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  • Up Close: July 21, 2014

    by TJC Staff
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    On this episode of Up Close, two very different windows into the Jewish state.

    First, author and lecturer Yael Unterman discusses her first work of fiction, The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longing, which is centered on the Orthodox singles scene in Jerusalem. Why are there so many singles concentrated in such a small area, and what unique challenges do these young (and not so young) people face? Unterman gives her take.

    Then, renowned author and translator Hillel Halkin, whose latest book is Jabotinsky: A Life, corrects common misconceptions about Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky, a figure who has been misinterpreted, according to Halkin, by both the right and the left of Israeli politics.

    Watch the complete episode 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 21, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 18, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    The conflict with Gaza continues despite attempts at a cease-fire; punk rocker Tommy Ramone, who recently passed away, talks about his Jewish identity; Meredith Ganzman reports on two new off-Broadway shows, “Atomic” and “Piece of My Heart,” about Jewish figures whose creations (the atomic bomb and rock n’ roll songs, respectively) are more famous than they are; and a peak at Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with Yael Unterman, author of a short story collection “The Hidden of Things,” which focuses on the singles scene in Jerusalem.

    July 17, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: July 14, 2014

    by TJC Staff
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    On this episode of Up Close, who wrote the Bible and how are we meant to experience it? Several scholars offer their take.

    First, Bible scholar and religious Jew Michael Carasik, who is editing a new series of commentators Bibles for the Jewish Publication Society, discusses his new book The Bible’s Many Voices.

    Next, Brown University professor Michael Satlow, author of How the Bible Became Holy, examines how the Bible came together and what happened as it did.

    Finally, Jesuit priest James Martin, an editor at the Jesuit magazine America, shares what he learned on a two-week trip to Israel to retrace the life of Jesus the man in his new book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage.

    Watch the complete episode 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 14, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 11, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    Israel prepares for war; Obama voices his views on Mid-East peace in Haaretz; stateside, Meredith Ganzman profiles “the flashy girl from Flushing,” Fran Drescher, after her recent Broadway debut; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Michael Satlow, author of How the Bible Became Holy.

    July 10, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: July 7, 2014

    by TJC Staff
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    Two members of Knesset — Israeli Parliament — discuss their new books in English on this episode of Up Close.

    First, MK Ruth Calderon, a secular Israeli who is also a Talmud scholar, talks about the new English translation of her book A Bride For One Night: Talmud Tales, in which she writes fictional accounts of some of the Talmud’s most provocative stories from her own unique perspective.

    Then, MK Rabbi Dov Lipman, a fellow member of Calderon’s Yesh Atid party who originally hails from the United States and considers himself haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, discusses his new book, To Unify a Nation: My Vision for the Future of Israel. Lipman has made a goal of bringing the more extreme sectors of the haredi community back to the center though education and career opportunities.

    Watch the complete episode 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 4, 2014 | 1 Comment »

    Week in Review: July 4, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    The world mourns for three murdered Israeli teens, Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaar. We have highlights from a memorial service in New York City; U.S. Congress comes together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Freedom Summer”; young Jewish professionals have Shabbat dinner at the Central Park Zoo; and a preview of our Up Close interview with Israeli MK Ruth Calderon, author of A Bride for One Night.

    July 3, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: June 30, 2014

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, we explore the issue of how we handle interpersonal relationships, from three very different angles.

    First, author Kim Goldman, whose brother Ron Goldman was murdered 20 years ago in an incident ultimately deemed the responsibility of O.J. Simpson, discusses her memoir Can’t Forgive: My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson.

    Then, Bar Ilan University professor Rabbi Daniel Sperber talks about his newest book, On the Relationship of Mitzvot Between Man and His Neighbor and Man and His Maker, and why commandments relating to interpersonal relationships should take precedence over those guiding Jewish ritual observance.

    Finally, author James Romm, discusses his new book, Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero, and the discrepancy between the philosopher Seneca’s moral writings and his actual behavior as an advisor to the Roman emperor Nero, which often fell short of his professed moral ideals.

    Watch the complete episode 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.

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    Week in Review: June 27, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    Presbyterians vote in favor of BDS; Jews across the world campaign to #bringbackourboys, the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers; renowned violinist Phillipe Quint stages a concert for the Russian American Foundation; and a peek at our “Up Close” interview with Rabbi Daniel Sperber, author of “On The Relationship of Mitzvot Between Man and His Neighbor and Man and His Maker.”

    June 27, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: June 23, 2014

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    On this episode of Up Close, interviews with two debut novelists writing about the Jewish immigrant experience.

    First, Steven I. Weiss talks with Boris Fishman, author of A Replacement Life, which is about a family of Russian-Jewish immigrants to the U.S. in the 1990s, with a plot twist about Holocaust reparations.

    Then, Susan Jane Gilman, author of The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street, tells what inspired her to write the story of the poor, early-20th century Russian-Jewish immigrant Malka Traynovsky’s transformation into American ice cream mogul Lillian Dunkle.

    Watch the complete episode 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.

    June 23, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: June 20, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    TJC and Take Part’s 2-year investigation into how Yeshiva University lost over $1 billion; three kidnapped Israeli teenagers capture global attention; a joint Israeli-Palestinian teen soccer team is focus of a new documentary; and a Russian-Jewish American is honored for Russian Heritage Month in June.

    June 20, 2014 | No Comments »

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