Judaism Unbound
Judaism Unbound
Nov 20, 2020
Episode 249: Dangerous Religious Ideas - Rachel Mikva
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Rachel Mikva, the Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Chair of Jewish Studies, and Senior Faculty Fellow of the InterReligious Institute, at Chicago Theological Seminary, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation that dives into her book Dangerous Religious Ideas: The Deep Roots of Self-Critical Faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, recently published by Beacon Press.

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Tablet Magazine
Primary Sources: Ep. 259
This week on Unorthodox, we’re live (virtually) from Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, PA. Our special guests this week are Jamie and Brian Stelter. Jamie Stelter, who had her bat mitzvah at Beth Sholom, is the traffic reporter for NY1, and Brian Stelter is the chief media correspondent for CNN and host of Reliable Sources. They talk to us about filming their TV appearances from their apartment during the pandemic, the first rule of Challah Club, and why they love Shabbat. We’re looking for two new hosts for our kids game show podcast Hebrew School! All you need to do is record a short video introducing yourself and telling us why you'd make the perfect host, and send it to hebrewschool@tabletmag.com. Do you have a great Jewish name or know someone with a great Jewish name? Enter our Jewish Name of the Year bracket! Email your suggestions to unorthodox@tabletmag.com. We’ve got virtual events! See our full schedule here. As always, let us know what you think of the show! Send us comments and questions at unorthodox@tabletmag.com, or leave us a voicemail at (914) 570-4869. You can also record a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get new episodes, photos, and more. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our recording sessions on our YouTube channel! Join our Facebook group, and follow Unorthodox on Twitter and Instagram. Get your Unorthodox T-shirts, mugs, and baby onesies at bit.ly/unorthoshirt. Want to book us for a live show? Email producer Josh Kross at jkross@tabletmag.com. Sponsors: American Jewish World Service grantees are leading the effort to promote human rights, empower women and girls to fight for equal rights, and advance environmental justice in the face of climate change. AJWS is currently twice-matching all donations; find out more and make your donation at AJWS.org/unorthodox. The Beren Summer Fellowship is the Tikvah Fund’s premier summer program for undergraduates or recent graduates in New York City. Fellows will partake in intensive academic seminars led by world-class teachers and will conduct their own research projects. Visit TikvahFund.org/college for more information and to apply. Harry’s is a great shave at a great price. New customers can get a Harry’s trial shave set for just $3 at harrys.com/unorthodox. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Jewish History Matters
Jewish History Matters
Jason Lustig
61: The Blood Libel Accusation with Magda Teter
Magda Teter joins us to discuss the history of the blood libel accusation and its continued relevance. Listen in for a wide-ranging conversation about the history of the blood libel, its origin and how it has transformed over the century, and what it tells us about misinformation and how it spreads. Magda Teter is Professor of History and the Shvidler Chair of Judaic Studies at Fordham University. She is the author of numerous books, most recently Blood Libel: On the Trail of An Antisemitic Myth (Harvard, 2020), which we’ll talk about today. You can also check out the accompanying website, www.thebloodlibeltrail.org, where you can explore the book as well as fascinating maps and other related media about the antisemitic myth. The blood libel is one of the long-standing false accusations against the Jews, the myth—in different variations—that Jews murdered Christian children and used their blood for various rituals. It’s obviously, patently false, and yet it has persisted across nearly a thousand years. From medieval England to modern Nazi antisemitism and beyond, we see the imagery of the blood libel persists - even in new forms like the conspiracy theories of QAnon. As Magda Teter argues, these accusations became a vehicle for different anxieties about Jews, and about the world at large. And further, it was the printing press which enabled the proliferation and persistence of these false myths and disinformation, which when published allowed them both to spread more widely and also gave them an air of “respectability” because they existed in print. This allows us to think deeply about the role of media technologies—both in medieval and early modern Europe, and also more recently with the internet—as avenues not for the spread of information, but misinformation.
1 hr 4 min
Unwasted: The Podcast
Unwasted: The Podcast
Imperfect Foods
Understanding Our Grandmothers' Recipes With Hawa Hassan
Nothing makes you feel quite as warm, fuzzy, and cozy as eating some of  your comfort foods from childhood. What is it about these meals that is so magical? How can they bring us meaning and connection even across oceans and decades?  Hawa Hassan has spent her life exploring the magical power of family memories and recipes. She turned this experience into a marvellous cookbook called “In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean.”  In it, she shares the recipes of 8 African grandmothers and writes a moving and delicious love letter to African food that’s also a thought-provoking testament to the universal power of family recipes. We're chatting food, family, spices, and more with Hawa!  *Episode Show Notes:* * Learn more about Hawa on her Instagram and be sure to check out her amazing cookbook. * Our photo of Hawa comes from photographer Khadija M. Farah.  * Hawa also has an incredible line of hot sauces called Basbaass.  * Some of Hawa's go-to spices to have you your pantry to make Somali food are: cardamon, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper.  * Hawa is also a big fan of Xawaash, a Yemeni spice blend that Hawa often calls the "Garam Masala of Somali cuisine."  * Learn how to make Hawa's Suugo Suqaar, a delicious Somali take on pasta sauce.  * Hawa's go-to karaoke song is "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" by Shania Twain.
