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The Vibe of the Tribe
63 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Activist Mimi Lemay on Supporting Trans & Nonbinary Youth
From the time she wrote her 2015 essay that went viral, “A Letter to My Son Jacob on His 5th Birthday,” Mimi Lemay became more than the mother of a young trans boy—she became an activist, fighting for his rights and thousands of others facing misunderstanding at best and outright harassment and discrimination at worst. Her son Jacob, born “Em” (a pseudonym), knew before he was 3 that his birth gender didn’t match who he was. Through his transformation to his true self, he took a journey that was a reflection of Lemay’s—a woman raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community within a rigid framework of rules and roles defined by her gender. In this moving episode, we talk to Lemay about her beautifully written memoir, “What We Will Become: A Mother, a Son, and a Journey of Transformation,” how trans visibility has changed since 2015 and how the fight for the rights of trans and nonbinary people has been central in her life. From the joy of seeing Jacob’s “gender euphoria” upon finally living as his true self to the pain of seeing discrimination of trans people leveraged for political gain across the country, Lemay talks about what she has learned in the past six years and what we can all do to help ensure every person is cherished. Resources: Find a local PFLAG chapter: https://pflag.org Track anti-transgender legislation: https://freedomforallamericans.org/legislative-tracker/anti-transgender-legislation Learn about gender fluidity in the Jewish tradition: https://www.keshetonline.org/resources/gender-fluidity-in-the-jewish-tradition Produced by Miriam Anzovin and edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
40 minutes | May 13, 2021
Growing Community With Beantown Jewish Gardens
Did you know that much of Judaism’s calendar cycle, rituals and practices grew from ancient Israel’s agricultural rhythms? As Jews in New England, we can sometimes feel disconnected from those seasonal patterns (lookin’ at you, Tu BiShvat in January!). Luckily, Leora Mallach, co-founder and executive director of Beantown Jewish Gardens, is here to give us all the dirt on Judaism’s ecological backstory. Beantown Jewish Gardens builds Jewish community through experiential education rooted in Jewish text, tradition and culture, breathing new life into Jewish practices by connecting Jews to the agricultural and food traditions of our people. Mallach joins Miriam and special guest co-host Jesse Ulrich of Pod4Good to discuss the work of this unique organization. Learn how Beantown Jewish Gardens launched its Jewish Volunteer Gardening Brigade during the pandemic, how Shabbat and sacred rest underpins Jewish environmentalism, the importance of sustainable farming and food justice, and how you can get involved right here in the Greater Boston Jewish community.
39 minutes | May 3, 2021
Jake Cohen: The Future of Jewish Food
Jake Cohen loves food. We love food. And we love Jake Cohen. Hailed as “the creative, youthful future of Jewish food” by icon Joan Nathan, Cohen is known for, among many other things, his zesty Instagram presence and blending his Ashkenazi food heritage with his husband’s Persian Iraqi Jewish traditions. The nice Jewish boy, culinary creative genius and New York Times bestselling author behind the new “Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch” joins us to discuss the power of intergenerational cooking, discovering and reuniting the Jewish diaspora through food and how he and his husband are creating their own authentic Jewish experience. Feeling hungry? Get an exclusive recipe for Cohen’s everything bagel galette at https://www.jewishboston.com/read/everything-bagel-galette. Learn more about Cohen at https://www.wakeandjake.com. Produced by Miriam Anzovin and edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
50 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Dismantling the Intermarriage Narrative
It has taken the Jewish communal world a long time to reckon with intermarriage. And the evolution of attitude—from gloom and doom to gradual, partial acceptance—has been decades in the making and is ongoing. For generations, the health of the Jewish population in America was measured largely by one statistic—the percentage of Jews intermarrying. And it’s a number that has steadily increased since 1970. Yet one historian noted, “Statistical data inform us of structure, not content.” The “interfaith panic” led to a history of stigmatization and marginalization for interfaith couples based on fear of Jews disappearing, their offspring lost to intermarriage and spouses’ faiths and traditions. Many people in interfaith relationships have stories to tell, including The Vibe of the Tribe co-host Dan, who has been in such a relationship for more than half his life and which, in recent years, has resulted in two Jewish children. From off-hand comments from other Jews at work or home to declarations from rabbis about how they would “never officiate” an interfaith marriage ceremony to relatives who have threatened to “never speak to” or “disown” children or grandchildren who intermarry, the bias is as real as it is hurtful. There are several problems with this mindset, in addition to the obvious. Interfaith Jews aren’t lost, but anecdotally speaking, they don’t respond well to being stigmatized. Dr. Keren McGinity, the first interfaith specialist at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, is here to change the long-held perceptions of intermarriage as a “threat” to Judaism. She is an educator-activist specializing in Jewish intermarriage and gender roles, teaches at Brandeis University and is the author of “Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America” and “Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood.” Her website, https://loveandtradition.org, is dedicated to opening hearts and broadening minds about intermarriage to build a fully inclusive Jewish community. In this episode, Dr. McGinity provides the historical and gender context of the intermarriage panic, offers tips on how to be an ally, discusses implications in Jewish law and completely flips the script on everything we’ve been led to believe about what “doing Jewish” really means. Produced by Miriam Anzovin and edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
64 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
“Shtisel” Season 3 Epic Binge Recap!
