When the Jewish people were exiled following the destruction of the First Temple, they seemed set to disappear from history. Instead, they survived and even thrived. What mysterious power held the Jewish people together and how did they retain their faith, tradition and identity in Babylonia – far from the Land of Israel?

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Co-Executive Producers:
– Shmuel Katz
– Melinda Goldrich

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– Irving I Moskowitz Foundation
– Goldrich Family Foundation

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

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– Wikimedia: John Hill, Hmundol, Arian Zwegers
– Flickr: Ajay Tallam, Matt Ming