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A highlight from Episode 84: Modern Loss with Rebecca Soffer
"We talk? The podcast of the Jewish women's archive were gender, history, and Jewish culture meet. When Rebecca sofer was in her 20s, she never would have guessed that one day she'd be writing books about grief and loss. She was living in New York City working full-time in TV when her life was upended. My mom was killed when I was 30 and my dad died four years later. So between the ages of 30 and 34, I lost both my parents and I felt like I was snipped loose from everything that had tethered me to a foundation in my life. And I did not understand how to be honest and open about what I was going through in a world that kept making it very clear that it was not particularly interested in that. Rebecca was frustrated by the stigma that seemed to surround death and loss. So she decided to do something about it. In 2013, Rebecca launched the website modern loss, along with her friend Gabrielle berkner. The site's tagline, candid conversations about grief, beginners welcome. In the beginning, modern lost mostly published essays about grief. These were raw, deeply personal reflections on the death of a loved one. Often said, but also with an unexpected twist. Like the one where a woman uses her late husband's life insurance money to buy a fancy diamond ring. Their how to guides were also offbeat, with headlines like disrupting the funeral, 7 innovations you should know about, and yes, you should binge watch Netflix on Mother's Day. In all of these pieces, people faced loss head on without platitudes or saccharine sentimentality. I stumbled on the site in its early years. It was over a decade after my mother had died, and I was still struggling. It was especially hard to find people who understood what I was going through. Reading the modern loss essays, I felt like I finally had. In fact, I started occasionally writing and even editing essays for the website. Putting words to my grief and reading other people's words was really therapeutic. Over the years, modern loss grew. People started sharing their reflections and experiences on the site's Facebook and Instagram pages. There were mindfulness and yoga retreats, live storytelling events, even swaps, modern loss had become more than a website. It was a community. And then COVID hit. And all of a sudden, the entire modern loss community, which had learned to, yes, very much lean on the community online and in person, but also lean on coping mechanisms that it had developed along the way, such as going to therapy. You know, like having brunch with friends, taking that walk, finding soulless in your office as a break. Volunteering at your kid's school as a respite. People didn't have that anymore. And that was very overwhelming, because I felt this enormous responsibility to be there for so many people who suddenly had not only feelings of grief that were newer, but resurfaced feelings of older grief that were being triggered in this pandemic. Rebecca had been hoping for a while to create a resource that would guide people through grief and loss. Now the need seemed especially urgent. So she wrote the modern loss handbook, an interactive guide to moving through grief and building resilience. The book came out earlier this year. In this episode of can we talk, Rebecca and I talk modern loss. Trigger days bespoke holidays, Jewish grief rituals, and what to say, and not to say, to someone in mourning. I've read my share of books on grief, and one of the things that sets the modern laws handbook apart is the interactive element. In one section, the book includes space for readers to write down the reflections about what Rebecca calls their person. The things they loved most about that person, but also the things they found most annoying or infuriating. Their favorite memories and the ones they wish they could forget. In another section, readers are invited to describe and draw the early stages of their grief as an island, and their current grief as a city. There's even a sad lib for readers to complete. You know, instead of a mad lib. I asked Rebecca why she decided to make the book so interactive. Because I feel like what people suddenly didn't have was interaction. They were just alone with their thoughts and very, very lonely and scared and not understanding how to move through grief in a world that was suddenly incredibly socially isolated where even just the calming self of a physical touch was something that we were scared of. And so I wrote this in such a way that it would be like a friend guiding you through a really, really hard time, but one who was like, listen, there is no one size fits all for this. And so why don't you just try some of this stuff and see if any of them can be tools in your toolbox, and if something works, that's amazing, put it in the box, something else doesn't work. Fine. Doesn't work. That's cool. Something else. I really appreciated about the book, is that it includes some elements that are a little bit more lighthearted than you might expect in a grief and loss book. So one that I really liked was this bingo card where readers are invited to color in all the experiences you've graced with your tears either intentionally or unexpectedly. Things like at a Disney property at karaoke to a kind or shockingly unkind customer service agent.
