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Remember What’s Next Podcast
with Rabbi Ken Spiro and JFI Director Ellie Bass
Exploring the past to understand our future. This podcast looks are current issues through the lens of Jewish history with the author, researcher, and lecturer Rabbi Ken Spiro and JFI Director Ellie Bass. Each week we will explore a current topic in the news or the world and use history to understand its deeper implications for the Jewish world and beyond.
Rabbi Ken Spiro
About Rabbi Ken Spiro
Rabbi Ken Spiro’s quick-paced, humorous style catches and keeps an audience’s interest; his ability to explain deep concepts clearly makes an impact that lasts long after the presentation.
Rabbi Spiro is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher for Aish HaTorah, Jerusalem. In addition, he is a licensed tour guide from the Israel Ministry of Tourism.
Rabbi Spiro graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Russian Language and Literature and did graduate studies at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow.
He has an MA in History from The Vermont College of Norwich University and Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem.
He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs such as B.B.C. Radio and TV., The National Geographic Channel, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, Channel 4 England and Arutz Sheva-Israel National Radio. He is the author of WorldPerfect – The Jewish Impact on Civilization published by HCI books, Crash Course in Jewish History published by Targum Press and Destiny – Why a tiny nation plays such a huge role in history published by Geffen Publishing House. His writings and seminars can be accessed on www.kenspiro.com and www.aish.com.
Born and raised in the U.S. Rabbi Spiro has lived in Israel since 1982. He served in a combat infantry unit in the IDF. A father of five children, he currently lives in Jerusalem .
New Book “Destiny”
Destiny compares the universal plot line of the great Hollywood epics with the major themes and events of Jewish history to show that what humanity views as the greatest drama in fiction and fantasy is – in reality -the true story, mission and destiny of the Jewish people. It is a true-life saga you won’t want to miss – this story is real, and humanity is fast approaching the dramatic climax.
Crash Course in Jewish History Book
From Abraham and the birth of monotheism to the Holocaust and the creation of modern Israel-Crash Course in Jewish History explores 3,800 years of Jewish existence. Ken Spiro takes the reader on a fascinating and informative journey through time, highlighting the key lessons of Jewish and world history and the profound relevance that the past holds for the future of both the Jewish people and humanity.
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History Crash Course #50: The Reformation and the Jews
The Reformation exposed the corruption of the Church. For the Jews it meant more bad news. Jewish history did not happen in a vacuum, and we have to always keep
History Crash Course #39: The Talmud
In a time of chaos, the sages do the unprecedented and write down the Oral Law. At various times during the Hadrian persecutions, the sages were forced into hiding, though they managed to reconvene at Usha in 122 CE, and then in a time of quiet managed to re-establish again at Yavneh in 158 CE. […]
History Crash Course #3: The World of Abraham
By understanding the character of Abraham, the “proto-Jew”, one can understand what Jews are all about. Jewish history doesn’t happen in a vacuum. No people’s history happens in a vacuum. So before we take a closer look at Abraham, we must first zoom out and get a little understanding of where Abraham fits in the […]
History Crash Course #28: Greek Persecution
Terror reigned — women were killed with babies tied around their necks. Alexander’s vast empire did not survive his death in 323 BCE, but fragmented into three large chunks centered in Greece, Egypt, and Syria and controlled by his former generals. These three smaller empires were known as: Seleucid or Syrian Greece Ptolemian or Egyptian […]
History Crash Course #47: The Black Death
The Europeans didn’t know what caused the bubonic plague, but had no trouble blaming the Jews. In the 14th century the bubonic plague ― known as the “Black Death” ― hit Europe. At that time, people had no idea of the causes of diseases and no idea that lack of hygiene caused the spread of […]
History Crash Course #46: Blood Libel
Christian accusations leveled against the Jews were extreme and irrational. We are about to begin discussing an excruciating period of Jewish history that is marked by constant and unrelenting Christian persecution. During this period we will see: the Jews expelled from England (1290) the Jews expelled from France (1306 and 1394) the Jews expelled from […]
History Crash Course #29: Revolt of the Maccabees
The Jewish revolt against the Greeks sets a precedent as the world’s first religious war. We know the details of the Jewish fight against the Greeks and Hellenism from the two Books of the Maccabees as well as the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus. These chronicles are not included in the Hebrew Bible because […]
History Crash Course #9: Moses
In an all-time irony, the savior of the Jewish people is raised in the house of the enemy of the Jews. The Exodus story is the central event of Jewish history. It is also a model — in microcosm — for what happens later throughout the history of the Diaspora. We see again and again […]
History Crash Course #45: The Crusades
The Crusaders came to liberate the Holy Land from the “infidels” – and woe to any Jew who stood in their way. As long as the Byzantine (Eastern) Empire, with its seat in Constantinople, dominated the Christian Church, it maintained the balance of power between the bishop of Constantinople and the bishop of Rome. But […]
History Crash Course #48: The Spanish Inquisition
The Inquisition sought to expose Jews who converted to Christianity but were still secretly Jewish. In Part 45, when we discussed the Crusades, we covered the war of the Church against the Muslims in the Middle East. Now we turn to the war of the Church against Muslims in Europe. This war went on for […]
History Crash Course #34: War For Jerusalem
The Jewish nation fights to save its spiritual center. The might of Rome could not be challenged. In response to the revolt of the Jews, in 67 CE Rome sends out the empire’s most experienced commander, Vespasian, at the head of four legions. This is a massive force. Each legion had 6,000 fighting men plus […]