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Episode 80: The Jewish Cannabis Connection

For the first time in modern history, cannabis in its many forms is not only available and accessible, it’s legal in many states, including Massachusetts. What does this brave new world mean for the Jews? It’s high time we asked some blunt questions about Jews and cannabis, from Tanach to tetrahydrocannabinol. The Vibe of the Tribe team consulted an expert on this burning issue: Rabbi Dr. Baruch HaLevi (aka Rabbi B) is a serial “cannapreneur” (cannabis entrepreneur)—in 2014 he co-founded...


Episode 79: Netflix’s “The Spy” With Sacha Baron Cohen

The Vibe of the Tribe crew binged the new six-part series “The Spy,” starring Sacha Baron Cohen as real-life Israeli spy Eli Cohen. The Netflix limited series—which we highly recommend—focuses on how Cohen, an Israeli Jew of Egyptian descent, managed to infiltrate the highest echelons of Syrian society in the 1960s and provide valuable intel to Israel. As you can imagine, hosts Miriam and Dan, plus special guest Kali, have some thoughts. Shaking off troubling “Borat” flashbacks, the team...


Episode 78: The Afro-Semitic Experience

Twenty years ago, when David Chevan, raised in a Conservative Jewish household, met Warren Byrd, an African American pianist who grew up singing in a church choir, they had an idea: to fuse the music of their two musical and cultural heritages into something completely new. The result, The Afro-Semitic Experience, is a sophisticated musical mash-up of styles and influences, from fresh takes on Jewish liturgical music to funk, jazz and gospel. In their words, “It’s Charles Mingus sitting in...


Episode 77: How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids

Becoming a parent changes you. It upends your schedule, interests and priorities, and seriously infringes on increasingly scant sleep opportunities. Kids are unpredictable masters of manipulating their parents and seem to know instinctively how to push their buttons. The mitzvah of “honoring thy parents” is, admittedly, kind of a complex one to grasp at a young age. The result is that parents can get majorly stressed out and lose their sh*t sometimes. But there’s hope! On this episode we’re...


Episode 76: Frum Here to Eternity – Watching “Shtisel”

“Shtisel” has none of the trappings of a hit TV show. It’s a slow-moving, small-budget, often melancholy exploration of the lives of an ultra-religious Haredi family, tackling themes like death and grief, marital strife, child marriage, artistic struggles and…kugel. Surprisingly, the show has become a global phenomenon, despite lacking the more common Israeli television themes of political conflict, terrorism or PTSD. In two seasons, the show won a slew of Ophirs—the Israeli Emmys—including...


Episode 75: Show and Kvell – Celebrating 75 Episodes!

Nearly four years and 20,000 streams after launched The Vibe of the Tribe, we’re celebrating our milestone 75th episode! Join JewishBoston director Kali Foxman as she flips the script and turns the questions on co-hosts Miriam Anzovin and Dan Seligson. Miriam and Dan discuss everything from their personal Jewish journeys to favorite episodes of the podcast and guests that have influenced them the most. There’s also a fun and illuminating speed round, plus a blooper reel!...


Episode 74: Israeli Election Redux

Israel. Election. Those two words on their own can induce panic attacks among certain segments of the population. Put ‘em together and they trigger a veritable onslaught of political thoughts, feelings and emotions. Now picture yourself as an Israeli. (Or, if you are one, go to a nearby mirror.) Imagine having a high-stress, hotly contested national election after a particularly brutal campaign. Throw in allegations of voter intimidation, a legal dark cloud over the country’s prime minister...


Episode 73: The Rise of Israeli TV

Television! You love it, we love it. We especially love if it’s Israeli and, even better, if it stars Michael Aloni. Open Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, Showtime or Hulu and you can find a plethora of great Israeli shows like “Fauda,” “When Heroes Fly” and “Shtisel,” or American adaptations of Israeli shows including “Homeland” and “In Treatment.” If, like us, you’re a non-casual viewer of Israeli TV in the United States, it all seems to be happening so fast, and with so many quality choices....


Episode 72: Julian Edelman on Faith and Football

Five years and three Super Bowl championships ago, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman started a years-long process of exploring his Jewish identity. After a 10-day trip to Israel with CJP in 2015, the Super Bowl LIII MVP emerged as a proud and passionate advocate for the Jewish faith. He posts holiday messages on social media, speaks weekly with a rabbi just before Shabbat and, most recently, donned cleats honoring the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in...


Episode 71: Celebrate Israel With Koolulam

Three Israeli artists had a goal: Harness the power of music to bring together fractured communities. The result—Koolulam—is a social-musical initiative that has brought tens of thousands of people around the world together in song. Listen as Dan and guest co-host Matty Burns from israel360 chat with Koolulam founders Or Taicher, Michal Shahaf and Ben Yaffet about this innovative project centered around mass singing events. Want to experience the magic yourself? To celebrate Israel’s 71st...


