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The Sounds of Sulam Yaakov
2 minutes | Dec 15, 2019
Goodbye and an invitation
The Jewish Story has moved! You can find me from now on at https://soundcloud.com/ravmike or http://jewishstory.co/ Feel free to be in touch at https://www.facebook.com/jewishstorypodcast/ or email@example.com
33 minutes | Oct 8, 2019
TJS S£ Interlude 5780 A New Horizon
The High Holy Days are also know as the Days of Awe which can be awesome, or awful. Here is a look at how to tie the work of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot together into an approach to building a world whose horizon is big enough to hold our dreams.
35 minutes | Sep 19, 2019
TJS S3E14 Israel among the nations part II War approaches
The clock is counting down toward the 1956 Sinai Campaign. Before we can tell that story the threads of the Cold War, infiltration and post-colonial politics have to come together.
48 minutes | Sep 6, 2019
TJS: S3E13 Israel among the nations part I, Lavon Affair 1954
The 1950's were a formative time in Israeli history. Te Cold War was getting hot, internal politics were volatile, and the it seemed as if the War of Independence had not quite ended. To Israel's leaders, there was nothing more important than maintaining a string posture, even though this may have meant that they were marching steadily toward another war.
44 minutes | Aug 26, 2019
TJS S3E12 The Reparations Controversy
The focus of our story has returned to the land of Israel, where it is once again a time of controversy. Despite the population growth, the economic hardships and the security challenges, the most divisive political issue of the early 1950's was whether to accept reparations from the reborn German state. Here is an exploration of whether pragmatic survival or idealism should be the guiding lights of the first Jewish government in two thousand years.
38 minutes | Aug 7, 2019
TJS S3 Interlude: 9th of Av
Some timely questions for a difficult day. How do we reach redemption if we don't know what it looks like? How do we transform suffering into a source of positive identity? And what does it look like to turn our mourning into joy?
42 minutes | Jul 31, 2019
TJS S3 Interlude: Am Yisrael and the postmodern challenge
Taking a break from the flow of history to think about a pressing current issue. Where does the breakdown of classic understandings of identity and authority associated with the postmodern age leave Am Yisrael? If you want to watch the second half of the webinar on this topic and hear about the blessings of postmodernism, you can become a patron at www.patreon.com/mfeuer graphic attribution: www.flickr.com/photos/versionz/2596831861
42 minutes | Jul 19, 2019
The Jewish Story: S3E11
We spoke about the suburbs and the shadows, now it is time to talk about Zionism. The 'Golden decade' was a time of reorganization in general, and particularly in relation to the newborn State of Israel. Here is an episode whose characters will seem strikingly familiar today - non-Zionists, Zionists and anti-Zionists.
59 minutes | Jul 7, 2019
Pardes ELS Summer 5779 The Covenant of the tribes
Did you know that in addition to the covenant with Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov that there was a covenant with the tribes? Here is a live class from Pardes' amazing summer Executive Learning Seminar which explores this idea and its relevance to building a more tolerant world today.
41 minutes | Jul 5, 2019
TJS S3E10 1945-55 part II Shadows on the Golden Decade
The decade after World War Two was a Jewish decade for America. Not only did the Jews achieve the suburban dream, but their culture stepped right into the middle of the American mainstream. Nonetheless, there were two things which dimmed this Golden Decade - the Red Scare and the shadow of the Shoah.
82 minutes | Jul 2, 2019
Pardes ELS Summer 5779 Prayer as relationship
Another class from Pardes' amazing Executive Learning Seminar! Prayer happens in three dimensions - self, other and Gd. Here is a class on a selection of Rav Kook's teachings which help connect these three dimensions through the single word 'you.' picture: bigwavephoto / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
69 minutes | Jun 30, 2019
Pardes ELS Summer 5779 What does it mean to know?
Here is a live class from Pardes' amazing Executive Learning Seminar. It is an exploration of what it means to know through the lens of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The class introduces the perspective of three classic commentators and then weaves them togther to present 'knowing' as a model of relationship.
41 minutes | Jun 30, 2019
TJS S3E10 S3E9
1945 to 1955 is known as the 'Golden Decade' of American Jewry. Here is the first of three episodes which aims to fill in the Jewish Story on the western side of the Atlantic. The question for today is - did the move to suburbia make the Jews white?
42 minutes | Jun 13, 2019
TJS S3E7 Seventy years of constitutional crisis, part I 1949
If I asked you whether Israel has a constitution are you sure that you would know the answer? This episode is the first half of answering the question by delving into the history of Israel's 1949 Constituent Assembly. Picture by Hugo Mendelson - This is available from National Photo Collection of Israel, Photography dept. Government Press Office (link), under the digital ID D715-035.
88 minutes | Jun 13, 2019
Modernity V The roots of reform
The last class in the mini-series on modernity. We touch on the origins of the Reform movement and that power that historical critical thinking brought to Jewish modernity.
86 minutes | Jun 5, 2019
Modernity IV Emancipation
Class four in the series on modernity. This session we explore the nature ad process of emancipation, revisit the life of Moses Mendelssohn and ask whether the price of entry into non-Jewish society should be checking our culture at the door.
45 minutes | Jun 1, 2019
TJS S3 Interlude Jerusalem Day 5779
Every once in a while you have to get out of the house, and even out of the box. Where better to do that than Jerusalem, and who is a better partner than Yehudah Hakohen. Here is a free-flowing conversation on Jerusalem, redemption and the process in which we find ourselves day. In honor of the reuniting of the eternal city! photo credit: Aharon Tzukerman 09/06/67 National Photo Collection of Israel, Photography dept. Goverment Press Office (link), under the digital ID D327-048.
89 minutes | May 26, 2019
Modernity Class III - Mendelssohn and the Enlightenment
Class three in the Modernity series. In this class we ask what is Enlightenment? and even consider whether it is good news for the Jews. Then we introduce the personality of Moses Mendelssohn, who certainly thought it was.
45 minutes | May 24, 2019
TJS S3E6 The limits of retaliation
Every value has a boundary and every state a border, which means that often we have to fight to maintain them. Here is the story of Israel's struggle against infiltration in the 1950's and the moral complexity of retaliatory raids. Not an episode for the faint of heart.
88 minutes | May 23, 2019
Modernity Class II - Spinoza and the roots of Enlightenment
Class two in the series on the Jewish encounter with modernity introduces Baruch Spinoza as a 'converso of conscience.' Unable to accept the narrow religious world of Judaism and unwilling to join Christianity, Spinoza'a experience of excommunication and philosophical enlightenment made him one of the progenitors of secular culture.
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