A brilliant look at the return to Zion after the Babylonian Exile, by a giant of his generation.
The Babylonian Exile was coming to an end, and Hashem sent the Jews two great leaders to lead them home: Ezra, venerable Torah sage who led the returnees back to their Land and their Torah; and Nechemiah, the fearless leader who fought for the dignity of Jerusalem and the Temple.
For close to two years, in a weekly Torah class, Rav Shimon Schwab zt"l turned his legendary brilliance and eloquence to Sefer Ezra and Nechemiah. The erudite and beloved Rav of K'hal Adas Yeshurun, one of the foremost Torah scholars of his day, used the insights of the Sages and Torah commentators to place the story in historical context and to highlight its ethical and moral teachings. Rav Schwab's eldest son, Rabbi Moshe Schwab, has adapted these lectures in a fascinating and illuminating verse-by-verse commentary.