13 episodes

After tragedy, what happens next? How does Jewish tradition help us respond? To put to rest her own years of turmoil, alum Sara Beth Berman interviews faculty members of the Jewish Theological Seminary to finally get some answers.

What Now? A JTS Podcast JTS

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 30 Ratings

After tragedy, what happens next? How does Jewish tradition help us respond? To put to rest her own years of turmoil, alum Sara Beth Berman interviews faculty members of the Jewish Theological Seminary to finally get some answers.

    Introducing: Exploring Kabbalah

    Introducing: Exploring Kabbalah

    Check out this new series from JTS Podcasts, Exploring Kabbalah. Dr. Eitan Fishbane shares the complext history of Jewish mystical thought from the Torah to Hasidism. 

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    Hosted by: Dr. Eitan Fishbane
    Produced by Ellie Gettinger
    Edited by Sarah Brown
    Cover art: Lee Willet
    Theme music: “Yah Notein Binah” from Seeds of Song

    Find more JTS Podcasts at www.jtsa.edu/torah/podcasts

    • 12 min
    Introducing The Evolution of Torah: a history of rabbinic literature

    Introducing The Evolution of Torah: a history of rabbinic literature

    Episode 1: Who Were the Rabbis?

    What led to the emergence of the group of scholars and teachers we call the Rabbis? What motivated them and what did they value? The Rabbis looked to their forebear, Hillel, as an exemplar of religious leadership, and in this episode, we’ll look at three stories they told about Hillel to see what we can learn about the Rabbis’ self-conception.

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    Credits:
    Produced by Rabbi Tim Bernard
    Cover art: Rabbi Tim Bernard
    Theme music: Stock media provided by u19_studios / Pond5

    • 13 min
    On a Scale of One to Ten—Sarah Wolf

    On a Scale of One to Ten—Sarah Wolf

    In this season finale, Dr. Sarah Wolf, Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS, talks with Sara Beth about the impact of inherited tragedies, from her own family’s losses to the destruction of the Temple. And Sara Beth reaches the end of her journey (for now). She shares what she’s learned this season, and discovers the rabbinic wisdom of reframing our suffering by taking our lives’ narratives by the horns.

    Professor Wolf recently published an academic paper on this topic: “Suffering and Sacrifice: The Hermeneutics of Yisurin in the Babylonian Talmud”, Studies in Late Antiquity, Vol. 3 No. 1, Spring 2019 (56-76)

    Cover art: Aura Lewis
    Theme music: “Jat Poure” by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue).
    Funding: The Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious & Social Studies at JTS.
    Contact us at onlinelearning@jtsa.edu, and find other JTS podcasts at www.jtsa.edu/podcasts.

    • 35 min
    This One Goes to Eleven—David Fishman

    This One Goes to Eleven—David Fishman

    Sara Beth talks with Dr. David Fishman, Professor of Jewish History and Director of Project Judaica at JTS, about a tragedy that’s an 11 on a scale of one to 10. Professor Fishman describes the inspiration he’s found in the Vilna ghetto heroes of his recent book, who risked their lives daily to save artifacts from destruction, and who refused to let their tragedy define them.

    The Book Smugglers by David Fishman: https://www.upne.com/1512600490.html

    Cover art: Aura Lewis
    Theme music: “Jat Poure” by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue).
    Funding: The Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious & Social Studies at JTS.
    Contact us at onlinelearning@jtsa.edu, and find other JTS podcasts at www.jtsa.edu/podcasts.

    • 33 min
    Restoring Balance—Julia Andelman

    Restoring Balance—Julia Andelman

    This week’s guest, Rabbi Julia Andelman, Director of Community Engagement at JTS, explains kapparah (atonement) and the ruptures in the cosmic equilibrium created by sin and suffering. She and Sara Beth discuss how these ruptures can be repaired in our post-sacrificial era. (No livestock was harmed in the production of this episode.)

    Cover art: Aura Lewis
    Theme music: “Jat Poure” by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue).
    Funding: The Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious & Social Studies at JTS.
    Contact us at onlinelearning@jtsa.edu, and find other JTS podcasts at www.jtsa.edu/podcasts.

    • 30 min
    From Loss to Action—Stephanie Ruskay

    From Loss to Action—Stephanie Ruskay

    Sara Beth talks to Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay, associate dean of The Rabbinical School, associate director of the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies, and executive director of the Hendel Center for Ethics and Justice, all at JTS! Rabbi Ruskay shares her journey to becoming a leader in the world of Jewish social justice, guided by a monumental loss—and some very tiny tragedies along the way.

    Cover art: Aura Lewis
    Theme music: “Jat Poure” by Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue).
    Funding: The Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious & Social Studies at JTS.
    Contact us at onlinelearning@jtsa.edu, and find other JTS podcasts at www.jtsa.edu/podcasts.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

mashamel4 ,

This is the podcast that I needed at a difficult time.

Thank you JTS for producing a podcast relevant to all of our lives. Great production value, great host. I especially appreciated the raw honesty of the host.

This podcast got me through one of the most difficult times in my life.

Fan of Beth Yeshurun ,

Loved every moment

This podcast delves into very difficult topics with so much care and beauty. Sara Beth is a masterful leader.

RavPMD ,

Kapparah

Sarah Beth is the perfect podcast host, and this interview with Rabbi Andelman was inspiring on many levels. Really made me think about the upcoming high holy days and my own embodied experience of Judaism.

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