From ancient history to current events, take yourself on a journey through the story of the Jewish People, from someone who has led hundreds of Jewish young professionals on trips throughout Israel. From the beginning of creation to modern Israel, each short episode is geared to appeal both to someone looking for the Jewish 101, as well as to those looking to go a bit beyond the basic story they already know. Check out the website at https://jewoughtaknow.com/. Enjoy!
110. TFTYOS: The Covenant
Where does the name Yahweh come from? Who got to be considered an Israelite? How can we understand the sacred bond between God and the People of Israel that forms the bedrock of Judaism today?
109. TFTYOS: The Hitchhiking God
How did monotheism start? The Israelites worshipped a national god named Yahweh — the same god that Jews worship today. But where did Yahweh come from? How did the Israelites meet him? And was he their only god?
108: TFTYOS: Conquest or Settlement?
How did the Israelites end up in Canaan (modern day Israel)? In the Hebrew Bible the Israelites claim to have taken Canaan through military conquest. But the historical record says that’s doubtful. So what happened?
107: TFTYOS: Did the Exodus From Egypt Ever Really Happen?
It’s the most famous event of Jewish history: the exodus from Egypt of millions of Israelite slaves, thanks to the power of their God and the prophet Moses. But did it ever really happen?
106. TFTYOS: Princes of Egypt
Egypt ruled Canaan…until it didn’t. With empires collapsing all over the Mediterranean region, new peoples suddenly had the space to emerge. Like the Israelites. But also their arch-nemeses, the Philistines.
105. TFTYOS: The Flood Stories of Mesopotamia
Noah and the Flood, the origins of Abraham and Sarah, and the laws of the Book of Exodus, are just a few examples of how deeply influenced the Israelites were by Mesopotamian culture and ideas, which came from the east centuries before the Israelites arrived on the scene.
Informative and Nuanced
This is a great podcast. I have listened from episode 1 and have learned a lot from Jason who always presents information in a balanced and thoughtful way. And, with humor. Great job Jason!
Definitely one of my favorites!
What a find!
As a Baal teshuva who departed from religion twenty years ago, this podcast reawakened my love of intellectual Judaism. With his informative, inclusive, often irreverent approach, Jason returned to me a lost treasure! Extra bonus - my non-Jewish husband gets many of his “Jewish” questions answered right here! Todah Rabah on both counts.