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The Dybbukast

Jewish Podcast | Jewish Diaspora | Jewish Arts | Jewish Literature | Jewish History

What do poems, plays, and other creative texts from throughout history tell us about the times in which they were written? And what do they reveal about the forces still at play in our contemporary societies?

 

Using interviews with artists and scholars combined with performed readings by actors, The Dybbukast examines and gives context to creative works while exploring their relationships to issues still present today.

Episodes are released on the second Friday of each month.

Listen here, on YouTube (captions available), or on your favorite podcast app.

Season 1 of The Dybbukast was started with seed funding from The Covenant Foundation.

Seasons 2, 3, and 4 are generously supported by a grant from Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

*Episodes 3-7 of Season 3 were co-produced as a limited series with the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.

Latest Episode

"The Marvelous Puppet Show"

Season 4, Episode 5

This illuminated lecture brings together readings from the short play "The Marvelous Puppet Show" by Miguel de Cervantes, published in 1615, with a talk from Dr. Barbara Fuchs, Distinguished Professor of Spanish and English at UCLA and director of Diversifying the Classics. Dr. Fuchs reveals the ways in which Cervantes' uncannily prescient interlude dissects the foibles of belief and belonging and poses uncomfortable questions for the here and now.


This episode was recorded live on April 20, 2024 at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and is presented in collaboration with Diversifying the Classics at UCLA. The podcast presentation is supported in part by a grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

upcoming episode

Up Next

"Fiction without Romance"

Season 4, Episode 6

coming Friday, July 12, 2024

In our next episode, presented in collaboration with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE), we explore Fiction without Romance; or the Locket-Watch, a novel written by Maria Polack and published in the East End of London in 1830. Dr. Heidi Kaufman, Professor of English at the University of Oregon and Regional Museum Educator at OJMCHE, discusses the ways in which the novel, believed to be the first by an Anglo-Jewish writer, upends some of the misconceptions and stereotypes about 19th century life in the East End.

Season 4

Season 4 of The Dybbukast is generously supported by a grant from Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

Season 4, Episode 5

The Marvelous Puppet Show

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Season 4, Episode 3

The Merchant of Venice:

Annotated

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Season 4, Episode 4

At Newport

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Season 4, Episode 2

The Merchant of Venice:

Shakespeare in Performance

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Season 4, Guest Episode

Primary Source:

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

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Season 4, Episode 1

The Merchant of Venice:

Ghetto

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Season 3

Season 3 of The Dybbukast is generously supported by a grant from Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

Season 3, Episode 7

Studying Sacred Texts

 

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Season 3, Episode 4

The Imagined Childhood

 

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Season 3, Episode 2

Why I Was a Zionist and

Why I Now Am Not

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Season 3, Episode 6

The Book of Tahkemoni

 

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Season 3, Episode 3

The Chronicles of the Rabbis

 

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Season 3, Episode 1

Years Have Sped By

 

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Season 3, Episode 5

The Sayings of the Desert

Fathers and Mothers

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Season 3, Guest Episode

The Invention of Race in the

European Middle Ages

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Season 2

Season 2 of The Dybbukast is generously supported by a grant from Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

Season 2, Episode 8

Adapting Exagoge

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Season 2, Episode 5

The New World

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Season 2, Episode 2

The Book of Job

The Dybbukast, Season 2, Episode 2: The Book of Job

Season 2, Episode 7

Sound in the Silence

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Season 2, Episode 4

The St. Thomas Split

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Season 2, Episode 1

I Sing and I Pray

The Dybbukast, Season 2, Episode 1: I Sing and I Pray

Season 2, Episode 6

The Temple Bombing

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Season 2, Episode 3

Sing This at My Funeral

The Dybbukast, Season 2, Episode 3: Sing This at My Funeral

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 9

The Book of Bovo

The Dybbukast, Season 1, Episode 9: The Book of Bovo

Season 1, Episode 6

How to Hide

The Dybbukast, Season 1, Episode 6: How to Hide

Season 1, Episode 4

The Murdered Jewess

The Dybbukast, Season 1, Episode 4: The Murdered Jewess

Season 1, Episode 2

The Book of Enoch

The Dybbukast, Season 1, Episode 2: The Book of Enoch

Season 1, Episode 8

In Defense of Women

The Dybbukast, Season 1, Episode 8: In Defense of Women

Season 1, Episode 5 bonus

A Fine Ford Vehicle

The Dybbukast, bonus to Season 1, Episode 5

Season 1, Episode 3 bonus

Translation and The Death of My Aunt

The Dybbukast, bonus to Season 1, Episode 3

Season 1, Episode 1 bonus

I-Tell-You...More

The Dybbukast, bonus to Season 1, Episode 1

Season 1, Episode 7

Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives

The Dybbukast, Season 1, Episode 7: Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives

Season 1, Episode 5

The Protocols, Henry Ford, and

The International Jew

The Dybbukast, Season 1, Episode 5: The Protocols, Henry Ford, and The International Jew

Season 1, Episode 3

The Death of My Aunt

The Dybbukast, Season 1, Episode 3: The Death of My Aunt

Season 1, Episode 1

I-Tell-You

The Dybbukast, Season 1, Episode 1: I-Tell-You

Thank you to The Covenant Foundation and Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah for their support of The Dybbukast and related educational resources. 

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