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.
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
60: The Cairo Genizah with Marina Rustow
Marina Rustow joins us to talk about her book The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue, and about the Cairo Genizah and why it matters. Listen in for an expansive conversation
59: Latino Jews and the Diversity of American Jewish Life with Laura Limonic
Laura Limonic talks about how Latin American Jews help us understand the diversity of American Jewish life, both in terms of the history of Jews throughout the western hemisphere as well as the changing face
58: Rabbinic Drinking with Jordan Rosenblum
Jordan Rosenblum joins us to talk about his book Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature—how drinks and drinking provide an avenue for understanding the Talmud in its context, and illuminates big issues
57: Jews and the History of Finance with Francesca Trivellato
Francesca Trivellato joins us to discuss her book The Promise and Peril of Credit, and the longstanding legend that Jews invented bills of exchange. Listen in to our wide-ranging conversation about the history of Jews
56: Tracing a Rainbow Thread of Queer Histories Throughout Jewish History with Noam Sienna
Noam Sienna joins us to discuss the history of gender and sexuality across the arc of Jewish history, which he highlighted in his book A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the
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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.
Great New Podcast
Looking forward to hearing more from this great project and from Dr Jason Lustig.