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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

"At Newport"

Season 4, Episode 4

In this episode, presented in collaboration with Hebrew College, we begin by exploring two poems from the second half of the 19th century by prominent American poets. One, "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is generally thought to have been written during a visit to Newport in 1852 and was then published in 1854. The other, a response to that work by Emma Lazarus called "In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport," was likely written in 1867 and then published in 1871.

 

Rabbi Dan Judson, Provost of Hebrew College, discusses how the poem by Lazarus both builds upon and deviates from Longfellow's poem. He also shares about the artistic and ideological journey that Emma Lazarus, as a Jewish American writer, took over the course of her career, using her poem "The Banner of the Jew," published in 1882, as an entry point to understand this journey, and touches on the ways in which her evolution speaks to Jewish identity in America and the American experience overall.

Support for this episode is provided in part by A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy.

upcoming episode

Up Next

"The Marvelous Puppet Show"

Season 4, Episode 5

coming Friday, June 14, 2024

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 20th, 2024 at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and is presented in collaboration with Diversifying the Classics at UCLA. This episode is supported in part by a grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Season 4

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

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 4, Episode 3

The Merchant of Venice:

Annotated

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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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