House of Stone

House of Stone

In this episode, we speak with Molly Theodora Oringer, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UCLA, about Lebanon’s Jewish communities and the way they are remembered by non-Jewish Lebanese today. Molly discusses the history of modern Lebanon and the way the development of “Lebaneseness” and Lebanon as a nation-state impacted Jews in the country. She also explores the idea of the “cultural broker” and how it is that non-Jewish Lebanese interact with “Jewish spaces,” particularly when Jews are absent from such spaces.

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Music supervision, editing mixing, and mastering by Nico Rivers (

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This episode featured music from the Sephardic group, Voice of the Turtle (

  • “Una Tarde De Verano”
  • “Asheriko De Kinze Anyos”
  • “Shir Ha-Shirim”
  • “Azkir (Sarajevo)”

This episode featured music from Blue Dot Sessions (

  • Erast”
  • “The Crisper”
  • Eggs and Powder”
  • Mercurial Vision”
  • “Ash and Mirage”