for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest


last thursday evening (27th july), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3 (repeated from sunday 22nd may 2016)
the life and times of benedict spinoza (presented by michael goldfarb) (in the sunday feature 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 piet steenbakkers
• 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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