A highlight from From Chopped to the White House: TikTok Chef Eitan Bernath on Being a Loud and Proud Jew
"Committee. Each week, we take you beyond the headlines to help you understand what they all mean for America, Israel, and the Jewish people. I'm your host, manja brashear pashman. Eitan bernath is a celebrity chef, entertainer, author, social media influencer, television personality, and entrepreneur, with a following of 7 million across his social media accounts. He is the principal culinary contributor for the Drew Barrymore show on CBS and earlier this year, he was named to the Forbes list of 30 under 30 for food and drink. But here's the thing, the list could have been called 20 under 20. When he turned 20 in April of this year, he was already CEO of his own multi-million dollar company, eitan productions, and his first cookbook was about to hit stores, eitan eats the world. Ahead of Thanksgiving, eitan is with us now to talk about how he hopes to use his role as an influencer to fight anti semitism, and why he feels it is so important for young people, Jews and non Jews alike to be involved in that fight and the fight to save our democracy. Eitan. Welcome to people of the pod. Thank you so much for having me. I'm so excited to be here. So you grew up in New Jersey, which is where I live now. And I watched your TikTok video on the day, the FBI warned synagogues a few weeks ago that there was a credible threat. You immediately called your family and I'd like to talk to you about what you said to them. Yeah, so I was actually on my way to school. I take a class at Columbia, and I was on the way to school. I have a debit driving actually that day. And I got a text from my roommate Noah of a link to the Twitter post from the FBI. And I was at a stoplight. And I read it. And I instantly burst out into tears. Just was overcome with emotions. Obviously you know anti semitism is out there. There's not a day that goes by that there aren't people who are spewing anti semitism around the world. But the FBI doesn't just casually alert a massive group of people that there's a threat towards them. And so immediately I took that very seriously and my dad does a lot of work with this tool that we go to the synagogue and that my parents go to in Jersey. My mom works out a Jewish high school, my brother goes to Jewish high school and I immediately called my family and I spoke about in the video I released online that you know I said something like please don't go to shore this week. Please just stay away from right now and I got a lot of responses to, which I actually think is totally valid is people are like, no, they should go. They should go out there. That's what they want. And I honestly agree with that. I think the gut reaction I had of being terrified for my family and not wanting them to go is valid and I'm sure a lot of people felt that way, but at the same time, it is true. You know, the goal of people who commit anti semitic attacks or any type of hate crime is to suppress that group of people. And so by hiding at home, you're kind of getting into what they want. It's a hard dichotomy to balance. My children were celebrating their consecration into religious school that week. And we face the same dilemma. I mean, do we go? My husband and I had to discuss it, whether or not it was the smart thing to do. And if we didn't go, how are we going to explain that to our children? It is a dilemma that no one should have to face when they're deciding whether to go to their house of worship. But so many people do wrestle with that. So I'm curious, what kind of message did you want to send that day and what kind of message do you want to send now? Yeah, so when I took that video, I had just gone to Jersey after my class, and I was just still so overcome with emotions and that tweet from the FBI came right after a week where there have been a lot of dialog about Kanye West. Just anti semitic rhetoric and beyond that he was spewing. And I talked about on the video that I hated having to talk about him. You know, I wish that we could not care about Kanye West being anti semitic. And saying I said in that video is there is no Jewish person who is offended that Kanye West is anti semitic. Our feelings aren't hurt, we care because his words have consequences. If you go all the way back to Europe before the Holocaust, the Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers. The Holocaust started with anti semitic conspiracies, anti semitic rhetoric, being normalized, and the reason why those words matter so much is because they normalize it. You know, anti semitism lives out there. Everyone who's Jewish always knows there's people whether it's on social media in real life, social media is real. You know what I mean? Physically. True. Who spew anti semitism? However,
What is The Shmita Year?
"We're so excited to jump into this topic of the sh- meter for the series. And for this year so hannah nib henza. Sarah's l. young welcome to judaism unbounded so great to have you here great. Severe here yeah really lovely to be joining today. I think you. I want to start just by understanding. What is your take the shumita projects take on the schmidt. And what it's all about. And how how are you moving forward with that. Take into practical reality at has own. We talk a lot about the jewish calendar rate like e cycles of time that we we're so familiar with going through every year right our holiday structure and the the weekly cycles of work and rest but one of the things. We don't talk that often about. Is this bigger seven year cycle. This this gift that comes around every seventh year called the schmidt a year in which we really get to take a step back and ask bigger systems wide questions around The way that these biblical concepts might have something to say for our our life today so traditionally if you read the original source tax the the original torah on what schmead to is. It sounds an awful lot lake. Will you were just talking about farmers or well. We're just talking about the way that we treat our land or harvests or You know it's a very place based thing on the surface but if you really look at the context there if you really start to have conversation with a about what what issue to. What is its relevance what is what are the rabbis trying to say the commentary around this this concept You really start to understand that. It's it's not just about agricultural rules and regulations. It's really about the way that we are living in relationship to land to the natural world to the cycles of the world that are around us to one another to debt to The the trappings of sort of modern life. And this is the thing that We really understand to be dynamic and fluid and constantly relevant
Deborah Lipstadt Picked as Biden's Antisemitism Envoy
