Jewish History Matters features interviews, in-depth discussion, and coverage of new research, current topics, and enduring debates about Jewish history and culture. It aims to cultivate informed and engaging discourse about the Jewish past, present, and future rooted in cutting-edge developments from leading Jewish studies scholars. It highlights high-level discussion that grapples with deep and nuanced questions, underscoring the relevance of the animating issues of contemporary Jewish studies to wider academic, social, and political issues. Hosted by Jason Lustig.
84: The First Aliyah and Historical Memory of Jewish Settlement in Israel/Palestine with Liora R. Halperin
Liora Halperin joins us to discuss her book The Oldest Guard: Forting the Zionist Settler Past, and the broader issues it raises about the history of Zionist settlement in Israel and Palestine, historical memory, and
83: Ethical Technology and the Holocaust with Deb Donig
In this episode, Deb Donig joins us for a conversation about the intersection between contemporary technology and culture and the lessons of history. Listen in as we dive into ethical technology, the Holocaust, and what
82: The War in Ukraine and its Historical and Cultural Context with Amelia Glaser and Jeffrey Veidlinger
This episode, Jeffrey Veidlinger and Amelia Glaser join us to talk about the ongoing war in Ukraine and its historical and cultural context. We recorded on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, and we are working to
81: Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Contemporary Holocaust Debates with Victoria Aarons, Jenny Caplan, and Jodi Eichler-Levine
This episode, we are hosting a roundtable discussion with Victoria Aarons, Jenny Caplan, and Jodi Eichler-Levine about Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel Maus, and the recent controversy from January 2022 when a school board in Tennessee
80: Jewish American Writing and World Literature with Saul Noam Zaritt
Saul Noam Zaritt speaks about Jewish American literature, its place in world literature, and what this tells us about how we understand modern Jewish history and culture at large. It’s the focus of his recent
79: Palestine and the Power of the Archive with Gil Z. Hochberg
In this episode, our guest is Gil Z. Hochberg, who will be speaking about how we can develop a sophisticated approach to thinking about Palestine and Israel through the concept of “the Archive.” Gil Z.
Understanding history really matters
I found this episode about American Jewish relationship to the Black community not just provocative but incredibly valuable to bridging my own inter-generational discussion within my own family. I acknowledge that my version of the history of Black-Jewish relations was rooted in many of the myths that permitted a complacency with respect to this time in history; I have been engaged by the interviewee’s perspectives. My daughters (educated at Jewish camps and trips to Israel) are deeply invested in supporting the BLM movement’s aims and want to engage the Jewish community in social justice. This podcast episode provides some of the intellectual tools to build that dialogue and allowed me the opportunity to better understand my own internal dissonance. Well done.
Will be 5 stars when he can control his Trump obsession
Great show, great interviews, great material. Only reason I’m giving 4 stars is that the host allows his fixation on Donald Trump to distract from the subject, sometimes multiple times per interview. He keeps seeking out ways to connect Trump to historical subject matter where no valid connection whatsoever exists. Otherwise, very well done, very informative, & great interview guests. Yasher koach!
Great New Podcast
Looking forward to hearing more from this great project and from Dr Jason Lustig.