Jewish History Matters show

Jewish History Matters

Summary: 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.


 72: Moroccan Jews and the Politics of Belonging with Alma Heckman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:42

Alma Heckman joins us to talk about twentieth-century Moroccan Jews, and especially Moroccan Jewish communism and its broader politics, which is the focus of her recent book The Sultan’s Communists: Moroccan Jews and the Politics

 71: Streaming the Holocaust with Marat Grinberg | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:01:01

Marat Grinberg joins us to speak about how the Holocaust is portrayed and represented in popular culture, particularly in contemporary television. Listen in as we dive into how the Holocaust has played a role in

 70: Dancing and Jewish Modernity with Sonia Gollance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:16

Sonia Gollance joins us to talk about her book It Could Lead to Dancing: Mixed-Sex Dancing and Jewish Modernity, an exciting new book which deals with the history of dance and modern Jewish culture. Sonia

 69: American Judaism Beyond the Synagogue with Rachel B. Gross | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:02:34

For this episode, we’re joined today by Rachel B. Gross to talk about nostalgia and lived religion in American Jewish life, which is the focus of her book Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious

 68: The Jewish Refugee Crisis of the Seventeenth Century with Adam Teller | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:42

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

 66: The Hitler Haggadah with Jonnie Schnytzer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:52

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

 63: The Scholems: Considering German Jewry’s History and Legacy with Jay Geller | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:11

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

 62: The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex with Lila Corwin Berman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:13

Lila Corwin Berman speaks about her new book The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex: The History of a Multi-Billion Dollar Institution, and about the history of philanthropy in the American Jewish life and what it tells

 61: The Blood Libel Accusation with Magda Teter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:03:36

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:13:34

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:02:33

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:05

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:10:50

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:16

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

 55: Masada—From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth, with Jodi Magness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:20

In this episode, Jodi Magness about the history of Masada, its role in public memory, and why it matters. Her book Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth, which synthesizes the history of the site as well as how it has been received in modern times, offers a starting point for a wide-ranging conversation about what Masada means in terms of both scholarship and public memory.


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