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JewishBoston.com’s The Vibe of the Tribe podcast explores Jewish arts and culture, history, Israel, tradition and so much more. Hosted by Boston Jews Miriam and Dan, with special guests.

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JewishBoston.com’s The Vibe of the Tribe podcast explores Jewish arts and culture, history, Israel, tradition and so much more. Hosted by Boston Jews Miriam and Dan, with special guests.

    The Origin Story of Yom Kippur

    The Origin Story of Yom Kippur

    For many of us, Yom Kippur is the most significant and profound holiday in the Jewish calendar year. It’s 25 hours of prayer, fasting and afflictions of the self to better focus on apologizing and repenting for sins against each other and God.

    This festival of forgiveness (hopefully, anyway!) has been observed for thousands of years, but what’s the origin story of this most important day? How did the wilderness of the biblical desert shape the Jews as a people? How has history shaped how Yom Kippur evolved to its present incarnation? And what, or who, is Azazel?

    Join Miriam and Dan as they explore all these questions and more with guest expert Hannah Kearney.

    Kearney is pursuing her master’s degree in Jewish educational leadership through Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion and is the director of Havayah, the teen community at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. You can tune in to her podcast-style recordings with Rabbi Alan Ullman, called “Text Messages,” at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/text-messages/id1510882131.

    Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.

    • 41 min
    Diving Into Rosh Hashanah With Mayyim Hayyim

    Diving Into Rosh Hashanah With Mayyim Hayyim

    Water has always been an essential part of Jewish ritual for marking a life change, a rite of passage or a new beginning. Immersing in a mikveh, or ritual immersion pool, is one of the oldest Jewish practices—one often done right before Rosh Hashanah.

    Mayyim Hayyim (which means “living waters”) is a Greater Boston mikveh rooted in ancient tradition and reinvented for the 21st century to serve the Jewish community of today. Join hosts Miriam and Dan as they wade further into understanding this Jewish ritual with three experts from Mayyim Hayyim: Carrie Bornstein, executive director of Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center, Jessica Rosenberg, director of Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network, and rabbinic intern Amalia Mark.

    If you're familiar with the mikveh or only learned about it recently from watching Netflix’s "Unorthodox," this episode is for you! Tune in as we dive into the unique challenges Mayyim Hayyim has faced during COVID-19, the creative process of developing new rituals for new challenges, and debunking myths and misunderstandings about the mikveh.

    Learn more at https://www.mayyimhayyim.org.

    Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.

    • 44 min
    Celebrating Deli, the Ultimate Jewish Comfort Food

    Celebrating Deli, the Ultimate Jewish Comfort Food

    The traditional Jewish deli, once ubiquitous, has since become a rare treat.

    In New York City in the 1930s, there were over 1,500 Jewish delis. Today, that number has dwindled to around a dozen. Although new deli-inspired restaurants and shops have popped up, adding modern flair and twists on classics, the traditional delis that remain are treasured by loyal customers for both their nostalgia and delicious food.

    Greater Boston is lucky to still have a handful of traditional Jewish delis, pickle- and rye-scented, with all the knishes you can eat (and, of course, the perfect mustard on the side).

    In honor of National Deli Month (yes, it’s a thing!), we spoke with local restaurateur Steven Peljovich, owner of Michael’s Deli in Brookline, about the comfort that beloved beige and brown food provides, how he keeps old-school deli tradition thriving and why he’s considered “The Corned Beef King.”

    Learn more at https://michaelsdelibrookline.com.

    Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.

    • 53 min
    Getting Salty Over “An American Pickle”

    Getting Salty Over “An American Pickle”

    In every generation, there comes a film that redefines how American Jews see themselves.

    “An American Pickle” is not that movie.

    But it is a fun, time-traveling romp starring Seth Rogen. Rogen shines as Herschel, a Jewish immigrant spared from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, only to arrive in America and promptly fall into a pickle vat for 100 years. Upon waking up in the 21st century, Herschel is united with his only living descendant, his great-grandson, Ben (also played by Rogen). Ben, an app-developing dreamer, can’t seem to get it together, much to hard-working Herschel’s frustration. It goes without saying that unorthodox hijinks ensue.

    Join The Vibe of the Tribe crew Miriam, Dan and Ashley, along with our podcast founder Jesse, as we dive into the briny depths of HBO Max’s “An American Pickle” to discuss immigration and assimilation, cancel culture, the controversy surrounding the film’s star and how much we all hate Cossacks. Will we give this movie 10 out of 10 pickles? Tune in to find out!

    This episode contains spoilers and adult language.

    Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.

    • 48 min
    TribeHerald Centers the Voices of Jews of Color

    TribeHerald Centers the Voices of Jews of Color

    TribeHerald—a new media site geared toward centering the experiences of Jews of color—was launched last month by activist, entrepreneur and musical artist Yitz Jordan (also known as Y-Love) and his co-founder, Rabbi Shais Rishon (also known as MaNishtana).

    Jordan joins us to discuss how this site and media company came to be, the importance of Jewish diversity and inclusion, and how we can all apply the framework of “ahavas Yisroel,” loving one’s fellow Jew.

    From highlighting the voices of Native American Jews to sharing guidelines on how to be an anti-racist Jewish parent, TribeHerald brings authentic and necessary perspectives to the American Jewish media landscape.

    Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.

    Learn more:
    https://tribeherald.com
    https://tribeherald.org
    https://twitter.com/ylove

    • 24 min
    Creative Baking With Mandylicious Challah

    Creative Baking With Mandylicious Challah

    Bread is, arguably, the official food of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, without a doubt, challah is the official bread of the Jewish people for the last 4,000 years or so. It seems that the longer we’re staying at home, the more people are making challah, with varying degrees of success.

    We found a challah expert right here in Greater Boston: Mandy Silverman of Mandylicious Challah is pushing the braided loaf in entirely new directions, constantly adding shapes, fillings, toppings and colors that offer new twists on an ancient culinary tradition.

    The Sharon native and self-described “carbologist” joins us to discuss how she thought “inside the braid” to launch her business and an Instagram community of over 25,000 aspiring challah bakers.

    Follow Silverman and her magical challah and babka creations on Instagram at instagram.com/mandyliciouschallah.

    Edited by Jesse Ulrich, with music by Ryan J. Sullivan.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Starr zena ,

Great whether you’re in Boston or not

I recently moved to Boston to start grad school, and the moment I found out I would be relocating I googled Jewish life in Boston. I started listening to Vibe of the Tribe months before I moved here and found it relevant and interesting even while living out of state. The topics are diverse and the hosts are charismatic. 5 stars!

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Fun and informative

I just recently started listening to the JewishBoston podcast and I really like it! I grew up Jewish so the topics are relevant and relatable. I appreciate how the conversations often mix Jewish tradition and cultural experiences with Torah and spirituality as well as more secular topics and current day issues. And the hosts’ voices are lovely as well!

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