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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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Every major disaster in Jewish history is connected to the 9th of Av. It all began with the 12 spies. After a year at Mount Sinai, the Jewish people pack up their portable sanctuary and come to the borders of the Land of Israel. They should have entered the land at this point, but the […]
After the British turned away Holocaust survivors from Israel, the UN voted to partition the land. The British broke their promise to the Jews while they created new Arab countries out of the land of the former Ottoman Empire. In addition, because of Arab revolts and pressure, the British even barred entry to the land […]
This is the 36th installment of this series and it is fitting for us to put into perspective the ground that we have covered, before we begin the story of the next exile of
The 10 northern tribes secede, splitting Israel in two. When King Solomon dies in 796 BCE, Israel is still a united country, but there is some tension between the north and the south. We have to keep in mind that the Biblical State of Israel was comprised of tribes but the king always came from […]
Even in such civilized nations as France and the United States, anti-Semitism never died out. In this installment we will briefly examine the anti-Semitism that ― with the coming of the Enlightenment in the 18th century ― hid itself under the veneer of “civil” society, only to bare its face of evil in the Holocaust. […]
To the Greeks, what was beautiful was holy; to the Jews, what was holy was beautiful. These views were bound to clash. The 4th century BCE has been eventful for the Jewish people: Exiled to Babylon, they witness the fall of a mighty empire before their very eyes as the Persians invade. Permitted to return […]
The Kingdom of Judah lasts another of 134 years before it falls. The southern kingdom of Israel ― called Judah ― lasts almost 134 years longer than the northern kingdom. This is largely because it is nowhere near as unstable or corrupted by idolatry. In the north there was a king every dozen years on […]
The oldest and most stable of Jewish communities was spared the ravages of holy warriors. The story of the Jews of Babylon of necessity begins some 1,000 years before our current timeline ― in the 434 BCE, when the Babylonians first marched on Israel as part of their campaign to stake claim to the former […]
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 […]
In the 16th century, the Israeli mountaintop town of Tzfat became the center of Jewish mysticism. In the past few installments, we have been relating the events in the history of the Jews that happened during a period known as the Renaissance (1350 to 1650). During this time we saw: a resurgence of classical knowledge […]
History repeats: The groove that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob carve will be for their descendants. We will not take the time here to go through stories of Isaac’s life. What we want to focus on is the patterns that are set for the rest of Jewish history, because as we noted earlier, “the actions of […]