"Alarmed by a wave of attacks on american jews tied to the recent violence between israel and hamas american jewish committee and others in may press the white house to address a glaring void in the us state department the absence of a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism around the world. This week president biden. Fill that vacancy. With one of america's preeminent jewish historians and holocaust scholars emory university professor. Deborah lipstadt professor. Lipstadt joined us on people at the pod shortly after the release of her latest book anti-semitism here and now a series of letters to an imagined college student and imagined colleague. Both of whom are perplexed by contemporary expressions of the most ancient hatred. We discussed whether the world is sufficiently aware of this ever present. danger professor. Thank you for joining us. Thank you for having me so tell me what did inspire you to write this book wind. Did you start writing it. Was there a catalyst. The catalyst was a lot of things that happen amazingly enough now. It sounds like h industry a in two thousand fourteen. The shooting in brussels the the murderer in brussels of visitors to the jewish museum there and a lot of the anti-semitism that emerged around the war in gaza. But it was clear to me that it wasn't just related to the war in gaza that there had been enough other things happening that to just say. Oh this is all about. Gaza was a simplistic view. I wrote an op. Ed for the new york times got a tremendous amount of attention. Discussion and Finally i didn't. I thought that would be the end of it. My agent set me deborah. There's a book here. Where's the proposal. I said i have wallowed in the sewers of anti semitism and holocaust and office so much in my life. I really don't want to write about this. But he wouldn't give up. So i wrote the proposal. He presented to a publisher. They were interested in. I had to write the book. I mean a flip about that really. But as the time where i really started writing the book i would say two thousand fifteen amid to end two thousand fifteen and by that point. It was clear that the book was to me. It was clear that the book was
Finding the Meaning in the 2020 Pew Study With Tema Smith
"To some extent the genesis of judaism unbound in a bit of roundabout way as the previous pew study. That came out in two thousand thirteen. Took us a few years to our act together and start the podcast but it was kind of jumping off that understanding of the jewish community as looking different from the way a lot of people thought it did and facing that optimistic way in a lot of people were reading about it and we were whatever. The opposite of fretting is we were. We were ready to embrace this and figure out what it all means and we wanted to have you on starting to talk based on the two thousand twenty p study because he wrote this great piece or put together this great piece to think about how the data of the study could be presented in a way that would give it a different reception. Let's say within the jewish community. So could we start with you just describing a little bit about some of the examples of what you put out there and also like what motivated you to do this. Yes shera so one of the things that really stuck with me. After the last few study was how the data was presented where there was actually what it was showing was actually an increase in for example jewish identification for children of interfaith families and things like that but the data was being presented as doomsday scenario. That you know Children of interfaith families are less likely to be jewish and so when this time around the study came out. That was the first chart i looked for. And guess what it said the same thing but the chart had said intermarried parents much less likely to be raising their children jewish and i looked at it and actually it looks like the numbers had gone up from the previous time and yet we were still telling the doomsday narrative and it was very clear to me. They're the majority of jews who have married somebody of a different background or raising their children. Jewish this is a very different picture than comparing to a jewish jewish couple
The Battle Raging Over Antisemitism and Israel in the Kids’ Literature World
"A few weeks ago. I did a chabad table. Talk segment about a statement condemning anti-semitism released by the society of children's book writers and illustrators. And the apology that followed but there's much more to the story in fact. A battle has been brewing over anti-semitism israel in the children's literature world for quite a while. Gabby deutsche the reporter for jewish insider who wrote about the wider issue is with us now to discuss. Gabby welcome to people of the pod. Thank you excited to be here. So let's first talk about that apology. Did all of this come to light. Share so in the world of As these writers all kids literature is shorthanded. Everybody uses there has been a movement toward diversity calling out racism and all forms of aid and several months years as there has been of course in american society has evolved and about a month ago the beginning of june this organization the society of children's but writers illustrators put out a statement unequivocally condemning antisemitism was a very strong statement it was not political at all. It's not mention. Israel did not mention the politics of the u. s. or elsewhere in the world and jewish writers in fields. Were excited to see it and it was actually. I found my reporting the results of a lot of work by jewish writers. There was an open letter sent around urging this organization to put out a statement. It's an organization that you have to be a part of what you are starting your career. As a writer of children's books and young adult novels it helps people find agents. It helps them promote books. It helps them get bite to give talks. And we'll a lot of influence so when they put out a statement condemning. Assumpta cemetery to wait what happened after that was a lot of controversy on a statement that on the face of it looked very positive which writers in the jewish community ultimately agreed that it was so about two weeks after that statement semitism issued the same organization. Put out another statement. That looked in part to be walked that back. It seems sort of like an apology for their statement on anti-semitism. It's we apologize. The people we've heard you know specifically palistinian american writers muslim writers and many people. The jewish community got the sense that they were saying we can't condemn anti-semitism unless we also condemned islamophobia and other forms of pay and of course the jewish writers also scab against other forms of paid as well. But they were surprised to see the statement following what had been said about anti semitism which did not mention israel. It did not even mention the recent conflict between israel from us it was purely referring to the rise memphis is in the united
