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At Newport

The Dybbukast, Season 4, Episode 4: 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.

Read the transcript for "At Newport."


Hosted by Aaron Henne

Scholarship provided by Rabbi Dan Judson, PhD

Edited by Mark McClain Wilson

Story editing for the podcast by Julie A. Lockhart with Aaron Henne

Featuring the voices of Joe Jordan, Mark McClain Wilson, and Rebecca Rasmussen

Theme music composed by Michael Skloff and produced by Sam K.S.

Transcription by Dylan Southard

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