Never Again! The Life & Times of Rabbi Meir Kahane Part I

Published: Jan. 24, 2021, 10:42 a.m.
Duration: 34 minutes 41 seconds

One of the most complex characters of post war Jewish history was undoubtedly Meir Kahane (1932-1990). Controversial yet lover of the Jewish people, provocative yet charismatic, endorsed violence yet known for his brilliance and sense of humor, yeshiva educated talmid chacham yet trained Jewish militias to patrol the streets of New York, author of endless articles on Jewish activism yet also a sportswriter and Yankees fan. So many facets and even contradictions. His problematic legacy continues to hover over Jewish society till today.Born into a rabbinic and Zionist family and educated at Mir Brooklyn, he went to a short stint in the rabbinate in Queens. He later went on to found the Jewish Defense League (JDL), a controversial organization that was outspoken about combating anti Semitism and active in other Jewish causes as well.  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Paradise Lost: The Jews of Rhodes

Published: Jan. 19, 2021, 11:50 p.m.
Duration: 34 minutes 29 seconds

The Rhodes Jewish community was an ancient one, and it flourished with the arrival of Spanish exiles following the expulsion of 1492 and the Ottoman takeover in 1522. Prominent in Mediterranian commerce, the Jewish community grew, and had many rabbis from the Land of Israel serve at the community's helm. A tragic story in Rhodes's past was the Rhodes blood libel of 1840 which threatened the local Jew's safety.Following the Italian takeover in 1912, a steady stream of emigration increased with many settling in Seattle and Rhodesia (today's Zimbabwe). Rhodes Jews were to become pillars of the Rhodesia Jewish community for the bulk of the 20th century.Meanwhile the remaining Jews in Rhodes sustained the Nazi occupation of the island in 1943, and in the summer of 1944 were deported in its entirety to Auschwitz. The glorious Jewish community of Rhodes came to a tragic end. Listen to a related episode on Greek Jewry: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/jerusalem-of-the-balkans-the-glory-of-jewish-salonika/ Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Unlikeliest of Exits: The Dramatic Escape of the Rayatz

Published: Jan. 16, 2021, 11:40 p.m.
Duration: 34 minutes 26 seconds

In one of the most daring rescue schemes of the Holocaust era, Rav Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, the sixth Lubavitch Rebbe, the Rayatz (1880-1950) was whisked out of Nazi occupied Poland by agents of the Abwehr, the German military intelligence. His followers in the United States, along with the activist Rabbi Mordechai Dubin in Riga, orchestrated the operation. The United States government was lobbied and the State Department eventually applied pressure on the German Foreign Office to rescue the Rayatz. Chief of the Abwehr Wilhelm Canaris tapped Major Ernest Bloch - ironically an officer with Jewish ancestry - for the rescue mission. Arriving in Warsaw shortly after the commencement of the Nazi occupation, he finally was able to locate the Rebbe and his entourage. They were then brought to Berlin, then Riga, Latvia, until finally arriving in New York in March 1940. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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From Abbey Road to Mt. Zion: The Jewish Music Revolution Part II

Published: Jan. 14, 2021, 10:56 a.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 7 seconds

Aside from the Rabbi's Sons discussed in Part 1 of this miniseries, the 1960's saw the first music groups in Ohr Chadash, Pirchei and the London School of Jewish Song. From Israel came Chaim Banet and Jo Amar, the latter a pioneer of Morroccan Jewish music.No less important than the performers, the production, composition and arrangements were handled by architects of Jewish music Suki & Ding, Sheya Mendlowitz, Yisroel Lamm and later Moshe Laufer, Mona Rosenblum and Yossi Green.The 1970's saw the new sounds of Diaspora Yeshiva Band and Dudu Fisher, bringing Jewish music to ever wider audiences. Abie Rottenberg commenced his illustrious career this decade with Dveykus and the soon to be crowned king of Jewish music Mordechai Ben David burst on to the scene as well. Capitalizing on their earlier involvement with Pirchei-JEP, Rivie Schwebel and Ali Scharf collaborated once again with a series of albums of Schwebel, Scharf & Levine. Check out the story of Yerachmiel Begun and the Miami Boys Choir on this popular episode of Jewish History Soundbites: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/great-american-jewish-cities-14-miami/ Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Yes, We've Got the Music! The Jewish Music Revolution Part I

Published: Jan. 12, 2021, 10:25 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 31 seconds

Modern Jewish music developed from the chassidic music of old to the new sound of the Jewish music revolution led by Shlomo Carlebach in the 1960's. The music world of pre war Europe was brought over to the emerging post war world by Yankel Talmud, Yom Tov Ehrlich, the Chabad niggunim, David Werdyger and Bentzion Shenker of Modzhitz. They served as the bridge to bring classic chassidic music to the new generation.This was followed by Shlomo Carlebach and the revolution of Jewish music in the 1960's. Baruch Chait with the Rabbi's Sons, Yigal Calek and the London School of Jewish Song, the Pirchei-JEP albums all contributed to the early flourishing of the new style Jewish music which would continue to develop in the ensuing decade. Check out the other Jewish History Soundbites episodes on Jewish music:Shlomo Carlebach mini-series: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/from-lakewood-to-lubavitch-the-early-years-of-shlomo-carlebach/https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/from-all-night-learning-to-all-night-kumzitz-the-early-years-of-shlomo-carlebach-part-ii/Chazzanus: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/yossele-rosenblatt-and-the-golden-age-of-chazzanus/Modzhitz: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/chassidic-symphony-the-modzitz-dynasty/ Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Liberated But Not Free: The Displaced Persons Camps

Published: Jan. 9, 2021, 10:40 p.m.
Duration: 43 minutes 4 seconds

With the end of the war and the defeat of Nazi Germany, the Allied armies were confronted with one of the byproducts of the Nazi regime - millions of 'displaced persons', many of whom had nowhere to go, and some of whom were Jewish survivors of the Nazi Holocaust. Eventually Displaced Persons camps were established under the auspices of the American & British militaries in their spheres of influence in Germany, Austria and Italy. Theser were in turn later overseen by the newly established agency UNRAA which was soon followed by the IRO (International Refugee Organization).The unique situation of the Jewish survivors was recognized by the Harrison Report, and a flourishing of Jewish cultural, social, educational and religious life ensued. The Sh'eris Ha-pleita was an organization founded by the survivors themselves to provide the needs of rehabilitation in the post trauma atmosphere following liberation.Various outside organizations assisted with funding and infrastructure while some also competed for the political allegiance of the survivors. Looking to the future many survivors endeavored to marry and start families, while at the same time engaged in commemoration and testimony of the recent events they had experienced. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Litvaks Gone South: South African Jewry & Rabbi Avraham Tanzer

Published: Jan. 5, 2021, 10:42 p.m.
Duration: 38 minutes 18 seconds

South African Jewish history is unique in several ways. Composed primarily of Jews of Lithuanian origin, it grew in the early decades of the 20th century with the waves of immigration from the Lithuanian area of the Russian Empire.Entering the diamond trade and politics, they integrated into South African life, often standing at the forefront protesting the racial injustices of the apartheid system.The Bais Din had prominent rabbis such as Rav Yitzchak Kossovsky, and the chief rabbinate was led by dynamic leaders as well, but it was the investment in education in the post war which transformed the South African Jewish community.The Brooklyn born Rabbi Avraham Tanzer arrived from Telz, Cleveland to Johannesburg in 1963 on a two year contract. He'd remain for 57 years. Through his leadership of Yeshiva College, the Benhazel Hebrew Congregation and the general community, he and other dedicated educators and activists, ensured that the Jewish youth of South Africa would have a proper Torah education and that the community at large would flourish. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Gangster on the Roof: Tales of the Jewish Mafia Part III

Published: Jan. 2, 2021, 10:46 p.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 52 seconds

The Jewish mob wasn't strictly an American phenomenon born in the immigrant communities of the Lower East Side and Brownsville. It had antecedents across the ocean in the Jewish world of Eastern Europe.Jewish gangsters flourished in Warsaw, Odessa and other locales, to the embarrassment of the mainstream religious and political Jewish establishment. The Alfonse pogrom of 1905 brought the issue out into the open, but the Jewish underworld continued in the immigrant community of Buenos Aires, which maintained close ties to Warsaw. The most tragic chapter of Jewish criminal activity took place during the Holocaust when Avraham Gancwajch and his group of "the 13" collaborated with the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto. Part 1- https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/tales-of-the-jewish-mafia-part-i-ain-t-gonna-kill-on-saturday/ Part 2- https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/gangsters-racketeers-jewish-activists-tales-of-the-jewish-mafia-part-ii/  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Living History: The Life of Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld Part I

Published: Dec. 30, 2020, 8:58 a.m.
Duration: 32 minutes 15 seconds

While some people read history, there are rare people who lived history through their own lives. One such individual was Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld (1923-2020). Born in Vienna into a family of Ger chassidim from Poland, his father's position as General Secretary of the World Agudas Yisroel placed at the epicenter of traditional Jewish activism at the crucial interwar period. Eyewitness to Austria's Anschluss with Nazi Germany, he subsequently fled on a kindertransport eventually settling in London.He'd ultimately settle in the Kew Garden Hills neighborhood in Queens. Drawn to Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, he'd receive semicha from RIETS and embark on a lifelong rabbinic career with the Young Israel as well as nationally with the RCA.As someone who traversed all worlds within Jewish society, he'd be affiliated with a myriad of Jewish organizations, cultivate relationships with some of the greatest Torah leaders of the 20th century, and enjoy access to the corridors of power in both Israel and the United States.Through the prism of his long and riveting journey, the story of the Jewish People in modern times is told. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Yerushalayim Shel Malah: The World of Rav Zundel Kroiser

Published: Dec. 26, 2020, 10:09 p.m.
Duration: 35 minutes 58 seconds

Rav Zundel Kroizer (1923-2014) was one of the last of the greats of the Old Yishuv of Yerushalayim. A member of a large and important Yerushalmy family, his ancestors and family members included many rabbis and activists who influenced the life of the Holy City over the generations.Renowned for his diligence, he authored a multi volume work on the entire gamut of Torah scholarship entitled Ohr Hachama. For most of his life he served as an educator for cheder children. In his later years he served as a beacon of light for all who knew him and had the privilege to bask in his presence, a throwback to purity and holiness of the ancient Yerushalayim. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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PROMOTED CONTENT: Halacha Headlines Podcast

Published: Dec. 24, 2020, 9:19 p.m.
Duration: 2 minutes 29 seconds

With everything happening in the world today, it’s safe to say that as religious Jews, question arise as how to correctly deal with the situations faced in contemporary society.There's a podcast called Halacha Headlines Podcast which features a weekly topic drawn from current events. The podcast features a panel of Rabbanim & experts discuss the best way we, as a community can approach contemporary society in these topsy turvy times.It tackles controversial topics head-on, such as current events, shidduchim and dating in the era of corona, the latest Israel Peace Accords, as well as general topics such as vacations, life insurance, buying and selling stocks, police and police enforcement. What makes this podcast unique is that these issues are all explored from a Torah perspective.Halacha Headlines has provided thousands of listeners the ability to approach modern situations and its halachic implications in an educated and sophisticated way. I think this is something everyone should really listen to for themselves. Halacha Headlines podcast is available on any podcast app or you can find it online at podcast.headlinesbook.com. The podcast can also be listened to on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Podbean, or wherever you get your podcasts from.

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"Those Who Know Don't Speak" The Story of the Kotzk-Izhbitz Dispute

Published: Dec. 23, 2020, 9:30 p.m.
Duration: 43 minutes 29 seconds

During the active years of the court of Rav Menachem Mendel Morgenstern- the Kotzker (1787-1859), one of his closest students was Rav Mordechai Yosef Leiner (1801-1854) of Izhbitz (Izbica). A series of events in 1839 led to a split in their diverging paths.As the Kotzker became more reclusive in his behaviour, Rav Mordechai Yosef felt that the chassidim needed more proactive leadership. The final break became an inevitable reality following Simchas Torah of that year. The Kotzker's most loyal chassid Rav Yitzchak Meir Alter (the Chiddushei Harim) stood at his side with many others, but the Izhbitzer went off to found his own dynasty.The story which led to this decisive split is shrouded in mystery until this very day. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also like: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/depth-innovation-misnagdim-turned-chassidim-the-dynasty-of-izhbitz/  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Chernobyl Crisis: Chernobyl Part II

Published: Dec. 19, 2020, 9:50 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 33 seconds

At the turn of the twentieth century, the various Chernobyl dynasties were flourishing though they faced financial crisis. With World War One and the subsequent Russian Revolution, they all began to face an existential crisis. Though some branches of the dynasty heroically tried to sustain life under increasingly adverse conditions within the Soviet Union, most chose emigration.Rachmastrivka to the Holy Land, Trisk to Poland, Skver to Romania, Tolna, Makarov, Chernobyl and Hornosteipel to the United States. In each of their new locales, attempts were made to rebuild Chernobyl. With the decimation of the Holocaust, it was up to places like New Square in New York to give a rebirth to the Chernobyl dynasty. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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One Din: Rav Simcha Zelig the Dayan of Brisk

Published: Dec. 17, 2020, 12:05 p.m.
Duration: 35 minutes 47 seconds

One of the unique pre war Torah giants - and ultimately Holocaust victim - was the Dayan of Brisk, Rav Simcha Zelig Reguer (1864-1942). Brisk was home to a large and prestigious Jewish community, and Rav Simcha Zelig served as the beloved Dayan and posek through the tenures of both Rav Chaim Brisker and his son Rav Velvalleh the Brisker Rov.Wise and modest, he had studied in the Volozhin Yeshiva before becoming Rav Chaim's right hand man, while also overseeing the local yeshiva for many years. With the outbreak of the war, he remained in the city and was murdered along with its inhabitants by the Nazis. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Diffusion of Chernobyl: A Dynasty Spreads

Published: Dec. 13, 2020, 4:19 p.m.
Duration: 38 minutes 34 seconds

One of the oldest dynasties in the history of the chassidic movement, Chernobyl traces its growth from Rav Nachum Twersky the Maor Eynayim (1730-1797) through his son Rav Mottel the Chernobyl Maggid (1770-1837).One of the most influential courts in all of the Russian Jewish Pale of Settlement, with the Chernobyl Maggid's passing in 1837 his empire was divided among his eight sons. Over the course of the 19th century, the various branches of the Chernobyl dynasty - Chernobyl, Tolne, Rachamastrivka, Skver, Trisk, Hornosteipel and others - would dominate chassidic life in Ukraine. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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A Humble Giant: The Early Years of Rav Aharon Leib Steinman

Published: Dec. 9, 2020, 11:04 a.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 48 seconds

A greatly respected Torah leader of recent times, Rav Aharon Leib Steinman (1914-2017) spent the last 60 years of his long life in Bnei Brak. Prior to that were quite a few stops along the way, each stage shaping his development.A childhood in Brisk led to his studying in the local Toras Chesed Yeshiva of Rav Moshe Sokolovsky. Escaping the Polish army draft to Switzerland, he joined a Yeshiva there, eventually marrying and making his way to Israel.Moving to Kfar Saba, he was the head of the Chafetz Chaim Yeshiva there until moving to Bnei Brak in the 1950's. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Mashgiach: Memories of Rav Aharon Chodosh

Published: Dec. 5, 2020, 11:01 p.m.
Duration: 44 minutes 17 seconds

In this tribute episode following the passing of the Mir Mashgiach Rav Aharon Chodosh (1930-2020), personal memories of this great baal mussar, educator and fatherly figure. As an incredibly unique mashgiach, his relationship with his students enabled them to grow as individuals and achieve their potential.These recollections and anecdotes record interactions which express his care, wisdom and love, while at the same time also shed light on his sense of humor, down to earthness and unpretentiousness. From his aristocratic background in the Chevron Yeshiva to his uncanny ability to be able to relate to a diverse student body as the Mir mashgiach for over a half a century, through spending every Yom Tov with his joy and excitement, to witnessing his wisdom and influence on his students lives.The Mashgiach will be forever remembered and beloved by all who knew him.May his memory be a blessing. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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From Brooklyn to Beit Safafa: The Incredible Life of Rabbi Mordechai Elefant

Published: Dec. 2, 2020, 9:41 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 36 seconds

One of the most energetic and at the same time eccentric characters on the Jewish scene of the post war was Rabbi Mordechai Elefant (1930-2009). Growing up in New York in the 1940's he became a student of both Rav Aharon Kotler and Rav Leib Malin. Moving to Israel in the 1950's, he forged a connection with the Rav Velvel Soloveitchik - the Brisker Rov and with other leading rabbis of the day.He immediately threw himself into a lifelong objective of building and fundraising for Torah institutions. The nucleus of what was to become his ITRI Yeshiva began in the Romema neighborhood of Jerusalem. He would later build a small neighborhood there aptly named Kiriyat Itri. The Yeshiva itself eventually settled in its permanent campus on the outskirts of the Beit Safafa neighborhood following the Six Day War.Renowned for his fundraising talent, political connections with Israeli politicians like Moshe Dayan and Teddy Kollek, United States politicians like Hubert Humphrey and Gerald Ford, his eccentricities and antics, and most of all his boundless energy and desire to build Torah. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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A Tzadik Arrives in Tzfas: The Life of the Bas Ayin

Published: Nov. 28, 2020, 10:28 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 17 seconds

Rav Avraham Dov of Ovruch (yidd. Ovrutsch) (c.1765-1840) is known for his highly acclaimed chassidic work 'Bas Ayin'. As he has become something of a more popular figure in recent years, it's an opportunity to study his life and illustrious career. He was a follower of the Chernobyl chassidic dynasty, and served as a communal rabbi and chassidic leader in Ovruch and Zhitomir, Ukraine.In his later years, he settled in the Land of Israel, where he became the leader of the chassidic community of Tzfas. During the ensuing decade of the 1830's, the community faced great upheavals with the Syrian Peasant Revolt, the great earthquake of 1837 and the Druze revolt. Through it all, the Bas Ayin was a responsible and charismatic leader, rebuilding the community through times of crisis.Though he passed away in 1840 during a cholera epidemic, and left no descendents, his legacy lives on through his accomplishments and writings.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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From the Revolution to the Rothschilds: Emancipation & French Jewry

Published: Nov. 25, 2020, 10:58 a.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 22 seconds

Though taken for granted today, one of the most fundamental changes experienced by the Jewish People in modern times was receiving emancipation - equal rights, citizenship, equality before the law, etc. Commencing with the French Revolution in 1789, the struggle for Emancipation and the challenges along the way became the story of the Jews in the 19th century.Napoleon convened the Grand Sanhedrin in 1807 which asked French Jewry pointed questions about the relation of the Jew to the modern state. France produced notables like Adolphe Cremieux who would be involved in the founding of the first international Jewish organization in the form of the Alliance, as well as promulgating legislation which bestowed French citizenship on Algerian Jewry.The Rothschild banking family became 19th century Jewish folk heroes as the ultimate expression of the success of emancipation. Though they achieved great wealth, prestige and power, they also were to be used as stereotypical tropes by anti-Semites, as well as raising questions about how emancipation may lead to assimilation. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Life of Rav Aharon Kotler Part II: Rebuilding Anew

Published: Nov. 21, 2020, 8:34 p.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 58 seconds

