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Archive for September, 2019

MN/BH: Hodge targeted

this morning (sunday 29th), 12.07-12.09am, 9.02-9.03am, and 9.57-9.58am, on bbc radio 4

midnight news and broadcasting house (presented by paddy oconnell) include …

“The veteran Labour MP and former minister Dame Margaret Hodge, a fierce critic of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, is facing a deselection challenge in her East London constituency. Party activists in Barking in Dagenham voted to trigger a contest in a series of branch meetings.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter caroline davies

mike katz, chair of jewish labour movement

• baroness margaret prosser

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COTW: Gustav Mahler

last wednesday morning (25th september), 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3

gustav mahler (1860-1911): god (3rd of 5 episodes) (in the composer of the week series) (presented by donald mcleod)

“3. Mahler’s ambivalent relationship to religion.

Mahler is often quoted as declaring himself “thrice homeless – as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, as a Jew throughout the world – always an intruder, never welcomed.” But while he may have been culturally Jewish he certainly wasn’t devoutly observant, and he wore his Judaism lightly enough to have no problem with converting to Catholicism when it suited him for professional purposes – in 1897 he was offered the directorship of the Vienna Court Opera, but only on condition that he switched faiths.

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Tftd: Mirvis 27/9/2019

this morning (friday 27th), 7.47-7.50am, on bbc radio 4

thought for the day, by chief rabbi ephraim mirvis

“I believe that now, more than ever before, our challenged world needs to understand and internalise what it means to be a mensch. A mensch passionately fights for what they believe is right, without ever compromising on courtesy.  A mensch debates the substance of an issue, without seeking to destroy their opposition. A mensch is slow to anger and quick to learn from others, including those with whom they may profoundly disagree. And a mensch puts humility and responsibility before their own reputation.”

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P4t: Rosenberg 17/9/2019

last thursday morning (17th september), 9.20-9.23am, on bbc radio 2

pause for thought by educator laurie rosenberg

Memory and the tragedy of dementia: ‘Music can reignite the spark within us – if only for a moment’.”

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P4t: Gelfand 15/9/2019

last tuesday morning (15th september), 5.46-5.49am, on bbc radio 2

pause for thought by rabbi shoshana boyd gelfand

“You don’t have to believe in God to feel a sense of utter wonder upon hearing an infant’s first cry.”

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FOOC: Jewish Iranian-Americans

this morning (thursday 26th), 11.15-11.20am, on bbc radio 4 

from our own correspondent (presented by kate adie) includes a report from los angeles by lois pryce

“In Beverly Hills, the heart of Persian LA, I meet up with • Elham Yaghoubian, a Jewish-Iranian activist and writer. She’s against militiary intervention, but has no truck with moderate reform, or anything that isn’t full-on regime change … But not all Jewish-Iranians in America support Donald Trump: that’s just a story being put about by Muslim-Iranians, she claims.”

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FOOC: Netanyahu chosen

this morning (thursday 26th), 11.03-11.09am, on bbc radio 4 

from our own correspondent (presented by kate adie) leads with …

Last week’s general election in Israel produced an indecisive result, but President Rivlin has asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the country’s next government, after Mr Netanyahu and his main political opponent Benny Gantz failed to agree a deal on a unity government.

Many observers suggested this election would be the end of an era for Israel’s longest-serving PM, but as the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen points out, the pre-emptive writing of Mr Netanyahu’s political obituary has proved premature before.”

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