IDF Paratroopers Head to Europe to Jump for Hannah Szenes's 100th Birthday
"We learned this week that next sunday as we recorded on july eighteenth another delegation of one hundred fifty or so idea of soldiers code-named the lightning of the heavens will leave israel on a mission marking. What would have been the hundredth birthday of hannah. Censh- mayor memory for blessing. Hana sanish the budapest born poet and soldier in these secret british special operations executive who on march fourteenth nineteen forty four. When she was just twenty two parachuted with others into yugoslavia where she joined a partisan group and was soon captured by nazi soldiers at the hungarian border and then tortured and murdered by firing squad on monday. To a f- hercules transport. Planes will fly over the forests of eastern slovenia. Where sanish made her last. Jump and one hundred soldiers mostly from the idea but also hungarian. Slovenian and croatian soldiers were reenact sandwiches. Jump the purpose of the reenactment. According to colonel yuval guys the commander of some hueneme the idea paratroopers brigade is to strengthen the ties between the idf and local countries and to try to recreate the heroism of the shoe paratroopers and quote the name of the mission. The lightning of the heavens is taken from his most famous poem. Highly colicky sorry. I walked the case. Aria which goes my god. My god may these never end the sand and the see the rush of the water the lightning of heaven. The prayer of man among the soldiers travelling to slovenia is one who was called up for reserve duty to serve as an educational officer for the mission tel aviv university professor of jewish history. Lieutenant colonel seem Golden husan lieutenant. Haddara golden may refer blessing was killed at twenty three in the two thousand and fourteen gaza war and whose body has been held by hamas for the seven years since and again like mariam said it would take hours months even dissect and elucidate the historical religious and political currents that converge in. This baffling act of symbolism
Speaking to the Senators Behind the Senate Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations
"Last month. Three us senators announced the launch of the bipartisan senate caucus on black jewish relations. I sat down with senators. Jackie rosen of nevada. Tim scott of south carolina and cory booker of new jersey to discuss the mission of the new caucus. Here's a portion of our conversation senators. Welcome thank you. it's good to be with you. You very very much reinvigorating. The black jewish alliance is that was at the bedrock of the civil rights movement. And it's key to combating racism rising anti-semitism both here in america and around the world. And that's why today's announcement is so critical. The three of you have joined us here on the global forum stage to announce the first ever senate caucus on black jewish relations which you share with our audience fees each of you. What you hope to accomplish. During this caucus i would suggest the wisdom to i yielding. Jackie i it sounds good. Well thank you. I appreciate that. And i want to tell you that. I'm so proud to be here with tim and corey because when i went and talked to them about this idea there wasn't a hesitation for a second and i'm just so excited to do this first time it's ever happened in the senate and i just know that we are going to have so many good conversations positive things going forward and we're going to show real leadership in this issue and just very excited to announce this those senators white. Why didn't you hesitate for me. It's been a lifelong journey in many ways. understanding appreciating the parallel tracks that the jewish community in the black community have been on if you think about it from a biblical perspective for centuries of slavery in egypt and you think about the four centuries. African americans were enslaved. There are tracks that are parallel and pain. That creates promise an opportunity. The tragedies that became triumphs. it's a story that continues on and for my life For me it seems. It's just personal in that. By some of my first mentors larry freudenberg. Who helped me become a part of his insurance agency. And then it gave me a piece of the pie and taught me not to work for someone but worked for yourself
Boston Rabbi Stabbed Outside Synagogue, Suspect in Custody
"Developing news tonight out of Boston's Brighton neighborhood. That's where rabbi was stabbed today in broad daylight right outside the shallow house on Chestnut Hill Avenue. Boston. Police say one person is under arrest. As of now, we do not know who they are or their motive for that attack. Now. The center's executive director, Rabbi Dan Rodkin, says the rabbi who was stabbed is Rabbi Schlomann against key. He says he was attacked outside the house during a day camp for Children the campus into a lockdown for a time, But Rabbi Rodkin says at no point where any of the Children in danger, Rabbi Nijinsky is reportedly being treated for stab wounds to his arm. He has apparently in stable condition tonight.
Anita Diamant Talks Menstrual Justice
"Tough to be stranded without period products but the stigma around periods can be even tougher and neither diamond wants to help. You should put please everybody put in your bathroom. The one that you that guests use a container with pads and tampons even if nobody needs them it is a sign. It signals the fact that is an amenity. It's not a luxury that needs to be out just like toilet papers so and towels in your bathroom. Anita diamond is the author of many books. Her most recent out this may is called period end of sentence. A new chapter in the fight for menstrual justice the book shares its title with documentary film about a women's collective in rural india that makes and sells pads. The film won an oscar in two thousand nineteen when they announced that this movie had one. I jumped off the couch. Fist bump in the air they as the director said. I can't believe a movie about periods. Just want to ask. That's when anita got involved. The film's producers reached out to her. Because she's well known for her period positive attitude her nine hundred ninety seven bestselling novel. The red tent was named for the imagined retreat. The biblical matriarchs went to during their periods. We discussed the red tent in a live taping. Can we talk several years ago. Anita's fictionalized vision of ancient menstruation. Practices struck a chord with readers around the world now with period end of sentence. Anita is exploring contemporary menstrual justice activism globally and here in the united states.
