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  • Week in Review: July 31, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Jonathan Pollard will be released; Israeli arsonists of Jewish-Arab school sentenced; and allegations of fraud at a Jewish-run charity; Meredith Ganzman sits down with the producers of a new documentary about ground-breaking Jewish entertainer Sophie Tucker; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with journalist Tracy Dahlby, author of “Into the Field: A Foreign Correspondent’s Notebook.”

    July 30, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Jon Fine and Lynn Davidman

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, what does it mean to be set free from the strictures of one’s childhood, and find a calling somewhere else?

    In the 1980s, many youths across America found meaning in music that was loud, hard and fast — and a sense of community, as well. Inc. Magazine Executive Editor Jon Fine discusses his path in “Your Band Sucks: What I Learned at Indie Rock’s Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear).”

    And then, we’ve heard many individual stories of people who grew up in the Ultra-Orthodox community and eventually left, but what’s the larger story that they tell us, when combined together? Kansas University Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies researches that in “Becoming Unorthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews.”

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    July 27, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 24, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    The EU calls for a return to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process; controversy in the Catskills over a housing development and a group of Hasidic newcomers; a vegan take on high-end men’s fashion; and a peek at next week’s “Up Close” interview with Lynn Davidman, author of “Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews.”

    July 24, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Nathaniel Popper and Alice Dreger

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    This week on Up Close, when new ideas come forward, we can have a hard time accepting them for the value they represent.

    In the case of bitcoin, the virtual currency that’s now worth billions of dollars, value is precisely the question. New York Times Business Reporter Nathaniel Popper digs under the surface to find out more in Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying To Reinvent Money.

    And then, in a world increasingly driven by popular discussion, the possibility of popular outrage at scientific discovery has the ability to shut down discussions and ruin careers. Northwestern University Professor Alice Dreger shares her findings in Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    July 20, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 17, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    TJC’s Steven I. Weiss breaks down the Iran nuclear deal; Rebecca Honig Friedman investigates the halachic prenuptial agreement; and a preview of our “Up Close” interview with Alice Dreger, author of “Galileo’s Middle Finger.”

    July 16, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Michelle Goldberg and Susan Katz Miller

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    This week on Up Close, religions and beliefs don’t exist in a vacuum, and they change over time as influences go back and forth.

    The yoga tradition is presented popularly as ancient wisdom in classes around America today, but most of what’s being taught is less than a hundred years old. The woman largely responsible for making your yoga class what it is, and as popular as it is, is the subject of “The Nation” Senior Contributing Writer Michelle Goldberg’s The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West.

    And with the mix of religions here in the United States, it can sometimes feel like we’re building a distinctly American religion. One way that manifests is with those who belong to multiple religions at once. Susan Katz Miller discusses that journey in Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    July 13, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 10, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    The influence of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party on Israel’s new government; Hillary Clinton’s statement against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS); Israeli ex-pats in New York convene for a leadership conference and “Shark Tank” style competition; and a preview of this week’s “Up Close” with Susan Katz Miller, author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, and Michelle Goldberg, author of The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West.

    July 9, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Christine Romans and Anya Kamenetz

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    This week on Up Close, laying a path for the future is one of our most basic social obligations. But are we doing a good job?

    When it comes to giving young people a chance with their money, we could be doing a lot better, according to CNN Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans, author of Smart is the New Rich: Money Guide for Millenials.

    And we might be doing quite a lot to damage this generation from an educational perspective, by burdening them with high-stakes standardized tests. NPR Lead Digital Education Reporter Anya Kamenetz discussed that and more in, The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed With Standardized Testing — But You Don’t Have To Be.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    July 6, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 3, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    The space between two Riverdale Rabbis and a rift in modern-Orthodoxy, why a common Jewish genetic disease often goes undiagnosed, and a preview of our “Up Close” interview with Anya Kamenetz, author of The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed With Standardized Testing — But You Don’t Have To Be.

    July 2, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Marc Shapiro and Michal Lemberger

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    This week on Up Close, we all believe we can find a cultural tradition to explore, and texts to recognize as part of that tradition. But what are the ways that holes can get poked in that tradition, and how can a tradition be recovered or reclaimed?

    In the Jewish tradition, key texts have been changed, with items removed, added or altered — and in the cases we know about, it’s largely the ultra-Orthodox determining what stays and what goes. University of Scranton Professor Marc Shapiro reveals it all in Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites its History.

    And if there’s any narrative most obviously missing from traditional Jewish texts, it’s the stories of women’s lives. Using short stories to fill in some gaps is American Jewish University Professor Michal Lemberger, in After Abel and Other Stories.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    July 1, 2015 | No Comments »

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