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JewishBoston.com’s The Vibe of the Tribe podcast explores Jewish arts and culture, history, Israel, tradition and so much more. Hosted by Boston Jews Miriam and Dan, with special guests.

JewishBoston.com’s The Vibe of the Tribe podcast explores Jewish arts and culture, history, Israel, tradition and so much more. Hosted by Boston Jews Miriam and Dan, with special guests.

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JewishBoston.com’s The Vibe of the Tribe podcast explores Jewish arts and culture, history, Israel, tradition and so much more. Hosted by Boston Jews Miriam and Dan, with special guests.

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English


Episodes

Activist Mimi Lemay on Supporting Trans & Nonbinary Youth

6/10/2021
From the time she wrote her 2015 essay that went viral, “A Letter to My Son Jacob on His 5th Birthday,” Mimi Lemay became more than the mother of a young trans boy—she became an activist, fighting for his rights and thousands of others facing misunderstanding at best and outright harassment and discrimination at worst. Her son Jacob, born “Em” (a pseudonym), knew before he was 3 that his birth gender didn’t match who he was. Through his transformation to his true self, he took a journey that...

Duration:01:02:37

Growing Community With Beantown Jewish Gardens

5/13/2021
Did you know that much of Judaism’s calendar cycle, rituals and practices grew from ancient Israel’s agricultural rhythms? As Jews in New England, we can sometimes feel disconnected from those seasonal patterns (lookin’ at you, Tu BiShvat in January!). Luckily, Leora Mallach, co-founder and executive director of Beantown Jewish Gardens, is here to give us all the dirt on Judaism’s ecological backstory. Beantown Jewish Gardens builds Jewish community through experiential education rooted in...

Duration:00:39:36

Jake Cohen: The Future of Jewish Food

5/3/2021
Jake Cohen loves food. We love food. And we love Jake Cohen. Hailed as “the creative, youthful future of Jewish food” by icon Joan Nathan, Cohen is known for, among many other things, his zesty Instagram presence and blending his Ashkenazi food heritage with his husband’s Persian Iraqi Jewish traditions. The nice Jewish boy, culinary creative genius and New York Times bestselling author behind the new “Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch” joins us to discuss the...

Duration:00:39:07

Dismantling the Intermarriage Narrative

4/19/2021
It has taken the Jewish communal world a long time to reckon with intermarriage. And the evolution of attitude—from gloom and doom to gradual, partial acceptance—has been decades in the making and is ongoing. For generations, the health of the Jewish population in America was measured largely by one statistic—the percentage of Jews intermarrying. And it’s a number that has steadily increased since 1970. Yet one historian noted, “Statistical data inform us of structure, not content.” The...

Duration:00:49:47

“Shtisel” Season 3 Epic Binge Recap!

4/12/2021
If you have yet to pick your jaw up from the floor after watching “Shtisel” Season 3, you’re not alone. Join a completely verklempt Miriam and Dan for a spoiler-filled recap with special guest Dr. Shayna Weiss, associate director of the Shusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, and an expert in Israeli culture and entertainment (and definitive “Shtisel” authority!). We deconstruct the entire season, from the shocking premiere plot twist a la “The Sixth Sense” to the...

Duration:01:03:34

“The Vigil” Cast & Director on Redefining Jewish Horror

3/30/2021
The list of great Jewish-themed horror films is woefully short. But there’s a new front-runner in this niche category—a legit horror film that is religiously accurate, sprinkled with Yiddish and leave-the-lights-on-don’t-watch-alone scary. Meet “The Vigil.” Steeped in ancient Jewish lore and demonology, writer and director Keith Thomas’s debut feature film tells the story of a young man named Yakov (Dave Davis of “The Walking Dead” and “Logan”) who is persuaded to watch over the body of a...

Duration:00:46:50

Does “The Prince of Egypt” Stand the Test of Time?

3/22/2021
The JewishBoston crew observes a sacred Jewish tradition as old as, well, as old as 1998. To get in the Passover spirit, Miriam, Dan and Ashley, joined by former colleague and The Vibe of the Tribe founder Jesse Ulrich, rewatched the animated musical film “The Prince of Egypt.” We discuss some very notable differences between the Torah text and the cinematic story, ask if everything really needs to be a musical montage and admit that the golden calf we worship is, in fact, Jeff Goldblum....

Duration:00:53:24

“The Kosher Baker“ Paula Shoyer Serves Up Cooking Inspiration

2/23/2021
If there was ever a time when comfort food was important, it’s right now, in the interminable miserable pandemic year. Luckily, chef Paula Shoyer, also known as “The Kosher Baker,” joins Ashley and Miriam on this episode to teach us how to “eat our feelings” in a nourishing way that connects us to each other and our culinary traditions—despite the distance. Shoyer also shares what people have been craving most during the pandemic (hello, babka!), practical advice for both new and seasoned...

Duration:00:41:57

How International Disability Rights Advocate Judy Heumann Changed Our World

2/2/2021
February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month, a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions and those who love them. To mark the month, The Vibe of the Tribe spoke with one of the most prominent leaders of the disability rights movement—Judy Heumann. If you’ve benefited from building ramps, extended time on tests or even standing desks, Heumann...

