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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: Reason, Emotion, and Faith Chapter 2: Proofs and Prophecies Chapter 3: Rabbi Noach Weinberg and the Ba’al Teshuva Movement Chapter 4: Experiencing Orthodoxy Chapter 5: Truths Too Hard to Admit When Ellen Willis’s brother Michael decided to leave […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: The Virtue of Mortality Chapter 2: Body, Soul, and Afterlife Chapter 3: Family—the Jewish Answer to Mortality Chapter 4: Who Believes in the Future? When Jews raise their glasses in celebration, they toast “l’chaim!” “to life!” Judaism’s belief […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: From Disraeli to Churchill Chapter 2: Islam, Communism, and Zionism Chapter 3: The Interwar Years Chapter 4: Churchill and the Holocaust Chapter 5: Was Churchill Good for the Jews? Soldier, statesman, Nobel Prize-winning author—Sir Winston Churchill was one […]

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The establishment of the State of Israel is one of the most remarkable achievements of the modern era. Never before had a people dispersed throughout the world, deprived of sovereignty for millennia, returned to its ancient homeland to build a thriving country. Who were the leaders and thinkers that helped craft a modern Jewish nationalism […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: The World Before Oslo Chapter 2: Keeping Secrets Chapter 3: Norwegians, Americans, and Technocrats Chapter 4: An Uneven Balance Sheet Chapter 5: The Aftermath of Oslo On September 13, 1993, at a historic ceremony on the White House […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: The Life and Thought of Eliezer Berkovits Chapter 2: A World Adrift Chapter 3: Great Teachers and Great Debates Chapter 4: The Future of Jewish Education As he looked out at the Western world of the 1960s and ‘70s, […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: Evangelicals’ Love Affair with the Jews Chapter 2: Materialism, Marxism, and Mainline Protestants Chapter 3: A One-Sided Affection Chapter 4: Jews’ Misguided Alliances Chapter 5: The Future of Jewish-Christian Relations Why don’t Jews like the Christians who like […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: Leonard Cohen—Jewish Prophet Chapter 2: Fathers and Sons Chapter 3: “Hineni” Chapter 4: Cohen’s Jewish Particularism Chapter 5: A Broken Hallelujah How do poetry and song convey Jewish meaning? Does Jewish poetry have to be liturgical? At the […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: Sholem Aleichem and Tevye’s Origins Chapter 2: Tevye and His World Chapter 3: Tevye Meets Menachem Mendel Chapter 4: “Cheer Up and Have a Shot of Brandy!” Through its countless runs on the Broadway stage and in an award-winning film, […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: The Appeal of the Wall  Chapter 2: The Phases of Jewish Thought on Church-State Relations Chapter 3: The Seminal Statement of Reaction Chapter 4: Education—Parochial and Public Chapter 5: Religion and Politics Today It was Thomas Jefferson, in a now-famous […]

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