What Now? A JTS Podcast

What Now? A JTS Podcast


Latest Episodes

Introducing The Evolution of Torah: a history of rabbinic literature
November 27, 2019

Episode 1: Who Were the Rabbis? What led to the emergence of the group of scholars and teachers we call the Rabbis? What motivated them and what did they value? The Rabbis looked to their forebear, Hillel, as an exemplar of religious leadership, and...

On a Scale of One to Ten—Sarah Wolf
August 01, 2019

In this season finale, Dr. Sarah Wolf, Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS, talks with Sara Beth about the impact of inherited tragedies, from her own family’s losses to the destruction of the Temple. And Sara Beth reaches the end of...

This One Goes to Eleven—David Fishman
July 25, 2019

Sara Beth talks with Dr. David Fishman, Professor of Jewish History and Director of Project Judaica at JTS, about a tragedy that’s an 11 on a scale of one to 10. Professor Fishman describes the inspiration he’s found in the Vilna ghetto heroes of his...

Restoring Balance—Julia Andelman
July 18, 2019

This week’s guest, Rabbi Julia Andelman, Director of Community Engagement at JTS, explains kapparah (atonement) and the ruptures in the cosmic equilibrium created by sin and suffering. She and Sara Beth discuss how these ruptures can be repaired in...

From Loss to Action—Stephanie Ruskay
July 11, 2019

Sara Beth talks to Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay, associate dean of The Rabbinical School, associate director of the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies, and executive director of the Hendel Center for Ethics and Justice, all at JTS!...

Sympathetic Teachers and Rebellious Rabbis—David Kraemer
July 04, 2019

Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS, combs the canon of Jewish wisdom to find the right theological insights—and the right books—for the individual who has suffered a tragedy. And Sara...

We Were Strangers—Abigail Uhrman
June 27, 2019

Dr. Abigail Uhrman, assistant professor of Jewish education in the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS, explains how to have difficult conversations with children (and adults), and why we need to channel our tragedies into...

Getting Honest With Yourself—Eliezer Diamond
June 20, 2019

Sara Beth talks to Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS, about the power of acknowledging all the parts of ourselves in order to move forward. We also learn what happens when a Catholic priest...

The Wholeness of a Broken Heart—Mychal Springer
June 13, 2019

Sara Beth talks with Rabbi Mychal Springer, founding director of the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS. Rabbi Springer shares her insights about living with brokenness derived both from her own losses, and from a career of helping others in crisis....

Mourning in Public—Shuly Rubin Schwartz
June 06, 2019

Sara Beth talks with Dr. Shuly Schwartz, Provost of JTS, Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History, and Sala and Walter Schlesinger Dean of the Gershon Kekst Graduate School. Dr. Schwartz shares the mourning and...