Sponsored by 20 Minute Daf. Check out 20minutedaf.com for a clear and concise daily daf yomi shiur. As the Yeshiva in Kletzk grew, a building was built and dedicated and Rav Aharon had to travel to the United States to fundraise. Aside from being the youngest and yet one of the most prominent Roshei Yeshiva at the time, he also rose to be among the leadership of the Polish Agudas Yisroel, participating in the third Knessia Gedolah in Marienbad in 1937. With the outbreak of the War, Kletzk fled to Vilna along with most other Yeshivas at the time. Ultimately settling in Yanova, with the Soviet takeover of the Baltic States in the summer of 1940 the Yeshiva dispersed to several Lithuanian shtetls with Rav Aharon and the largest group in Salock.By the end of 1940 the Sovietization of Lithuania made it difficult to maintain the continuation of the Yeshiva. Rav Aharon felt that he'd be able to accomplish more from the outside headed out of the Soviet Union in February 1941, arriving in Penn Station in New York City in April of that year.Though he threw himself full time into the rescue work of the Vaad Hatzalah, Rav Aharon emerged as an overall rabbinical leader on the American Orthodox scene. In 1942 Rav Nosson Wachtfogel along with a group of like minded friends, founded a kollel in White Plains, NY, eventually inviting Rav Aharon Kotler to serve as its head. With the move a year later to the resort town of Lakewood, New Jersey the American Torah world would be transformed forever. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Life of Rav Aharon Kotler Part I: Origins of Greatness

Published: Nov. 17, 2020, 9:43 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 39 seconds

Though he came from an illustrious rabbinic family, Rav Aharon Kotler (1891-1962) was faced with the challenge of being orphaned from both parents as a child. After a brief stint in Krinik, he arrived in Minsk where he formed a lifelong friendship with Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky and Rav Reuven Grozovsky. With his arrival in Slabodka, he enjoyed a closeness with the Alter of Slabodka, while also attending the shiurim of Rav Baruch Ber Leibowitz in the other Slabodka Yeshiva.His marriage to Rebbetzin Chana Perl, the daughter of Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer, firmly ensconced him in a career as a teacher of Torah. After an initial commencement as a Rebbi in Slutzk, the Soviet takeover and repression forced him to cross the border and reestablish the Yeshiva in Kletzk in 1921. Sponsored by 20 Minute Daf. Check out 20minutedaf.com for a clear and concise daily daf yomi shiur. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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From Vilna to Rechavia: The Life of Rav Yisroel Zev Gustman

Published: Nov. 14, 2020, 11:01 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 52 seconds

As the youngest dayan of the acclaimed Vilna rabbinical court, Rav Yisroel Zev Gustman (1908-1991) charted out a path to future greatness. He was both a close student of Rav Shimon Shkop during his days in Grodno, as well as a close confidante of Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinski on the Vilna Beis Din. He experienced the worst horrors of the Holocaust in the Vilna Ghetto. Surviving both the Ghetto and later as a partisan fighter in the surrounding forests, he then arrived in the United States. Following a short but fruitful stint as the Rosh Yeshiva of Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch, Rav Gustman opened his own Yeshiva in 1950 naming it for the Remailless Yeshiva in Vilna.In 1971 he moved to Israel and transplanted his Yeshiva to the Rechavia neighborhood of Jerusalem.  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Sisters of the Revolution Part V: Rebuilding in a New World

Published: Nov. 12, 2020, 1:15 p.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 27 seconds

With the destruction of Polish Jewry during the Holocaust, Jewish traditional communal infrastructure had to be rebuilt on new continents. Already prior to the war, pioneers had laid the groundwork for Girls traditional education in both Mandatory Palestine and the United States.In the Holy Land, Meir Sharansky opened the first Bais Yaakov in Tel Aviv in 1933. This was followed shortly thereafter by the Ger chassidim Hillel Lieberman and Pinchas Levine and Bais Yaakov arrived in Jerusalem. A German Jew named Yosef Avraham Wolff founded a groundbreaking Bais Yaakov in Bnei Brak in the 1950's. A confidante of the Chazon Ish, this institution was to play a decisive role in the formation of the Haredi community in Israel, then in its embryonic stages.Meanwhile across the Atlantic Rebbetzin Vichna Kaplan was struggling to establish a Bais Yaakov in Williamsburg under the auspices of the movement in Poland. Eventually a Bais Yaakov elementary school got off the ground under the leadership of Rav Avraham Newhouse, while Rebbetzin Kaplan ran a high school and eventually a Teacher's Seminary as well. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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From Strength to Strength: The Life of Rav Dovid Feinstein

Published: Nov. 8, 2020, 11:05 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 30 seconds

The passing of Rav Dovd Feinstein (1929-2020) is a great loss to the Jewish world. With his simplicity, able leadership and as a senior posek in all halachic matters, he will not be easily replaced.Rav Dovid was born in Luban in the Soviet Union, where his father Rav Moshe was the Rabbi. Under communist rule, his parents maintained a strong Jewish home and he remained one of the last communal rabbis in all of Russia in ever trying conditions. By 1936 the future for his children's Torah education seemed quite bleak, and it was for that reason that Rav Moshe decided to leave Russia. With his eventual settlement on the Lower East Side, Rav Moshe and later Rav Dovid would ultimately become synonymous with the neighborhood, the Yeshiva MTJ and with the leadership of the American Torah community.  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Rebbe! The Life of Rav Nochum Partzovitz

Published: Nov. 5, 2020, 10:53 p.m.
Duration: 42 minutes 17 seconds

Rav Nochum Partzovitz (1923-1986), was most known for his approach to Talmudic study, which gained renown within the Yeshiva world. Having grown up in the Vilna suburb of Trakai, he proceeded to study at the great Yeshivas of Baranovitch, Kamenitz and finally Mir, from which he never left.Through the war years in Shanghai, where he studied together with Rav Leib Malin, through the post war years in New York, he established himself as the elite of the Mir Yeshiva student body. This reputation was cemented with his marriage to Rebbetzin Ettel, daughter of Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz, and Rav Nochum's subsequent appointment to the position as Rosh Yeshiva.With his simplicity, modesty and his popular shiurim, Rav Nochum was a beloved Rebbi in the Mir Yeshiva and a beloved individual to all who knew him. This yahrtzeit episode was originally recorded exclusively for Mir Yeshiva Yerushalayim. It is now being included for the benefit of Jewish History Soundbites listeners. If you enjoy this podcast and would like to donate to Mir Yeshiva Jerusalem, you can do so here: https://secure.themir.org/donate/ Thank you! Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Civil War & American Jewry

Published: Nov. 2, 2020, 10:09 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 38 seconds

American Jews served in the ranks of both the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War. Several major events stand out as milestones in American Jewish History during that time period. The first was the appointment of the first Jewish chaplain in the United States armed forces, through the lobbying efforts of Rev. Arnold Fischel, with Jacob Frankel receiving the first commission.Next came the infamous General Order No. 11, when General Ulysses S. Grant ordered and expulsion of "Jews as a class" from his military jurisdiction, due to their alleged involvement with illegal trade. Finally we have the story of Judah P. Benjamin. With Sephardic origins, he rose to prominence as a lawyer in New Orleans, then senator, and finally holding several cabinet positions for the Confederacy.Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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A Guiding Light: The Life of the Chazon Ish Part I

Published: Nov. 1, 2020, 12:07 a.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 59 seconds

Hidden from the public view by his own choice for the majority of his adult life, Rav Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz (1878-1953) - the Chazon Ish - nevertheless achieved immortality in the traditional Jewish world. As a unique Torah scholar who wrote on the entire gamut of Torah law, he left an impact as one of the greatest poskim in modern times.Born into a rabbinical family in Kosava, Belarus, he resided in several towns across Lithuania and Belarus in the ensuing years before settling in Vilna. In his later years he resided in the Land of Israel, and it was there that he gradually gained renown. With the founding of the State of Israel, the Chazon Ish played a decisive role in formulating policy and trailblazing new societal direction for religious minority attempting to rebuild after the devastation of the Holocaust. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Poles at the Polls: Jewish Political Factions in Interwar Poland

Published: Oct. 29, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 37 seconds

With the rise of the Second Polish Republic in the shadow of Versailles, the Jewish minority received citizenship, the right to vote and to politically organize. Jewish political parties became major forces in public life for the first time in the long exile, leaving their imprint on Jewish politics in Israel and worldwide till this very day.The Zionist parties were primarily represented by the General Zionists and Yitzchak Greenbaum. On the left were the Marxist Poalei Zion and the Yiddishist Socialist Bund combatting anti-Semitism and struggling for the rights of Jewish laborers. Another populist party the Folkspartei, promoted Jewish cultural autonomy. Of course the Agudas Yisroel was established to represent the interests of the large religious communities across the country.With local kahal and municipal elections, and national elections to the Sejm - the Polish parliament, interwar Jewish politics was fraught with tension and political struggle.Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Around the Maggid's Table: The Disciples of Rav Dov Ber of Mezeritch

Published: Oct. 27, 2020, 9:39 p.m.
Duration: 37 minutes 19 seconds

With the passing of the Baal Shem Tov in 1760, several of his students continued transmitting his teachings to groups of followers. After several years, Rav Dov Ber  the Maggid of Mezritch (1704-1772) emerged as the dominant chassidic leader in what seemed to be on the cusp of a mass movement. It was under his leadership that several distinctive features came to be identified with the growing movement, such as the pilgrimage to the "chatzer" the court of the tzadik. He attracted an elite group of outstanding individuals - known as the "Heilegeh Chavraya" or holy society - who went on to become leaders in their own right, spreading the light of Chassidus across Eastern Europe.These included the the brothers Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk & Rav Zusha of Annapol, Rav Mendel of Vitebsk, Rav Avraham of Kalisk, Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, the brothers Rav Shmelke of Nikolsburg & Rav Pinchas of Frankfurt, Rav Aharon of Karlin and Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi, to name just a few. Diverse in leadership style, in their promulgating the message of chassidus as well as in geographic dispersion, they each continued the legacy of the Maggid in their own way.  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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A Historic Vote: The 1935 Tel Aviv Rabbinate Elections

Published: Oct. 24, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 13 seconds

A seemingly local and insignificant event, the election for the Tel Aviv rabbinate in 1935 had an impact on the future of Jewish life in many ways and places.The first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv was Rav Shlomo Ahronson. With his passing, three primary candidates arose over the summer of 1935 - Rav Moshe Avigdor Amiel, who was the ultimate winner, Rav Yitzchak Isaac Herzog and Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, at that time a young Rabbi in Boston.The leaders of the Mizrachi backed Rav Amiel, though Rav Moshe Soloveitchik wrote a strong letter of support on behalf of his son. Rav Soloveitchik made his only visit to the Land of Israel that summer, and met the ailing Rav Kook. Meanwhile the nascent Tel Aviv based Poalei Agudath Israel was eager to participate in the upcoming elections. Wary of the official Agudah position of non participation with the Zionist establishment, the PAI leadership penned a letter to the Ger Rebbe the Imrei Emes asking his opinion about voting in the election.The final result ensconced Rav Moshe Avigdor Amiel as the Chief Rabbi. He would go on to have a major impact on religious life in the first Hebrew city.  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Sisters of the Revolution Part IV: The Birth of a Movement

Published: Oct. 20, 2020, 8:35 p.m.
Duration: 35 minutes 56 seconds

Sarah Schenirer (1883-1935) founded the first Bais Yaakov school upon her return to Krakow during the Great War. From its modest beginnings in her living room, it blossomed into a full blown movement and essentially a revolution in traditional Jewish education for girls. The local chapter of Agudas Yisroel soon threw its support behind the nascent movement, and was soon followed by the national Agudah. Though she had received a blessing from the Belz Rebbe at the outset, actual rabbinic support arrived a decade later. By the late 1920's it had become a huge network of schools across Poland, with thousands of students, a central office in Warsaw and journal produced in Lodz.The schools got accreditation from the Polish government, while funding came from the Agudas Yisroel's Keren Hatorah, the Joint and others. With the exponential growth came a need for teachers, and the famed teachers seminary was established in Krakow with Sarah Schenirer at the helm, with additional seminaries established at other locations as well.  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Birth of Proto-Zionism: The World of Rav Tzvi Hirsch Kalischer

Published: Oct. 17, 2020, 10:27 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 34 seconds

As a student of both Rav Akiva Eiger and Rav Yaakov Loberbaum (author of the Nesivos Hamishpat), Rav Tzvi Hirsch Kalischer (1795-1874) grew up in the world of the Polish rabbinate, eventually becoming the rabbi of Torun. Yet his life path would bring him to propound new ideas in regards to redemption, national settlement of the Land of Israel and even a radical idea to renew the bringing of korbanos on the Temple Mt.A man of action more than just theory, he attempted to garner support from rabbis as well as the rising new class of wealthy influential Jews in emancipated western Europe such as Adolphe Cremieux and Moses Montefiore. In 1860 founded an organization to promote the settlement of the Land of Israel, and was successful at prevailing on the Paris based Alliance organization to build an agricultural school there.Influenced by Messianism and modern nationalism, Rav Kalischer played a decisive role in the development of proto-Zionism. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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From Minsk to Monsey: The Life of Rav Reuven Grozovsky

Published: Oct. 14, 2020, 11:19 p.m.
Duration: 34 minutes 21 seconds

As a sequel to the story of Rav Baruch Ber Leibowitz, it would be appropriate to profile the activities of his illustrious son in law and successor Rav Reuven Grozovsky (1886-1958). Growing up in Minsk, he convinced several of the youth to join him in the famed Slabodka Yeshiva. He'd eventually marry the daughter of Rav Baruch Ber Leibowitz, assisting him in the running of the Kamenitz Yeshiva.Escaping the war to the United States, Rav Reuven assumed a position as Rosh Yeshiva in both Torah Vodaath as well as the nascent Bais Medrash Elyon in Monsey. At the national level, he was first an activist in the wartime Vaad Hatzalah, then the chairman of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisroel, as well as heading the new Torah Umesorah efforts in Jewish education. As a true leader in tune with the times, he voiced his clear opinion on all issues and challenges facing the Jewish people. In 1952 he sustained a tragic car accident under mysterious circumstances. This greatly inhibited his activities and he passed away six years later. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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From Warsaw to Selma: The Complicated Life of Abraham Joshua Heschel

Published: Oct. 11, 2020, 5:45 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes

One of the most complex characters of the 20th century, Abraham J. Heschel's (1907-1972) life experience in many ways mirrored the Jewish search for identity in modern times. Born into an aristocratic Polish chassidic family, he shifted over to academic studies in Berlin. Escaping the Nazi regime, he settled in the United States, eventually receiving a position in the Jewish Theological Seminary. He lectured and wrote on Jewish mysticism, philosophy and chassidic thought. Leaving the ivory tower in his later years, he became an activist in the Civil Rights Movement alongside Martin Luther King Jr. In all probability, Heschel has the distinction of being the only one to have marched in both the Rabbi's march on Washington in 1943, as well as the third Selma Civil Rights march in Alabama in 1965. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Unfathomable Greatness: The Life & Times of Rav Boruch Ber Part I

Published: Oct. 1, 2020, 10:26 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 34 seconds

His impact on the Yeshiva world was immense. His learning approach continues to have immeasurable influence. His holiness was legendary and his greatness uncontested. Rav Baruch Ber Leibowitz (1870-1940) in many ways seemed larger than life. Yet the story of his life and the stories about his life, bring out the humanity, the world that he lived and acted in and the context of the times, to bring this great personality alive and paint a fuller picture of his achievements.From his days in Volozhin to a young Rabbi in Halusk. From Slabodka to Kremenchuk to Vilna to Kamenitz. Rav Baruch Ber had many stops and it also included a long fundraising journey to the United States. As a teacher, as a lover of his fellow Jew, as a fighter for tradition and in many other ways, Rav Baruch Ber's spirit reverberates within the Jewish world to this very day. Part II- https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/unfathomable-greatness-the-life-times-of-rav-boruch-ber-part-ii/ Part III- https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/unfathomable-greatness-the-life-times-of-rav-boruch-ber-part-iii/    Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Sisters of the Revolution Part III: The Pioneers : Separating Fact from Fiction

Published: Sept. 30, 2020, 9:12 a.m.
Duration: 35 minutes 6 seconds

For lectures, episode sponsorships and virtual tours, contact Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com The first World War was to bring sweeping change to Jewish life in Eastern Europe, and one of the manifestations of that change was girls' education. With the German occupation came a new civil administration, and attempts at educational reform. Rabbis and educators serving in the German Army or civil authorities were key players in this turn of events. Rabbis Drs. Emmanuel Carlebach and Pinchos Kohn in Warsaw and Dr. Leo Deutschlander in Lithuania both founded the first formal Torah education schools for girls, as Chavatzeles and Yavneh respectively. Further south however, it was to be a native of chassidic Galicia that was influenced and inspired by the world of German Neo-Orthodoxy who would go on to found what would eventually become the most successful network of them all. Her name was Sarah Schenirer. In newly independent Poland and Lithuania, formal Torah education for girls slowly became a reality. Initially facing opposition, it slowly gained rabbinic adherents. In other parts of Europe and around the world, the idea slowly caught on as well, as schools began to open up in other locales during the interwar period. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Chassidic Symphony: The Modzitz Dynasty

Published: Sept. 23, 2020, 8:17 p.m.
Duration: 32 minutes 55 seconds

Renowned in the Chassidic world and beyond for their legacy of song, Modzhitz was a large and important dynasty in the heart of pre war Polish Jewry. Founded by Rav Yechezkal of Kuzmir, it would be his grandson Rav Yisrael of Modzhitz who would give the dynasty its name, as well as developing song as its trademark. Rav Shaul Yedidya Taub further expanded the court, moving to Otwock outside of Warsaw. With the arrival of the Second World War, he escaped to Vilna then Japan, before arriving in the United States. He attempted to rebuild his decimated court, passing away a few years later. This was continued by his descendants in Tel Aviv, and later in Bnei Brak and in Brooklyn. Read more about the topic in a captivating book by a scion of the Modzhitz dynasty: https://www.amazon.com/Perilous-Escape-Journey-Europe-Freedom/dp/160280351X Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #18: Boro Park Part II

Published: Sept. 20, 2020, 9:10 p.m.
Duration: 44 minutes 54 seconds

The most Jewish place outside of Israel? The center of the universe? Boro Park seems to be the epicenter of Jewish life in many ways. As it developed pre war, it was an out of town upscale neighborhood for those distancing themselves from Manhattan and Williamsburg. The original shuls like Shomrei Emunah, Temple Beth-El, Anshe Sfard, Bnei Yehuda and others grew at the time. Eitz Chaim Yeshiva and the Shulamis school for girls were the first schools of its kind in the neighborhood, and in the case of the latter in the entire country.Slowly the neighborhood attracted different kind of crowd. The Chernobyl Rebbe established the first chassidic shtiebel in the 1930's. After the war, Rav Avraham Joffen opened the Novardok Yeshiva, Rav Aharon Kotler became a neighborhood resident and a group of Mir students from Shanghai established the Mir Minyan on 16th Ave & 54th St. Moshe Koussevitzky was the Chazzan at Beth-El during this time. It wasn't long before the Chassidim began arriving in ever greater numbers. The Munkatch court was revived there, and the Bobover Rebbe arrived in the late '60's from Crown Heights. Novominsk, Sighet, Ger, Belz, Spinka and dozens of other dynasties had their headquarters, the Rebbe or at least a shtibel in the neighborhood. Mendelssohn's Pizza, Biegeleisen's sforim store, Maimonides Hospital and the shopping of 13th Ave all became fixtures of Boro Park and into the realm of legend. Rav Moshe Sherer's efforts to rehabilitate the neighborhood in the late 1970's led to further growth and expansion. Great poskim like Rav Menashe Klein, Rav Moshe Bick, the Debrecen Rov and many others called Boro Park home. A comprehensive list of the people and places in Boro Park's storied history would be too vast, and a small peek into the sights and sounds of the neighborhood will suffice. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #18: Boro Park Part I

