Crisis & Kings

Crises & Kings explores the Book of Samuel, which recounts a tumultuous period in Biblical history. The Israelites have settled in their new land but tribal rivalries weaken them against the ascendant Philistines. Saul, the first king, brings hope but his reign is marred by missteps, leading to his downfall.

David, arguably the most famous character in Jewish tradition, succeeds Saul and strategically lays the foundations for an empire. His exploits, including some spectacular moral failures, are unrivalled.

The dramatic narrative of Sefer Shmuel introduces us to themes still relevant today: divine destiny vs human initiative, faith vs misplaced religious devotion, and good leadership vs corrosive and self-serving rule.

This series is a production of The Koren Podcast Network in partnership with Pardes North America and is lovingly sponsored by the Neustein family in memory of Rabbi Dr. Joseph Neustein, on the occasion of his 4th yahrzeit.

Introduction – The Backdrop of the Book of Judges


Episode 1 - Chana's Triumph


Episode 2 - The Crimes of the Priests


Episode 3 - Shmuel's Coming of Age


Episode 4 - The Israelite Defeated


Episode 5 - The Philistines Chastened


Episode 6 - The Ideal Judge


Episode 7 - The Clamor for a King