Episode 70: Yom HaShoah Interview With Holocaust Survivor Michael Gruenbaum

Yom HaShoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day—is observed this year on May 1. To mark this important date, Miriam and Dan sat down with local Holocaust survivor Michael Gruenbaum, who reads a powerful selection from his memoir, “Somewhere There Is Still a Sun,” about his time in the Terezin concentration camp in the Czech Republic. Gruenbaum answers questions about his life before, during and after the Holocaust. He describes his mother’s incredible love and tenacity in the face of horror, and...


Episode 69: Confronting Anti-Semitism in Sports

Anti-Semitism is a scourge manifesting globally in every facet of society, from politics to sports. How can we push back against this hatred to promote equality and tolerance? Two soccer teams—New England Revolution from Major League Soccer and Chelsea Football Club from England’s Premier League—are playing a charity match at Gillette Stadium on May 15 to raise awareness about fighting hate crimes and anti-Semitism. In this powerful episode, Miriam and Dan talk about this unique match with...


Episode 68: Passover Wine – Four Cups to Remember

You might be surprised to learn that your Passover wine doesn’t have to include the same sugar content as a Jolly Rancher. In fact, there is no halachic prohibition on consuming drinkable—even excellent—wine on the holiday. Sandy Block, one of the foremost wine experts on the East Coast, has been vice president of beverage operations for Legal Sea Foods for the past 15 years. A certified master of wine (and one of only 279 people worldwide to earn this title!), Sandy knows a thing or two...


Episode 67: Poetry, Kabbalah and Ascension

In honor of National Poetry Month, Boston-based poet and national haiku champion Janaka Stucky joins us to talk about his new book-length poem, “Ascend Ascend.” Written over the course of 20 days in trance states, “Ascend Ascend” is rooted in the Jewish occult, Kabbalah and ascent to God’s chariot (also known as hechalot, or “ascension” literature). Tune in as Stucky reads a powerful selection from his poem and discusses his inspiration and process, his past work as an undertaker, plus...


Episode 66: A Reading and Conversation With Nathan Englander

Author Nathan Englander’s latest novel, “,” hits bookstores and online retailers this week. Englander, who has written about challenging Jewish questions in his books “Dinner at the Center of the Earth,” “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” and “New American Haggadah,” introduces us in his latest book to a secular character who has decided to use an online service,, to relieve him of the 11-month obligation of daily kaddish recitations for the spirit of...


Episode 65: Running for Good – Boston Marathoners and Their Causes

Arguably the most prestigious road race in the world, the 2019 Boston Marathon will bring together 30,000 runners and more than a million fans who will line the course from Hopkinton to Boylston Street on April 15. While elite runners will compete for nearly $900,000 in prizes, many more runners will be doing the opposite—running the race to give money to causes they care about. We spoke to two Jewish young adults, Larry Tobin, a two-time marathoner, and Haley Friedler, running in her first...


Episode 64: Israeli Fine Dining Comes to Boston

Chef Avi Shemtov’s vision of a warm, welcoming home for cutting-edge Israeli cuisine made with local, New England ingredients opens this week in Sharon. A pop-up project for more than a year, Simcha, Hebrew for “joy,” has a new home at 370 South Main St. in Sharon. Avi plans on bringing joy and “globally inspired Israeli soul food” to Greater Bostonians with classics such as shakshuka and baba ganoush, and some less-common cultural mash-ups—“alt” hummus made with locally grown heirloom...


Episode 63: Tatte Bakery – Tartines, Shakshuka and Krembo, Oh My!

Do you have taste buds and live in the Greater Boston area? If so, you’ve probably heard of Tatte Bakery & Café or visited one of its 11 locations in Brookline, Boston and Cambridge. With a new location right near the JewishBoston office downtown, Miriam and Dan couldn’t resist checking out the abundance of delicious Israeli food, from tartines and shakshuka to krembo and halvah bombs. In this episode, Tatte founder Tzurit Or fills us in on her incredible career path, how Israeli food...


Episode 62: “When Heroes Fly”

It’s the season for Israeli TV on Netflix, so we couldn’t pass over the latest offering—“When Heroes Fly.” Sure, it’s no “Fauda,” but nothing will be, except, we hope, Season 3 of “Fauda.” Instead, it’s a deliberately paced rescue mission deep in the Colombian jungle as four emotionally damaged, battle-scarred and perpetually sweaty Israeli men try to find a woman presumed dead in a car crash. Join Miriam, Dan and Kali as they offer their takes on “When Heroes Fly,” debate its merits and...


Episode 61: Meet CJP’s Community Connectors

Greater Boston is home to more than 300,000 Jews. Among that group is an enormous diversity of practice (or lack thereof), belief, connection and self-identification. Boston’s got a new squad of Jewish professionals, CJP’s Community Connectors, whose mission is to find young adults who might be seeking a way in to the vast array of Jewish programming, organizations and social opportunities in our area. These three social mavens, armed with Starbucks credit (they’ll always meet you for...