Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies


Interviews with scholars of Judaism about their new books.

Maxine Lowy, "Latent Memory: Human Rights and Jewish Identity in Chile" (U Wisconsin Press, 2022)

February 27, 2024

Latent Memory

Maxine Lowy
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In the first half of the twentieth century, Jewish immigrants and refugees sought to rebuild their lives in Chile. Despite their personal histories of…

Ivo Goldstein and Slavko Goldstein, "The Holocaust in Croatia" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2016)

February 25, 2024

The Holocaust in Croatia

Ivo Goldstein and Slavko Goldstein
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

The Holocaust in Croatia (U Pittsburgh Press, 2016) recounts the history of the Croatian Jewish community during the Second World War, with a focus on…

Marcia Bricker Halperin, "Kibbitz and Nosh: When We All Met at Dubrow's Cafeteria" (Cornell UP, 2023)

February 25, 2024

Kibbitz and Nosh

Marcia Bricker Halperin
Hosted by Robert Snyder

In the middle decades of the twentieth century in New York City, Dubrow’s cafeterias in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn and the garment district of M…

Bojan Aleksov, "Jewish Refugees in the Balkans, 1933-1945" (Brill, 2023)

February 24, 2024

Jewish Refugees in the Balkans, 1933-1945

Bojan Aleksov
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

The Balkans provided the escape route for tens of thousands of German Jews, and remained a place of refuge until the Nazis brutally shut it off with t…

Till Van Rahden, "Multiplicity: Jewish History and the Ambivalences of Universalism" (Hamburger Edition, 2022)

February 24, 2024


Till Van Rahden
Hosted by Paul Lerner

Since the Enlightenment, the question has arisen as to how it is possible to think of the “unity of the human race” as a multiplicity. How can the pro…

Raanan Rein, "Populism and Ethnicity: Peronism and the Jews of Argentina" (McGill-Queen's UP, 2020)

February 23, 2024

Populism and Ethnicity

Raanan Rein
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Juan Perón's decade-long regime, from 1946 to 1955, is often presented as Nazi-fascist and antisemitic - claims that are strongly rooted in Argentina'…

Safwat Marzouk, "Egypt as a Monster in the Book of Ezekiel" (Mohr Siebeck, 2015)

February 21, 2024

Egypt as a Monster in the Book of Ezekiel

Safwat Marzouk
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Appealing to Monster Theory and the ancient Near Eastern motif of "Chaoskampf," Safwat Marzouk argues that the paradoxical character of the category o…

Mara Josi, "Rome, 16 October 1943: History, Memory, Literature" (Legenda, 2023)

February 20, 2024

Rome, 16 October 1943

Mara Josi
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Today I talked to Mara Josi about her new book Rome, 16 October 1943: History, Memory, Literature (Legenda, 2023). Rome. Saturday 16 October 1943. Th…

Daphna Sharfman, "Jerusalem in the Second World War" (Routledge, 2024)

February 18, 2024

Jerusalem in the Second World War

Daphna Sharfman
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Daphna Sharfman's book Jerusalem in the Second World War (Routledge, 2024) is the first to present the unique story of the city of Jerusalem during th…

Jewish War Ethics, Ancient to Contemporary: A Conversation with Rabbi Shlomo Brody

February 13, 2024

Jewish War Ethics, Ancient to Contemporary

Shlomo Brody
Hosted by Annika Nordquist

How should we think about violent accounts in the Bible? Why did Gandhi urge the Jews to turn a blind eye to anti-Semitism during World War II? What i…

Paul Mendes-Flohr, "Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent" (Yale UP, 2019)

February 12, 2024

Martin Buber

Paul Mendes-Flohr
Hosted by David Gottlieb

In Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent (Yale University Press, 2019), Paul Mendes-Flohr, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinit…

George Eisen, "A Summer of Mass Murder: 1941 Rehearsal for the Hungarian Holocaust" (Purdue UP, 2022)

February 10, 2024

A Summer of Mass Murder

George Eisen
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Most accounts of the Holocaust focus on trainloads of prisoners speeding toward Auschwitz, with its chimneys belching smoke and flames, in the summer …

Dallas Michelbacher, "Jewish Forced Labor in Romania, 1940-1944" (Indiana UP, 2020)

February 6, 2024

Jewish Forced Labor in Romania, 1940-1944

Dallas Michelbacher
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Between Romania's entry into World War II in 1941 and the ouster of dictator Ion Antonescu three years later, over 105,000 Jews were forced to work in…

Serhiy Bilenky, "Laboratory of Modernity: Ukraine Between Empire and Nation, 1772-1914" (McGill-Queen's UP, 2023)

February 5, 2024

Laboratory of Modernity

Serhiy Bilenky

When the powers of Europe were at their prime, present-day Ukraine was divided between the Austrian and Russian empires, each imposing different polit…

Robin Judd, "Between Two Worlds: Jewish War Brides After the Holocaust" (UNC Press, 2023)

February 2, 2024

Between Two Worlds

Robin Judd
Hosted by Paul Lerner

Facing the harrowing task of rebuilding a life in the wake of the Holocaust, many Jewish survivors, community and religious leaders, and Allied soldie…

On the Idea of "Cleanliness" (nekiyut) in Exodus 18:1–20:23

February 1, 2024

On the Idea of "Cleanliness" (nekiyut) in Exodus 18:1–20:23

This week, Modya and David move on to the character trait of nekiyut, or cleanliness, and use it as a lense on the Torah portion of Yitro, in which th…

Anton Weiss-Wendt, "On the Margins: Essays on the History of Jews in Estonia" (CEU Press, 2017)

January 29, 2024

On the Margins

Anton Weiss-Wendt
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Estonia is perhaps the only country in Europe that lacks a comprehensive history of its Jewish minority. Spanning over 150 years of Estonian Jewish hi…

Hillel Goldberg, "Across the Expanse of Jewish Thought: From the Holocaust to Halakhah and Beyond" (Ktav, 2022)

January 27, 2024

Across the Expanse of Jewish Thought

Hillel Goldberg
Hosted by Matthew Miller

Drawing on Isaiah Berlin’s influential essay, “The Hedgehog and the Fox,” Hillel Goldberg opens this volume: “By commitment I am a hedgehog – I believ…

John J. Michalczyk et al.. "Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ and the Holocaust: A Prelude to Genocide" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

January 27, 2024

Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ and the Holocaust

John J. Michalczyk, Michael S. Bryant, and Susan A. Michalczyk
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

For decades scholars have pored over Hitler's autobiographical journey/political treatise, debating if Mein Kampf has genocidal overtones and arguably…

On Zionism and the Left: A Discussion with Author and Cultural Critic Susie Linfield

January 22, 2024

On Zionism and the Left

Susie Linfield
Hosted by Paul Starobin

“How has it come to this? How has ‘Zionist’…become the dirtiest word to the international Left?” Susie Linfield poses that ripe question at the outse…