Tzipi Hotovely: Israels first female ambassador in the United Kingdom
"Of the battle. He's not just east rail. Your jewish we all need to fight together. And i think the fact that old people were arrested. I know that the british government and the british police been very active around. It is a good place to start but this is not the end we need. We need to do more in order to fight. Antisemitism and i know the jewish communities very much concerned because no one experienced anything like that in britain and we need to make sure that britain will be the free democratic country that it stands for its values and not a country where jews are afraid to go to school or go to synagogues or to look lectures should be hotter valley as israel's first female. Uk ambassador she was born in recovered in nineteen seventy eight. The daughter of soviet georgian emigrants ardent zionists as with previous ambassador gavin episode thirty. He one about social mobility in israel. The dynamism of the economy tragically. There's anti zionism among young jewish people across the west in the us and he two heads are being turned by media and peer pressure. And while seventy five percent of american jews support israel as a jewish state eighty. Five percents say it's important or very important to stand up for the oppressed or marginalized hundreds of jewish google employees rejected. What they call the conflict of israel with the jewish people overbearing anti-israel narrative makes bias out of balance palestinian. Ism chant along by half wit football. Whoa korie and tv celebrities and her excellency has a message for those in the diaspora who are less than supportive of the jewish state. The young generation in britain can sometimes be very critical but israel's policy in certain fields in areas. But i think that most israelis have their own opinions like as you know. We're we're a country that everyone can criticize the government But i think by criticizing policy. You cannot just go and not support israel. Supporting
Rachel Gross on her book The Deli is My Synagogue
"Rachel gross welcome back to judaism unbounded so great to have you. It's so great to be back. Thanks for having me so. I wanted to start with a question that i feel like lexin. I were debating for a while a couple of years ago. And then we kinda stop debating it. And i think we should be debating it again which is basically. What does religion mean you know. What do we mean when we're talking about religion because the subtitle of your book as jewish nostalgia as religious practice. And i think it's really important to start by understanding. What do you mean when you say religion or religious practice. I think religion as really important relationships so those relationships can be relationships between humans and the divine or other sacred figures between living humans in community with one another or between humans and their ancestors all kinds of meaningful relationships and then the practices attacks the stories that we use to build those relationships and coming to this definition. I'm building on many other scholars of religious studies and particularly religious studies scholar robert or see who thinks about religion as relationships. And i'm i'm building on that to think about these three hypes of relationships. I think we're jews. We might think about how some jews might be interested in a relationship with god for other jews. The relationship with god may really be in the background and we might be thinking about relationships with the people around us or with our ancestors. And i think that those types of relationships are as important that we can understand religion as as those relationships too. I guess i'm really just struggling with this question of like okay but you know in common use people say well. I'm jewish but i'm not religious. You know they mean some version of like. I'm not into the god stuff for the praying and we could redefine. I mean this is what. I was really struggling with this. I was reading your book. It's like we could redefine religion so that everybody's religious now it's okay. Why is it better to redefine the term religion than to just find a different word. Capture this loyalty. This interest in judy judaism jewishness that you have but also being able to distinguish it between what the people who go to synagogue. Chabad and pray for three hours. What they're doing. So the question is why does defining religion matter and white is redefining. It matter
How Interfaith Relations Helped Drive the Abraham Accords
"For years many have seen a religious diversity in the middle east as an obstacle to resolving conflict there but american jewish committee is international director of interreligious affairs. David rosen believes the contrary the shared religious heritage embodied by the prophet. Abraham should pave the way to peace with us now to discuss. How leaders have already begun to make this ideal. A reality is rabbi rosen. And dr ali rashid new amy founder and chairman of the world council of muslim communities. Gentlemen welcome to people love the pod. Dr l. new. We'll start with you. Welcome last year. We watch the historic. Signing of the abraham accords between the united arab emirates and bahrain and soon israel was welcoming relations with morocco and sudan some of said to expand arab israeli peace in the middle east. It's not only important for countries to normalize relations with israel. Which of course is what the accordance did it's also important for diplomats to foster interreligious relationships in the name of abraham. What does that mean. And why is that so important. Well first of all thank you for inviting me to be a part of this event and to speak to such an outstanding audience well from our perspective in the uae. we don't look at mcchord as we're of dividends and stay within the diplomatic arena way. We see that the accord actually bring to nation together. And what i say to nation. I see that you know what happened. Actually on august their teams that we started making history in this area. Where i so that engagement of gold sector of all stakeholders from the east inside and from israeli side.
