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.
68: The Jewish Refugee Crisis of the Seventeenth Century with Adam Teller
Adam Teller joins us to speak about the seventeenth-century Jewish refugee crisis following the 1648 Khmenlytsky pogroms—how it helps us to understand the transnational transformation of Jewish life in early modern times, as well as
67: Is a Two State Solution Possible in Israel/Palestine? Considering the Paradigms of the Conflict with Ian Lustick
In our latest episode, Ian Lustick joins us to talk about the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Listen in as we dive into how we might think about the paradigm of
66: The Hitler Haggadah with Jonnie Schnytzer
How could someone title a Passover Haggadah the “Hitler Haggadah”? Listen in as we explore an incredible source, a 1943 Judeo-Arabic Passover Haggadah from Morocco which retells a story of freedom—not of the Exodus from
65: Waste Siege: Infrastructure and the Environment in Israel/Palestine with Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins
Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins talks about how we can look at Israel/Palestine and global issues in new ways, through the fascinating lens of waste—the byproducts of human society and what we do with them.
64: A Hebrew Infusion: Hebrew at American Jewish Summer Camps with Sharon Avni, Sarah Bunin Benor, and Jonathan Krasner
Sharon Avni, Sarah Bunin Benor, and Jonathan Krasner join us to talk about talk about their recent book Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps, and the big issues it raises about
63: The Scholems: Considering German Jewry’s History and Legacy with Jay Geller
Jay Geller reflects on the history and legacy of German Jewry as a whole through the lens of the history of a single bourgeois family, the Scholems, which is the topic of his recent book
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.