Published: Sept. 15, 2020, 9:31 p.m.
Duration: 44 minutes 11 seconds

The most Jewish place outside of Israel? The center of the universe? Boro Park seems to be the epicenter of Jewish life in many ways. As it developed pre war, it was an out of town upscale neighborhood for those distancing themselves from Manhattan and Williamsburg. The original shuls like Shomrei Emunah, Temple Beth-El, Anshe Sfard, Bnei Yehuda and others grew at the time. Eitz Chaim Yeshiva and the Shulamis school for girls were the first schools of its kind in the neighborhood, and in the case of the latter in the entire country.Slowly the neighborhood attracted different kind of crowd. The Chernobyl Rebbe established the first chassidic shtiebel in the 1930's. After the war, Rav Avraham Joffen opened the Novardok Yeshiva, Rav Aharon Kotler became a neighborhood resident and a group of Mir students from Shanghai established the Mir Minyan on 16th Ave & 54th St. Moshe Koussevitzky was the Chazzan at Beth-El during this time. It wasn't long before the Chassidim began arriving in ever greater numbers. The Munkatch court was revived there, and the Bobover Rebbe arrived in the late '60's from Crown Heights. Novominsk, Sighet, Ger, Belz, Spinka and dozens of other dynasties had their headquarters, the Rebbe or at least a shtibel in the neighborhood. Mendelssohn's Pizza, Biegeleisen's sforim store, Maimonides Hospital and the shopping of 13th Ave all became fixtures of Boro Park and into the realm of legend. Rav Moshe Sherer's efforts to rehabilitate the neighborhood in the late 1970's led to further growth and expansion. Great poskim like Rav Menashe Klein, Rav Moshe Bick, the Debrecen Rov and many others called Boro Park home. A comprehensive list of the people and places in Boro Park's storied history would be too vast, and a small peek into the sights and sounds of the neighborhood will suffice. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Life of the Chofetz Chaim: Part IV Personalities & Publications

Published: Sept. 12, 2020, 10:29 p.m.
Duration: 41 minutes 25 seconds

The Chafetz Chaim influenced the Jewish People in many ways, among them through his Yeshiva in Radin and through the many popular books which he authored. Through his Yeshiva he influenced generations of students, while hiring a staff of Roshei Yeshiva par excellence. Rav Moshe Londinski, Rav Naftali Trop, Rav Yerucham Levovitz, the Chafetz Chaim's own sons in law Rav Hirsh Levinson and Rav Mendel Zaks, to mention a few. Though the Yeshiva experience a bit of downturn with passing of the old generation, the name lived on in other Yeshivas founded to carry his memory.The Mishna Berura was the Chafetz Chaim's famous work, which had an impact on halacha across the Jewish world and increased in influence over time. The impetus of his writing was to fill a need and reflected on the great responsibility he felt towards his people. Such was his work Machaneh Yisrael geared towards Jewish soldiers in the Czar's army. Nidchei Yisroel was a companion for the Jewish immigrant, while other pamphlets were geared towards Jewish women. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Sisters of the Revolution Part II: To Teach or not to Teach?

Published: Sept. 8, 2020, 10:10 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 15 seconds

Facing the various challenges presented by modern times, education for girls loomed as a viable solution. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch promulgated traditional education for Jewish women early on in his career, and later implemented it in his Realschule in Frankfurt in 1853. Formal Torah education for girls was thus a reality and could be copied by other communities facing similar challenges.The Chafetz Chaim decried the state of traditional Jewish life in many of his writings, and declared that Torah education for girls is imperative at this juncture of history in light of the challenges of modernity. The context of the time saw much reformation of the Jewish educational system in general and in regards to girls in particular. With the rise of the Cheder Metukan in the Russian Empire, many of these new schools opened their doors to girls as well. This was followed a generation later by the Zionist Tarbut schools and the Yiddishist Tzisha schools, both of which included girls within their educational system. In addition to public schools, by this time girls education was happening everywhere. It was only a matter of time that it would spread further. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Revenge of the Yekkes: The Story of the Ritchie Boys

Published: Sept. 5, 2020, 9:19 p.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 6 seconds

With the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, here is a return to the story that Jews played in winning the war. The Ritchie Boys were a group of German speaking Americans, of whom some were recent German Jewish refugees, recruited by the US military. They were needed for their language skills, translations, interrogations and some espionage too.Following the D-Day invasion, the Ritchie Boys were attached to front line units where they interrogated recently captured German soldiers. The information obtained was used on the battlefield, defining strategy and saving lives.With their return to their native Germany, they participated in the liberation of concentration camps while confronting the knowledge that their own close relatives had been among the victims. The feeling that their contribution to the war effort had made a significant difference to the outcome, was in a certain way a sense of closure and even triumph. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #17: The Catskills

Published: Sept. 2, 2020, 9:01 a.m.
Duration: 46 minutes 4 seconds

The Mountains, the Catskills, the Borscht Belt, upstate, the country. Monticello, Liberty, Woodridge, Swan Lake, Woodbourne, Fallsburg. A place of many names with one thing in common: a place rich in Jewish history and lore.As a summer destination, the Catskills would be home to countless bungalow colonies as city Jews organized their communities for a mountain air getaway. Generations of children attended the many summer camps that dotted Sullivan County. Camps included Mesivta, Agudah, Munk, HILI, Kol Rinah, Torah Vodaath, Ohr Shraga, Sternberg and many more including the Betar Jewish self defense camp where Vladimir Jabotinsky died in 1940.It was also famously known as the Borscht Belt, and the legendary hotels/resorts/country clubs like Grossinger's, Kutscher's and the Concord made their mark as vacation sites. Most Jewish comedians of the time commenced their careers there.In addition to the summer crowd, the Catskills were home to many year round Jewish communities over the years. These towns built shuls, mikvas, hired Rabbis and even Jewish owned farms burgeoned for a time. This included Yeshivas as well such as the Mountaindale Yeshiva of Rav Yehuda Davis and the famous Yeshiva of South Fallsburg. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Tradition & Change: Rav Reines & the Lida Yeshiva

Published: Aug. 29, 2020, 11:18 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 48 seconds

Rav Yitzchak Yaakov Reines (1839-1915) was a leading rabbinical leader who attempted to confront the challenges of his day with innovative solutions. Seeking to refresh the rabbinate as well save the youth, he incorporated secular studies in the Yeshiva he founded in Shvintzian and later in Lida. Having studied in Volozhin and Aishishok, he embarked on a rabbinic career while promulgating his innovative ideas in learning style, education and even language.The Yeshiva in Lida was ultimately successful, reaching and enrollment of over 300 under the able leadership of Rav Shlomo Poliachek, the Meitcheter Iluy. Rav Reiness also founded the Mizrachi, the religious Zionist faction of the Zionist movement. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Sisters of the Revolution Part I: Emancipation & Assimilation

Published: Aug. 26, 2020, 12:20 a.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 46 seconds

Jewish History Soundbites celebrates our 200th episode with the launch of a new series, about the changes in the roles of traditional Jewish women and women's education in modern Jewish history. The 19th century brought sweeping changes to the world in general and to the Jewish population in particular. By the end of the century, Jews in most countries had achieved emancipation. Even in places like the Russian Empire where they hadn't yet, the winds of change were still blowing.Though this affected all facets of Jewish life and community, it is with regard to the status and the future of the Jewish woman that is the focus of our story. With new opportunities in education and society, many Jewish women began to struggle with the traditional gender roles within Jewish society. Many chose to leave traditional Jewish life altogether.At the rabbinical conference in Krakow in 1903, the challenges facing Jewish women were hotly debated, as Jewish education for girls was proposed as a possible solution. In the meantime, Jewish feminism was on the rise as Bertha Pappenheim challenged norms and demanded change. It was a time of upheaval for all, and the Jewish woman was no exception. Jewish History Soundbites would like to welcome a new sponsor:  Gingerbread: Miniatures and Cakes personalized for all occasions. Located in the 5 Towns. Check them out at https://instagram.com/gb_gingerbread_?igshid=168n5nnv8yzv8or call/txt: 917-596-3474   Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Ruzhin Dynasty & the Age of Succession

Published: Aug. 22, 2020, 10:10 p.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 56 seconds

With Sadigura in the news, here's an overview of the Ruzhin dynasty and which branches are still active today. Some like Shtefanesht, Husyatin and Chrotkov are pretty much gone. Boyan is here but without the Friedman name. Buhush and of course Sadigura are still around with the direct Friedman link.Interestingly enough, there have been young successors to positions of power throughout history. Rav Chaim Brisker, Rav Moshe Feinstein, Rav Ovadiah Yosef, the Ben Ish Chai, Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer, the Yenuka of Stolin, the Belzer Rebbe, Rav Nachman of Breslov, the Ruzhiner himself, King Hussein of Jordan, Michael Dell and many, many others, have risen to leadership at a young age, with each once being another unique piece of history. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #16: Los Angeles

Published: Aug. 19, 2020, 10:38 a.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 25 seconds

The rich Jewish past of Tinseltown is worth at least a full length feature. The architects of Hollywood were Jewish immigrants, who were joined by many talented Jews heading west, who created an entire industry and cultural revolution.Orthodox Judaism took a bit longer to strike roots, but Rabbi Simon Dolgin and other intrepid pioneers planted the first seeds which blossomed with the arrival of many survivors in the post war era. From Beth Jacob to YICC, from Toras Emes to YULA, from Venice Beach to Pico Robertson, LA has a Jewish story to tell.Rav Simcha Wasserman built a Yeshiva named for his illustrious father, Rabbi Marvin Heir built the Wiesenthal Center, and philanthropists from Sam Menlo to Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz funded one initiative after another. One of the first community Kollels in the United States had a great impact on the community's growth as well. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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A Fatherly Warrior: The Satmar Rav Part II

Published: Aug. 15, 2020, 9:35 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 55 seconds

Scion of the Sighet Chassidic dynasty, Rav Yoelish Teitelbaum continued the legacy of his illustrious forbears on all fronts. As a Rosh Yeshiva, communal Rabbi, Chassidic leader and fiery warrior against the various modernist trends of his time. With his escape from Hungary on the Kastner Train and subsequent settlement in Williamsburg following a brief stint in Israel, he focused his energies on rebuilding.As a visionary and at the same time a very practical realist, he created the infrastructure of full "kehilla" - community, which went beyond the realm of a chassidic court. In that capacity, he served as the inspiration of numerous chessed organizations including the lifesaving Hatzalah emergency medical service. Known for his uncompromising stance on modernity in general and Zionism in particular, he refused to back down even when it seemed that he was the lone fighter in ideological stance. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #15: The Five Towns

Published: Aug. 12, 2020, 10:58 a.m.
Duration: 43 minutes 28 seconds

Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Hewlett, Inwood. Somehow the individual names come together to form the larger Jewish community of the Five Towns. Historically an upscale suburban area that boasted country clubs and golf courses that didn't welcome Jews, the demographics began to change in the post war. Shuls like Beth Shalom, Young Israel of Woodmere, Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst were formed over time. They were led by pioneering Rabbis like Rabbis Gil Klaperman, Shya Lebor, Nochum Tzvi Kornmehl and many others. With the arrival of Rav Binyamin Kamenetsky in 1956 and the founding of the Yeshiva of South Shore, Jewish education was ensured a future in the Five Towns. Of course eating is an important component of Jewish life in the region, and Central Avenue would become the home of a variety of famous eateries. Colorful personalities, philanthropists, politicians and activists all called the Five Towns home, and we'll meet some of them on this Jewish history journey into Long Island. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Echoes of Novardok on the Streets of Bnei Brak: The Steipler Story

Published: Aug. 8, 2020, 10:06 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 54 seconds

Born into a chassidic home in Ukraine, Rav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky (1899-1985) subsequently studied in the Novardok Yeshiva later becoming a Rebbi at the Pinsk branch of the network. Upon his move to Israel in 1934, he joined his famed brother in law the Chazon Ish and also assumed a position in the Novardok branch in Bnei Brak.In his later years he assumed a position of leadership in the Torah world alongside Rav Shach. At the same time he authored his magnum opus Kehillas Yaakov, while also becoming renowned for his sage advice in all contemporary matters in the Jewish world. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #14: Miami

Published: Aug. 5, 2020, 9:37 a.m.
Duration: 45 minutes 37 seconds

Original home to the Miami Boys Choir and to the Jewish owned Miami Heat, Palm Beach County also has the largest concentrated Jewish population in the world outside of Israel.Though attractive as the sunny alternative to the harsh New York winter, the Miami Jewish community developed independently building infrastructure and institutions. It was in the post war era that things began to take off. The visionary Rabbi Alexander Gross was one of the great architects of the community's growth. Other early leaders of the community included Rabbis Aryeh Rottman, Berel Wein, along with the early shluchim Rav Avraham & Rivka Korf and later the Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Leibel Schapiro. The Yeshiva with Rabbi Yochanan Zweig at the helm has greatly impacted the community as well. Yet through the decades Miami had been famous for hosting great Jewish leaders who vacationed there during the winter months. This phenomenon would have a long lasting and unique impact on the community's growth along with the exposure to the diversity of the entire Jewish people.With Larry King, Myer Lansky and Ron Dermer all making appearances as well, the story of the Jews of South Florida is another glorious chapter in American Jewish History. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Brisk in the Holy Land Part I

Published: Aug. 2, 2020, 9:20 p.m.
Duration: 39 minutes 44 seconds

Escaping from war torn Europe, Rav Yitzchok Zev (Velvalleh) Soloveitchik known to posterity as the Brisker Rov, arrived in the Holy Land in the spring of 1941. Though tragically his wife and three of his children weren't able to make it out, the Rov and his seven remaining children continued the Soloveitchik dynasty in Israel.His oldest son Rav Berel became Rosh Yeshiva, while his daughter Lifsheh ran the house and eventually married Rav Michel Feinstein. Rav Rephoel was his father's dedicated right hand man and became legendary for his communal activism. Rav Meir and ybl"ch Rav Dovid launched successful Yeshivas of their own. Each branch of the family added their own to the enduring Soloveitchik aristocratic legacy. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Treacherous Brothers: The Yevsektsia Destryoys Jewish Life in Russia

Published: July 29, 2020, 4:51 p.m.
Duration: 37 minutes 35 seconds

Few stories among the many tragedies of Jewish history are as heartbreaking as the destruction of Jewish life in Russia by the Yevsektsia. While the majority of these occurrences were perpetrated from enemies on the outside, the Yevsektsia was an entirely Jewish organization. It's a story of Jews waging war on traditional Jewish life. Following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the Yevsektsia was established as a Jewish section of the Communist party, with the mandate to galvanize the Jewish workers in support of the Revolution and communism. At their own initiative, these primarily young Jewish revolutionaries extended their mandate to suppress all that was perceived to be counter revolutionary activity. The Kehillas, Cheders, Yeshivas, Shuls, Rabbinical leadership, Zionism, culture, Hebrew language, Jewish political parties and any other vestige of Jewish life was brutally suppressed and wiped out. By 1929 they were disbanded, but the damage was done. Once the world center of world Jewry, Russian Jewish traditional life was obliterated. It's 3 million Jews stuck behind the Iron Curtain. Subscribe To Our Podcast on:PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @Jsoundbites You can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #13: Cleveland Part II

Published: July 27, 2020, 7:53 p.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 26 seconds

This great city of the Midwest hosted some impressive events, institutions and personalities throughout its Jewish community's long history. Once a center of Reform Judaism with Abba Hillel Silver, it was also home to one of the earliest short lived Yeshivas in the United States when Rav Yehuda Levenberg moved his New Haven Yeshiva to Cleveland.Rabbi Israel Porath was the long time Rabbinic leader, but it was Telz Yeshiva and its great leadership that really transformed the town. Rav Elya Meir Bloch, Rav Mottel Katz, Rav Mordechai Gifter, Rav Baruch Sorotzkin and many more transformed Cleveland and the Yeshiva world at large with the aristocracy of Telz. The Telz impact was felt with the founding of the Hebrew Academy by the Dessler Family and the Yavneh Girls school. The great philanthropists of Cleveland included Irving Stone, the Spero brothers and Mendy Klein. Chassidus struck roots in Cleveland with the Cleveland dynasty, Chabad and even Kaliv.  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #13: Cleveland Part I

Published: July 26, 2020, 11:16 p.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 37 seconds

This great city of the Midwest hosted some impressive events, institutions and personalities throughout its Jewish community's long history. Once a center of Reform Judaism with Abba Hillel Silver, it was also home to one of the earliest short lived Yeshivas in the United States when Rav Yehuda Levenberg moved his New Haven Yeshiva to Cleveland.Rabbi Israel Porath was the long time Rabbinic leader, but it was Telz Yeshiva and its great leadership that really transformed the town. Rav Elya Meir Bloch, Rav Mottel Katz, Rav Mordechai Gifter, Rav Baruch Sorotzkin and many more transformed Cleveland and the Yeshiva world at large with the aristocracy of Telz. The Telz impact was felt with the founding of the Hebrew Academy by the Dessler Family and the Yavneh Girls school. The great philanthropists of Cleveland included Irving Stone, the Spero brothers and Mendy Klein. Chassidus struck roots in Cleveland with the Cleveland dynasty, Chabad and even Kaliv.  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #12: The Lower East Side

Published: July 21, 2020, 11:51 p.m.
Duration: 39 minutes 57 seconds

The cradle of civilization. The melting pot. The place where it all began. The ghetto, tenement buildings, overcrowded sweatshops. Romantic memories of a picturesque neighborhood, with beautiful shuls and a rich culture. Great rabbis, active socialists and the Jewish mob. The first Yeshivas, labor unions and delicatessens. Huddled masses pushcart sellers and the Yiddish Theatre. The descriptions of this unforgettable neighborhood can go on forever, and we wouldn't even scratch the surface. When at its peak, the density was the highest in the entire world, with the largest Jewish population in the world. The constant stream of immigrants created a diversity of Jewish life that is unmatched anywhere else.  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Maharam Brisk & the Hungarian Yeshiva World

Published: July 18, 2020, 10:20 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 12 seconds

The title "Yeshiva World" usually conjures images of the great citadels of Torah of Lithuania, but parallel to that development was the Yeshiva world in Hungary. Large in size and unique in style, the Hungarian Yeshiva world provided generations of Hungarian communities with Rabbis, teachers and a rich traditional life. One of the most prominent of these Yeshivas in the generation before the war was that of the Maharam Brisk in Toshnad (Tasnad), Transylvania. As one of the leading Rabbis of his day, he did much to strengthen Jewish life in the entire district. His Yeshiva became one of the largest - over 300 students - and from the most prestigious in the entire country. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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A Lithuanian Mystic: Rav Shlomo Elyashiv

