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Welcome to the Hotel Cubana

In this episode, we return to Jewish Cuba and learn about a family who is bringing kosher accommodations and humanitarian aid to the island. We speak to Cindy White who operates Chateau Blanc alongside her brother Scott Berenthal and a team of dedicated staff in Cuba. Cindy and Scott are the American-born children of Saul…

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Sobremesa

In this episode, we explore the modern history of Jews in Mexico and focus on the intersections between culture, cuisine, food, and family. We start with with Monica Unikel, who has dedicated herself to preserving and telling stories of Jews in Mexico City through street tours and reviving Jewish cultural and communal spaces. We continue…

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Under Vines and Fig Trees

In this episode, we speak with Jonathan Dekel-Chen about the long history of Jewish agricultural life. The episode traverses continents and centuries, describing Jewish farming from Abraham through the 21st century. Jonathan is the Rabbi Edward Sandrow Chair in Soviet & East European Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he holds dual a…

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Voices from the Archives: Contemplate a Tree

In this bonus episode, we visit the archives and listen to excerpts from the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber’s writings, specifically I and Thou and A Land of Two Peoples. This bonus episode is inspired by the recent episode, “A Hebrew Humanist” featuring Nicolas DeWarren, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Penn State. Buber’s…

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Pathways to Parenting

In this episode, we speak with Amy Weinreb about parenting, family dynamics, and questions of “home.” Amy is a cultural anthropologist and senior lecturer at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and the author of Cuba in the Shadow of Change: Daily Life in the Twilight of the…

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A Hebrew Humanist

In this episode, we speak with Nicolas DeWarren about the 20th century Jewish philosopher Martin Buber. Nicolas is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Penn State and the author of Original Forgiveness , A Momentary Breathlessness in the Sadness of Time, and Husserl and the Promise of Time: Subjectivity in Transcendental Phenomenology….

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Voices from the Archives: At the Doctor (Yiddish)

In this bonus episode, we visit the archives and listen to Yiddish and English readings of the chapter “At the Doctor” from the shund novel Looking for Luck: The Woman Who Wanted to be Different by Yiddish author Sarah B. Smith. Looking for Luck was serialized in the Yiddish newspaper Der Tog in 1922-1923. The…

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Voices from the Archives: At the Doctor (English)

In this bonus episode, we visit the archives and listen to Yiddish and English readings of the chapter “At the Doctor” from the shund novel Looking for Luck: The Woman Who Wanted to be Different by Yiddish author Sarah B. Smith. Looking for Luck was serialized in the Yiddish newspaper Der Tog in 1922-1923. The…

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The Mystery and Romance of Shund

In this episode, we speak with Saul Noam Zaritt. Saul is an Associate Professor of Yiddish Literature in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and the author of Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody. Saul discusses Yiddish shund literature or, Yiddish trash literature. Through shund novels, Devin…

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Honik Un Di Kinder

In this episode, we speak to Miriam Udel, Associate Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Emory University and editor and translator of Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature. Miriam discusses the project of Yiddish children’s literature, explaining the political ideas and questions of identity circulating in these texts. Learn…

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