For almost two thousand years, the Land of Israel was in a state of desolation containing a relatively small population of which a minority were Jews. In addition, the land was the scene of repeated wars and savagery. This lecture traces the history of the Land of Israel and its Jewish populace from the time of the destruction of the Temple (Bais HaMikdash) in the year 70 C.E., under Roman, Byzantine, Persian and Moslem, and Crusader rule up until the visit of the Rambam in the year 1165.
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