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History & Ideas
The author took a recent journey to a Soviet mass gravesite where his great-grandfather is buried, and speaks about how it helped him understand Jewish and Soviet history.
Aug. 18 2023 12:01AM
What might the great scholar have been intending with a recently discovered list he made of seemingly random words from random European languages?
Aug. 16 2023 12:01AM
The author talks about the world’s fascination with dead Jews and its indifference to living ones.
Aug. 4 2023 12:01AM
The rabbi and podcast host stops by to talk about his new book, Providence and Power: Ten Portraits in Jewish Statesmanship.
July 14 2023 12:01AM
A misunderstanding about mirrors, with far-reaching, metaphysical consequences.
July 13 2023 12:01AM
A reader’s question prompts Philologos to turn up a crucial link between the three.
July 6 2023 12:01AM
An Israeli philosopher joins the podcast to talk about what keeps nations together, even when their populations are so deeply divided.
June 30 2023 1:04AM
How many rabbis first translated the Hebrew Bible, and how many different translations did they produce?
May 25 2023 12:01AM
The author of Self-Made stops by to talk about how the modern self came to be, and how it differs from older, traditional modes of living.
May 19 2023 12:01AM
The author of And None Shall Make Them Afraid stops by to talk about his new book and how history has a role to play in forming devotion to the Jewish people.
April 21 2023 12:01AM
The editor and political analyst stops by to discuss American constitutional structures and how relevant they are to Israel.
April 10 2023 12:01AM
And does their presence illuminate the book of Exodus—or is it simply a sign that ancient Egypt was a powerful nation?
April 4 2023 12:21AM
The author of “The Demise of Jewish Studies in America—and the Rise of Jewish Studies in Israel” joins us to discuss his essay and the troubles of his chosen field.
Feb. 16 2023 12:01AM
A rabbi and Bible scholar joins us to talk about his trips to biblical Egypt, and about the role of Egypt in the Jewish imagination.
Jan. 27 2023 12:01AM