17 episodes

JDOV invites inspiring speakers to share their Jewish dream, observation or vision.

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    • Religion & Spirituality

JDOV invites inspiring speakers to share their Jewish dream, observation or vision.

    As if the Jews had no Lord: Anti-Jewish Riots in Castile and Aragon, 1391 – Benjamin Gampel

    As if the Jews had no Lord: Anti-Jewish Riots in Castile and Aragon, 1391 – Benjamin Gampel

    What can be learned about the fate of minority peoples from the Anti-Jewish Riots in Spain in 1391?

    Benjamin Gampel is a specialist in medieval and early modern Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

     

    • 15 min
    From Scared to Sacred: On the Cusp of Life – Mimi Feigelson

    From Scared to Sacred: On the Cusp of Life – Mimi Feigelson

    In this talk, Mimi Feigelson casts the funeral as a sacred drama, and challenges us to become the playwright of this drama. She asks us to claim our lives in their totality, in the understanding that, if you know how you want to be buried, you know how you want to live.

    Mimi Feigelson is the first female Orthodox rabbi, an international teacher of Chassidut & Spirituality and a storyteller.

    • 14 min
    The Myth of Jewish History – Miriam Shaviv

    The Myth of Jewish History – Miriam Shaviv

    In this talk, Miriam Shaviv shows that the idea of an “authentic” Jewish tradition, unbroken and unchanged for 2,000 years, is a myth which stems from our lack of familiarity with the history of Judaism (as opposed to the history of the Jews, which is widely studied). Although we are a people who claim to revere history, we seem to prefer myths.

    She examines why this is the case, and argues that Orthodoxy must become much more familiar with and honest about its past, if it wants to secure its future.

    Shaviv is a Jewish Chronicle columnist, co-director of an online marketing agency and founding member of the Partnership Minyan

    • 17 min
    (((David Aaronovitch)))

    (((David Aaronovitch)))

    David Aaronovitch’s family were atheists and their faith was Marxism. At the same time, he knew he was “half Jewish”, but he didn’t know what this meant. All in all, he imagined his Jewishness to be like his Irishness – a story of the past, exotic but irrelevant. But in fact, it hasn’t been irrelevant, far from it. In this talk, David explains how, whilst he was happy to cherry-pick from this identity – if there was anything he particularly liked about Jewishness, he would lay claim to it – there was one major problem: he could cherry-pick the Jewishness, but the anti-Semitism picked him.

    Aaronovitch is a columnist for the Jewish Chronicle and The Times, and author of three works of non-fiction

    • 25 min
    The Uncomfortable Jew – Tim Franks

    The Uncomfortable Jew – Tim Franks

    “The Uncomfortable Jew” is an invitation to make yourself uneasy: Tim Franks draws on his experience as a journalist based in Jerusalem – and his experience as a practising Jew – to explain why being between a rock and a hard place is a great place to be.

    Tim Franks is the presenter of Newshour: the flagship news and current affairs programme on BBC World Service radio.

    • 13 min
    Growing Grown Up Jews

    Growing Grown Up Jews

    The Jewish world has got itself into an alarming position. Despite its reputation as a community that cares about learning, it seems to have consigned many of its most important features into the bag marked ‘kids’ stuff’. This is not only a terrible piece of mis-selling, it’s also a woefully poor strategy for the future. Time to grow up! My talk explores how we got here and what we should do about it.

    • 14 min