The Jewish Story with Mike Feuer
By Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
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Deepen your relationship with Israel as a People and take a journey through the most remarkable, majestic and dramatic history of any people in human history with The Jewish Story. This podcast has been produced by Rabbi Mike Feuer in conjunction with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.
||CleanThe Jewish Story: Episode 29: Epilogue Season 1||The Expulsion from Spain marks a turning point in Jewish history. In addition to a national trauma which evokes the memory of the Temple’s destruction, it challenges the model of identity which has served the Jews for nearly 2000 years. … Read the r||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 28: The Expulsion||A lot more happened in 1492 than Columbus sailing the ocean blue. Upon their marriage, Ferdinand and Isabella are determined to make newborn Spain a unified country, which means that there is no place for Am Yisrael. The tools of … Read the rest||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 27: The Converso Problem||The forced conversion of tens of thousands of Jews may have seemed like a great victory for Christianity, but in reality these conversos were a ticking bomb in the heart of Christian culture. In this episode Rav Mike Feuer speaks … Read the rest||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 26: The Storm Breaks||When the storm broke in 1391, thousands were dead and even more converted. A new model of identity was born in the century before the expulsion, and it poses challenges that are present down to our day. Deepen your relationship … Read the rest||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 25: The Coming Storm||When faced with the choice between the cross and the sword, the Ashkenazi communities of the middle ages chose martyrdom. Why was the decision of their Spanish contemporaries so different? Deepen your relationship with Israel as a People and take … R||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 24: Into the Mystic||In the thirteenth centuries the stories of Ashkenaz and Spain begin to draw together. This is the great age of Christian expansion, which brings on book burning and religious disputation. It is also the age in which the kabbalah emerges … Read the res||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 23: Depths Out of Darkness||The twelfth century was a time of spiritual expansion as the Tosafists transformed the Talmud and the Pietists of Ashkenaz awakened new depths of the soul. Darkness grew as well, as the Crusades rolled through Europe and the terrible new … Read the re||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 22: The Birth of Ashkenaz||The origins of Ashkenazi Jewry are bound up with the rise of Christian Europe. As the kingdoms of the Middle Ages began to take shape, teachers like Rashi gave form to a kingdom of the Torah which the Jews could … Read the rest||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 21: From Moshe to Moshe||The Rambam was the second famous Moses in Jewish History. His accomplishments in Jewish law and philosophy tower over his contemporaries, and are pillars of of the Torah to this very day. Nonetheless, he was the source of great controversy … Read the||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 20 — My Heart is in the East||Yehudah Halevi was the poet of a generation, and perhaps the most celebrated poet of medieval Spain. He also swam against the tide of philosophical rationalism and invited his readers to experience the Torah from the inside. But how did … Read the res||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 19 — Call of the Spirit, Call of the Flesh||The 10th and 11th centuries of Jewish life in Al Andalus were so rich and productive that they were known as the Golden Age. The Jews struck root deeply in the soil of Muslim culture, and produced warriors, philosophers and … Read the rest||7/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 18 — The Origins of Spain||Spanish Jewry viewed itself as the nobility of the Jewish people, whose roots were in the legendary past. This episode traces history of the community from the fall of Rome until the rise of the Muslim Kingdom of Al Andalus … Read the rest||7/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 17 — Rav Saadia Gaon||There is a debate whether great individuals shape history or history shapes them, but there is no argument about the role which R’ Saadia Gaon played in shaping the Jewish Middle Ages. A mastery of poetry, polemics, Bible and language … Read the res||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 16 — Ism & Schism||It has been quite a long while since R’ Yochanan fled the Roman siege of Jerusalem, but now after seven hundred years the Jews have been united under what can be definitively called Judaism. But the birth of unified identity … Read the rest||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 15 — The Rising Crescent||The rise of Islam will offer new opportunities and pose new challenges for the survival of Am Yisrael. On one hand, the struggle to claim the title of true Israel which dominates life in the Christian world will be absent. … Read the rest||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 14 — Fixing the