Can someone recommend some good resources on delving into the state of Judaism between entry to Israel and the destruction of the first temple? Specifically, the state of the religion. What did it look like in all aspects, halachically and hashkafically.

I very much wish to know what the average Jew's relationship with Hashem looked like back then, as well as what their daily religious schedule might have looked like, what the family and societal dynamics were, and their general worldview, zeitgeist and umwelt - ideally all comparative with other periods in our history.

I am especially keen to try and find out what we have lost since then, possibly as punishment and a result of our the distancing in our relationship with Hashem.

  • Are you looking for a jewish sefer or a research sort of book? Mar 15, 2023 at 14:23
  • @fulltimekollelguy I understand quite little is known from that time so I am tempted to say anything, but to bring more focus - whatever answers my above questions the best
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Mar 15, 2023 at 14:26
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    It would seem that quite a lot about that can be gleaned from the Nach and Kesuvim. Are you looking for something external to that?
    – user9806
    Mar 15, 2023 at 16:58
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    Rabbi Ouri Cherki has some perspectives on the subject. He thinks that the Zohar reflects what the common Jew believed during the time of prophecy and how he related to Hashem. Nowadays the common Jew has difficulty grasping the Zohar because we are all on a much lower level and are far from a world where prophecy was an everyday thing.
    – Harel13
    Mar 16, 2023 at 22:31
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    I'm not entirely sure in which class I heard it, but I'm pretty sure it's in one of these: meirtv.com/shiurim/206967, meirtv.com/shiurim/208412. The classes are in Hebrew.
    – Harel13
    Mar 19, 2023 at 6:39


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