If you have yet to pick your jaw up from the floor after watching “Shtisel” Season 3, you’re not alone. Join a completely verklempt Miriam and Dan for a spoiler-filled recap with special guest Dr. Shayna Weiss, associate director of the Shusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, and an expert in Israeli culture and entertainment (and definitive “Shtisel” authority!). We deconstruct the entire season, from the shocking premiere plot twist a la “The Sixth Sense” to the emotional finale, examining the magical realism, romance, Yiddish, longing, loss, multiple Shiras, familial mishegas and the “fourth wall”-breaking in between. Don’t just “lie there like a dolphin!” Mix up a mocktail of soda with a little bit of Shabbat grape juice and tune in to this episode of The Vibe of the Tribe to learn everything about “Shtisel” Season 3. Want to learn more about “Shtisel” from Dr. Weiss? Read “Shtisel’s Ghosts: The Politics of Yiddish in Israeli Popular Culture” (https://ingeveb.org/blog/shtisel-s-ghosts-the-politics-of-yiddish-in-israeli-popular-culture) and listen to “Jewish History Matters: Ultra-Orthodox Jews on Israeli TV with Shayna Weiss” (https://www.jewishhistory.fm/ultra-orthodox-jews-on-israeli-tv-with-shayna-weiss). Further reading mentioned in the podcast: “Conceiving Agency: Reproductive Authority among Haredi Women” by Michal S. Raucher: https://iupress.org/9780253050021/conceiving-agency “Holocaust Memory in Ultraorthodox Society in Israel” by Michal Shaul: https://iupress.org/9780253050816/holocaust-memory-in-ultraorthodox-society-in-israel Missed our recap of Seasons 1 and 2? Catch up here: https://www.jewishboston.com/read/the-vibe-of-the-tribe-podcast-episode-76-frum-here-to-eternity-watching-shtisel Produced by Miriam Anzovin and edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
47 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
“The Vigil” Cast & Director on Redefining Jewish Horror
The list of great Jewish-themed horror films is woefully short. But there’s a new front-runner in this niche category—a legit horror film that is religiously accurate, sprinkled with Yiddish and leave-the-lights-on-don’t-watch-alone scary. Meet “The Vigil.” Steeped in ancient Jewish lore and demonology, writer and director Keith Thomas’s debut feature film tells the story of a young man named Yakov (Dave Davis of “The Walking Dead” and “Logan”) who is persuaded to watch over the body of a deceased member of his former Orthodox community. As his night unfolds, Yakov finds himself trapped with a malevolent entity. Thomas, Davis and co-star and associate producer Malky Goldman (“Unorthodox”) join an extremely hyped Miriam and Dan to discuss cinematic inspiration, the deeply authentic representation of ultra-Orthodox life and characters, how trauma and pain are reflected in the film and how “The Vigil” is charting new, very scary territory in Jewish cinema. Please note: This episode contains adult language. Find out how to watch “The Vigil” here: https://www.thevigil.movie/watch-at-home Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan. Special thanks to IFC Films and Tamar Simon from Mean Streets Management.
53 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Does “The Prince of Egypt” Stand the Test of Time?