Published: July 16, 2020, 10:38 p.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 55 seconds

Rav Shlomo Elyashiv was one of the greatest Kabbalists in recent Jewish history. Settling in the town of Shavl, he proceeded to author his magnum opus the Leshem Shevo Veachlama, and influencing young Rabbis like Rav Kook in kabbalistic teachings.In 1924, he moved to Eretz Yisroel together with his daughter and son in law Rav Avraham Levinson who changed his name to Elyashiv at this time. They were accompanied by their Bar Mitzvah age son, the future Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv.Upon arriving in Jerusalem, they became an influential family, with Rav Avraham Elyashiv founding the Tiferes Bachurim organization, which provided a framework for Torah study for the young working men of the Old Yishuv. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #11: The American South Part I

Published: July 14, 2020, 9:51 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes 51 seconds

With a foray into the south, we examine the stories of some great Jewish communities south of the Mason-Dixon line. Charleston, South Carolina is home to one of the oldest Jewish communities stretching back to colonial times. In the Antebellum South, it achieved renown as the largest Jewish community in the United States for many years. Charleston has the distinction of being the home of the oldest continuous Orthodox Ashkenazi Shul in America, along with being the home of the origins of Reform Judaism on that side of the Atlantic. The city was to play a central role in the Civil War, which was a war which had far reaching ramifications for Jews in other areas of the south as well. Nearby Savannah has a colonial era history as well with Sephardic Jews arriving in the 18th century. Polish Jews established an Orthodox community before the Civil War, and generations of the Garfunkel family played a role in the community's development with some impressive Rabbinical figures having served there. We wrap up with Memphis, where we meet Rabbis Efraim & Nota Greenblatt, Refael Grossman, Meir Belsky and many others. Elvis makes an appearance as well on this journey down south. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @Jsoundbites You can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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A Historic Campaign: The Chofetz Chaim Sefer Torah

Published: July 11, 2020, 10:28 p.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 19 seconds

The Lithuanian Yeshiva world in interwar Poland was facing financial crisis. The Vaad Hayeshivas was the umbrella organization which sought to alleviate the financial burden from the Yeshivas. With the passing of the Chofetz Chaim, the beloved leader, as well as founder and head of the Vaad Hayeshivas in September 1933, the Jewish People was plunged into mourning. The Vaad Hayeshivas embarked on a campaign to write a Sefer Torah in memory of the Chofetz Chaim. Each letter would be sold, and the proceeds would go toward funding the Yeshivas which were in ever desperate straits. This would be a world wide campaign, in which it was hoped that all would desire to partake in this special endeavor. The Sefer Torah was duly written, with individuals from Jewish communities around the world having bought letters and receiving a special certificate as acknowledgement of their participation. Amid great festivities, the Torah was dedicated in honor of the 2nd yahrtzeit of the Chofetz Chaim in Elul 1935, where it was brought from Vilna to Radin.Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Stories of Ner Israel Part II

Published: July 9, 2020, 8:55 a.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 58 seconds

In the annals of the Yeshiva movement, the story of Ner Israel Rabbinical College occupies a position of its own. Named for founder of the Mussar movement Rav Yisrael Salanter on the foundations of the world of Slabodka, it then pioneered a vision adaptable to the world of the American Yeshiva student. Rav Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman as founder, Rosh Yeshiva, educator and personification of greatness in Torah scholarship, led generations of students, molding and guiding on the path of Torah greatness. Aided by his brother in law the legendary activist Rabbi Herman Neuberger, together built up the Yeshiva into a veritable empire. Luminaries such as the Mashgiach Rav Dovid Kronglas, the Rosh Yeshiva Rav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, Rav Yaakov Moshe Kulefsky, and many more graced the Yeshiva with the presence and their incalculable influence is very much felt till today. As a premier Torah institution, Ner Israel has influenced and continues to influence Jewish life in the greater Yeshiva world, the Baltimore Jewish community, across the United States and beyond, down to this very day. In honor of Rav Ruderman's recent yahrtzeit, presented here is but a small sampling of anecdotes of the Yeshiva's gloried past. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #10: Philadelphia

Published: July 7, 2020, 10:47 p.m.
Duration: 48 minutes 1 second

Perhaps no other city in the United States can boast of such a long, rich and consistent Jewish history narrative as the City of Brotherly Love. Historic synagogues like Mikveh Israel - which at one point received funding from Benjamin Franklin, and Rodeph Shalom which was the first Ashkenazi shul in the Western Hemisphere are symbols of the colonial era Jewish community. The 19th century saw Isaac Leeser, Sabato Morias, Marcus Jastrow and others make their mark on the development of Philadelphia Jewish life and their influence on the wider American Jewish community. The interwar period brought Chassidic Rebbes, great philanthropists and even the Lubavitcher Rebbe - who visited the Liberty Bell - to Philadelphia. Led by a succession of great rabbinical leaders like Rabbis Bernard Levinthal, Ephraim Eliezer Yolles, Baruch Leizerowski, Sholom Shneiderman, Moshe Lifshitz and many others including the contemporary Rabbi Avraham Shemtov. The Philadelphia Yeshiva was founded by Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky and together with Rav Elya Svei, Rav Mendel Kaplan and other greats have made it one of the premier Torah institutions in the United States. Philadelphia personalities as diverse as Benjamin Guggenheim, Uriah Phillips Levy and Binyamin Netanyahu make their appearance as well in this city rich with Jewish history. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaody Google Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpc Spotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxs Stitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @Jsoundbites You can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Stories of Ner Israel Part I

Published: July 4, 2020, 11:32 p.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 58 seconds

In the annals of the Yeshiva movement, the story of Ner Israel Rabbinical College occupies a position of its own. Named for founder of the Mussar movement Rav Yisrael Salanter on the foundations of the world of Slabodka, it then pioneered a vision adaptable to the world of the American Yeshiva student. Rav Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman as founder, Rosh Yeshiva, educator and personification of greatness in Torah scholarship, led generations of students, molding and guiding on the path of Torah greatness. Aided by his brother in law the legendary activist Rabbi Herman Neuberger, together built up the Yeshiva into a veritable empire. Luminaries such as the Mashgiach Rav Dovid Kronglas, the Rosh Yeshiva Rav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, Rav Yaakov Moshe Kulefsky, and many more graced the Yeshiva with the presence and their incalculable influence is very much felt till today. As a premier Torah institution, Ner Israel has influenced and continues to influence Jewish life in the greater Yeshiva world, the Baltimore Jewish community, across the United States and beyond, down to this very day.Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #9: Seattle

Published: June 30, 2020, 10:08 p.m.
Duration: 46 minutes 56 seconds

Out in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle boasts a rich Jewish past. As the last stop coming from the east, the first stop when arriving from Vladivostok and a destination during the Klondike gold rush, Seattle's Jewish community grew immensely at the turn of the century. Rabbinical leaders like Rabbi Baruch & Rebbetzin Hinda Shapiro, Rabbi Solomon Maimon, Rav Chaim Yaakov Levin, even a short stint of Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky plus many more. Personalities like Samuel, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, along with native sons Rabbis Nisson Wolpin, Yissachar Frand, Marc Angel and others. We share the story of Seattle’s Business Leaders, Jewish Music Legends and some regular folks. Seattle emerges as a diverse and fascinating story.Subscribe To Our Podcast on: Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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All the Kings Men: Great Leaders in the Court of Ger

Published: June 27, 2020, 10:10 p.m.
Duration: 38 minutes 13 seconds

In the Ger empire of Chassidic Poland, the Rebbes of the Alter family - the Chiddushei Harim, Sfas Emes & Imrei Emes - achieved renown for their leadership. Other members of the family served in crucial roles in the chassidus, the Rabbinate and general leadership of Polish Jewry through stable as well as challenging times. Their names haven't been enshrined on the pages of history as much as their more famous family members. Their achievements however, were no less significant.The Chiddushei Harim's son - and father of the Sfas Emes - was a unique individual Rav Avraham Mordechai Alter who passed away in his father's lifetime. The sons of the Sfas Emes - Rav Nechemia Alter a Rosh Yeshiva in Yerushalayim & Rabbi in Lodz, Rav Mendel Alter of Pabianice as Rosh Yeshiva in Ger and later one of the leading Rabbis in Poland & the immortal Rav Moshe Betzalel who was one of the leading lights of the Ger court. Then comes the sons in law, Rav Chanoch Tzvi Levin - the Bendiner Rov - a primary leader of interwar Polish Jewry, along with his son the famed Agudah politician Itche Meir Levin, and Rav Yaakov Meir Biderman of the Warsaw Rabbinate. And of course there are more, as we explore this most aristocratic family of pre war European Jewry.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #8: Montreal

Published: June 23, 2020, 10:57 p.m.
Duration: 54 minutes 16 seconds

In the snowy Canadian north, a large Jewish community flourishes. Unique in many ways, Montreal boasts an old and well established infrastructure, with a diverse Jewish population that includes Chassidim, Modern Orthodox, Sephardic, Yeshiva community and more. Great personalities left their imprint through the decades. Rabbis like Rav Yudel Rosenberg, Rav Pinchas Hirschsprung, Rav Mottel Weinberg, the Tosher Rebbe, the Pupa Rov and many more. Other personages such as Leonard Cohen and Charles Bronfman made their mark in other ways. With the French language becoming dominant, it led to an exodus of certain parts of the community, yet brought an influx of Moroccan Jews.With lots of Hungarian background, French language and even some Alter Mirrers, Montreal has quite a story to tell.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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From Refugee to Royalty: Rav Shneur & Rebbitzin Rishel Kotler

Published: June 20, 2020, 10:29 p.m.
Duration: 39 minutes 43 seconds

Among the great builders of Torah of the twentieth century were Rav Shneur (1918-1982) & Rebbetzin Rishel Kotler (1923-2015). At times overshadowed by his illustrious father Rav Aharon, Rav Shneur's accomplishments were wide ranging and impressive in their own right. As a young refugee, he lived by his grandfather Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer in Yerushalayim, arriving in the United States after the war. With his characteristic simplicity and modesty, he'd go on to preside over the exponential growth of the Lakewood Yeshiva following his father's passing. This was in addition to his myriad communal responsibilities, along with his own initiatives such as the opening of a string of Kollels across the fruited plain.The Friedman family was among the most prominent Torah and mussar families first in Memel and later in Kovna. Young Rishel would be exposed to the leading Rabbinical scholars of the day through her parents hospitality. Fleeing to Shanghai while her fiancee was on the other side of the world, they finally married after the war. Surviving her husband by more than three decades, she oversaw the growth and expansion of the Yeshiva, while monitoring its activities behind the scenes. Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Making of a Godol Stories Part II

Published: June 17, 2020, 9:27 p.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 8 seconds

Here's another installment of enjoyable stories from the book Making of a Godol by Rabbi Nosson Kamenetsky along with related stories.We'll travel through pre war Europe and hear about how the Kovna Kollel was founded, the Yeshivas of Minsk, Rav Meir Shapiro's visit to Litvish Yeshivas, challenges of secularization, Rav Tzvi Hirsh Rabinowitz of Kovna, how Rav Chaim Brisker's sefer came to be printed and more.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Prophet of Doom & The Prophetess of Comfort: The Story of the Leibowitz Siblings

Published: June 13, 2020, 9:52 p.m.
Duration: 34 minutes 7 seconds

Two siblings who were high achievers and shared similar life paths. Yet the two couldn't be more different. Nechama Leibowitz, with all of her academic positions, saw herself as simply a teacher. One who strove to encourage the study of Tanach with its diverse range of commentary. Coupled with her love for the Hebrew language and her desire to teach and reach others wherever they may be, made her a beloved figure and teacher for generations of students.Her elder brother Yeshayahu, having grown in the same home in Riga, took his academic career early on in Germany towards a host of sciences - organic chemistry, biochemistry, neuro physiology and others. What gained him renown however was his radical views in philosophy, political philosophy and the philosophy of religion. Fearless in promulgating provocative ideas, he was wont to stir controversy in many circles for his political and religious beliefs.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #7: Pittsburgh

Published: June 10, 2020, 9:22 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes 34 seconds

With the growth of the steel industry, Pittsburgh became home to a sizable and prestigious Jewish community. While the Pittsburgh Platform of 1885 gave the city an association with Reform, and Jews had an impact on the local sports scene, immigrants from Eastern Europe along with some impressive Rabbinical and communal leaders laid a solid foundation for the traditional Jewish community.Early Rabbis like Rav Moshe Shimon Sivitz, Rav Aharon Ashinsky and Rav Wolf Leiter, and later luminaries like Rav Sholom Posner the chinuch pioneer, the Pittsburgher Rebbes, Rabbi Bernard Poupko and many others. Nearby Mckeesport had a sizable Jewish community as well, with Rabbi Yitzchak Chinn leading the Gemilas Chesed shul for over a half a century.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The History of The Volozhin Yeshiva Part 5: Closing Time

Published: June 7, 2020, 9:48 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes 24 seconds

Several factors came together which forced the great Yeshiva of Volozhin to close its doors on a cold winter day in 1892. The Yeshiva had been under close scrutiny from the Czarist government for decades, with various attempts at meddling with the Yeshiva's internal affairs, including attempts at implementing a general studies curriculum for Volozhin.The aging Netziv, seeking a successor who would help alleviate the crushing financial burden of the Yeshiva, brought in his son Rav Chaim Berlin as his replacement. The ensuing turmoil as a result of the succession dispute, led the Czarist officials to the conclusion that anarchy reigned within the Yeshiva and Volozhin must be closed.Although later attempts were made to reopen the legendary doors of Volozhin, the glory days were over for the "mother of the modern Yeshiva".This final installment is part 5 and not part 6 as was mistakenly said on the recording.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Washington Heights Part II: Rav Schachter Remembers

Published: June 4, 2020, 8:46 p.m.
Duration: 39 minutes 12 seconds

At the northern tip of Manhattan, Washington Heights is a city neighborhood while distant enough from the hustle and bustle of Midtown. Already with a Jewish presence at the turn of the century, it rose to prominence with the arrival of Yeshiva College/RIETS uptown from the Lower East Side in 1929. This was immediately followed in the 1930's with the huge influx of German Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism. A small group, together with the newly arrived Rav Dr. Joseph Breuer, founded K'hal Adath Jeshurun thus firmly establishing the neighborhoods reputation as "Frankfurt on the Hudson".Here we'll explore the varied institutions of this Kehilla, the rise and growth of the YU campus, as well some of the additional shuls and shtibels of the area. We will encounter personalities like Rav Breur, Rav Shimon Schwab, Dr. Raphael Moller, Rav Revel, Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Hershel and Rebbetzin Shoshana Schachter, Henry Kissinger, Lou Gherig and many more. Traveling through time and hearing about about the schools, kashrus, the eruv, shiurim, vacation, migration trends and other exciting anecdotes of Washington Heights.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #6 Washington Heights Part I

Published: June 4, 2020, 9:56 a.m.
Duration: 38 minutes 24 seconds

At the northern tip of Manhattan, Washington Heights is a city neighborhood, while distant enough from the hustle and bustle of Midtown. Already with a Jewish presence at the turn of the century, it rose to prominence with the arrival of Yeshiva College/RIETS uptown from the Lower East Side in 1929. This was immediately followed in the 1930's with the huge influx of German Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism. A small group, together with the newly arrived Rav Dr. Joseph Breuer, founded K'hal Adath Jeshurun thus firmly establishing the neighborhoods reputation as "Frankfurt on the Hudson".Here we'll explore the varied institutions of this Kehilla, the rise and growth of the YU campus, as well some of the additional shuls and shtibels of the area. We will encounter personalities like Rav Breur, Rav Shimon Schwab, Dr. Raphael Moller, Rav Revel, Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Hershel and Rebbetzin Shoshana Schachter, Henry Kissinger, Lou Gherig and many more. Traveling through time and hearing about about the schools, kashrus, the eruv, shiurim, vacation, migration trends and other exciting anecdotes of Washington Heights.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Making of a Godol Stories Part I

Published: May 31, 2020, 10:57 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 25 seconds

Meticulously researched and 1,400 pages long, the monumental work "Making of a Godol", contains a wealth of stories about great Jewish leaders of yesteryear. In honor the first yahrtzeit of the author Rav Nosson Kamenetsky, whose decades long research produced this masterpiece, a selection of choice anecdotes from within its pages are presented here.From the great city of Minsk to the hallowed halls of Volozhin Yeshiva to the small shtetls of Lithuania, from Rav Boruch Ber Leibowitz to Rav Yisrael Salanter and Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky and many more. The tapestry of Jewish life that goes on display through these timeless stories, can serve to continually educate and inspire.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Of Bombs & Money: The Desperate Attempts to Save Hungarian Jewry

Published: May 28, 2020, 7:42 a.m.
Duration: 35 minutes 2 seconds

With most of European Jewry decimated and the Red Army advancing in the east, the Hungarian Jewish community remained the last great center of Jewish life on the continent. Following the German invasion of Hungary in March 1944, senior SS officers were dispatched to Budapest to organize the deportations, which were to commence immediately and with terrifying speed.Legendary rescue activist Rabbi Michael Ber Weissmandel had years of experience at various rescue attempts by dealing directly with the Nazis from occupied Slovakia. He, together with his fellow members of the Working Group, now turned to make a last ditch attempt at saving Hungarian Jewry. He did this in three ways: 1. The time tested efforts at bribery and ransom. This included closely following the negotiations that took place in Budapest between the Nazis and the Relief & Rescue Committee. 2. Beseeching the Allied Powers to bomb the crematorium at Auschwitz and the railways leading there. 3. Warning Hungarian Jewry what was in store for them.Though largely unsuccessful, his valiant efforts at rescue are a testimony to the greatness of this heroic individual and to the story of that tragic period of time.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #5: Chicago

Published: May 26, 2020, 10:52 p.m.
Duration: 51 minutes 36 seconds

Title:Great American Jewish Cities: ChicagoSummary:When Jews blew into the Windy City, a great community in the Midwest began to rise. There may have been a World Series drought, but there was no drought of Jewish life and Torah growth in Chicago over the decades. What commenced with the massive immigration to the West Side - Maxwell Street, later Lawndale - in the 19th and early 20th centuries, solidified with the building of great shuls and educational institutions in the ensuing decades. Hebrew Theological College, Telz, Arie Crown, Vietzener Cheder, Lakewood Kollel and so many more. We'll meet personalities like Rav Chaim Tzvi Rubinstein, Rabbi Oscar Fasman, Rav Chaim Kreiswirth, the Novominsker Rebbe, Rav Tzvi Hirsh Meisels, Rav Aharon Soloveitchik, Rav Chaim Zimmerman, Rabbi Ephraim Epstein and many other Chicago personalities.From gourmet food to the Jewish mafia to changing neighborhoods, the story of Jewish Chicago is a major factor in the development of the American Jewish community.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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From Shanghai to East New York: Stories of Bais Hatalmud

