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The Six Day War:
Israel’s Military Triumph and Spiritual Transformation

In one dramatic week in June 1967, Israel went from being a besieged mini-state in the Middle East to a victorious and optimistic success story. The scrappy nation of Israel defeated its Soviet-armed enemies and inspired many Americans amid the quagmire of the Vietnam War. And for the first time in centuries, Jews regained control of Jerusalem’s Old City. How did Israel win on the battlefield? What was Israel’s strategy? And how did Jews around the world make sense of the political, historical, and religious meaning of this great victory? This course examines both the military drama and deeper significance of the Six Day War, whose legacy still reverberates in Israel today