The JewishBoston crew observes a sacred Jewish tradition as old as, well, as old as 1998. To get in the Passover spirit, Miriam, Dan and Ashley, joined by former colleague and The Vibe of the Tribe founder Jesse Ulrich, rewatched the animated musical film “The Prince of Egypt.” We discuss some very notable differences between the Torah text and the cinematic story, ask if everything really needs to be a musical montage and admit that the golden calf we worship is, in fact, Jeff Goldblum. Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
42 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
“The Kosher Baker“ Paula Shoyer Serves Up Cooking Inspiration
If there was ever a time when comfort food was important, it’s right now, in the interminable miserable pandemic year. Luckily, chef Paula Shoyer, also known as “The Kosher Baker,” joins Ashley and Miriam on this episode to teach us how to “eat our feelings” in a nourishing way that connects us to each other and our culinary traditions—despite the distance. Shoyer also shares what people have been craving most during the pandemic (hello, babka!), practical advice for both new and seasoned home cooks and how her latest release, “The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook,” will save your sanity and revolutionize your kitchen. Shoyer is the author of “The Healthy Jewish Kitchen,” “The Holiday Kosher Baker,” “The Kosher Baker,” “The New Passover Menu” and “The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook.” She has a French pastry degree from Paris and does cooking events all around the world. A freelance writer, cookbook editor and influencer, she competed on Food Network's “Sweet Genius” and has appeared on TV over 45 times. Find more information on Shoyer’s cookbooks, exclusive recipes and upcoming classes at https://thekosherbaker.com, and see what she’s whipping up on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kosherbaker. Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
87 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
International Disability Rights Advocate Judy Heumann
February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month, a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions and those who love them. To mark the month, The Vibe of the Tribe spoke with one of the most prominent leaders of the disability rights movement—Judy Heumann. If you’ve benefited from building ramps, extended time on tests or even standing desks, Heumann and her friends are the reason. Heumann, who contracted polio at 18 months old, was denied her teaching license just because she was paralyzed. After suing the New York Board of Education, she, along with other advocates, launched a prolonged battle against discrimination ignored by institutions and government on every level, all of which saw access like building ramps as an expensive annoyance serving a few long-marginalized people. Exclusion was a de facto national policy. Through protests, sit-ins and other non-violent actions, this team of young adults, along with their families, allies and partners, forced the federal government to hear their demands and to grant long-denied civil rights to people with disabilities. Their action led to the passage of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Heumann co-founded and worked at several nonprofits and advocacy groups, was appointed to positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations and served as the World Bank Group's first advisor on disability and development. Her book, “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist,” was published last year, and her story is highlighted in the award-winning documentary “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution,” produced by former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. We were honored and humbled to welcome Heumann to The Vibe of the Tribe to discuss the power of community, her pivotal role in American history, her indelible mark on civil rights around the world and the work that’s left to do. Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
52 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Beyond the Veil of Death
In our recent episode “Heaven and Hell in Judaism” (jewishboston.com/the-vibe-of-the-tribe-podcast-heaven-and-hell-in-judaism), co-hosts Miriam and Dan dove into Jewish teachings about the afterlife with guest Rabbi Baruch HaLevi. That conversation led us to another question: If the soul endures, can we make contact with departed loved ones? And how might that fit into Jewish ideas about the journey of our souls through this world and “the world to come”? So, we are happy to welcome Rabbi HaLevi back to the podcast, this time with his sister, Rebecca Rosen, a professional spiritual medium. Rosen views herself as an ambassador between “the spirit world and our day-to-day world.” For two decades, she’s been relaying messages from the dead to loved ones and others seeking to communicate with them and receive wisdom and healing. Rosen is the author of several best-selling books, including “Spirited: Unlock Your Psychic Self and Change Your Life,” “Awaken the Spirit Within: Ten Steps to Ignite Your Life & Fulfill Your Divine