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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
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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Spain was the Medieval golden land of opportunity for Jews. As the armies of Islam conquered larger and larger swaths of Europe, the Jews of the Middle East saw new opportunities opening up for them in Muslim Europe. One of the best opportunities proved to be Spain, starting with the Muslim conquest of 711. Indeed, […]
In the final analysis, Jewish history makes no rational sense. On January 16, 1996, then President of Israel, Ezer Weizmann, gave a speech to both Houses of Parliament of Germany. He gave this speech in Hebrew to the Germans, fifty years after the Holocaust, and in it he beautifully summed up what Jewish history is. […]
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 […]
In a seemingly suicidal move, the Jews take on the mighty Romans. A rebellion against Rome in the 1st century CE would be the equivalent today of Israel declaring war on NATO. That’s how mighty Rome was. So how did the Jews decide to take on such a seemingly suicidal challenge? This question has a […]
Jewish guidance came from the “judges,” who were both warriors and prophets. The Talmud calls the Book of Judges, “the Book of the Straight.” Why? Because the ultimate goal of every Jew is to use his free will to work out what is wrong and right, using the Torah as a guide. And this is […]
Only a tiny portion of Jews participate in worshiping the golden calf. So why blame the whole nation? The day for this infamous event is forever marked in the Hebrew calendar — 17th of Tammuz. This would be the day later in history on which the walls of Jerusalem would be breached by the Babylonians […]
While Nazi Germany systematically rounded up and executed Jews, the world closed its eyes and its doors. As we begin to discuss this most painful of subjects to the Jewish people, please keep in mind that this is a vast subject. At the moment there are some 1,200 books in print examining why it happened, […]
A madman who murdered his own family and many rabbis, Herod was also the greatest builder in Jewish history. Herod, the Great (not to be confused with Herod Antipas who came later) is one of the most important characters in Jewish history. He was ambitious, cruel and paranoid to be sure, but, nevertheless, he remains […]
The British promised to create a Jewish state, but served their own Arab-linked interests as millions died in the Holocaust. World War I changed the map of the world. This huge conflict waged over four years (1914-1918) pitted the Allies (chiefly France, Britain, Russia, and later, the U.S.) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and […]
Since its founding in 1948, Israel has been in a constant state of war, and yet has achieved great economic success. “The Arab world is not in a compromising mood… Nations never concede; they fight. You won’t get anything by peaceful means or compromise. You can, perhaps, get something, but only by force of your […]
Abraham gave rise to a nation of Hebrews—people who live “on the other side.” More than one hundred years ago author Mark Twain posed a fascinating question concerning the Jews: If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of smoke lost in […]