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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 Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare in Performance"

Season 4, Episode 2

This illuminated lecture brings together work from Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Visiting Scholar at Portland State University and scholar-in-residence at the Portland Shakespeare Project, with readings of excerpts from Shakespeare's Merchant and other related materials. Dr. Pollack-Pelzner takes up the question: “Why perform The Merchant of Venice?" and discusses its production history, scholarship related to the work, and his own personal relationship to the play.  

 

This episode is presented in collaboration with the Shakespeare's First Folio: 1623-2023 Festival at Portland State University and was recorded live as part of the festival on October 26, 2023 during theatre dybbuk's residency in Portland, Oregon. 

 

This is the second in a three episode series connected to concepts that intersect with theatre dybbuk's most recent theatrical work, The Merchant of Venice (Annotated), or In Sooth I Know Not Why I Am So Sad. That production combines text from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice with Elizabethan history and news from 2020 to the present. In doing so, it seeks to illuminate how, during times of upheaval, some people may place blame for their anxieties on an “other.”

 

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

upcoming episode

Up Next

"The Merchant of Venice: Annotated"

Season 4, Episode 3

coming Friday, March 8, 2024

Dr. Jennifer Wells takes us through the social, economic, and political landscape of Elizabethan England as Aaron Henne, the writer and director of our latest work, The Merchant of Venice (Annotated), or In Sooth I Know Not Why I Am So Sadand artistic director of theatre dybbuk, illuminates that history's impact on our interpretation of Shakespeare's Merchant.

 

This episode is presented in collaboration with the George Washington University Department of History

 

This is the third and final episode in our series connected to concepts that intersect with The Merchant of Venice (Annotated), or In Sooth I Know Not Why I Am So Sad. That production combines text from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice with Elizabethan history and news from 2020 to the present. In doing so, it seeks to illuminate how, during times of upheaval, some people may place blame for their anxieties on an “other.”

Season 4

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

Season 4, Episode 1

The Merchant of Venice:

Ghetto

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Season 4, Episode 2

The Merchant of Venice:

Shakespeare in Performance

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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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