Purpose” and “What the Dead Have Taught Me About Living Well.” She recently launched her own podcast, Small Medium at Large, with the goal of empowering people to live with intention by reminding them that they are never alone, that they are divinely guided throughout their life journey. Rabbi HaLevi is the former rabbi of Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott. He’s the author of “Spark Seekers: Mourning With Meaning; Living With Light” and co-author of “Revolution of Jewish Spirit: How to Revive Ruakh in Your Spiritual Life, Transform Your Synagogue & Inspire Your Jewish Community.” He is also the co-founder and executive director of Soul Centered, a spiritual center for individuals seeking meaning, purpose and healing in midlife and beyond. Join us for this wide-ranging discussion that touches on grief, doubt, faith, validation, hope and tikkun hanefesh (repairing the soul). We sweep back the veil on the paranormal, reincarnation and the soul’s journey. Please note that this episode includes a brief mention of suicide that some may find upsetting. If you are struggling or need support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
72 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
It Is Talmud, and We Must Learn
On Jan. 5, 2020, Miriam and Dan embarked on a seven-and-a-half-year journey simultaneously with tens of thousands of people across the world. Their collective quest? To participate in Daf Yomi (literally “daily page”), the ongoing daily sequential study of the Babylonian Talmud. Does studying one page of Talmud each day seem easy to you? Pardon Miriam and Dan while they laugh and cry hysterically. The Talmud is a multi-generational codification of Judaism’s oral Torah, with crammed analysis, deep thought and frequent whiplash-inducing non-sequiturs from an enormous cast of rabbis discussing everything—and we do mean everything—of significance to Jews of the post-Temple era. It’s a window into the daily lives of our ancient ancestors in Judea, the Galilee and Babylonia. With one year of Daf Yomi behind them, Miriam and Dan talk to two dynamic Talmud experts, Rabbi Avi Killip and Rabbi Avi Strausberg, both of Hadar. Tune in for a lively discussion that is—just like the Talmud—inspiring, fascinating, entertaining (just wait until you hear Rabbi Strausberg’s brilliant haikus!), deeply weird and even profoundly NSFW. (Really. Some passages of this episode are R-rated.) If you’ve always wondered what the Talmud says, or perhaps are a Daf Yomi participant yourself, this is the episode for you! Rabbi Avi Killip is Hadar’s vice president of strategy and programs. A graduate of Hebrew College Rabbinical School, Rabbi Killip also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brandeis University. She was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a Schusterman Fellow. Rabbi Killip teaches as part of Hadar’s faculty and is the host of Responsa Radio (https://www.hadar.org/torah-collection/responsa-radio). Rabbi Avi Strausberg is director of national learning initiatives at Hadar. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College Rabbinical School, is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and holds a master’s degree in Jewish education. Rabbi Strausberg served as a rabbinic intern at Congregation Kehillath Israel and Temple Sinai in Brookline and also worked as a chaplain intern at Hebrew SeniorLife. Energized by engaging creatively with Jewish text, she has written several theater pieces inspired by the Torah and maintains a Daf Yomi haiku blog (https://inhaiku.wordpress.com), in which she writes daily Talmudic haikus. Resources mentioned in this episode: Project Zug’s class on “Talmudic Personalities: Get to Know the Rabbis”: https://www.projectzug.org/course/3343/talmudic-personalities-get-know-rabbis Hadar’s Virtual Beit Midrash winter programming: https://www.hadar.org/virtual-beit-midrash Rabbi Killip’s “Siyyum on Massekhet Eruvin” (“Expanding the Boundaries of Home”): https://www.hadar.org/torah-resource/expanding-boundaries-home Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
43 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Remembering the Faces of COVID
Nearly 320,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. It’s a number that can be difficult to wrap one’s head around. Imagine losing half of Boston’s population, or every resident of Pittsburgh. These statistics can inform us of the scope—but they cannot convey the cost. Among those we’ve lost are loving parents, children, friends, colleagues and neighbors; teachers who inspired their students; health care workers who exhausted themselves to save others from the virus before contracting it themselves; grandparents and community leaders who died alone; adored siblings taking their last breaths as some of their family members said goodbye over FaceTime. Yet, as the death toll increases, so too does the numbness to the enormity of the pandemic. Reeling from the daily reports of new cases and deaths, Boston-based Alex Goldstein wanted to find a way to honor and memorialize those lost. The victims are, in his eyes, “more than a statistic,” so he created the @FacesofCOVID Twitter account to remember them as unique people, with names, photos and news reports. In this episode, Goldstein discusses his mission nine months into the pandemic, the responses he’s received from the friends and families of the people whose stories have been shared, the role misinformation and divisive politics have played in the coronavirus death rate in America, and how his efforts and commitment to honor the dead will continue. Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
