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Dec 22, 2017

In this week's mini episode I discuss the announcement of the US recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital (duh?), the meaning of Hanukkah, and why the menorah has been such a powerful and enduring symbol for thousands of years. We also get to hear my family, including me, singing the first verse of Maoz Tzur, the...

Nov 22, 2017

In this episode of the Jewish Geography Podcast I discuss the root meaning of the word, "Jew," and the connection it has to thankfulness. Then we study the opening lines of Moshe Chaim Luzzato's famous work of Jewish ethics, 'Mesillat Yesharim' (The Straight Path, or Path of the Just), and discuss how keeping our own...

Nov 10, 2017

Why does Abraham insist on buying a cave in Hebron to bury Sarah, what does it mean, and what is the relevance of the burial site for us today? Find out on this week's mini-episode of the Jewish Geography podcast.

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Nov 1, 2017

What do Hatikvah, psalm 126, a rabbinic dictum about "the doings of the fathers are a sign for the sons", the parshah, and the six day war have in common? In this week's episode of the Jewish Geography podcast we introduce the shows new theme music, discuss fathers and sons, and follow how the actions of the...

Oct 22, 2017

In this episode of the Jewish Geography Podcast we interview Daniella, author of the newly released novel, "By Light of Hidden Candles,' a historical novel which follows the story of two families through five hundred years of turmoil, faith and romance from inquisition era Spain until the present. Then we talk about the...