Muharram Series Ep 5: Destruction of the Temple in 586 BCE and 72 CE, what do they teach us

The world's oppressed people always paid the price for their weakness, regardless of their faith and geography. So how does Islam motivate its followers to stand for the oppressed people? How did Prophet Muhammad prepare a community of believers always to be a witness to justice?

Allen S. Maller is an ordained Reform Rabbi who retired in 2006 after 39 years as the Rabbi of Temple Akiba in Culver City, California. He blogs on the Times of Israel and is a prolific article contributor to IslamiCity.

Rabbi Maller has published 400+ articles in over two dozen Christian, Jewish, and Muslim magazines and websites.

He is the author of two recent books: "Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms and "Which Religion Is Right For You? A 21st Century Kuzari".

You can read his articles on IslamiCity that cover Jewish Muslim relations and a wide range of other topics.


Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak has devoted himself to the revival and flourishing of congregations worldwide, most recently Beit Polska, the umbrella organization of ten Progressive communities that grew out of Beit Warszawa in post-Communist Poland.

For the past ten years, he has served as a spiritual counselor for a Jewish-inspired palliative and hospice center, Skirball Hospice. His work focuses on offering comfort and insight to people.

He served for 19 years as Chaplain and Hillel Rabbi for The Claremont Colleges.

He received his ordination from Hebrew Union College, specializing in Cairo Genizah documents in Judeo-Arabic.

He has studied the history of the Holocaust at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Higher Education at The Claremont Graduate University.

From 1988 to 1990 he worked as a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow. He did his undergraduate work at Occidental College.

In 1998 he founded The Coalition for Justice in Hawaiian Gardens and Jerusalem, which was focused on exposing a Bingo parlor that was Feeding Arab-Jewish Conflict by funneling funds to build settlements in Israel that were derailing the peace process.

He comes from a family of Holocaust survivors.

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