Duration:03:16:05

Making Contact Beyond the Veil of Death

1/19/2021
In our recent episode “Heaven and Hell in Judaism” (jewishboston.com/the-vibe-of-the-tribe-podcast-heaven-and-hell-in-judaism), co-hosts Miriam and Dan dove into Jewish teachings about the afterlife with guest Rabbi Baruch HaLevi. That conversation led us to another question: If the soul endures, can we make contact with departed loved ones? And how might that fit into Jewish ideas about the journey of our souls through this world and “the world to come”? So, we are happy to welcome Rabbi...

Duration:00:52:00

It Is Talmud, and We Must Learn

1/4/2021
On Jan. 5, 2020, Miriam and Dan embarked on a seven-and-a-half-year journey simultaneously with tens of thousands of people across the world. Their collective quest? To participate in Daf Yomi (literally “daily page”), the ongoing daily sequential study of the Babylonian Talmud. Does studying one page of Talmud each day seem easy to you? Pardon Miriam and Dan while they laugh and cry hysterically. The Talmud is a multi-generational codification of Judaism’s oral Torah, with crammed analysis,...

Duration:01:11:37

Remembering the Faces of COVID

12/21/2020
Nearly 320,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. It’s a number that can be difficult to wrap one’s head around. Imagine losing half of Boston’s population, or every resident of Pittsburgh. These statistics can inform us of the scope—but they cannot convey the cost. Among those we’ve lost are loving parents, children, friends, colleagues and neighbors; teachers who inspired their students; health care workers who exhausted themselves to save others from the virus before contracting it...

Duration:00:43:04

Heaven and Hell in Judaism

11/23/2020
Have you ever found yourself in that conversation? The one where someone mentions something about death, and someone else chimes in with, “Jews don’t believe in an afterlife!” Some of us have definitely experienced that conversation, especially after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (z”l). As messages about the Jewish icon being reunited with her husband and other departed heroes were casually tossed around on social media, some well-meaning folks clapped back: “That’s...

Duration:00:45:07

A Jewish Guide to Dreaming

11/10/2020
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people all over the world have been sleeping and dreaming differently. Including us. This is one reason it was the perfect time for The Vibe of the Tribe team to publish a podcast episode exploring something we’re all fascinated by: dreams. Venture into the realm of dreams with Miriam, Dan, Ashley and expert dream-worker Linda Yael Schiller, MSW, LICSW, author of “Modern Dreamwork: New Tools for Decoding Your Soul’s Wisdom.” Schiller shares the...

Duration:00:51:06

Monsters and Demons in Jewish Folklore

10/26/2020
This Halloween, get spooked by monsters of Jewish lore as occult expert Peter Bebergal returns to The Vibe of the Tribe, escorting Miriam, Dan and Ashley on their ongoing quest into the Jewish supernatural world. Discover your new favorite monster in Jewish tradition, what the Talmud recommends doing if you suspect you’re infested by demons and how Solomon, King of Israel, and Ashmodai, King of Demons, became frenemies with the help of a magic worm. And, wait, does Lilith really sell cursed...

Duration:00:44:26

Talking “Tehran”

10/9/2020
AppleTV+ knows how to make a beautiful thriller, no question. But have they made a good one that lives up to the hype? We take a deep dive into Iranian-Israeli espionage—as imagined by Moshe Zonder of the smash hit “Fauda”—and see just how binge-able this new, visually stunning 4K series is. “Tehran” follows Tamar, a female Mossad agent (played by Niv Sultan) who gets trapped in Iran during a mission gone wrong. Join The Vibe of the Tribe pod squad, with guest Jesse Ulrich, producer and...

Duration:00:41:54

The Origin Story of Yom Kippur

9/21/2020
For many of us, Yom Kippur is the most significant and profound holiday in the Jewish calendar year. It’s 25 hours of prayer, fasting and afflictions of the self to better focus on apologizing and repenting for sins against each other and God. This festival of forgiveness (hopefully, anyway!) has been observed for thousands of years, but what’s the origin story of this most important day? How did the wilderness of the biblical desert shape the Jews as a people? How has history shaped how Yom...

Duration:00:41:52

Diving Into Rosh Hashanah With Mayyim Hayyim

9/8/2020
Water has always been an essential part of Jewish ritual for marking a life change, a rite of passage or a new beginning. Immersing in a mikveh, or ritual immersion pool, is one of the oldest Jewish practices—one often done right before Rosh Hashanah. Mayyim Hayyim (which means “living waters”) is a Greater Boston mikveh rooted in ancient tradition and reinvented for the 21st century to serve the Jewish community of today. Join hosts Miriam and Dan as they wade further into understanding...

Duration:00:44:48

Celebrating Deli, the Ultimate Jewish Comfort Food

8/26/2020
The traditional Jewish deli, once ubiquitous, has since become a rare treat. In New York City in the 1930s, there were over 1,500 Jewish delis. Today, that number has dwindled to around a dozen. Although new deli-inspired restaurants and shops have popped up, adding modern flair and twists on classics, the traditional delis that remain are treasured by loyal customers for both their nostalgia and delicious food. Greater Boston is lucky to still have a handful of traditional Jewish delis,...

Duration:00:53:01

Getting Salty Over “An American Pickle”

8/18/2020
In every generation, there comes a film that redefines how American Jews see themselves. “An American Pickle” is not that movie. But it is a fun, time-traveling romp starring Seth Rogen. Rogen shines as Herschel, a Jewish immigrant spared from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, only to arrive in America and promptly fall into a pickle vat for 100 years. Upon waking up in the 21st century, Herschel is united with his only living descendant, his great-grandson, Ben (also played by Rogen). Ben, an...

Duration:00:48:22