Conversation||Identity is always a battle. In this episode Rabbi Mike Feuer explores the struggle between Christianity and Judaism in late antiquity, as well the inner struggle of Am Yisrael to preserve its unique voice in the text of the gemara. … Read the rest||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 13 — Rivers of Babylon||It is the end of an era. In this episode Rabbi Mike Feuer explores rabbinic chronology, textual evolution and socio-political context in order to illustrate the shift between the time of the Tanaim and the time of the Amoraim. Deepen … Read the rest||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 12 — The Portable Homeland||R’ Yehudah HaNasi redacted the Mishna but he inherited its form and content from R’ Akiva. In this episode, Rabbi Mike Feuer explores the nature of the mishna and traces its development in the hands of R’ Akiva’s students. Deepen … Read the r||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 11 — The Indigestible Element||The ruins of the Temple were still smoldering when Judea burst into the flames of rebellion once again. In this episode Rabbi Mike Feuer discusses the final two rounds of the Roman Jewish wars. Filled with brutal bloodshed and failed … Read the rest||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 10 — Through the Flames||In this episode, Rabbi Mike Feuer describes the destruction of Jerusalem from without and from within. In order to do so he compares the perspectives of the great Jewish historian Josephus and the leading Sage R’ Yochanan ben Zakkai. In … Read the r||3/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 9: The Eve of the Destruction||In this week’s installment, Rabbi Mike Feuer focuses on the eve of the destruction. As the national vessel begins to fray at the seams and the Temple’s burning looms, the cultural battle within the text of the Torah erupts. When … Read the rest||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story: Episode 8 Hillel Prince of the Torah||In this episode of The Jewish Story, Rabbi Mike Feuer discusses the persona of Hillel the Elder. Hillel was named Nasi, prince, at the same time as Herod was king. In addition, Jesus of Nazareth was born in his lifetime. … Read the rest||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 7: Herod – Two Faces of Kingship||Herod the Wicked or Herod the Great? In this episode Rabbi Mike Feuer talks about Herod’s kingdom, the final phase of Judea preceding the destruction of the Second Temple. Herod’s complex personality matched the fragmented nature of his kingdom,||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 6: The Hasmonean Kingdom||In this week’s episode of The Jewish Story, Rabbi Mike Feuer discusses the rise and fall of the Hasmonean dynasty, from a kingdom of priests to Hellenestic king. Also hear how Judean society began to tear along lines which will … Read the rest||1/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 5: The Hanukah Revolt||In this episode of The Jewish Story, Rabbi Mike Feuer describes the rise of Hellenistic Judaism as the background for the Hanukah story. Judah and his brothers rose in revolt because they understood that identity is a matter of life … Read the rest||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 4: The Greek Encounter||The encounter between Greek and Jewish culture was love at first sight, and one of its great products was the Septuagint – the Greek translation of the Bible. But the closer these cultures grew, the more their conflict came to … Read the rest||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 3: The Men of the Great Assembly – What Made Them Great||In episode 3 of The Jewish Story, Rabbi Mike Feuer focuses on The Men of the Great Assembly, who lie on the other side of the Persian period from Daniel. They will begin to lay the foundations of Judaism as … Read the rest||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 2: Ezra and Nechemia||In Episode 2 of The Jewish Story, Rabbi Mike Feuer explores the walls built by Ezra and Nechemia, and the nature of the identity which emerged. Deepen your relationship with Israel as a People and take a journey through the … Read the rest||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jewish Story Episode 1: Daniel||The opening episode of the Jewish Story! Rabbi Mike Feuer touches his perspective on history and then tells the story of Daniel as the link between the age of prophecy and the age of wisdom. Deepen your relationship with Israel … Read the rest||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Prob my favorite of podcasts on Jewish Journey
Filled with a great mix of rabbinic and academic insights this is a very illuminating podcast and i can't wait to hear more. Thanks Yo!
Why is this dull as dirt?
I like Mike. He knowledgeable, intelligent and has so much to offer. In other pod casts he is so engaging. This podcast is worse than sitting through a class with an unhappy professor.
Please Mike, include your personality, warmth and ability to tell our story. I'll try you again in 6 months and try again.
Mike is the best to listen to- you will learn
He has a soft engaging voice. His podcasts are absolutely the best. If you are a seeker as I am you will be touched, moved, and inspired to study more. Thank Hashem for Mike Feuer!
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