39 min
The Promised Podcast
The Promised Podcast
TLV1 Studios
The “Shots & Tots” Edition
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Ohad Zeltzer-Zubida and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. Hear the Extra-Special, Special Extra Segment on Patreon —Helsinki, Helsinki— Israel’s top bioethics board says that PM Netanyahu’s deal to give Pfizer data on everyone who got the vaccinated is illegal, because it amounts to a massive human experiment that was never approved by, well, Israel’s top bioethics board. Should the deal be vacated? —Jenin, Jenin— A judge orders confiscation of the 2002 movie “Jenin, Jenin” – a record of Palestinian accounts of the IDFs 2002 incursion into that city – while still letting the movie stream on Youtube. Is there any sense to that verdict? —What’s in a Name?— What do the names Israelis give our babies say about our society and our souls? —I Got My COVID Vaccine and I Feel Miserable About It— For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion, following a terrific, viral essay by Allison in Haaretz headlined, “I Just Got My COVID-19 Vaccination – Here’s Why I Feel Miserable About It,” we discuss how we’re feeling about getting vaccinated (or not getting vaccinated yet), which turns out to be surprisingly complicated. Their guilt, jubilation, worry, relief, and so many other feelings. All that and the music of the odd and fascinating EOK Project!
1 hr 26 min
18Forty Podcast
18Forty Podcast
Talmud Highlights
In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we sit down for a special podcast with our host, David Bashevkin, to review the first topic that 18Forty covered: Talmud. Though Judaism has many facets to its practice, Talmud study has long been one of its hallmarks. It is a sprawling text with many commentaries, and so can be analyzed from any number of perspectives. This episode highlight three: those of Ari Bergmann, Chaim Saiman, and Michelle Chesner. From its historical formation to its ideas to its format, the Talmud was analyzed at length for its 18Forty topic, and this episode highlights some of the key questions raised. How was the Talmud written? What should one make of the often confusing mix of ideas it presents? Does the text format itself hold any significance? Is Talmud study useful for anything besides Talmud study? What similarities does it have to other fields of knowledge? Tune in to hear David review and reflect on his past conversations with podcast guests about the Talmud. References: Ari Bergmann interview - www.18forty.org/talmud/#bergmann Chaim Saiman interview - www.18forty.org/talmud/#saiman Michelle Chesner interview - www.18forty.org/talmud/#chesner Take One podcast - https://www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/take-one Legal Theology: The Turn to Conceptualism in Nineteenth-Century Jewish Law by Chaim Saiman Nomos and Narrative by Robert Cover Jewish Thought: A Process, Not a Text by David Bashevkin Book References: Arba-ah Turim by Jacob Ben Asher Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law by Chaim Saiman For more, visit https://18forty.org/talmud/.
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The Genealogy Gems Podcast with Lisa Louise Cooke     -      Your Family History Show
The Genealogy Gems Podcast with Lisa Louise Cooke - Your Family History Show
Lisa Louise Cooke
Episode 248
Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 248with Lisa Louise CookeDecember 2020 This episode is brought to you by: StoryWorthVisit  for $10 off. In this episode we cover a plethora of strategies that will give you access to loads of free genealogy records and resources. You will learn: How to follow the path of least resistance to find what you need for your genealogy research. The best ways to find free genealogy records online. What you need to know about the genealogy industry that will help you save money. How you can bee-line your way to the free records that are to be found at each of the big subscription genealogy websites (Ancestry, MyHeritage and FindMyPast). Two Google secret searches that can help you locate free genealogy resources. How to search online to find free records offline. A clever way to get free help with your genealogy brick wall. Video and Show NotesThis topic comes from my YouTube video series Elevenses with Lisa episode 21. You can find all the free Elevenses with Lisa videos and show notes at . Genealogy Gems Premium Members have exclusive access to the 5-page downloadable show notes handout in the Resources section of the Elevenses with Lisa . Premium Members also have access to all of the archived earlier episodes. To access the Elevenses with Lisa Premium Member , log in to your membership at and under in the main menu under Premium go to Premium Videos and click on Elevenses with Lisa. Elevenses with Lisa Episode 21 - Free Genealogy!Watch the video and read the full show notes . Become a Genealogy Gems Premium eLearning MemberPremium Members have exclusive access to: Video classes and downloadable handouts The Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast Elevenses with Lisa downloadable show notes PDF Become a member . Stay Up to Date with the Genealogy Gems NewsletterThe Genealogy Gems email newsletter is the best way to stay informed about what’s available with your Premium eLearning Membership. Click below to sign up today. Follow Lisa and Genealogy Gems on Social Media: Getting Your Old Home Movies Digitized with Larsen DigitalI use Larsen Digital and have been extremely pleased with the service and results. The folks at Larsen Digital have put together special and exclusive discounts for Genealogy Gems listeners and readers.
