggle. Belief in the ultimate ability of humankind to overcome the darkest, most brutal of forces is the light which must carry us forward," declares Ambassador Eban in this haunting hour. Out of the Ashes attempts to treat the Holocaust not only as a devastating memory of yesterday, but as a profound challenge for today. The program concludes with the words of author Eli Weisel, noted author and Holocaust survivor: "We have all the reasons in the world to despair and to give up on man and to give up on culture, on civilization, on language and even on God. But we won’t permit it to happen. We have the reasons to do so, but we will not invoke them and, in spite of everything, we shall go on believing."
Episode 9: Into the Future: Although the Nazis had been defeated, the persecution of Jews continued in Eastern Europe after World War II. Although many of the survivors found a haven in the United States, there were still many borders closed to Jewish refugees. Their hope rested in the Middle East, in Palestine, part of the disintegrating British Empire. The program examines Israel’s relationship to American Jews and modern Jewish communities elsewhere in the world. It reviews the distribution and the state of Jews and addresses the long-range issues which confront them: the lingering anti-Semitism in many countries; the crisis of Jewish identity in the United States and Israel; the crisis of Palestinian relations in Israel; and the larger question of the role of the Jewish people in today’s rapidly evolving world.
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===== Lesson Plans for each Episode included =====
1 A People is Born 3800 - 586 BCE
This lesson plan deals with the Ancient Near East, early civilization, and early Israelite history. Use maps to explore principal geographic features of the region and to trace migration, and compare the biblical story of the flood with a similar account in the Epic of Gilgamesh.
2 The Power of the Word 586 BCE - 72 CE
Introduce the sayings of the teacher Hillel as the basis for a discussion about values and morality. Compare sayings from the New Testament with those from the Hebrew Bible. Research projects focus on the changes to Judaism during this period and on the relationship between the Jews and their neighbors.
3 The Shaping of Traditions 30 - 732
After the destruction of the Temple, Jews around the world continue to practice Judaism, relying on the strengthened institutions of rabbis (teachers) and synagogues. Categorize the three major monotheistic religions according to their main features and figures, and study a moral dilemma presented by the Talmud.
4 The Crucible of Europe 732 - 1492
Examine a 12th century Jewish school curriculum from Spain as an example of how a minority group was able to maintain its distinct cultural identity within a larger society. Learn about the resentment and persecution the Jews faced in medieval Europe and discuss the development of stereotypes.
5 Search for Deliverance 1492 - 1789
Trace the migrations of Jews across Europe after the expulsion from Spain. Explore the development of Hasidism, Messianism, and the study of Kabbalah. Read an account of how the prosperous Jewish community in Poland met with catastrophe and massacre in 1648.
6 Roads from the Ghetto 1789 - 1925
Though revolution and emancipation brought great change and opportunity for the Jews, stereotypes and discrimination persisted. Compare excerpts on religious guarantees from the French Constitution and the Virginia Statute and discuss generalizations and stereotyping.
7 The Golden Land 1654 - 1930s
Consider how minorities can maintain a balance between their group identities and their loyalty to the U.S. Read a letter from George Washington to the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island. Discuss labor history and the harsh working conditions faced by many immigrants.
8 Out of the Ashes 1919 - 1947
This lesson tries to give some sense of the losses European Jewish communities suffered in the Holocaust. Trace the change in population figures, study the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws, and read an eyewitness account of resistance against the Nazis.
9 Into the Future 1880 - 2001
Jews around the world continue to grapple with what it means to be a Jew in the modern world. Study the proclamation that establishes the State of Israel. Read a grandfather's speech as an example of the ways in which family stories represent aspects of American and world history.
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Audios: MP3, Stereo, 48 KHz, about 103 Kbps VBR, English
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