45 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Heaven and Hell in Judaism
Have you ever found yourself in that conversation? The one where someone mentions something about death, and someone else chimes in with, “Jews don’t believe in an afterlife!” Some of us have definitely experienced that conversation, especially after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (z”l). As messages about the Jewish icon being reunited with her husband and other departed heroes were casually tossed around on social media, some well-meaning folks clapped back: “That’s offensive! Jews don’t believe that!” What if we told you that Judaism has plenty to say about the afterlife? And yes, Judaism has detailed descriptions of both heaven and—you guessed it—hell. Our article, “Do Jews Believe in Hell?” by Rabbi Dr. Baruch HaLevi (https://www.jewishboston.com/ive-always-read-that-jews-dont-believe-in-the-concept-of-hell-is-that-true/), has been read almost a half-million times and continues to be the most popular piece of content on the site. Rabbi HaLevi joins Dan and Miriam to revisit his article and discuss why people are so intrigued—and confused—about Judaism’s teachings on life after death. Tune in to learn all about the soul’s journey through Gehenna (the “way station” hell in Judaism), the rewards of olam habah (“the world to come”), reincarnation, resurrection, communicating with the dead and more. Rabbi HaLevi is the former rabbi of Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott. He’s the author of “Spark Seekers: Mourning With Meaning; Living With Light” and co-author of “Revolution of Jewish Spirit: How to Revive Ruakh in Your Spiritual Life, Transform Your Synagogue & Inspire Your Jewish Community.” He is also the co-founder and executive director of Soul Centered, a spiritual center for individuals seeking meaning, purpose and healing in midlife and beyond. Further reading mentioned in this episode: “Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living with Purpose” by Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz: https://www.amazon.com/Does-Soul-Survive-2nd-Afterlife/dp/1580238181 “Spirited: Unlock Your Psychic Self and Change Your Life” by Rebecca Rosen: https://www.amazon.com/Spirited-Unlock-Your-Psychic-Change/dp/0061766259 “Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion” by Joshua Trachtenberg: https://www.amazon.com/Jewish-Magic-Superstition-Study-Religion/dp/161427407X/ MaNishtana’s Twitter thread about the seven realms of heaven and hell: https://twitter.com/MaNishtana/status/1308226126339346433 Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
51 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
A Jewish Guide to Dreaming
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people all over the world have been sleeping and dreaming differently. Including us. This is one reason it was the perfect time for The Vibe of the Tribe team to publish a podcast episode exploring something we’re all fascinated by: dreams. Venture into the realm of dreams with Miriam, Dan, Ashley and expert dream-worker Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW, author of “Modern Dreamwork: New Tools for Decoding Your Soul’s Wisdom.” Schiller shares the transformational, multi-layered system of interpreting dreams she developed based on scripture study. We also discuss the importance of dreaming, its role in Jewish text and mysticism, where our souls go when we fall asleep and how to protect against and process nightmares. If you’ve ever woken up from a dream unsure of what it meant or even what you experienced, this episode is for you! Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
44 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Monsters and Demons in Jewish Folklore
This Halloween, get spooked by monsters of Jewish lore as occult expert Peter Bebergal returns to The Vibe of the Tribe, escorting Miriam, Dan and Ashley on their ongoing quest into the Jewish supernatural world. Discover your new favorite monster in Jewish tradition, what the Talmud recommends doing if you suspect you’re infested by demons and how Solomon, King of Israel, and Ashmodai, King of Demons, became frenemies with the help of a magic worm. And, wait, does Lilith really sell cursed wedding dresses on Craigslist?! In addition to being our “Dante’s Inferno” Virgil-esque guide to the underworld and a three-time podcast guest (check out previous episodes here and here), Bebergal is the author of “Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural,” “Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll” and “Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood.” He’s also the editor of the upcoming anthology “Appendix N: The Eldritch Roots of Dungeons and Dragons.”
