The Story of the Jews
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Simon Schama looks at the impact of the Jews and those moments when the Jewish experience - what Jews have thought and written, uttered, mourned and acclaimed - has changed the fate of the world. Drawing on his scholarship, his original viewpoints, and his own family history, Schama presents a series about the Jewish story that is at once deeply historical and bracingly contemporary. Travelling the globe from New York to Odessa, Berlin to Jerusalem, he tells ancient and modern stories that illuminate the passions and perplexities of the Jewish people today. Sure to capture a wide and appreciative audience, The Story of the Jews rests at heart on the difference between distinctiveness and isolation. Since the creation of the Bible, the Jewish world has been distinct, but never truly isolated. The Jewish story needs to be told afresh because it is a story of our deep human connectedness.
|1||VideoIn the Beginning||Simon Schama explores how a distinct Jewish identity began to emerge more than 3,000 years ago.||58:48||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoAmong Believers||Simon Schama explores the tale of Jewish survival in the medieval world. Drawing on a rich store of||59:10||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoA Leap of Faith||In episode 3, Simon Schama charts the huge leap of faith taken by the Jews of Northern Europe. After||58:59||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoOver the Rainbow||Simon Schama explores the rich history of the Jews of Eastern Europe. Drawing on richly evocative||59:05||£1.89||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoReturn||Simon Schama explores how two recent historical events, the Holocaust and the creation of the State||59:16||£1.89||View In iTunes|
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This an exciting, engaging, informative and balanced account of the story of the Jews. It helps to dispel myths and broaden viewers' understanding of the Jewish people. It provides nuance to the debate around Zionism and Israel. Important to watch.