A podcast featuring interviews and in-depth discussion of new research and enduring debates about Jewish history and culture and why it matters.


Masada—From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth, with Jodi Magness

In this episode, Jodi Magness about the history of Masada, its role in public memory, and why it matters. Her book Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth, which synthesizes the history of the site as well as how it has been received in modern times, offers a starting point for a wide-ranging conversation about what Masada means in terms of both scholarship and public memory.

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Small Objects, Big Lessons: The Art of the Jewish Family with Laura Arnold Leibman

Laura Arnold Leibman joins us to talk about early American Jewish history and material culture, and the big lessons that we learn from looking at a handful of small objects which she studies in her recent book The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects. Listen in for our conversation about how material objects and material culture illuminate our understanding of American Jewish history, and why it matters.

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