The Jewish Story

by Daniel Kroft

The Jewish Story is a Jewish History podcast for the 21st Century. In it, we use the latest in archaeology, linguistics, and historical methods to sculpt a history of the Jewish people, from the exodus out of Egypt until the present! Theme tune courtesy of Crowander via the Free Music Archive

Podcast episodes

  • Season 3

  • Episode 3: Of Marriage, Money, and Murder (1200 - 1300 CE)

    Episode 3: Of Marriage, Money, and Murder (1200 - 1300 CE)

    In this episode, we will explore 13th century Ashkenazi and Sephardic communities, meet some famous medieval Jewish money-lenders, learn of the Fourth Lateran Council, and witness the emergence of some of the most damaging antisemitic tropes in history.

  • Episode 2: A Gentleman and a Scholar (1100 - 1200 CE)

    Episode 2: A Gentleman and a Scholar (1100 - 1200 CE)

    In this episode, we witness a wave of anti-Jewish bigotry and violence sweep across Christian Europe, watch Saladin and his Ayyubid caliphate re-take the Kingdom of Jerusalem, and meet Maimonides, one of the most influential Jewish leaders of the Medieval period.

  • Episode 1: Collateral Damage (1000 - 1100 CE)

    Episode 1: Collateral Damage (1000 - 1100 CE)

    In this episode, we learn of Christianity's great schism, see the Seljuq Turks launch an empire, witness the devastation of the First Crusade, and meet one of the most famous Jewish scholars in history.

  • Episode 0: Season 2 Recap

    Episode 0: Season 2 Recap

    In this episode, we revisit the highlights of Jewish history covered in Season 2, from the aftermath of the First Roman-Jewish War to the birth of the Ashkenazi Jewish community and the Fitnah of Al-Andalus.

  • Season 2

  • Episode 6: The Khazars, the Ashkenazim, the Doctor, and the Dueling Poets (950 - 1100 CE)

    Episode 6: The Khazars, the Ashkenazim, the Doctor, and the Dueling Poets (950 - 1100 CE)

    In this episode, we meet two new Jewish communities, and explore the Jewish literary traditions of Spain and the western Muslim Empire.