for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest


yesterday morning (sunday 7th), 8.32-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
benedict spinoza – a philosopher for our time (presented by michael goldfarb) (in the heart and soul series)

“350 years ago, the philosopher Benedict Spinoza put his very, big brain to work on the problem of religion in politics. His theories led to the Enlightenment and its ideas of democracy and the separation of Church and State.
To do this he had to argue that God was not the God of the Bible. Spinoza’s reward: excommunication. But no threat could stop him imagining a new kind of liberty.
Michael Goldfarb tells the story of Spinoza in a programme that will make listeners think and reflect on the big questions of life, the universe and our place in it.
With the help of …”

• professor rebecca newberger goldstein, author of Betraying Spinoza
• netherlands chief rabbi pinchas toledano
• professor susan james
emlyn stam of the new european ensemble
• composer and dj jason hayward aka spinoza gambit
(if you missed it, available at


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