Published: May 23, 2020, 9:36 p.m.
Duration: 38 minutes 3 seconds

When a senior group of the lions of the Mir got together in the late 1940's, they formed one of the most unique creations in the annals of the Yeshiva movement. Bais Hatalmud evokes memories of individuals like Rav Leib Malin, Rav Chaim Visoker, Rav Shmuel Charkover and so many other greats from the "Alteh Mir".A place where pre war mussar themes were taken literally and seriously, where the Yeshiva as a place of purity and of an intense atmosphere of growth was held as the ultimate ideal - the "Tzuras Hayeshiva". We'll take a peak into a humble Bais Medrash in East New York (and later Bensonhurst) where Bais Hatalmud's stories can continue to inspire till this very day.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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A Bittersweet Victory: The 1948 Battle for Jerusalem

Published: May 21, 2020, 8:37 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 12 seconds

While Yom Yerushalayim is a day that primarily focuses on the Six Day War and the capture of Yerushalayim, it leads one to wonder how it was lost in the first place. For that we must return to the battle of Jerusalem in the spring of 1948. With the British preparing to leave, the Haganah and the Arab Legion were preparing to fight for the city.It's a match between David Shaltiel, the German born Haganah commander, against his adversary Abdullah Tal. With Yerushalayim under siege, civilians had wait on line for water, and the food shortage led to starvation. The hope for Jewish sovereignty in the Holy City was soon dashed, as the last residents of the Jewish Quarter into Jordanian captivity. An ugly divide of barbed wire, would divide the ancient city for the 19 years to come.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #4: Cincinnati

Published: May 19, 2020, 11 p.m.
Duration: 40 minutes 7 seconds

The oldest Jewish community west of the Allegheny's, Cincinnati wasn't just the home of the Big Red Machine. In the 19th century, Isaac Mayer Wise and Max Lilienthal made Cincinnati the center for the emerging movement of Reform Judaism in the United States. This was culminated in the infamous "Trefa Banquet" incident in 1883.Later on it became a center of Orthodoxy with Rabbis like Rav Avraham Lesser and Rav Leizer Silver pioneering efforts in kashrus, education and leadership positions in the American Rabbinic world. A place of many Jewish firsts on the American Jewish scene, Cincinnati was also home to some of the first kosher food products like Manischewitz machine matza.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Wisdom & Dignity: The Life and Lessons of Rav Moshe Shapiro

Published: May 16, 2020, 9:37 p.m.
Duration: 34 minutes 21 seconds

Few can match the depth, breadth and wisdom that Rav Moshe Shapiro (1935-2017) had and shared through many venues to decades of students. As someone who absorbed from many of the greatest Torah scholars and thinkers in his youth, he proceeded to create a synthesis of it all that resulted in his own innovative approach. A great teacher of Torah, Kabbalist, kiruv pioneer and more, he influenced individuals across the spectrum of Jewish society. With a deep appreciation of the wellsprings of the past, he would often travel to Europe to the Jewish communities of old, enabling others to connect to the roots of Jewish identity.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #3: Crown Heights

Published: May 12, 2020, 10:16 p.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 41 seconds

One of the many Brooklyn neighborhoods that was a center of diverse Jewish life for decades, Crown Heights is also unique in many ways.From its pre war days and the first JCC in America, to the influx of Chassidic Jews in the post war, it boasted a variety of shuls, shtiebels and schools.Bobov, Skulen, Novominsk, Radzin, Yeshiva of Eastern Parkway and Kollel Gur Aryeh were just some of the many groups and institutions who had a presence in the bustling neighborhood.With the arrival of the Rayatz of Lubavitch in the United States in 1940, Chabad headquarters were eventually established at the legendary address of 770 Eastern Parkway. With the "white flight" of the 1960's in full swing, the Rebbe insisted that his Chassidim stay put. As the courageous holdouts, Chabad would come to dominate Jewish life in Crown Heights and eventually come to be synonymous with the neighborhood itself.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Crown of Aleppo

Published: May 9, 2020, 10 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 6 seconds

The oldest complete Tanach in the world, the Aleppo Codex, known as the "Keter", was and still is revered as a national treasure. As a source and guide for the text and vowelization of Tanach, it was one of the most important ancient texts of the Jewish People.For nearly six centuries it was carefully safeguarded by the Aleppo Jewish community. Following a series of riots at the end of 1947, the Keter seemingly disappeared, resurfacing 11 years later through a daring smuggling operation to the State of Israel. As it was turned over to then President Yitzchak Ben Tzvi, it was discovered that nearly half of the manuscript was missing. Was it simply lost? Was it stolen? By whom? Why was it handed over to the State for safekeeping? Some of the mystery surrounding the Keter remains with us till this very day.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #2: Baltimore

Published: May 5, 2020, 9:31 p.m.
Duration: 42 minutes 33 seconds

One of the most storied Jewish communities in the United States, Baltimore has a fair amount of "firsts". First ordained Orthodox Rabbi to serve in the US - Rabbi Joseph Rice, first Day School outside of NY and first kosher Hot Dog stand at a Major League Baseball stadium.Home to famous institutions like Ner Israel and Talmudical Academy - Chafetz Chaim, and famous individuals like Rabbi Herman Neuberger and Rabbi Moshe Heineman, Baltimore has made its on American Jewish life. At the same time, less famous aspects of the city's past come to life as well, such as the pioneering girls education with the Bais Yaakov of Rabbi Binyamin Steinberg, the Glen Ave Synagogue, and personalities like Rav Michoel Forshlager and Rav Yitzchak Sternhell.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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A Kingdom Restored: Belz in the Holy Land

Published: May 2, 2020, 9:40 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 49 seconds

The rebuilt Belz Chassidic community of today is a story of miracles and change. From almost total decimation during the war, they sustained an additional blow with the passing of the previous Rebbe, Rav Aharon Rokeach of Belz in 1957. It seemed that the glory days of this great dynasty were done.And yet it was rebuilt. This miraculous rebirth was accompanied by an atmosphere of innovation, in an otherwise traditional and conservative community. Elements of change in education, political affiliation, employment and even music, coupled with the able and strong leadership of the current Rebbe Rav Yissachar Dov Rokeach, enabled Belz once again become a large and influential Chassidic court.Listen to the prequel to this episode: https://soundcloud.com/user-18061157/the-great-escape-the-belzer-rebbe-and-the-farewell-drasha-in-budapestSubscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Center of it All: Great Rabbis in Warsaw

Published: April 30, 2020, 12:18 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 59 seconds

Capital of the Jewish world, Warsaw played a central role in all aspects of Jewish life - politically, culturally, socially and of course religiously. Great rabbinical figures served in official capacities in the Warsaw Rabbinate, in the city's educational institutions, in unofficial positions as residents of the city, and of course as visitors to the country's capital.One of the prominent Rabbinic families that served generations of the Warsaw Jewish community was the Zilberbergs. The most famous of whom was Rav Naftali Vershover (1848-1930), who was close with all the great leaders of his day and served the needs of Polish Jewry. Through their story, we'll encounter the places and people of Jewish Warsaw including the famed Warsaw Mesivta, as well as meeting the Bais Halevi, two Gerrer Rebbes, the Chafetz Chaim, Rav Chaim Brisker, Rav Meir Don Plotzki - the Kli Chemda, and many more.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Great American Jewish Cities #1: Far Rockaway

Published: April 27, 2020, 10:41 p.m.
Duration: 37 minutes 6 seconds

With this new series, Jewish History Soundbites seeks to explore the growth of various Jewish communities both within the great urban centers and across the golden plain.Our pilot episode touches on the community of Far Rockaway, lying somewhere in between Queens and Long Island. This resort area which had a Jewish presence even prior to the War, began a growth spurt along with the so called "white flight" to the suburbs in the two decades following the war.Personalities like Rabbis Zelig Fortman, Ralph Pelcovitz, Emanuel Rackman, Nachman Bulman, Shlomo Freifeld, and ybl"ch Rabbi Yechiel Perr, and many more, planted the seeds of a vibrant Orthodox community.Institutions like the White Shul, HILI, Shor Yoshuv, Young Israel, Yeshiva of Far Rockaway, even the Mir made a showing, and later on Yeshivas Darchei Torah.Events from a bygone era like the reception for Rav Kook or the Kovna Rov, the Agudas Harabonim conventions at the kosher hotels all come together to paint a picture of this special Jewish town.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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A Pioneering Scholar: The Travels & Works of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Kasher

Published: April 25, 2020, 8:44 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 6 seconds

One of the most prolific writers in the Jewish world of recent times, Rav Menachem Mendel Kasher (1895-1983), was quite an enigmatic character as well.As a prominent Gerrer Chussid in Warsaw, he was active in the Agudas Yisroel, and had a position in the famous Mesivta of Warsaw. With his move to Eretz Yisroel in the 1920's, he founded and headed the first Gerrer Yeshiva there in Yerushalayim.His primary focus soon turned towards his voluminous writings, which he devoted his life to writing and publishing.A man of strong opinions, he seemed to get mired in controversy wherever he turned. From the eruv in Manhattan to the International Dateline, to his embracing of Messianic Zionism, creativity and a sense of pioneering marked much of his writing and endeavors.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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King of Galicia: The Divrei Chaim of Sanz

Published: April 21, 2020, 8:54 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 37 seconds

Leading Halachic authority, founder of an influential Chassidic dynasty and a master of simplicity, charity and care for his followers, are all apt descriptions of Rav Chaim Halberstam of Sanz (1797-1876) - or Tzanz as he insisted his followers refer to the town. His influence, popularity and admiration of his contemporaries were almost unmatched in recent history. Perhaps a no less facet of his leadership, was his foray into the relentless struggle against encroachments of modernity into traditional Jewish life. A bastion of conservatism, his influence went beyond the borders of Galicia into Hungary, and beyond his own lifetime into current times. This included perceived threats from both within and without. Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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My Father The Netziv: The Extraordinary Life of Rabbi Meir Bar-Ilan

Published: April 18, 2020, 9:35 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 37 seconds

As the youngest child of the Netziv, Rav Meir Bar Ilan (1880-1949) grew up in the world of Volozhin. With the closing of the Yeshiva and the loss of his father while he was still a child, he moved on to further horizons. From Telz to Berlin where he commenced his literary career in the city that bore his name. He was a rising leader of the Mizrachi and in that capacity he moved to New York. As an activist in both Mizrachi Zionist endeavors, as well as Jewish education and other communal efforts, he left his mark in America.This was followed by his move to Israel - then Palestine - in 1926. Once again assuming a leadership role, he remained in the public sphere in politics, economics and Rabbinical. Among his many initiatives was spearheading the monumental Talmudic Encyclopedia project.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@gmail.com

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Kaput or Kapust: Chabad Splits Up

Published: April 11, 2020, 9:36 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 21 seconds

The Chassidic dynasty is called Chabad, but it's home for close to a century was the Russian town of Lubavitch. It reached a peak of influence under the able leadership of the Tzemach Tzedek, Rav Menachem Mendel (1789-1866). Following his passing, while his youngest son the Maharash continued in Lubavitch, various other Chabad courts were founded by his siblings. Settling in towns rich in Chabad history, a court was founded in both Lyady and in Nizhyn. There was even one with a Chernobyl flavor in Avrutch.The largest and most influential of the offshoots was in Kapust. Lasting more than a half a century, the Kapust Rebbes took a leading role both within Chassidus and the external struggles facing Russian Jewry.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Heritage of a Leader: The Story of Novominsk in America

Published: April 7, 2020, 11:49 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 22 seconds

This special tribute to the Novominsker Rebbe has been generously sponsored liluy nishmas the Rebbe Rabbeinu יעקב בן נחום מרדכי by Duvi Silberstein For all Back office for Nursing Home Billing, contact Care Network Health at via phone/text 908-305-0595With the tragic passing of Rav Yaakov Perlow (1931-2020), the Novominsker Rebbe and head of Agudas Yisrael, this episode is a tribute to his memory.He was someone who seemed to be comfortable anywhere, as a Rosh Yeshiva in both Breuer's in Washington Heights and in Hebrew Theological College in Chicago and in his own Yeshiva in Boro Park since the 1980's. As a Chassidishe Rebbe, a scion of both Novominsk and the legacy of Kotzk, and as an active leader of the larger Jewish community through his leadership of Agudas Yisrael.Where did this all come from? Here we explore a bit of the wellsprings which raised him. The dynasty of Novominsk, the milieu of Chassidic Warsaw, his Kotzk roots, and his father's move to the US. Through this context, we gain an insight into the greatness of who he was and what he accomplished.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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A Tzadik For All Of Time: The Story of Rav Aryeh Levin

Published: April 4, 2020, 8:10 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 6 seconds

In honor of our 150th episode. Few people were as beloved by all who knew him as was Rav Aryeh Levin (1885-1969). Titled "The Tzadik of Jerusalem", "the Rabbi of the Prisoners", "Mashgiach of Eitz Chaim" or simply Reb Aryeh, his warmth and influence traversed the whole spectrum of society.With a simplicity and sincerity, he cared for each individual irrespective of class or background. The stories in this regard are simply limitless, and here are presented a few anecdotal gems about this remarkable individual.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Fighters for Tradition: Profiles in the Hungarian Rabbinate Part I

Published: March 31, 2020, 2:43 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 25 seconds

With the growth of the Hungarian Jewish community in the 18th century, Rabbis from both Germany and Poland took up positions in the burgeoning communities. With the changing times, each generation of Rabbinical leadership experienced successive spurts of growth as well as the challenges of the modern era. The Hungarian story presents a unique set of challenges as they developed in this region, with the legacy of the Chasam Sofer's Orthodoxy, the growth of the Chassidim and the eventual dominance of the less traditional Neolog community in Hungarian Jewish life.One of the important Rabbinic dynasties of that era was that of the Levv family. From Rav Elozor Levv (1758-1837), known by the sefer he authored Shemen Rokeach, through several generations of his descendants, they came to represent the vicissitudes of the time period. Rav Yirmiyahu Levv (1811-1874) was one of the leading Hungarian Rabbis of the 19th century. Confronting both the growing Chassidic community in Hungary, as well as the threat to Orthodoxy posed by the Neologs, he eventually led the faction of Hungarian Jewry known as the "Status Quo" communities. By focusing on these specific individuals, it can serve as a prism for relating the story of the entire community.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Through Fire & Water: The Story of the Neturei Karta

Published: March 28, 2020, 7:37 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 22 seconds

In 1935 several young activists broke ranks with the Agudas Yisroel in Yerushalayim. This group soon came to be called the Neturei Karta. Espousing an extreme anti Zionist stance, the Neturei Karta leadership had it's fair share of colorful characters over the years. Rav Amram Blau was famous, less so the likes of Rav Leibaleh Weissfish or Rav Dov Sokolovsky. Each one added a dimension to the activities of the Neturei Karta, leading it through external disputes even with the Eidah Hachareidis, and internal ones within the Neturei Karta itself. Not limited to the alleyways of Meah Shearim, their influence was felt in the Vizhnitz court in Bnei Brak, in the United States and beyond.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Mossad Operations Part I: Yossele Schumacher & Operation Wrath of G-d

Published: March 26, 2020, 12:55 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 40 seconds

With its daring operations and continuous mystique, the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency has quite a history. With the founding of the Mossad, it was tasked with securing Israeli intelligence beyond Israel's borders. Nazi hunting and spying in nearby Arab countries were just some of the Mossad operations in the early years.When Yossele Shuchmacher was kidnapped by his grandfather and smuggled out of the country, the affair became a divisive factor within the secular and religious in Israeli society. The Mossad was put on the case, finally locating him in Brooklyn after an exhaustive search.Following the terrible tragedy at the 1972 Olympics, with the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in the infamous Munich Massacre, the Mossad was tasked with revenge. Operation Wrath of G-d was to destroy the Black September terrorist organization which was the perpetrator of the attacks. This was largely successful and most of the principle operatives and terrorists were eliminated.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Wisest of Men: Stories of Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky

Published: March 23, 2020, 11:34 p.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 43 seconds

Known by his colleagues as the "wise man of the Jewish People", Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky (1891-1986) was one of the important Rabbinical leaders of the 20th century. Though raised in the environment of Minsk and Slabodka and leading a Rabbinic career in rural Lithuania, his influence was primarily in the post war world of the United States.Arriving in the US when his bid for the Vilkomir Rabbinate fell through, he immediately began to lead, guide and advise the American Jewish community as a whole and to individuals who sought his counsel. From the storekeepers in Toronto, to the non Jewish children in Monsey, from the podium of the Aguda convention to the party politics in Israel, Rav Yaakov always had an novel perspective and insight for any situation.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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When Shabbos Was Sunday: The International Dateline Controversy

Published: March 21, 2020, 8:52 p.m.
Duration: 32 minutes 32 seconds

There are times when a Halachic, legalistic discussion is played out on the stage of history. Such was the dispute in regards to the positioning of the Halachic International Dateline. What conceivably was a theoretical discussion, or at most relevant to the few Jewish travelers to the Far East, became a reality for thousands of refugees who were stranded in Kobe, Japan in 1941.The question of when to observe Shabbos divided the refugee community, with kiddush and havdala being recited simultaneously by different individuals. With Yom Kippur around the corner, a larger question loomed. Two days of shabbos was manageable, but fasting for two days straight was not an exciting prospect. It was a question that was heard around the world. And the answers came in from all sides. The dateline controversy would leave an indelible mark on the memory that refugees had from their sojourn in Kobe, Japan. Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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A Rebbe With a Geshmak: Remembering Rav Elya Baruch Finkel

Published: March 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 7 seconds

Rav Elya Baruch Finkel (1947-2008) was one of the most memorable personalities of the Mir in Yerushalayim. From the clarity of his shiurim, the warmth he exuded to all who knew him, to his phenomenal sense of humor that marked every interaction with him. He was both an aristocrat in his familial background, yet accessible and down to earth. Able to impart sage advice to those who sought it, while also able to enjoy a leisurely conversation regaling his listeners with stories from the past.A short compendium of personal recollections of this great man.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Ahoy Yid! Stories of Jewish Pirates and Explorers

Published: March 18, 2020, 9:04 p.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 22 seconds

With the expulsion of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula at the end of the 15th Century, the Sefardic diaspora spread to the far corners of the globe searching for a place to settle. Many reached the New World during the Age of Discovery, and they played important roles in both the exploration itself as well as settlement. Jews, either hidden or openly Jewish, became merchants and were active in trade. There were even all Jewish colonies such as the one in Suriname.In the 17th century, Jews found another vocation- piracy. Joining forces with Muslims in the Mediterranean and with the Dutch and British in Caribbean, Jews sought revenge against the Spanish Empire. Some became prominent and successful pirates. Jamaica became one of the earliest British possessions in the new world thanks to the Jews. And the island became a center for Jewish merchants as well as pirates.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Lively Graves: Pilgrimages to Lizhensk & Kivrei Tzadikim

Published: March 14, 2020, 8:46 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 4 seconds

Visiting and praying at the burial places of Tzadikim is one of the more visible and recognizable distinctive contributions of Chasidic practice on Jewish life. A cultural practice that has developed over the history of the movement, it is seen as a way to connect as well as an opportunity for prayer.One of the more famous destinations has been to grave site of the Rebbe Reb Meilach, the Noam Elimelech of Lizhensk (1717-1787). Glorified as second to the Baal Shem Tov himself, his influence on the movement is almost unparalleled. Following his death, his students began the custom of paying respects at his grave on the yahrtzeit of his death on 21 Adar. This has remained a popular visit till this very day.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The History of Volozhin Yeshiva Part IV: Talmudists, Zionists and The Golden Age

