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Interviews with scholars of Judaism about their new books.

Klas-Göran Karlsson, "Lessons of History: The Holocaust and Soviet Terror as Borderline Events" (Academic Studies Press, 2024)

June 15, 2024

Lessons of History

Klas-Göran Karlsson
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Lessons of history are often referred to in public discourse, but seldom in scholarly discussions. Klas-Göran Karlsson's book Lessons of History: The …

Peter Bergamin, "The Making of the Israeli Far-Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology” (I. B. Tauris, 2019)

June 10, 2024

The Making of the Israeli Far-Right

Peter Bergamin
Hosted by Yaacov Yadgar

Peter Bergamin’s, new book, The Making of the Israeli Far-Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology (I. B. Tauris, 2019), is an intellectual biography …

Joseph A. Skloot, "First Impressions: Sefer Hasidim and Early Modern Hebrew Printing" (Brandeis UP, 2023)

June 8, 2024

First Impressions

Joseph A. Skloot
Hosted by Jana Byars

Joseph A. Skloot joins Jana Byars to talk about his new book, First Impressions: Sefer hasimdim and Early Modern Hebrew Printing (Brandeis UP, 2023). …

Joshua Paul Smith, "Luke Was Not a Christian: Reading the Third Gospel and Acts Within Judaism" (Brill, 2024)

June 8, 2024

Luke Was Not a Christian

Joshua Paul Smith
Hosted by Rob Heaton

One orthodoxy of critical biblical scholarship on the Third Gospel, attributed by later Christian tradition to a companion of Paul named Luke, holds t…

Asaf Elia-Shalev, "Israel's Black Panthers: The Radicals Who Punctured a Nation's Founding Myth" (U California Press, 2024)

June 7, 2024

Israel's Black Panthers

Asaf Elia-Shalev
Hosted by Roberto Mazza

Asaf Elia-Shalev's book Israel's Black Panthers: The Radicals Who Punctured a Nation's Founding Myth (U California Press, 2024) tells the story of the…

Victoria Khiterer, "Jewish City Or Inferno of Russian Israel?: A History of the Jews in Kiev Before February 1917" (Academic Studies Press, 2017)

June 5, 2024

Jewish City Or Inferno of Russian Israel?

Victoria Khiterer
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Victoria Khiterer's book Jewish City Or Inferno of Russian Israel?: A History of the Jews in Kiev Before February 1917 (Academic Studies Press, 2017) …

Glenn Dynner, "The Light of Learning: Hasidism in Poland on the Eve of the Holocaust" (Oxford UP, 2024)

June 5, 2024

The Light of Learning

Glenn Dynner
Hosted by Zalman Newfield

In The Light of Learning: Hasidism in Poland on the Eve of the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 2024), Glenn Dynner tells the story of an unexpecte…

Thomas Sparr, "German Jerusalem: The Remarkable Life of a German-Jewish Neighbourhood in the Holy City" (Haus Publishers, 2021)

June 4, 2024

German Jerusalem

Thomas Sparr
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

In the 1920s, before the establishment of the state of Israel, a group of German Jews settled in a garden city on the outskirts of Jerusalem. During…

Benjamin Balint, "Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy" (Norton, 2019)

June 3, 2024

Kafka's Last Trial

Benjamin Balint
Hosted by Yakir Englander

When Franz Kafka died in 1924, his loyal friend Max Brod could not bring himself to fulfill Kafka’s last instruction: to burn his remaining manuscript…

Thea Gomelauri, "The Lailashi Codex: The Crown of Georgian Jewry" (Taylor Institution Library, 2023)

June 1, 2024

The Lailashi Codex

Thea Gomelauri
Hosted by Meghan Cochran

From a remote mountain village in the Caucasian mountains of Georgia came the most surprising discovery since the Dead Sea Scrolls: a rare, beautiful,…

Daniel Matt et al., "The Zohar: Pritzker Edition" (Stanford UP, 2004-2017)

May 29, 2024

The Zohar

Daniel C. Matt, Joel Hecker, and Nathan Wolski
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Sefer ha-Zohar (The Book of Radiance) has amazed readers ever since it emerged in Spain over seven hundred years ago. Written in a lyrical Aramaic, th…

Jan Grabowski, "On Duty: The Role of the Polish Blue and Criminal Police in the Holocaust" (Yad Vashem, 2024)

May 27, 2024

On Duty

Jan Grabowski
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

"The Polish Police, commonly called the Blue or uniformed police in order to avoid using the term “Polish,” has played a most lamentable role in the e…

Judy Batalion, "The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos" (William Morrow, 2021)

May 27, 2024

The Light of Days

Judy Batalion
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland--so…

Adi Mahalel, "The Radical Isaac: I. L. Peretz and the Rise of Jewish Socialism" (SUNY Press, 2023)

May 26, 2024

The Radical Isaac: I. L. Peretz and the Rise of Jewish Socialism

Adi Mahalel

In The Radical Isaac: I. L. Peretz and the Rise of Jewish Socialism (SUNY Press, 2023), Adi Mahalel presents Yiddish and Hebrew writer I. L. Peretz (1…

Yehonatan Eybeshitz, "Pearls of Wisdom from Rabbi Yehonatan Eybeshitz: Torah Giant, Preacher & Kabbalist" (Gerber's Miracle Publishers, 2021)

May 24, 2024

Pearls of Wisdom from Rabbi Yehonatan Eybeshitz

Rabbi Yehonatan Eybeshitz
Hosted by Michael Morales

Rabbi Yehonatan Eybeshitz was one of the greatest rabbis of the eighteenth century. Even as a child, he was renowned as one of the rare geniuses of hi…

Mark Jantzen and John D. Thiesen, "European Mennonites and the Holocaust" (U Toronto Press, 2021)

May 23, 2024

European Mennonites and the Holocaust

Mark Jantzen and John D. Thiesen
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

During the Second World War, Mennonites in the Netherlands, Germany, occupied Poland, and Ukraine lived in communities with Jews and close to various …

Arjen F. Bakker, "The Secret of Time: Reconfiguring Wisdom in the Dead Sea Scrolls" (Brill, 2023)

May 23, 2024

The Secret of Time

Arjen F. Bakker
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Arjen F. Bakker's book The Secret of Time: Reconfiguring Wisdom in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Brill, 2023) contributes to the rethinking of the Dead Sea Sc…

Mirjam Rajner, "Fragile Images: Jews and Art in Yugoslavia, 1918-1945" (Brill, 2019)

May 22, 2024

Fragile Images

Mirjam Rajner
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In Fragile Images: Jews and Art in Yugoslavia, 1918-1945 (Brill, 2019), Mirjam Rajner traces the lives and creativity of seven artists of Jewish origi…

Wally V. Cirafesi, "John Within Judaism: Religion, Ethnicity, and the Shaping of Jesus-Oriented Jewishness in the Fourth Gospel" (Brill, 2021)

May 21, 2024

John Within Judaism

Wally V. Cirafesi
Hosted by Michael Morales

While many have noted the general Jewishness of the Gospel of John, few have given it a seat at the ideologically crowded table of ancient Jewish pra…

Nicholas Underwood, "Yiddish Paris: Staging Nation and Community in Interwar France" (Indiana UP, 2022)

May 21, 2024

Yiddish Paris

Nicholas Underwood
Hosted by Roxanne Panchasi

Nick Underwood's Yiddish Paris: Staging Nation and Community in Interwar Paris (Indiana University Press, 2022) is a captivating study of the culture …