42 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
AppleTV+ knows how to make a beautiful thriller, no question. But have they made a good one that lives up to the hype? We take a deep dive into Iranian-Israeli espionage—as imagined by Moshe Zonder of the smash hit “Fauda”—and see just how binge-able this new, visually stunning 4K series is. “Tehran” follows Tamar, a female Mossad agent (played by Niv Sultan) who gets trapped in Iran during a mission gone wrong. Join The Vibe of the Tribe pod squad, with guest Jesse Ulrich, producer and co-host of Pod4Good, as we ask the most vital questions about the latest Israeli TV show to enter the zeitgeist: On a scale of Maxwell Smart from “Get Smart” to Sydney Bristow from “Alias,” how skilled is our protagonist in spy craft? Can “Tehran” build on the legacy of the "Fauda" effect? How does the show represent the history of Iranian Jews? Are we hooked enough to watch the rest of the season? Tune in for our not-so-undercover hot takes! This episode contains spoilers and adult language. Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
42 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
The Origin Story of Yom Kippur
For many of us, Yom Kippur is the most significant and profound holiday in the Jewish calendar year. It’s 25 hours of prayer, fasting and afflictions of the self to better focus on apologizing and repenting for sins against each other and God. This festival of forgiveness (hopefully, anyway!) has been observed for thousands of years, but what’s the origin story of this most important day? How did the wilderness of the biblical desert shape the Jews as a people? How has history shaped how Yom Kippur evolved to its present incarnation? And what, or who, is Azazel? Join Miriam and Dan as they explore all these questions and more with guest expert Hannah Kearney. Kearney is pursuing her master’s degree in Jewish educational leadership through Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion and is the director of Havayah, the teen community at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. You can tune in to her podcast-style recordings with Rabbi Alan Ullman, called “Text Messages,” at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/text-messages/id1510882131. Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
45 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
Diving Into Rosh Hashanah With Mayyim Hayyim
Water has always been an essential part of Jewish ritual for marking a life change, a rite of passage or a new beginning. Immersing in a mikveh, or ritual immersion pool, is one of the oldest Jewish practices—one often done right before Rosh Hashanah. Mayyim Hayyim (which means “living waters”) is a Greater Boston mikveh rooted in ancient tradition and reinvented for the 21st century to serve the Jewish community of today. Join hosts Miriam and Dan as they wade further into understanding this Jewish ritual with three experts from Mayyim Hayyim: Carrie Bornstein, executive director of Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center, Jessica Rosenberg, director of Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network, and rabbinic intern Amalia Mark. If you're familiar with the mikveh or only learned about it recently from watching Netflix’s "Unorthodox," this episode is for you! Tune in as we dive into the unique challenges Mayyim Hayyim has faced during COVID-19, the creative process of developing new rituals for new challenges, and debunking myths and misunderstandings about the mikveh. Learn more at https://www.mayyimhayyim.org. Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
53 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Celebrating Deli, the Ultimate Jewish Comfort Food
The traditional Jewish deli, once ubiquitous, has since become a rare treat. In New York City in the 1930s, there were over 1,500 Jewish delis. Today, that number has dwindled to around a dozen. Although new deli-inspired restaurants and shops have popped up, adding modern flair and twists on classics, the traditional delis that remain are treasured by loyal customers for both their nostalgia and delicious food. Greater Boston is lucky to still have a handful of traditional Jewish delis, pickle- and rye-scented, with all the knishes you can eat (and, of course, the perfect mustard on the side). In honor of National Deli Month (yes, it’s a thing!), we spoke with local restaurateur Steven Peljovich, owner of Michael’s Deli in Brookline, about the comfort that beloved beige and brown food provides, how he keeps old-school deli tradition thriving and why he’s considered “The Corned Beef King.” Learn more at https://michaelsdelibrookline.com. Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
48 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
Getting Salty Over “An American Pickle”
In every generation, there comes a film that redefines how American Jews see themselves. “An American Pickle” is not that movie. But it is a fun, time-traveling romp starring Seth Rogen. Rogen shines as Herschel, a Jewish immigrant spared from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, only to arrive in America and promptly fall into a pickle vat for 100 years. Upon waking up in the 21st century, Herschel is united with his only living descendant, his great-grandson, Ben (also played by Rogen). Ben, an app-developing dreamer, can’t seem to get it together, much to hard-working Herschel’s frustration. It goes without saying that unorthodox hijinks ensue. Join The Vibe of the Tribe crew Miriam, Dan and Ashley, along with our podcast founder Jesse, as we dive into the briny depths of HBO Max’s “An American Pickle” to discuss immigration and assimilation, cancel culture, the controversy surrounding the film’s star and how much we all hate Cossacks. Will we give this movie 10 out of 10 pickles? Tune in to find out! This episode contains spoilers and adult language. Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.
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