Join us as we discuss the most pressing and interesting issues of the day, relating to Jewish life, and life in general.
135. First Among Nations with Ira Mosen
Israel had another election last week, but instead of talking about politics, this week Uri speaks with first time author Ira Mosen about coexistence and peace in Israel. His book, First Among Nations, deals with many of the tensions in Israel, from the conflict with the Palestinians to the rifts within Jewish Israeli society. They talk about the motivation behind writing the book, some personal anecdotes relating to these themes, and more!
134. Forced Marriage and How to Stop It with Eve Sacks and Yehudis Fletcher
This week's guests started an organization called Nahamu, which fights against forced marriages in the Jewish community. Eve Sacks and Yehudis Fletcher discuss why they became activists on this issue, how they define forced marriage, some of the challenges they have encountered, and even some parallels between these issues and the Meghan and Harry saga with the British royal family.
Nahamu Position Paper:
133. Jewish History and Archaeology with Dr. Steven Fine
Uri talks with Dr. Steven Fine about his scholarship in Jewish history and archaeology. Why are these subjects important? What are some of the challenges a religious person could encounter when studying these subjects? They also discuss some of Dr. Fine's work related to the Menorah, the Arch of Titus, the Samaritan people, and more!
YU Center for Israel Studies:
Arch of Titus project:
Wall Street Journal:
132. Jewish Horror Film: A Conversation with the Creators of "The Vigil"
Jewish Horror is not a film genre you hear about often, but there is an excellent new movie in that category, and it's called The Vigil. This week Uri speaks with the creative team behind The Vigil- Writer/director Keith Thomas
Star of the film Dave Davis
Actor and Associate Producer Malky Goldman
Producer Rafi Margules
They discuss the inspiration for the film, the setting of Hassidic Williamsburg, learning Yiddish, hearing about shadim and Jewish demons as kids, and much more.
Thank you to IFC Films and Tamar Simon of Mean Streets Management for making this conversation possible.
A Tale of Supernatural Horror in Hassidic Brooklyn.
A man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity, in writer-director Keith Thomas' electrifying feature debut.
The Vigil trailer:
Zusha - Ashrei:
131. Michael Che's Israel Problem with Eli Lebowicz
On last week's episode of Saturday Night Live, Michael Che, the co-host of the Weekend Update segment (and SNL's head writer) made a joke about Israel only vaccinating Jewish citizens. People have called the joke misleading and hurtful, and many have demanded an apology. To talk about this issue we are joined this week by Jewish comedian Eli Lebowicz. Eli and Uri discuss a range of topics including- when is it ok to make jokes about Jews and Israel, is there a double standard in comedy when it comes to Israel, are Holocaust jokes ever OK, and more.
Eli's website www.elicomedy.com
SNL Michael Che Israel Joke
What Jewish comedians made of Michael Che's Israel joke
Dead Goyim Leg
130. To Ennoble and Enable with Richard Joel
This week Uri speaks with former president of Yeshiva University Richard Joel. President Joel recalls his childhood and discusses some of his reflections from his time at YU. They also talk about creativity in the Orthodox community, the future of YU and modern Orthodoxy, and President Joel clears up once and for all whether or not he is first cousins with Billy Joel.