There are almost 100 titles in my podcast player. Before the holidays more than 150 episodes were taunting me with their unlistened-to-ness.
After a bit of a podcast binge during the past 10 days, I’m down to under 80 unplayed episodes. To mark this “achievement”, I’m finally writing this long-planned post to share the best Jewish and Israeli podcasts I’ve found. Click on any title or image for details about each podcast.
According to their website, “Unorthodox is a smart, fresh, fun weekly take on Jewish news and culture hosted by Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz.” A project of the wonderful Tablet Magazine, the podcast includes regular features like “Jew of the week” and “Gentile of the week”. No list of Jewish podcasts would be complete without Unorthodox.
This weekly podcast from the Union for Reform Judaism is just one of their Torah study resources. URJ’s President, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, provides a 10 minute (or so) lesson from the weekly Torah portion. It’s a quick listen that might inspire you to dig deeper into the sacred texts.
This podcast from the Tel-Aviv based TLV1 network has a vibe similar to Unorthodox, but focuses on Israeli politics and culture from a mostly liberal perspective. Promised Podcast episodes conclude with a segment called “What A Country” in which the hosts share something from the past week that illustrates why they love Israel.
Another weekly podcast from the Union for Reform Judaism, each short episode features a story from Jewish tradition. Some of the Stories We Tell will be familiar, some will not. But they all have a lesson to teach.
Guy Sharett is a Tel Aviv tour leader who teaches Hebrew as he walks the streets of Tel Aviv neighborhoods by deciphering graffiti, street signs and bumper stickers. Streetwise Hebrew, like his graffiti tour, is in English. The weekly 10-minute episodes won’t replace an ulpan (conversational Hebrew) class, but you’ll learn about how an ancient language is used in Israeli popular culture.
This bi-weekly adventure into Israeli music is hosted by Samuel Green, who goes by the wonderful pseudonym DJ Antithesis. Each episode of Kol Cambridge features about an hour of the best in Israeli music. Expand your musical horizons with some tunes from your spiritual homeland.
That’s it! Hope you enjoy some of these podcasts and subscribe to them to your player of choice. Do you have any favorite Jewish or Israeli podcasts that are missing? Share them in the comments.
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