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Archive for October, 2015

Witness: Birobidzhan

this morning (friday 30th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107) (repeated in the history hour, saturday morning, 9.00am)
a jewish homeland in siberia (presented by dina newman) (in the witness series)

“In 1930, the USSR created a Jewish Autonomous Region in Siberia, as a homeland for Soviet Jews.
We hear from Sophia Miller, the daughter of Yiddish writer Buzi Miller, who grew up there, but now lives in Israel.”

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Today: Blood in Judaism

this morning (friday 30th), 6.49-6.53am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by mishal husain) includes …

“A new exhibition, Blood: Uniting and dividing, opening next week at the Jewish Museum, will explore the importance of blood and the part it plays in religion and in wider society.
We speak to museum director Abigail Morris.”

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Shylock’s Ghost

tomorrow evening (tuesday 27th), 10.35-11.45pm, on bbc 1
shylock’s ghost (presented by alan yentob) (in the imagine … series)

Alan Yentob travels to the ghetto in Venice with award-winning novelist Howard Jacobson as he embarks on a retelling of Shakespeare’s most performed play, The Merchant of Venice. Through a series of lively – often fiery – interviews, they examine the charge of anti-Semitism against Shakespeare, whose character Shylock remains one of the most odious and divisive fictional Jews in history.
How did the moneylender from Venice become such a useful propaganda tool in Nazi Germany? And how much of a liberty will Jacobson be taking when he uproots the action to modern-day Alderley Edge, and audaciously reinterprets the infamous ‘pound of flesh’?
Interviewees include • Antony SherAnthony Julius and • Stephen Greenblatt.”

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Today: David Cesarani dies

this morning (monday 26th), 8.37-8.41am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by james naughtie and justin webb) includes …

“British historian David Cesarani, who specialised in Jewish history and the Holocaust, has died aged 58.
Dr James Smith, co-founder of the National Holocaust Centre, is live on the programme.”

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Tftd: a new Nostra Aetate?

this morning (monday 26th), 7.49-7.52am, on bbc radio 4
thought for the day: a new nostra aeate? from former chief rabbi lord sacks

“What we need now is a new and broader Nostra Aetate, bringing together all the great faiths in a covenant of mutual respect and responsibility. We need leaders from every religion publicly to declare that much of what’s being done today in the name of faith is in fact a desecration of faith, and a violation of its most sacred principles, It took the holocaust to bring about Nostra Aetate. Let’s not wait for another crime, against humanity and God, to bring us to our senses.”

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Sunday: Manchester Jewry

this morning (sunday 25th), 7.23-7.29am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by william crawley) includes …

“A recent report claims the majority of British Jews will be from the ultra-orthodox community by the end of the century.
Rosie Dawson visits one of the largest communities in Manchester to explore the changes this could bring.”

including contributions from …
• historian dr yaakov wise, centre of jewish studies, university of manchester
* journalist dr jonathan kalmus
michelle ciffer, manager of the hershel weiss children and family centre
• dr jonathan boyd, an author of the report, of the institute of jewish policy research
nava kestenbaum, director of strictly orthodox charity interlink
(see also http://www.thejc.com/community/community-life/112521/less-and-more-manch…) (more…)

FOOC: Jerusalem and the past

yesterday morning (saturday 24th), 11.31-11.37am, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent (presented by kate adie) leads with …

History’s long shadow: Kevin Connolly goes for an evening stroll in Jerusalem observing that the triumphs and disasters of the past are as real as the tensions of the present if you know where to look.”

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Today: BOTH communities frightened?

this morning (saturday 24th), 8.50-8.55am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by james naughtie) includes …

“Most of the dead are Palestinians, some have died in the familiar violent clashes with the Israeli security forces in the West bank, but some of the deaths have occurred when individual Palestinians, not known to be members of militant groups, have made stabbing attacks on Israelis and then been shot dead by the police or the army. It’s a new type of attack, and it’s left people in both communities anxious and frightened. Our Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly has been talking to Palestinians and Israelis about their fears”

the interview** of the palestinian chef bassem obeid does not support james naughtie’s introductory remark, that palestinians also are frightened
including contributions from …
dovi singel and • naama singel, residents of armon hanatziv
* palestinian chef bassem obeid, working in a west jerusalem hotel
**(and the bbc article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34602291) (more…)

HARDtalk: Yair Lapid

last thursday evening (21st october), 8.30-8.55pm, on bbc news tv (repeated 12.30-12.55am) (repeated today, 10.06-11.00pm, on bbc world service radio)
hardtalk: yair lapid (interviewed by stephen sackur)

Yair Lapid, leader of Israel’s Yesh Atid party, has called on Israelis to shoot to kill at the first sign of danger. Will that kind of language improve security in the region?”
(Sackur 0:10:30) “Why is it, do you believe, that some Israelis have dehumanised the other, the Palestinians, to the point where they are prepared to engage in that sort of behaviour?”

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Tftd: Shabbat.UK

this morning (thursday 22nd), 7.47-7.50am, on bbc radio 4
thought for the day: shabbat.uk from chief rabbi ephraim mirvis (more…)

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