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It was supposed to be divinely gifted, so how (and why) did the much-vaunted Jewish kingdom fall apart after just 80 years — and what happened next? To answer these questions, we’re scrolling through the royal annals and reviewing the reigns of the first kings of Israel, all the way from Saul to Ahab.

The Jewish Story Explained is based on the book Letters to Auntie Fori: 5,000 Years of Jewish History and their Faith by Martin Gilbert

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Co-Executive Producers:
– Shmuel Katz
– Melinda Goldrich

Gold Level:
– Irving I Moskowitz Foundation
– Goldrich Family Foundation

This series would not be possible without the generous support of Esther Gilbert and Michael Kagan

Music Credit:
– Rattlesnake Railroad by Brett Van Donsel –

Image Credits:
– Wikipedia/Enrique Íñiguez Rodríguez/Patrick Landy/Ricardo Liberato/Simon R Barrett
– Commons Wikimedia/Quince Media
– Library of Congress
– Pixabay