JIMENA: Mizrahi and Sephardi Voices
"Ovid is a dancer and choreographer from aden yemen. She moved to israel as a girl in nineteen forty nine and became a founding member of the inbal dance. Company marguerite recorded her oral history for the gemina oral history project. In two thousand eleven gimenez stands for jews indigenous to the middle east and north africa region that jewish communities thrive in for over two thousand years until the twentieth century. When a million mizraki sephardi jews fled and were forced out of the land of their ancestors. The san francisco based gemina is working to preserve that rich heritage and history producer. Asala sunny poor recently sat down with sarah levin gimenez executive director to talk about some of the stories in the archive as well as their own family histories. A saw worked with sarah on the archives many years ago sayre you and i worked really closely together while i was in college My very first internship ever was with jim messina and working on this oral history project. I like to think that it's what really launched my love of storytelling. I wanted to start by asking you. Why do you think it's important to preserve these stories as told in the words of those who lived it. So i am so happy to be doing this with you a saul. I think that judaism as grounded and stories like that is the legacy of our people. That's the foundation of haha. That's the foundation of what it means to be jewish as passing on stories Were the combination of thousands of years of stories and in regards to gimenez oral history project We collected stories of communities of people who who hadn't been given a platform to share. They hadn't been given a microphone. They hadn't been given an opportunity to talk about what happened to them when they lived and fled countries throughout the middle east. North africa and their stories are an incredibly critical part of contemporary jewish history. And where we are. Today with establishment of the state of israel nineteen forty eight posts showa post arab nationalism and uprisings in the middle east and north africa there was a major disruption of over two thousand years of continuous jewish life in the middle east north africa. Kinda came to an end and that is a huge part of the jewish story. And we have this very unique opportunity to collect the stories from the people who lived through this historical moment in time and it was an honor to collect these stories and hopefully add them to the record of jewish
Trans Jewish Fiction - Leiah Moser
"Lay moser welcome to judaism unbounded so great to have you thanks. It's really nice to be here well. I'm excited to have this conversation. I was poking around your blog recently. And i came across the blog post. That was actually from about a decade ago. So i don't specifically necessarily what ask about the post i in the case. You don't remember post from ten years ago but the particular blog plus that you wrote. That's one about how their are similarities between coming out his trends and converting judy them and i found that really interesting because it was a connecting topics that i think people don't necessarily tend to connect and when i've been thinking about it i've been thinking a lot about the idea of trends these days helping people understand that the gender binary is not necessarily a binary. And maybe that's also true. Judaism maybe it's just not jew and non jew. There's more interesting stuff going on there. And i was wondering if you could talk a little bit about some of those connections and also others that that you've seen on this journey if i'm remembering correctly the post you're referring to like a like a list of a number of ways in which he ing transgender is similar to being a garrett setting a convert to judaism and i think that that's a comparison that you know that really has hit me early on in my transition process and stayed with me throughout the process really because i myself am emit convert to judaism right. That's my own story And also because i've ended up you know over the years working quite a bit with other folks who are either converts or who are in the process of converting that that's kind of a big meaningful thing to me. In both cases the whole journey is structured around the idea of there being sort of a point of arrival not for everybody but for at least many folks who are transitioning. There's sort of a sense that one has of. This is the place that i wanna get to you know. Many people's gender transition journey involve a movement toward something right and the eye. An implicit in the idea of a movement toward is the idea that there's a destination to get to.
The Mystery of Esther Brandeau
"This story starts in the seventeen thirty s. Seventeen thirty three to be precise and this historical figure who i call esther brando shacklock. This figure is being sent to family in amsterdam on a dutch ship but this dutch boat runs aground. She's rescued and then ensues a five year journey. She doesn't go back to her family. She stays for time in beats which is a coastal town nearby for a little while and then sets off as a young man and travels all along coastal france working on boats between bordeaux and don't for example deserting at not continues onto a han in brittany where they work for taylor then for a time in semi lower. They work for a baker and then they work for a time in a religious order and they work for a retired soldier and then ultimately at some point. they're arrested and suspected as a thief but then released twenty four hours later and then eventually they board a ship at lower shell a typical starting point for transatlantic voltages to what the french empire called new france. What we today call quebec quebec city in particular. Which is when dot territory. There is only one account written by a woman about the story from that time period written by a nun in a letter to a friend in which she says. This happened in canada. This person arrive to turned out to be a jewish young jewish girl. Aleve the new cetinje on canada. In fiji we've dc matlock look on soup. Sonar came this year to canada. A jewish girl disguised as a sailor. She was suspected of being a person on the ship but she did not admit to it. Monsieur de don don interrogated her. She told him the truth and that she had fled from her parents because she was less loved by them than one of our sisters.
Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin With Director Jonathan Gruber
"Jonathan gruber a warm. Welcome to johnny gould's jewish state. Hey johnny thanks for having. I've been looking forward to this interview for some time and indeed i've been waiting for a movie like this for what i'm unashamedly proud to say is my favorite israeli of the modern era. This was a man with a massive heart and for those of us who appear to understand him a little bit more a bit more gracious in their memory of him. I don't think he's quite as controversial or indeed as contradictory as people say interesting. I think he is pretty complex. The i i don't think he's one side or the other i think that's you know like most people they have different opinions on different Different topics he just happened to be in charge of lots of things and i found a tremendous amount about that. I never learned before. I own web Very young during the ad the peace accords egypt and understand his history in sort of the scope. Israel's history and even going back to world war two was was fascinating. Let's go back to belarus because he talked about his upbringing. His father was very learned. Torah scholar and his mom was the best mom in the world like older that jewish mothers. And that's kind of what chills me in a way jonathan because here we are in washington. Dc and in london living. What looked like a very similar life and then an absolute disaster prevailed for him sheild started jewish or hebrew. Education are very devoted parents. Our father was a very educated man. Mainly sage in judaism and mother was as any sun can save perhaps the best in the world it sounded to me that there was prevailing antisemitism. Grow out so he might have had a lovely family life. Things were not so great at school in the film talks about anti semites that would fight stick up for themselves so there certainly were issues than and sad to say. There are issues In in the uk in the united states anti semitism
Allyship Fundamentals - Mike Moskowitz
"Moskowitz welcome to judaism unbounded so great to have you. He's still for so. I'd love to start with a question that i'm sure you've been asked a million times. But basically how did an ultra orthodox rabbi come to be the scholar and residence for trans and queer studies at a progressive judaism synagogue that is actually the largest lgbt synagogue in the world. And i think what are the first so how did that happen. Rabbi hyman and i met in the back of a police wagon where we both got arrested for civil disobedience over daca. It was in dc about three and a half years ago and in the back of this police wagon. We are all in handcuffs. And there's five melded a vying folks on one side makita a metal partition in the middle of this police. Dan and then five defying rabat's on the other side and rabbi climate says you know bunch of to share toronto share and it's a captive audience role in hand and i just read an article in gender and clothing and so i share these thoughts with her and through the course of the afternoon where we were massive warehouse in also separated by gender. She a little bit of my story. How is a rabbi in harlem at columbia and was now working at a deli lakewood new jersey. I've taken off the day to get arrested. And she got together and created this position for me. Because i wasn't able to find a job in the radio world anymore because of the positions taken very publicly Those positions for me came about As it does most people as a function of proximity someone in my family transitions at a student. Congregation who had transitioned really wasn't kind of authority and also works representation within the rabbinate to create a sacred space for people to be who they are without having to choose between a gender identity and religious identity. In so i kind of started the occupying that space void and cdc showed up as as my ally to give me the platform in the agency to able to do that. It's been a fantastic relationship. That's i think has been surprisingly simple. It actually lacks the complexity of what i think. Most people would assume would be awkwardness of being in both of those spaces. Because i think. Cbs team particular frames. Judaism as being in relationship with tradition. And god it really allows for the commonality of individuality where we're all struggling were journeying. Were also exploring And that way were all equal
Being Heumann with Judy Heumann
"Judy. Human is a legend in the disability rights movement. The fruits of her labor everywhere. Sidewalk curb cuts accessible public transportation. Equal access to public services from fighting for the right to live in her college dorm. To leading major initiatives at the world bank and state department. Judy has been a lifelong activist. Her activism often includes telling her own story her book is called being human an unrepentant memoir of disability rights activist. Judy was born in brooklyn in nineteen forty seven. She got polio when she was eighteen months old and it left her. Unable to walk we spoke over zoom about her activism. In her early years growing up in a world she had to fight to be included in. She started telling me about the time when she first realized that people saw her differently. It was an incident that happened. When i was about eight years old in my neighborhood and at that point when no motorized wheelchair so that's why people were having to push me and my next door neighbor arlene and i were going to the store to the candy store and on our way to the candy store some boy came over and asked me if i was sick and that incident really made me feel quite undressed in as much as i really had not seen myself until that moment as being consciously different from other people and the word that this boy used with me was are you sick and so the use of the word sick still today And now we're talking sixty. Some years later is still. I think a prominent where that people think about and use his
Rhythms of Sacred Protest - Koach Baruch Frazier
