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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?  

 

Jewish communities, for a good deal of recorded time, have been spread across much of the globe, often existing as minority groups within a variety of dominant cultures. As such, the creative works generated, read, and listened to in these communities can provide glimpses into the ways in which people navigate challenging cultural waters.

 

Through a combination of performed readings and interviews with artists and scholars, The Dybbukast brings these creations and their historical contexts to life, all while revealing their relationships to issues still present today.

New episodes are released on the second Friday of every month.

Now also available on YouTube!

Season 1

Season 2

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

Season 3

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

Latest Episode

"Years Have Sped By"

Season 3, Episode 1

In this episode, presented in collaboration with the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, we investigate the life and work of the poet Chaya Rochel Andres, who emigrated as a young woman in 1921 from Poland to Dallas, Texas, where she spent most of her adult life. Her story serves as an entry point for us to explore some of the social, political, and cultural dynamics of Jewish life in the South.

 

Throughout the episode, a variety of poems from Chaya Rochel's body of work are intercut with information about the circumstances of her life, the time in which she lived, and the organization with which she was involved, the Arbeter Ring, which many people now know as the Workers Circle.

 

Scholarship from the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life includes expertise from Dr. Josh Parshall, Director of History, who discusses Chaya Rochel's work and its connections to the Yiddish speaking world, as well as Jewish life in Eastern Europe and the South, and Nora Katz, Director of Heritage and Interpretation, who speaks about how Chaya Rochel's story intersects with the Jewish history of migration to and within the Southern United States. Also featured in the episode is an interview with Chaya Rochel from 1981, courtesy of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, in which she shared about her writing and her personal history.

 

This episode is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

coming soon

"Why I Was a Zionist and Why I Now Am Not"

Season 3, Episode 2

coming Friday, December 9

In this episode, presented in collaboration with the Jewish Museum of Maryland, we share selections from a speech by Rabbi Morris S. Lazaron, which was given at the convention of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in 1937. Portions of this speech are featured along with excerpts from his unpublished autobiography in an article from the Museum's journal, Generations, titled “Why I Was a Zionist and Why I Now Am Not.” A prominent and nationally known leader affiliated with the Reform movement, Morris Lazaron served as Rabbi for Baltimore Hebrew Congregation from 1915 through much of 1946, and, later, as Rabbi Emeritus.

 

Rabbi Lazaron’s words and work serve as an entry point for us to explore the American Council for Judaism: a non-Zionist, anti-nationalist organization that he co-founded with a group of Reform rabbis in 1942.

 

Dr. Matt Berkman, visiting professor at Oberlin College in Ohio, takes us through the history, philosophy, and formation of the American Council for Judaism while Rabbi Andrew Busch, current Rabbi of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, and Peggy Wolf, Rabbi Lazaron’s granddaughter, share about the rabbi’s life, work, and legacy.

Season 3

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

Season 3, Episode 1

Years Have Sped By

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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
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