Published: March 12, 2020, 12:24 p.m.
Duration: 54 minutes 35 seconds

With the Netziv solidifying his control, the Yeshiva entered it's Golden Age. Attracting the best and the brightest from across the Pale of Settlement, the Yeshiva was producing the Rabbinical greats of the Jewish world. With Rav Chaim Brisker's appointment in 1881 as the assistant Rosh Yeshiva, he raised the scholarship in the Yeshiva to a whole new level. Around the year, Volozhin continued with a regular routine of intensive study, with the Yamim Tovim offering a short respite with their accompanying excitement.Alongside these accomplishments, under currents were brewing as well. Secret societies were formed promulgating early forms of Zionism. Haskala literature became popular and got passed around by the students of the Yeshiva. Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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A Word From Our Listeners Part I

Published: March 8, 2020, 9:27 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 48 seconds

In this unique episode, we'll explore the best of the feedback to Jewish History Soundbites.-The Unknown Talmidim of Rav Shayale -Who to vote for in the WZO elections?-The greatest Maagidei Shiurim of our generation?-How does general history cross with Jewish history? -What type of biographies are recommended? -Did immigrants toss their Tefillin at Ellis Island? -Is there a real story behind Chassidic Rebbes who have become segulas?This and more, as the exciting comments come to the fore and are carefully analyzed for relevance and entertainment.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Torah Pioneers: The Origins of Bnei Akiva & Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh

Published: March 6, 2020, 5:29 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 8 seconds

As religious Zionism was forging an identity which strove for a synthesis of a traditional life with Zionist ideals, institutions began to be built which expressed this identity.Youth groups such as the Shomer Hadati in Poland and Bnei Akiva in the Land of Israel, led to the building of educational facilities. Kfar Haroeh was followed by the opening of Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh. Rav Chaim Yaakov Goldwicht- graduate of Etz Chaim, Slabodka, and close with the Brisker Rov and Chazon Ish among others - becomes the pioneering Rosh Yeshiva of the fledgling institution.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The History of The Volozhin Yeshiva Part III: The War Of Succession

Published: March 4, 2020, 12:49 p.m.
Duration: 42 minutes 35 seconds

With the passing of Rav Itzele of Volozhin in 1849, his son in law Rav Yitzchak Eliezer Freid became the titular head of the Volozhin Yeshiva. His reign was short-lived with his death in 1953. What then commenced was a long, protracted process in deciding the succession at the helm of the Yeshiva. Many contenders rose for both the primary Rosh Yeshiva position as well as the assistant Rosh Yeshiva position. Candidates included the Bais Halevi, Rav Yehoshua Heshel Levin and members of the Freid family. Ultimately, the Netziv (18 -1893) prevailed, and he became the great leader of Volozhin whose name became synonymous with the institution.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Holy Scholars of Sochatchov

Published: Feb. 29, 2020, 10:50 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 24 seconds

The Sochatchov Chassidic dynasty holds a special place in Jewish history. As flag bearers of the legacy of Kotzk, they were the elite of Polish Chassidus. In addition, led by the Rebbes of the dynasty, they strove to create a scholarly atmosphere through the building of elite Yeshivas as part of the chassidus. The Avnei Nezer, the Shem Mishmuel and Rav Dovid of Sochatchov were leaders of Polish Jewry and great teachers of Torah at the same time. Their influence reached far beyond the confines of their own followers. Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Gangsters, Racketeers & Jewish Activists: Tales of the Jewish Mafia Part II

Published: Feb. 26, 2020, 9:14 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 33 seconds

Another collection of stories about the Jewish Mob in the early 20th century. From the streets of Newark emerged another Jewish gang under the able leadership of "Longy" Zwillman and Doc Stacher. Meyer Lansky continued to build up a gambling empire in Las Vegas and Cuba, though he encountered some difficulties with the Flamingo Hotel.Zwillman, Lansky, Siegel and others, were proud to take on pro Nazi groups that sprung up in America in the 1930's. Breaking up rallies and bloodying a few noses, they stood up for the Jewish people during dark times.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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To Save A World: The Storied Life of Rav Avraham Kalmanowitz Part II

Published: Feb. 24, 2020, 8:45 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 18 seconds

With the arrival of the war, Rav Kalmanowitz was dispatched to the United States in an attempt to raise funds for the Mir Yeshiva who were now refugees in Lithuania, having escaped from Soviet occupied Eastern Poland. This evolved into an attempt to assist other Yeshivas and their Rabbis, and later on in the war extended to overall rescue activities within the framework of Vaad Hatzalah. A dynamic rescue activist, he spearheaded many of the rescue activities during those trying times.Following the rebuilding of the Mir in the US after the war, he then turned to a new phase of activism - both physical and spiritual - within the Sfardic communities in Morocco, Syria & Egypt.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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A Prince Among Men: The Storied Life of Rav Avraham Kalmanowitz Part I

Published: Feb. 22, 2020, 10:55 p.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 2 seconds

With seemingly endless energy, few have matched the communal activism of Rav Avraham Kalmanowitz (1891-1964). From his days in Slabodka, to a young Rabbi in Rakov and then Tiktin, his activities were never limited in scope. He became the fundraiser and president of the Mir Yeshiva in Poland and managed to find time to assist refugees from the Soviet Union, participate in the activities of Agudas Yisroel, and also assist Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinski on the Vaad Hayeshivas.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Mussar Movements: The Sojourns of Rav Yisroel Salanter and the Mussar Greats

Published: Feb. 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 19 seconds

In honor of the yahrtzeit of the Mussar Movement's founder Rabbi Yisrael Salanter (1809-1883), an interesting characteristic stands out about him and many of his followers- they were travelers. Both he and some of his greatest students, spent a large portion of their lives traversing the length and breadth of Europe and even beyond, some making it to Israel. Some moved by choice, and others as a result of circumstance. But the journeys produced an excitement and a story.Where did they go? Why were they constantly on the move? What does it tell us about the Mussar Movement? As we follow them on their journey, we'll observe their exploits, challenges and achievements.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Tales of the Jewish Mafia Part I: "Ain’t Gonna Kill On Saturday"

Published: Feb. 17, 2020, 8:46 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 53 seconds

As first generation Americans growing up in immigrant neighborhoods, some Jews turned towards organized crime and joined the Mob. While maintaining close ties to their families, communities and even Jewish tradition, they led lives that included bootlegging during Prohibition, gambling rackets, theft and even murder. Their lives were a paradox - criminals who were proud Jews. This collection of stories is about heroes and villains. It will bring us to the World Series, alcohol smuggling, the streets of Brooklyn and Sing Sing Prison. We'll meet Arnold Rothstein - the architect of modern organized crime, Mayer Lansky - the brains and one of the big bosses of the Mafia, Abe Reles - one of the contract killers of Murder Inc. and many more.Part 2- https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/gangsters-racketeers-jewish-activists-tales-of-the-jewish-mafia-part-ii/Part 3- https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/e/gangster-on-the-roof-tales-of-the-jewish-mafia-part-iii/  Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaody Google Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpc Spotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxs Stitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Screaming From The Rooftops: The Fire of Kotzk

Published: Feb. 15, 2020, 9:47 p.m.
Duration: 34 minutes 50 seconds

Few figures can match the excitement, intensity and mystique as expressed in the enigmatic personality of the Kotzker. So much has been written about Rav Menachem Mendel Morgenstern of Kotzk (1788-1859), and yet much remains shrouded in mystery until this very day.A demanding leader and uncompromising in his pursuit for truth, he got disappointed when his Chassidim weren't reaching the high ideals he set for them. His legendary sharp retorts contained the depth of his teachings. At times radical and at times misunderstood, the fire which he lit in Kotzk shines forth and provides warmth till this very day.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Here Comes Rav Beinush! Stories of the Mir Rosh Yeshiva Rav Beinush Finkel

Published: Feb. 12, 2020, 9:22 p.m.
Duration: 38 minutes

Rav Binyamin Beinush Finkel (1913-1990) was one of the most colorful Roshei Yeshiva in recent times. A great talmid chacham who did everything to hide his greatness, he remains something of a mystery to even those who were close with him. At the same time, he was a lively and funny personality, and in many ways the ultimate people's person. Hiding himself and his deeds to an extreme, he also displayed a warmth and understanding for the common and simple folk whom he encountered. With so many facets to his personality, these anecdotes can perhaps paint a partial picture of this legendary and beloved Rosh Yeshiva, presented here in honor of his 30th yahrtzeit.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The History Of The Volozhin Yeshiva Part II: The Rise To Fame

Published: Feb. 12, 2020, 12:35 a.m.
Duration: 52 minutes 11 seconds

Under the watch of it's founder, the Volozhin rose to to prominence. R' Chaim Volozhiner created a sophisticated system of fundraisers, who also spread the word about the Yeshiva and added to its prestige. He introduced innovations in both learning and organizational structure.Following his passing in 1821, his son R' Itzele (1780-1849) took over and it flourished under his watch. R' Itzele was also quite active in communal affairs, and in the 1840's was involved in a fascinating saga concerning Russian Jewry. When Dr. Max Lilienthal attempted a reform of Jewish education, he actually came down to Volozhin to meet with R' Itzele. Volozhin and it's heads now stood at the forefront of Jewish leadership in the Russian Empire.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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An Uncharted Path: The Story of Rav Baruch Rabinowitz of Munkatch

Published: Feb. 8, 2020, 9:55 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 32 seconds

In the rebuilding of Chassidic courts in the post war era, the story of Munkatch is one of the more tragic ones. More of a human story than one of a dynasty, it revolves around the upheavals in the life of Rabbi Baruch Rabinowitz (1914-1997). As a successor to his famed father in law the Minchas Elozor of Munkatch, following the Holocaust he abdicated the throne. He also turned towards Zionism, which was a marked departure from the legacy of Munkatch. The story of his rescue activities during the war, coupled with his post war Rabbinic career is another facet of his life, which was otherwise dominated by the future of the Munkatch dynasty. Our episode on the Minchas Elazar of Munkatch can be listened to here: https://soundcloud.com/user-18061157/uncompromising-zealot-the-life-and-times-of-the-minchas-elazar-of-munkatchSubscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Tales from the House of Rimanov

Published: Feb. 6, 2020, 7:07 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 42 seconds

One of the father's of Chassidus, R' Mendele of Rimanov had a central influence on the development of the movement in Poland, Galicia & Hungary. He displayed strong leadership, an emphasis on prayer and an endless love for his people.Succeeded by his assistant known to posterity as R' Hirsh Meshares, who was one of the more unique personalities in the history of the movement.In the spirit Chassidus, we'll delve into some tales that bring the legend of Rimanov to life.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Lion of the Mir: Memories of Rav Refael Shmuelevitz

Published: Feb. 3, 2020, 9:14 p.m.
Duration: 34 minutes 56 seconds

As one of the last members of the "old school" style Rosh Yeshiva, R' Refoel Shmuelevitz (1937-2016) was indeed a unique breed. Warm, personal and caring, he was also sharp and demanding in learning. Down to earth and cognizant of the world around him, he nevertheless occasionally expressed unconventional views. Unafraid to speak his mind and not subscribing to a specific pervasive ideology, he represented the old time aristocracy of Lithuanian Yeshiva world which had nurtured him.In honor of his yahrtzeit, we present some personal reminisces of this great man.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Stolin America: A Chassidic Dynasty In The New World

Published: Feb. 1, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 49 seconds

One of the oldest dynasties in the history of the Chassidic movement, was also one of the pioneers to strike roots on American shores. Karlin-Stolin - which also had one of the oldest Chassidic communities in the Land of Israel - was a unique group back in Europe as well. One of the sons of R' Yisroel Perlow (1869-1921), (the "Yenuka" of Stolin), R' Yaakov Chaim (c. 1897-1946) answered the call of the Karlin Chassidim in the United States and immigrated in 1924. A fatherly figure, he died childless while visiting his followers in Detroit. He was soon followed by his only surviving brother R' Yochnan (1900-1955), who arrived in 1947. Between the two of them, the foundations of the rebuilding of Karlin-Stolin were laid in the new world.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The History Of The Volozhin Yeshiva Part I “The Mother Of All Yeshivas”

Published: Jan. 30, 2020, 8:49 a.m.
Duration: 50 minutes 46 seconds

History has bestowed it with the title of "Mother of the Modern Yeshiva". The Yeshiva movement - from it's European antecedent to the current times - is seen to be a continuation of what was begun in Volozhin. What was Volozhin? Why is it considered a new beginning? Is it's perceived influence justified? An examination of the Jewish world at the time of the founding, as well as the development of the institution of the Yeshiva through history, is imperative to understanding the unique contribution that the Volozhin Yeshiva made in Jewish society.A full appreciation would be incomplete without relating the story of the founder - the great Rav Chaim Volozhiner (1749-1821). It was his vision and deeds that made it all a reality.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Times They are a Changin': The Illustrious Roots of Rabbi Joseph B Soloveitchik

Published: Jan. 28, 2020, 1:24 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 33 seconds

Though Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik (1879-1941) and his wife Pesha Feinstein (1880-1967) achieved renown as parents of Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, they led quite interesting lives on their own merit as well.Born in Volozhin as a scion to the aristocracy of the Lithuanian Torah world, a merger was made with the Feinstein's, another member of the Rabbinic elite. Pesha had a dominant personality, and as a result their home became quite unique. After a Rabbinic career was cut short by the Bolshevik repression of religion, Rav Moshe experienced a stormy decade from all directions while residing in Warsaw. In dispute after dispute, he displayed a brilliant if iconoclastic image.In the late 1920's he assumed the position of Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS on the Lower East Side, a position he maintained till his passing.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Drama In The Levant: The Story Of The Damascus Blood Libel

Published: Jan. 25, 2020, 5 p.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 28 seconds

A landmark event in Jewish History of the 19th Century was the infamous Damascus Blood Libel of 1840. What seemed to be part of the distant past of the medieval era, was revived in a modern day conspiracy. Jewish leaders were arrested and tortured, and a great outpouring of fury ensued.Jewish leaders like Moses Montefiore and Adolphe Cremieux, converged on Egypt in an attempt to influence the regional ruler Muhammad Ali Pasha. Although the affair was resolved as a result of a direct British ultimatum, the saga would go down as a test of Jewish solidarity in modern times.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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While Six Million Perished: FDR, Stephen Wise & The Inaction of American Jewry

Published: Jan. 23, 2020, 9:35 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 56 seconds

For the American Jewish community, President Roosevelt seemed almost Messianic. The New Deal was worshiped as the wave of the future, American Jews were overwhelmingly liberal - even Socialist - Democrats, and he seemed to be the only hope against the isolationist Republicans, for future intervention in the European War. In many ways, the American Jewish establishment, with Rabbi Stephen Wise at it's helm, felt that the President was beyond criticism. But was he?In the late 1930's, and even at certain stages of the war itself, a refugee crisis faced many Jews trapped in Europe. Was Roosevelt the man of the hour to ease immigration policy for these refugees? What went on throughout the War between the President of the United States and the Jewish People- both at home and abroad?Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The History of Telz Part II: From a Yeshiva...To a Movement

Published: Jan. 21, 2020, 10:07 a.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 10 seconds

The interwar period saw a Golden Age for the Telz Yeshiva in Lithuania. Under the strong leadership of Rabbi Yosef Leib Bloch (1860-1930), the Yeshiva grew and spawned an entire empire of educational institutions. High Schools, girls schools, Teacher's Seminaries, Kollel and more were all part of the great Telz infrastructure. As a powerful speaker, R' Yosef Leib and later his son R' Avraham Yitzchak (1891-1941) played a role on the national level as a leader in the Agudas Yisroel. Telz developed a unique intellectual brand of Mussar, which was given over as "Shiurei Daas". In honor of the recent yahrtzeit of Rabbi Mordechai Gifter (1916-2001), one of the greatest products of the Telz Yeshiva, here's another installment about this immortal institution.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Aristocrats of Mussar: Tales from Kelm Part I

Published: Jan. 18, 2020, 5 p.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 1 second

One of the most unique educational methodologies of character perfection in recent history, was the Talmud Torah of Kelm. With it's emphasis on orderliness, clarity and an intense pursuit towards perfection, Kelm became a legend in its own time.While it may be difficult to summarize the philosophy of Kelm, relating some anecdotes can be a fascinating journey into the inner world of Kelm.These stories are interesting, some of them entertaining, and all of them offer penetrating insight into the lives of those who were part of the world of Kelm.In honor of the yahrtzeit of one of the greatest products of the Kelm Yeshiva - Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler (1892-1953) - here is a collection stories about this storied institution.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at ygebss@gmail.com

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The Case For A Mamzer: Rav Shlomo Goren and the Langer Controversy

Published: Jan. 15, 2020, 9 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 58 seconds

In the high strung divide between the religious and secular in the State of Israel, few stories express the point of conflict more than the "brother & sister" saga of the Langer children.Seemingly they were mamzerim and consequently unable to have a Jewish marriage. The question then arose if their father was a convert to Judaism or remained a non-Jew. The controversy spilled over from the confines of the Rabbinical court to public and even political discourse.Rabbi Shlomo Goren convened a new Bais Din and enabled them to marry. This brought the fury of the establishment Rabbis against R' Goren, and the great controversy continued to boil for some time.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Zionists, Messianists or Immigrants? The Talmidei Hagra & The Controversy of the Kol Hator

Published: Jan. 14, 2020, 9 a.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 8 seconds

In 1947 a book was published in Jerusalem bearing the title "Kol Hator". It ascribed Messianic overtones to the immigration of a group of students of the Vilna Goan nearly two centuries earlier, with the accompanying claim that they were the original Zionists. The book itself was allegedly written by R Hillel Rivlin, one of those talmidim who came during that period. But was it?Who wrote the book? What motivated the author? Why did the students of the Vilna Goan - and the earlier Chassidic Aliya for that matter - move to the land of Israel at the turn of the Nineteenth Century? Was there immigration a Messianic or Nationalistic endeavor?And most of all, how is that legacy a relevant story today in the tense polemics of both scholarly as well as public discourse?Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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A Kindled Flame: The Life of Rav Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg Part I

Published: Jan. 11, 2020, 5 p.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 48 seconds

Please Support the work of Jewish History Soundbites by rating us and writing a review for us on Apple Podcasts. Thank You!!!One of the most multi faceted Jewish personalities of the last century was the Seridei Aish, Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg (1884-1966). A prodigy in Slabodka, who was embedded in the world of the Mussar movement, he later found himself in the Rabbinate in a small Lithuanian town.A complicated family situation eventually led him to leaving that position and moving west in both a literal and metaphorical sense. From the University of Giessen he moved on to a position in the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin.His story is reflective of the challenges faced by the thinking youth at the turn of the 20th century. The personality that he formed for himself is a unique expression in resolving that inner conflict.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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World War I & The Jews Part IV: From Devastation to Rehabilitation