"Wanna talk about somebody coming to to do what you're doing which is to be in rabbinical school after a career in another field. I'm just curious about that because up until relatively recently being a rabbi was like something that people did more or less out of college and as somebody who's now on the old side. I kind of feel like i actually have learned a lot in the last thirty years and if i were to become a rabbi which i've got rid would never be but if i if i did today audi much better at it than i would have been thirty years ago and so i'm wondering just could you talk a little bit about how you made that decision to become a rabbi. After having done something else for a long time. And how has that influenced the way that you experience being a rabbinical student. One of the things that was on my mind. When i decided that i wanted to go to rabbinical school was as a leader Leader in community already in saint louis missouri. Which is where most recently from people were already assigning the title. Rabbi to me. It felt very strange. A i that was one thing that propelled into rabbinical school. The other thing is that. I spent a lot of time as an audiologist and i was starting to notice that some of the people who were coming to me weren't necessarily coming to me for their physical. Let's say a problems or their physical situations that they were actually coming to me. And i was more so as chaplain than i. Was there. audiologist in as that started to shift. I say you know what. I think i should go to school. So that I've gone to school for a audiology. And i felt of my career was great and i also knew that there was foundational learning. That made that career great along with the experience in so i decided that i needed to go to rabbinical school to get some foundational learning so that those moments in time when i'm spending with people as their rabbi that the foundation is there
The Jewish Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
"In nineteen seventy six argentina. A military dictatorship seized power in what came to be known as the dirty war. The regime systematically kidnapped tortured and killed anyone suspected of including priests teachers and members of labor unions and protest movements bodies were thrown into the river plate and never recovered hundreds of pregnant. Women were kidnapped allowed to deliver their babies and then killed their babies were given to military families. The thirty thousand victims. Who were never heard from again are known as the disappeared. Twelve percent of them were jewish even though jews accounted for only one percent of the population of argentina a year into the dirty war a group of mothers whose grown children had been disappeared began demonstrating in the plaza de mayo in buenos. Id's many of them were jewish women during this time of tremendous fear and terror. These women were the only ones who are really standing up publicly and demanding that something happened and their children be returned. Natasha's arete ski is an anthropologist who focuses on human rights memory and justice. She writes about the jewish mothers of the plaza de maggio injectables updated encyclopedia of jewish women. Natasha says the movement began with a group of mothers publicly demanding to know what had been done to their sons and daughters. So you have women who started standing every thursday afternoon in the main public square in argentina which faces the presidential palace. They were simple white headscarves into which they stitch the names of their children and the dates of their disappearance and they would hold pictures of their children as well and they did this every thursday afternoon battle and at first they were kind of ignored and no one really paid attention to them and there was no retribution from the authorities and there was almost a certain sacredness to the fact that they were mothers and then as they received more international attention. That's when they started being targeted as well. There were a number of others who were kidnapped and tortured and detained and yet they remained in that plaza putting their own bodies at risk in order to try to find some kind of
Police Investigating Vandalism at Chicago-Area Synagogue as Hate Crime
"Police in north suburban scope here investigating a report of vandalism at a synagogue is a hate crime. Police say. Someone smashed a window at the Persian Hebrew congregation Sunday afternoon and left a flag and a pro Palestine sign outside. There is surveillance video of the crime. No one was at the synagogue at the time. No one was injured, and now security has been
Beyond Binaries, Beyond Orthodoxies - Jericho Vincent
"We are really thrilled to be having this conversation. So jericho vincent welcome to judaism unbound. It's so great to have you on the. I'm really excited to talk to you. Because i just finished reading your book cut me. Loose was yesterday or this morning. I just finished it. So i was hoping just that. Because i'm always conscious about like spoiler alert that you could tell a little bit of your story just to get us started here in the way that you you tell it so that people understand you know who you are and where you've come from and where you're going sure. So i published my memoir back in two thousand fourteen skuld comey loose and it tells the story of my upbringing in an ultra orthodox rabbinic family. And what happened. When i started pushing back against some of the rules of that lifestyle Spoiler i can tell you what happened was pretty dreadful things. My family basically pushed me out. I was totally unprepared as an ultra orthodox teenager to live on my own in new york city which is what i ended up doing a lot of trauma. I'm as i try to survive before. Finally starting to pull myself out of that. And trying to rebuild a life the stable safe and that's sort of the ark of the book the ark of life stories much larger than that. Yeah we've had guests on this show. Who have left ultra-orthodox judaism and in that book. We if we were having this conversation some years ago. I think that's the conversation that we would have been having but in the time since you published that book you came out as trans and i'm not sure exactly when that was in the timeline so you can help us understand where we're sitting today and then down the road when i'm really also really interested in. Is this connection or maybe it is. Maybe it isn't a way to understand judaism differently in light of the way that we are now understanding gender differently. So i came out publicly about tune half years ago and i came out as gender queer which is under the umbrella of trans identity and will the thing about writing a memoir is that you discover when you sit down to write. It is that human life is so massive and contain so many narratives. You can only fit very small. Sliver that into a book. And when i actually sat down to write my memoir i didn't know that i was gender queer