55 min
The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy Connection
The Genealogy Guys Podcast & Genealogy Connection
George G. Morgan & Drew Smith
The Genealogy Guys Podcast #388
The Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education site is on sale through December 31, 2020 for $69 for your first year's subscription (new subscribers only). Regularly $99, this is our lowest price of the year! Visit http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2020/11/genealogy-guys-learn-on-sale-through.html for full details of obtaining the discount and our current course catalog. (Listen to the podcast to get the discount code.) The winner of the Genealogy Publishing Company’s At a Glance sheet on “Polish Genealogy Research” is John from North Tonawanda, New York. The call deadline for submitting applications for the Unsung Heroes Awards and the Unsung Heroes Awards Society Grant is January 1, 2021, at midnight EST. Don’t miss it! Details can be found on our blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2020/12/the-genealogy-guys-and-vivid-pix-call.html. News You Can Use and Share! * MyHeritage announced the release of a new colorization model for MyHeritage iIn ColorTM. * RootsMagic 8 is making progress with thousands of testers. Listen for a new announcement soon, and listen to their ad for a great holiday sale price. * The Germans from Lithuania Name Index is now online at https://www.germansfromlithusania.org. * The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) presented its 2020 awards. Included are Loretto Dennis “Lou” Szucs as recipient of the Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Genealogy and Amy E. K. Arner, who received the Honorary Life Membership. * Michael J. Leclerc has been selected as the new managing editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. * Findmypast has added new collections or new records to: Scotland Monumental Inscriptions; US World War II Casualty Lists; Essex Baptisms; Devon Baptisms; Berkshire Probate Index; Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions; U.S. Obituary Notices; and Ireland Billion Graves Cemetery Index. * Enslaved.org has built a robust, open-source online facility to discover and explore nearly a half million people and 5 million data points for enslaved Africans. From archival entries to spreadsheet entries, the lives of the enslaved can be seen in richer detail. Visit https://enslaved.org/. * FamilySearch has announced that it is has added 20 languages – up now to 30 languages – for researching in its website. * Drew recaps three weeks of huge new and expanded collections at FamilySearch. DNA Segment with Diahan Southard Drew and Diahan discuss CODIS, the DNA database used by U.S. law enforcement, and how the major DNA testing companies interact (or not) with U.S. law enforcement. Cyndi Says Cyndi Ingle tells us that it is time to review. We Hear from Our Listeners! * Tom wrote to thank The Guys for leads to books and other materials about life in Scotland and its history between 1900 and 1930. He also describes some ironies he has discovered in WWI and WWII in his wife’s family. * Mark shared his brick wall happy dance that resulted from locating a social item in a 1902 newspaper gossip column. * William is trying to locate a birth certificate in Texas for his grandfather. He has located one for his grandfather’s brother but not for his grandfather. Suggestions are welcome from our listeners. * Lisa wrote to discuss her genealogical numbering using the Ahnentafel method and how she files her evidence. We’d like to thank all our supporting Patreon members for their support. Your Patreon support helps us improve our technology and provide even more podcast content to you! You can join us for as little as $1 a month or as much as you’d like to contribute. Visit https://www.patreon.com/genealogyguys to get started. You should also tell your friends or your society about our free podcasts, our free blog, and our Genealogy Guys Learn subscription education website and the current sale through December 31, 2020. Visit our Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/ for even more news between podcasts. Let us hear from you at genealogyguys@gmail.com. George and Drew are available for virtual presentations for your local society. Contact us at genealogyguys@gmail.com.
1 hr 33 min
The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast
The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast
Nicole Dyer
RLP 132: Grafting Family Branches Part 2
Today's episode of Research Like a Pro is about our ancestor, Elizabeth Malissa Welch. We continue our discussion of pruning and grafting branches of our family tree by discussing the case of Malissa's parents. We had previously concluded that Meredith and Susannah Welch of Sumter County, South Carolina were her parents, but as we revisited the conclusion, we found a different set of parents that fit the evidence better. Links Caring for Your Family Tree: How to Prune and Graft Branches Based on Sources and Analysis by Diana at Family Locket https://rootstech.org Research Like a Pro eCourse Study Group - more information and email list Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com Thank you Thanks for listening! We hope that you will share your thoughts about our podcast and help us out by doing the following: Share an honest review on iTunes or Stitcher. You can easily write a review with Stitcher, without creating an account. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and click "write a review." You simply provide a nickname and an email address that will not be published. We value your feedback and your ratings really help this podcast reach others. If you leave a review, we will read it on the podcast and answer any questions that you bring up in your review. Thank you! Leave a comment in the comment or question in the comment section below. Share the episode on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app. Sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications of new episodes. Check out this list of genealogy podcasts from Feedspot: Top 20 Genealogy Podcasts
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