Published: Jan. 9, 2020, 9 a.m.
Duration: 46 minutes 58 seconds

The Bolshevik Revolution and it's aftermath wreaked havoc on the Jewish communities - both exiled and established - across the great expanse of the former Russian Empire. The Russian Civil War destroyed lives, property and entire communities. Following the establishment of Communist rule, Jewish religious, cultural and political life were quickly snuffed out.The Balfour Declaration hailed a new beginning for Jewish settlement in Palestine. This was followed by the Third Aliya which brought a new wave of immigration settle the land. The Old Yishuv had suffered greatly during the war, as the entire Chaluka system of funding had been completely cutoff. Finally, the American Jewish community emerged during and after the war with a new sense of identity and mission. Charitable projects on behalf of their brethren suffering from the ravages of war, started at the grassroots level. These eventually were dwarfed by massive philanthropic organizations such as the Central Relief and the Joint.The Jewish People emerged bruised and battered from the Great War, but were able to rebuild and flourish on an even larger scale than before.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Rudolf's Rescue Scheme: Kastner & The Attempts To Save Hungarian Jewry

Published: Jan. 7, 2020, 2:39 a.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 24 seconds

Asara B'Teves is known in Israel also as "Yom Hakadish Haklali", and is a day which the victims of the Holocaust are commemorated with the recital of Kaddish.When focusing on the attempted rescue efforts during the Holocaust, one of the most controversial sagas is undoubtedly that of the one known as the "Kastner Train". Rudolf Kastner, a Hungarian Zionist leader, attempted to save a trainload of Jews from the deportations to Auschwitz. Ultimately, through direct negotiations with the Nazis, a train with over 1,600 Jews were saved.In doing so, Kastner did not reveal to the Jewish masses about the impending deportations that were to commence. Had he done so, his train would not have been saved.What was the responsibility of a Jewish leader at the time? To warn the many or to save the few? Was his identity as a secular Zionist a catalyst for his actions? And the ultimate question which perhaps might never be answered: Was he a hero or a villain?Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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It's All in the Family: The Curious Case of Mary Ben-Gurion

Published: Jan. 4, 2020, 7:52 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 35 seconds

Amos Ben-Gurion was the son of David & Paula Ben-Gurion. While serving in the Jewish Brigade in the British Army during World War II, he was wounded and wound up in a Liverpool hospital. While there, he was taken care of by a nurse named Mary Callow. They eventually decided to get married despite the fact that Mary was Christian. There thus followed a sage of the attempted conversion of Mary to enable her to become Mary Ben Gurion. The conversion was eventually done by a German born American Reform Rabbi named Joachim Prinz, known for his activism in the Civil Rights Movement.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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A Father To His People: Stories of Rav Elchonon Wasserman

Published: Jan. 2, 2020, 1:32 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 37 seconds

We follow up the Siyum Hashas with an unpublished episode from the archives of Jewish History Soundbites on Rav Elchonon Wasserman HY"D. While most accounts of this great man focus on his leadership and scholarship, here is a shift to his noble ways and beauty of his character. Let's follow Rav Elchonon on his worldwide travels and witness his interactions with people from all walks of life. Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com Enjoy Jewish History Soundbites?  Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Siyum! From Feldafing To The World’s Most Famous Arena: The History of Daf Yomi Part III

Published: Dec. 31, 2019, 8 a.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 20 seconds

The movement spread around Europe and even across the world. Upon each completion of a cycle, the custom began of celebrating the occasion with a communal Siyum Hashas.The association of the Daf Yomi as well as the personality of R' Meir Shapiro with the Agudas Yisroel led to limited opposition in some circles. R' Meir Shapiro envisioned however, that the Daf Yomi would rise above politics and be a unifier among the factions of the Jewish community.Each successive Siyum Hashas brought more innovation, ever larger numbers of participants and new venues. Tracing the development of the various Siyum Hashas's over the 20th century is a window into the growth of the Torah community over the century.From the early and modest Siyum Hashas celebrations, following the destruction of the majority of the participants in the Holocaust, to the massive gatherings in the last quarter of the 20th Century and early part of the 21st, the story of the Siyum Hashas is a chapter in the story of the Eternal People.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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A Visionary and a Dreamer: The History of Daf Yomi Part II

Published: Dec. 29, 2019, 6:17 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 21 seconds

Commencing with his dramatic announcement in Vienna in the summer of 1923, R Meir Shapiro (1887-1933) dedicated vast energies to spreading the idea of the Daf Yomi program.He was a man of many talents, an innovator with boundless energy, charismatic, a fine and entertaining public speaker, an accomplished Talmudic scholar, a visionary, and most of all a relentless doer. Incredibly, his vision and action on behalf of the Daf Yomi was just one of a myriad of projects he initiated and carried out in his short life.Perhaps it was his most long lasting contribution though, and in the collective memory of the Jewish People, this is arguably his most enduring legacy.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Old World Values in the Home of the Brave: Transplanting Chassidus on American Shores

Published: Dec. 26, 2019, 2:50 a.m.
Duration: 51 minutes 29 seconds

Recorded LIVE at the historic Ridinker Shteibel on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on the 2nd Night of Chanukah, Jewish Historian Yehuda Geberer delves into the incredible rebirth of the Chassidic movement in North America. Learn about the great leaders and holy Admorim who helped revive Chassidic life in a new world.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Whose Idea Was It Anyways? The History of Daf Yomi Part I

Published: Dec. 23, 2019, 11:20 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 10 seconds

The worldwide study of the Daf Yomi, culminating in the Siyum Hashas celebration, is synonymous with the name of the founder of the movement - R' Meir Shapiro. After conceiving the idea as a young communal Rabbi, he presented it to the assembled delegates at the first Knessia of Agudas Yisroel in Vienna, in the summer of 1923.Was he the first - and only - one to have the idea? Was there precedent of such a study format in Jewish History? Were there others who promoted the study of the daily daf?If yes, what makes R' Meir Shapiro's program unique? And why is he truly the originator of the Daf Yomi?Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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A Rebbishe Rosh Yeshiva: The Story of Rav Yitzchok Hutner Part II

Published: Dec. 21, 2019, 5 p.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 3 seconds

Commencing at Yeshivas Chaim Berlin while it was still in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, Rav Hutner embarked on an illustrious career in Torah education. As the demographics of the neighborhood changed, the Yeshiva had brief stint in Far Rockaway before settling down in Flatbush, back in Brooklyn. Over the first couple of decades at the Yeshiva's helm, R' Hutner solidified control over the Yeshiva, while imbuing it with his own unique flavor.Active in the public sphere as well, R' Hutner took a leading role on many of the hot issues of the day. In his later years, he fulfilled his dream of returning to Eretz Yisrael and founding a Yeshiva there as well.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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WWI & The Jews Part III: Yeshivas on the Run & Turning the Tide of the War

Published: Dec. 19, 2019, 10 a.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 56 seconds

As the Yeshivas headed into exile deep into the Russian interior, they attempted to assume their pre war functions as citadels of Torah study. With greatly shrunken student bodies and a lack of funding, these Yeshivas found themselves in an increasingly precarious situation.The year 1917 brought with it three major developments in the War, each of which had a major and direct impact on the Jewish People. The two revolutions in Russia - in February and November - toppled the Czar and ultimately brought the Bolsheviks to power. In April, the US Congress declared war on Germany, thus paving the way for the entry of American troops to turn the tide on the battlefield. Finally, in November, Great Britain issued the Balfour Declaration promising a National Home for the Jewish People in Palestine.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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More Than Just A Gadol: The Story of Rav Yitzchok Hutner Part I

Published: Dec. 17, 2019, 9 a.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 35 seconds

Join us on our Kevorim Tour of Mt. Judah Cemetery in Queens!December 25th at 9:30 AM. Register here: https://forms.gle/cKM4ELq8ZfF4kT7z7One of the most multifaceted individuals in Torah leadership of the last century was R' Yitzchak Hutner. Arriving from Warsaw to Slabodka in the wake of World War I, he eventually followed the Yeshiva on it's sojourn in Chevron. During this time he enjoyed a close relationship with Rav Kook.Following a stint in University in Germany, he eventually made it across the Atlantic, where he obtained a position in Yeshivas Chaim Berlin in Brownsville.As a charismatic leader and scholar with penetrating depth, the diversity of his thought and teachings is almost unmatched in contemporary Rabbinic writing.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Warring Brothers: The Opposition to the Chassidic Movement

Published: Dec. 14, 2019, 6:59 p.m.
Duration: 38 minutes 53 seconds

Join us on our Tour of Mt. Judah Cemetery in Queens!December 25th at 9:30 AM. Register here: https://forms.gle/cKM4ELq8ZfF4kT7z7With the upcoming holiday of Yud Tes Kislev coming up, it's worth examining the early opposition that the Chassidic movement faced at the early stages of the movement.One of the ironies of the organized opposition, was it's role in enhancing the divergent groups of Chassidim into a movement with common identity.With sporadic opposition rising in the early years, the opposition was raised a notch in 1772 with the first official proclamations of excommunication. This commenced a period of more than three decades of very active and occasionally violent opposition of the misnaggdim. The misnaggdim were led by the Vilna Goan who spearheaded the opposition.In the first decade of the 19th century, the active stage had passed and the misnaggdim changed gears to a more passive ideological phase.The Chassidic movement emerged from the opposition stronger, larger and with a more cohesive sense of identity and mission.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Holy Beggars: The Chaluka System in the Old Yishuv

Published: Dec. 11, 2019, 9 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 58 seconds

From the first arrival of the Chassidic group to Tverya in 1777, through the Aliya of the students of the Vilna Gaon in the early years of the 19th century, and right up until modern times, the Chaluka system was the lifeline of support for the Old Yishuv.How were the funds collected and distributed? What constituted the "Old Yishuv"? Under which criteria was one eligible for this financial support, and were those conditions met? How long did it last? What were some of the long term societal effects on the community of recipients, as well as on the community of donors back in Europe?Exploring the context of these questions and others will give a clearer understanding of a financial support system whose echoes remain till this very day.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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A Rosh Yeshiva, A Kabbalist and A Nazir: The Inner Circle of Rav Kook

Published: Dec. 9, 2019, 8:33 p.m.
Duration: 28 minutes 16 seconds

The Founding of the Merkaz Harav in the second decade of the twentieth century, brought together a group of some very talented individuals to the forefront of Torah education.Among others, we'll examine the life of the R' Dovid Cohen, the Rav Hanazir (1887-1972), who's origins lay in the Rabbinic Lithuanian aristocracy and later became a modern day Nazir. R' Yitzchok Arielli (1896-1974) was home grown talent in the Old City of Yerushalayim. Following his exposure to Rav Kook, he became a close student and subsequently one of the heads of Merkaz Harav, while also achieving distinction as one of the leading poskim in Yerushalayim. R' Yaakov Moshe Charlap (1882-1951) a mystic, thinker, Talmudist, community Rabbi, leader and Rosh Yeshiva, was one of the most diverse of this talented circle.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Building Torah in America Part II: A Conversation with Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet Rothkoff

Published: Dec. 6, 2019, 6:52 p.m.
Duration: 35 minutes 43 seconds

Get ready for Part 2 of our interview with the legendary Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff. Rav Rakeffett is a world class Jewish Historian who has lived a storied life, from learning in Lakewood and Yeshiva University to sharing close relationships with luminaries such as Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik, Rav Aaron Kotler,Rav Moshe Feinstein as well as other Gedolim. He has authored numerous bestselling Sefarim and Books such as "The Silver Era" and the multi volume "Rakaffot Aaron" series. He has thousands of Talmidim around the world, many of whom listen to his Shiurim regularly in person at Gruss Kollel in Yerushalayim and online at YUTorah.org . In addition to his storied teaching and writing careers, Rav Rakeffet has spent time working for the IDF and Mossad on a variety of important missions including clandestine trips to Soviet Russia and a close involvement with the Zachary Baumel HY'D case.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Building Torah in America: A Conversation with Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff Part I

Published: Dec. 5, 2019, 3:20 a.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 4 seconds

Our momentous 100th Episode is Part 1 of our interview with the legendary Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff. Rav Rakeffett is a world class Jewish Historian who has lived a storied life, from learning in Lakewood and Yeshiva University to sharing close relationships with luminaries such as Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik, Rav Aaron Kotler,Rav Moshe Feinstein as well as other Gedolim. He has authored numerous bestselling Sefarim and Books such as "The Silver Era" and the multi volume "Rakaffot Aaron" series. He has thousands of Talmidim around the world, many of whom listen to his Shiurim regularly in person at Gruss Kollel in Yerushalayim and online at YUTorah.org . In addition to his storied teaching and writing careers, Rav Rakeffet has spent time working for the IDF and Mossad on a variety of important missions including clandestine trips to Soviet Russia and a close involvement with the Zachary Baumel HY'D case.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @Jsoundbites You can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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WWI & The Jews Part II: Jew vs Jew and the Eastern European Exile

Published: Dec. 3, 2019, 6:35 a.m.
Duration: 50 minutes 24 seconds

As loyal citizens of their respective countries, Jews served loyally in every army and on every front. Very often one encountered the tragic scenario of Jew fighting Jew. Jewish chaplains serviced Jewish soldiers in the German army, and connected with local Jewish communities in areas under German occupation. This enhanced the connection between East and West. Jewish soldiers faced numerous challenges while serving and it became part of the struggle of Jewish identity in modern times.Jewish communities were exiled across Eastern Europe. With Galicia Jews streaming west towards Vienna, the pace of urbanization quickened. This brought Chassidus and great Rebbes for the first time to the West and to the great urban centers. Meanwhile in Russia, some communities were exiled as a result of the their homes being turned into a battlefield, while others were expelled by the Czar to the Russian interior. This massive exile caused a great upheaval in communal life, and in some instances a complete disintegration thereof. Among the exiled were many of the great Lithuanian Yeshivas. They attempted to relocate and continue their studies under ever worsening conditions. Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @Jsoundbites You can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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From Slabodka to The Seminary: The Story of Professor Saul Lieberman

Published: Nov. 30, 2019, 7:36 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 29 seconds

Of the many figures who traversed two worlds in the past century, perhaps none epitomized that duality more than Rabbi Dr. Saul Lieberman.Scion of a Rabbinical family and student of Slabodka, he was to become one of the greatest scholars ever in the field of early Rabbinic writings.As one of the chief professors at the Jewish Theological Seminary for over four decades, he struggled with the challenges of Jewish identity in the Conservative and Orthodox communities.A brilliant and enigmatic personality, his winding career is a prism of the vicissitudes of Jewish life in the 20th century.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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To Save A World: Rav Aharon Kotler's Endless Activism

Published: Nov. 28, 2019, 1:42 a.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 38 seconds

Kletzker Rosh Yeshiva, Agudist, member of Agudas Harrabonim, head of Vaad Hatzala, Rosh Yeshiva of Lakewood/BMG, founder and head of Chinuch Atzmai, Torah Umesorah & more. R' Aharon Kotler (1891-1962) wore many hats in the diverse array of initiatives that he undertook to build the future of the Jewish people worldwide.With his boundless energy and devoted lieutenants, he partnered with people from all types and backgrounds to further the projects that he spearheaded.With his bold vision, he set out to invest in Jewish education in both the United States and Israel. In 1956, he led a campaign launch a Torah School network in Israel in the form of Chinuch Atzmai. The guest of honor at the inaugural dinner was R' Yoshe Ber Soloveitchik, and was a historic event in the annals of the American Jewish community.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Collaboration or Cooperation? Eliezer Greunbaum & Jewish Kapos

Published: Nov. 26, 2019, 10 a.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 4 seconds

One of the most difficult stories to confront in an objective fashion, is the issue of Jewish collaboration during the Holocaust. From the Judenrat and the Jewish Police in the Ghettos to Kapos in the Concentration Camps, the questions raised by the moral decisions made by Jews working ostensibly for the Nazis resonates till this very day.One of the more famous stories was of Eliezer Greunbaum, the communist son of the great Zionist leader Yitzchak Greunbaum. As a Kapo in Auschwitz he was accused after the war of being a collaborator. But was he? Decades later, can we view the situation with more nuance, objectivity and balance and recognize the dilemmas they faced under trying circumstances?Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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A Lost World: The Great Dynasty of Radomsk

Published: Nov. 23, 2019, 5 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 1 second

One of the largest Chassidic groups before the war, Radomsk evoked the majesty of Polish Chassidus in its full glory. Completely decimated during the Holocaust, it remains mostly unknown today.The story begins with the Tiferes Shlomo of Radomsk who was one of the most beloved Rebbes of his day. As Jews from all over Poland flocked to the warmth of Radomsk, this court came to be known for its warmth, acceptance and it's beautiful songs.The last Rebbe of Radomsk moved with his followers into the modern era by investing his energies in building a vast network of Yeshivas called Keser Torah across Poland. Staying with his chassidim till the very end, he was martyred in the Warsaw Ghetto snuffing out the torch of this great dynasty.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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A Sisterhood Of One: The Story of the American Woman Who Sustained Europe's Yeshivas

Published: Nov. 21, 2019, 1:55 a.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 27 seconds

During the interwar period, against all odds, an American women took a leading role in the funding of the great Yeshivas of Eastern Europe. Her name was Mrs. Necha Golding.As an organizer of women's auxiliary groups for various Yeshivas or as a hostess to the Roshei Yeshivas themselves when they came on fundraising trips, she was always at the forefront of activities on behalf of building Torah. She and her family forged ties to greats like the Chofetz Chaim, Rav Boruch Ber, Rav Elchonon Wasserman and Rav Aaron Kotler. She didn't just host them, she helped sustain them and they never ever forgot.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Forgotten War: WWI & The Jews Part I (JHS Winter Series)

Published: Nov. 19, 2019, 10 a.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 23 seconds

Brand New Full-Length Series for Winter 20!9-20!World War I had far reaching changes in Jewish life and society whose reverberations are still felt today. As the subsequent tragic events of the Holocaust overshadowed World War I, this chapter of Jewish History has been relegated to a footnote in Jewish History.In order for us to understand the various angles of Jewish society within the context of the war, it's imperative to gain an understanding of the world of Empires that Europe was at this time. Imperialism, alliances and other factors joined to create one of the greatest conflicts in world history.This would in turn devastate Jewish life in both the physical/material sense, as well as the social/religious frameworks of Jewish communal life. As the towns of Eastern Europe turned into battlefields, the dramatic changes were immediately felt. Other more subtle changes were just beginning, and the long term effects on Jewish society would be felt for many years to come.

