In this podcast episode, the final part of this four-part series on Great Battles in Jewish History, David examines two military episodes from the past century – the Battle of Latrun in 1948 and the Yom Kippur War of 1973. In doing so, he explores the background, geo-political considerations, key personalities, and implications of these decisive moments from modern Jewish history.
For listeners of the podcast, we have provided a series of maps in pdf (below as jpegs) as a substitute for David’s illustrations on the whiteboard.
This Jewish history lecture includes discussions on the:
- Battle of Latrun and the Yom Kippur War
- key personalities from the time like Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, and Ariel Sharon
- historical context of the conflicts, including the Cold War and its focus on the Middle East
- failings and success in leadership
- continued importance of geography and intelligence
- importance of counter-offensives
- role played by these battles for future peace agreements.
Find more of David Solomon’s podcast, with dozens of lectures on Jewish history, the Bible, Jewish philosophy, and Kabbalah here.
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This four-part series was recorded at Caulfield Shule in 2019.