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A Citadel of Torah: The Presidents, Personalities & Roshei Yeshiva of RIETS Part I

Published: Nov. 16, 2019, 5 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 52 seconds

Although the story of RIETS/YU is huge and would take some time to cover, we can perhaps get a bit of a taste by examining the lives of some of the great people who graced the Yeshiva with their presence over the years.In this episode we'll meet the first Rosh Yeshiva of what was to become RIETS, R' Shlomo Nosson Kotler (1865-1945). Described by some as the greatest Talmid chacham ever to live in the United States, his varied career brought to America twice before he eventually settled in Israel.This is followed by the architect of the concept of Yeshiva College, Rabbi Dr. Bernard Revel (1885-1940), who did more than anyone else to create the Yeshiva that we know today.Finally, we'll meet R' Moshe Shatzkes (1881-1958), the great Lomza Rov who spent his later years at the helm of RIETS. One of the greatest Rabbinical leaders of interwar Poland, he headed the Vaad Hayeshivas there before escaping to America via Kobe, Japan.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Window To A Lost World: The Early Years of Rav Shach

Published: Nov. 14, 2019, 10 a.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 45 seconds

One of the most famous and dynamic Torah leaders of recent times was undoubtedly R' Elazar Menachem Shach (1899-2001). Although he lived a very long life, his famous actions in the public sphere cover less than a third of a very fruitful career of teaching Torah.His early years saw him studying under some of the greatest Lithuanian luminaries of his day. He then spent a colorful 30 year career teaching at various pre war and post war Torah institutions. Perhaps the varied experience he gained in these diverse positions prepared him for his central position of leadership he was to later assume.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Vote for Maran! Rav Ovadia Yosef Part II: The Founding of Shas

Published: Nov. 12, 2019, 12:04 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 23 seconds

From the moment R' Ovadia Yosef accepted the mantle of leadership of the nascent Shas political party in the early '80's, his name came to be synonymous with the revolution that Shas had become.The founding of the Shas Party led to the forming of the Moetzet Chachmei Hatorah, the Rabbinical council which advises the Party till today. R' Ovadia was appointed to head the council. He proceeded to take a very active role in decision making, and displayed an astute perception of the jungle which characterizes Israeli politics. At the same time, he saw himself as the Rabbinical leader of the Sefardic community worldwide and not limited to the political sphere. In his mind, he remained first and foremost, a teacher of Torah, an exponent of psak halacha, a speaker with a message to his people, as well as a political leader when he deemed it necessary.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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To Live A Life of Torah: The Life of Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel Part II

Published: Nov. 9, 2019, 6 p.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 27 seconds

R' Nosson Tzvi's arrival in Mir Yeshiva Jerusalem as a young adolescent became a turning point in his life, and ultimately set the stage as a turning point in the history of the Mir as well. After going back and forth a couple of times, he eventually settled down, married into the family, and subsequently spent the next several years in a tireless effort towards greatness.In the winter of 1990, R' Nosson Tzvi succeeded his father in law R' Beinish Finkel as Rosh Yeshiva of the Mir. For the next 22 years until his passing, he oversaw a meteoric growth of the student body as well as building the buildings to hold them all.Through this entire career, he never lost the personal warmth and care that he had for any student of the Yeshiva - as well as many strangers from without. This ability to maintain a personal connection and relationship, made him the beloved figure to so many who knew him.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJFollow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Kid From Chicago: The Life of Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel Part I

Published: Nov. 7, 2019, 10 a.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 19 seconds

One of the most beloved teachers and builders of Torah in times was the legendary Mir Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel (1943-2011)This Chicago native went on to build a veritable empire of Torah learning in Yerushalayim, while remaining a warm and personable role model to his many students.In this episode, we'll examine the world he grew up in, his family background, parents and his early years, in order to gain a better understanding of who he was and his myriad accomplishments.Musical tribute: "Avi Avi" by the Shira Chadash Boys Choir.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Innovative Methods & Rebellious Students: The Stormy Early Years of the Telz Yeshiva

Published: Nov. 5, 2019, 10 a.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 5 seconds

With the growth of the Lithuanian Yeshiva movement in the 19th century, the great Yeshiva of Telz was to take a prominent place as one of the premier Yeshivas of the age. From modest beginnings, it grew in both numbers and stature under the watch of legendary R' Leizer Gordon.Telz boasted of an innovative organizational structure which included an acceptance policy, a rigid class structure and regular tests on the material studied. The attempt to bring the Mussar movement within the walls of the Yeshiva, along with specific Rabbinical appointments, led to a series of clashes - sometimes violent - between the independent minded Telzer students and the Yeshiva administration. Ultimately the revolts and the winds of rebellion were quelled, and peace and prosperity allowed Telz to continue its destiny to greatness.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Eternal Flame: The Everlasting Legacy of the "Aish Kodesh"

Published: Nov. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 27 seconds

R' Kalonymus Kalman Shapira (1889-1943), better known as the Piaseczno Rebbe, is a figure who's influence seems to just grow as time goes on. Heroic in life and a martyr in death, he's earned his place in the pantheon of Jewish leadership of the 20th century. Known for his writings, teachings, insights into Jewish education and of course his talks to his chassidim in the darkest times of the Warsaw Ghetto. In this episode, we will examine his life and times, giving the context which shaped his personality and leadership role. Playing an important role in interwar Warsaw Yeshiva education, he also served as a chassidic Rebbe and communal Rabbi at the same time. Despite his personal losses at the onset of the war, he maintained his position within the Ghetto in a valiant attempt to inspire his followers in the ever worsening conditions. Following his murder in Aktion Enternfest in the Trawniki concentration camp, the story of Piaseczno was not yet over. After the war, his writings were discovered in the second cache of the Ringelblum Archive and ultimately published as the "Aish Kodesh".Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Restoring The Glory To The Crown: Rav Ovadia Yosef & Sephardic Jewry Part I

Published: Oct. 31, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
Duration: 34 minutes 50 seconds

From the expulsion from Spain in 1492, down to modern times, Sephardic Jewry has never experienced the rejuvenation experienced under the leadership of R' Ovadia Yosef.Stemming from humble origins in Iraq, he rose to fame in Rabbinical positions in Egypt, Yerushalayim, Petach Tikva, Tel Aviv and finally the Chief Rabbinate of the State of Israel.A prolific writer and world renowned posek, he became one of the greatest Halachic decisors of modern times.In his later years he would become famous as the spiritual leader and titular head of the Shas political party.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Who Art Thou Moses? Untangling the Life & Legacy of Moses Mendelssohn

Published: Oct. 29, 2019, 12:33 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 54 seconds

Heralded as the father of Reform Judaism by some, derided as a destroyer of traditional Jewish life by others and forgotten by most, Moses Mendelssohn's legacy continues to intrigue Jewish minds across the spectrum.He entered the gates of Berlin as a young 14 year old, and ultimately embraced the ideals of the enlightenment and German Philosophy. Through his teaching and prodigious literary output, an attempt was made to synthesize traditional Jewish observance while incorporating elements of the surrounding culture. The question remains as to what is his "true" legacy, but his influence remains in the Jewish world till today.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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America's Glorious Pastime: Baseball & The Jews

Published: Oct. 26, 2019, 11:33 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 7 seconds

With the World Series currently taking place, it's high time that Jewish History Soundbites takes leave of Eastern Europe and examine the Jewish People's connection to professional baseball.From the famous stories of Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, to the less well known ones of the '69 Mets Jewish connection, America's favorite pastime has deep connections to the Jewish story in the United States. On the 50th anniversary of the 1969 NY Mets World Series victory, we'll delve into the story of why they won.Aside from Jewish players, managers, owners and broadcasters, Jewish fans of baseball have been a barometer of integration into American life and culture.So, as we bask in the pride of various different Jewish players not playing on Yom Kippur, enjoy your kosher hot dog in the stands at "the ole Ball Game"!

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From Strength to Strength: Leadership and Dissent within the Great Dynasty of Ger

Published: Oct. 23, 2019, 10:03 p.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 17 seconds

With the current talk about an unheard of split in the storied Chassidic court of Ger, it's worth examining the historical context about why such a move is so unusual. From it's roots in Pshischa and Kotzk, Polish Chassidus experience quite a few upheavals and splits before the Ger dynasty stabilized in the late 19th century.Under the able leadership of the Sfas Emes and even more so of his son R' Avraham Mordechai Alter, the Imrei Emes, Ger became the largest, most dominant and leading chassidic group in pre war Poland. The Gerrer Rebbe led this veritable empire for 43 years, with the full support of all of his family members, and was dubbed by the Polish press as "the king of the Jews".Following the decimation of Polish Jewry, Ger began to rebuild, this time under the watch of the Bais Yisroel. It was only following the death of the last of the Polish generation that a rebuilt, confident and strong Ger could possibly think of dissent or a split within the community.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Tales of Sukkos: The Great Daled Minim Hunt & Simchas Torah In Shanghai

Published: Oct. 16, 2019, 7:40 a.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 11 seconds

In honor of the happy Sukkos holiday, here's a potpourri of anecdotes - some interesting, others entertaining - of Sukkos throughout recent Jewish history.What was it like to shop for a lulav and esrog when all esrogim had to be imported? How about during wartime?What was the atmosphere in the pre war Yeshivas by the Simchas Bais hashoeva and Simchas Torah?What happened to the Chozeh of Lublin on the last Simchas Torah of his life?Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Rabbis & The Zionists Part VI: Lofty Ideals & Harsh Realities

Published: Oct. 10, 2019, 9 a.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 40 seconds

With the passage of time, Rabbinical espoused ideals are processed along the path of the realities and practical considerations of day to day life. It is this execution of policy that forms the basis of our final examination of the Rabbinical positions on Zionism. Specific Rabbinical figures arose in the 1960's-'70's who formulated positions, which form the basis of modern Rabbinical opinion right up to our current times. These range from the Messianic views of R' Tzvi Yehuda Kook, to the practical considerations of the Gerrer Rebbe, through the active conservatism of R' Shach and all the way to extreme opposition of the Satmar Rov. A summary of the diverse opinions of these and other great personalities, will enhance our understanding of Rabbinical opinion on Zionism in the modern era, as well as wrap up the series on "The Rabbis & The Zionists".Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Sound of Silence: The 1943 Rabbis March on Washington

Published: Oct. 6, 2019, 9 a.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 37 seconds

News of the Final Solution reached the west in 1942. As the horrifying reality became apparent, reactions varied both among the general public as well as within the Jewish community. While the American Government refused to relax its rigid immigration quotas, US Jewry debated as to the proper course of action. Would it be a passive acceptance of US policy, a diplomatic attempt to reach the corridors of power, or possibly an outright public protest at how little was being done for the plight of European Jewry.Prominent rescue activist Peter Bergson arranged together with the Vaad Hatzalah, an unprecedented public gathering, so unique in the annals of American Jewish History, that it would garner the publicity needed to effect change in the Governments public policy. A group of over 400 recognizably Orthodox Rabbis would march on Washington, petitioning Congress and the President to do more for Jewish refugees. On October 6, 1943, three days before Yom Kippur, the Rabbis marched.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Sfas Emes: Reverence of The Man & Relevance of His Teachings

Published: Oct. 2, 2019, 9 a.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 44 seconds

With the seemingly timeless and growing influence of the Sfas Emes's teachings, it may be worthwhile to examine the world which shaped him and his personality.As a scion of chassidic royalty through his grandfather the Chiddushei Harim of Ger, R' Yehuda Aryeh Leib Alter (1847-1905) was expected to rise to greatness. His exposure at a young age to the great R' Menachem Mendel- the "Kotzker" only added to the atmosphere of an already intensely powerful upbringing. The Sfas Emes rose to the occasion and became one of the greatest leaders of Chassidic Poland, building up Ger into one of the largest courts of its day.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Rabbi & The Zionists Part V: To Vote or Not to Vote

Published: Sept. 26, 2019, 9 a.m.
Duration: 50 minutes 46 seconds

With the founding of the State of Israel, ideological positions slowly gave way for practical considerations. The reality of day to day life in the State required a modification of the various Rabbinical positions across the spectrum. Some Rabbis, such as the Satmar Rov and the Eidah Hachareidis, persisted in the extreme position and refused to recognize the legitimacy of the State and it's functions. For their followers who were physically living in Israel, this became an increasingly untenable position. At the other extreme, the Rabbinical leadership of the Mizrachi welcomed the founding of the State as the commencement of the Messianic era. It therefore behooved active participation at both the national and individual level.In the middle were the Rabbis who were either officially or loosely affiliated with the Agudas Yisroel. Some recommended a moderate position, while others took a more extreme line. Still others preferred to be deliberately ambiguous. The question of voting became a contentious issue and became the symbol of practical participation.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Simplicity, Complexity & Enormity: The Family of the Chofetz Chaim

Published: Sept. 24, 2019, 9 a.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 16 seconds

The primary focus on the Chofetz Chaim's (1839-1933) legacy to the Jewish People is understandably his seforim and various public policy initiatives. He bequeathed a more personal legacy as well- his family. His descendants form quite a diverse group. Some of his progeny played pivotal roles in both the writing, editing and selling of his seforim, while others assisted with the administration of the Radin Yeshiva. Still others accompanied him through his communal activist work. And yet others forged their own path.With an overview of the Chofetz Chaim's family, and how he related to them as a husband, father & grandfather, we can get a glimpse of a more personal side of the influence and impact of arguable the greatest Jewish leader in recent history.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Uman Uman Rosh Hashana! The History of the Great Rosh Hashana Pilgrimage

Published: Sept. 21, 2019, 7 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 43 seconds

With the current atmosphere being that one has to excuse oneself to justify not travelling to Rabbeinu for Rosh Hashana, it's worthwhile examining the historical roots of this phenomenon. What was the historical context in which R' Nosson of Nemirov made the Rosh Hashana pilgrimage the core of Breslov chassidus? How did the Uman visit look like throughout the years?In the interwar period, Breslov chassidim encountered a challenge that threatened the future of the movement. The Iron Curtain prevented the Chassidim in Poland from reaching Uman. How would they adapt to the new situation? Finally, in the post war era, with the resurgence of Breslov, the Rosh Hashana gathering adapts itself to new worlds and new situations till this very day.Music for this episode: “Rabeinu” by Beri Weber https://youtu.be/gJuStPunxIsSubscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Builder & Dreamer: The Unstoppable Vision of the Ponevezher Rav

Published: Sept. 19, 2019, 9 a.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 17 seconds

Few leaders in modern times can match the sheer energy and willpower that the Ponovezher Rov- Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman (1886-1969) possessed. From his early days in Telz to his Rabbinate in pre-war Ponevezh, to his rebuilding after the trauma of the Holocaust, he never once stopped his active building the future of the Jewish People.Blessed with natural organizational skills, combined with a talent in dealing with people, he managed to inspire others to jump onto the bandwagon of his various projects. A master fundraiser, he would become a renowned globe trotter, where he would inflame Jewish communities worldwide with his oratory skills and magnetic personality.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Take Me Out To The Rebbe: The Great Yom Tov Pilgrimages of Yesteryear

Published: Sept. 17, 2019, 9 a.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 3 seconds

From almost the beginning of the Chassidic movement, a major component of the experience has been the pilgrimage to bask in the Rebbe's presence at his court. More often than not, this took place around the Yomim Tovim. Why was it important to visit the Rebbe for the Holidays? What was the visit like? What went on there?In the inter-war period, perhaps the most famous of the Chassidic courts was in Ger (Gora Kalwaria). With tens of thousands of chassidim converging on this small town for Rosh Hashanah, the atmosphere was electric and truly festive. A fascinating feature of the pilgrimage to Ger was the means of transport. A train line ran from Warsaw to Ger that took it's place in chassidic lore. The Kulaykeh, as it was known, wasn't just a means to an end, but rather became a major component of the visit. Throngs of chassidim would crowd the train, and the Kulaykeh experience essentially transformed into part of the greater Yom Tov visit to Ger.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Founding of a Dynasty: The Alter Rebbe's Rise to Leadership

Published: Sept. 15, 2019, midnight
Duration: 26 minutes 34 seconds

R' Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745?-1812), known as the Alter Rebbe or the Baal Hatanya, was the founder of the Chabad Chassidus and one of most influential leaders in the history of the movement. How did he start out? Was it an easy road to leadership?He was one of the youngest among the students of the Maggid of Mezritch. Following R' Mendele of Vitebsk to White Russia, he assisted in spreading Chassidus in that vicinity. But it was only following R' Mendele's aliyah in 1777, that R' Shneur Zalman would begin his rise to a leadership position of Chassidim.Slowly he fashioned his court, his own unique brand of Chassidic thought and began to manage the hordes of Chassidim who began arriving at his door. They came to hear his guidance in serving Hashem, his Divrei Torah and to experience the atmosphere of the court of the Alter Rebbe.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The History of Torah Vodaath Part III: Building Up and Reaching Out

Published: Sept. 12, 2019, 9 a.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 36 seconds

R' Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz (1886-1948) wasn't just a talented educator, a capable school principal, an accomplished organizer and a doer. Above all else, he was a visionary. He saw America as a land of opportunity in a spiritual sense, at a time when most could perceive only materialistic opportunity and a threat to the spiritual. He therefore structured the Yeshiva to reflect his unique philosophy and built a curriculum that had been seldom seen in the annals of the Yeshiva world.At the same time, he reached out and engaged a cadre of dedicated laymen who would form the financial backbone of the Yeshiva activities as well as managing it as the Board of Directors. These amazing people threw all their energies into realizing the vision of building Torah in the United States. Chief among this group was regional director for the IRS named Harry Herskowitz. Harry literally dedicated his life for the success of Torah Vodaath, and helped it sustain and flourish in those early years. His legacy remained in his family and with the other laymen that he influenced with the vision of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Rabbis & the Zionists Part IV: From a Deep Abyss to a Glimmer of Hope

Published: Sept. 10, 2019, 11:43 a.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 43 seconds

The great political & ideological discussions that marked the interwar period were at their peak, when the greatest calamity to hit the Jewish People instantly transformed the entire dialogue. Rabbinical opinion once again diverged in light of the national catastrophe.Some Rabbis continued with the pre-war pragmatic approach of waiting things out and seeing how the outside factors develop. Others reinforced their pre-war opinions of either support or opposition of the entire Zionist enterprise. The novelty of the post Holocaust world however, saw the emergence of a new stream of Rabbinical opinion, which stated that the calamity that had befallen European Jewry changed the rules of the game. Some mitigated their opposition of Zionism as a result, while others went still further and became full fledged supporters of the creation of a Jewish State.In May 1948, the Rabbinical world responded to yet another development of Zionism, by far the one with the most far reaching consequences- the founding of the State of Israel. Zionism was no longer an ideal or a vision. It was an established fact and a reality that had to be reckoned with. The great Rabbinical leadership from across the ideological spectrum, met the challenge and formulated their opinions accordingly.#JewishHistory #JewishHeritage #Zionism #Mizrachi #Rabbis #Poland #WZO #BneiAkiva #LaborParty #Histadrut #RavKook #Hassidic #Satmar #Belz #Munkacz #Hassidic #RavTeichtal #RavReines #Wizo #BneiAkiva #TorahMitzion #TorahUmadah #Zion #TelAviv #Jaffa #Palestine #Aliyah #Elal #BeseqSubscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Birobidzhan: Stalin's Autonomous Region for Jews

Published: Sept. 8, 2019, 10 a.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 45 seconds

One of the odder stories of the Jewish People under Soviet rule is the forming of the Jewish Autonomous Region of Birobidzhan. Founded by Stalin in 1928 as a territorial solution for the Jewish People, it never quite took off as planned. Harsh living conditions and eventually Stalin's purges prevented any major Jewish growth in the region.However, when Birobidzhan was conceptualized as a realistic option, it caused quite a stir in the Jewish world. Does the Jewish People need a territory to solve it's national woes? That's what the Zionist movement was proposing with the new Jewish Nationalism. Perhaps any territory would suffice, as long as the Jewish Nation had some form of territorial center- even in faraway Birobidzhan. That's how many Jewish socialists and Jewish communists reacted to it's initial founding.The Birobidzhan plan flopped, but the questions of Jewish identity and nationalism continued on as before.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Scholar & Statesman: Rav Meir Simcha and the 1910 Conference in St. Petersburg

Published: Sept. 5, 2019, 1:22 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 35 seconds

A gifted leader, with a brilliant mind and a unique approach, Rav Meir Simcha of Dvinsk (1843–1926)author of the acclaimed Ohr Somayach stands out among the personalities of his day.The 1910 Rabbinical conference in St. Petersburg, was a testing ground for how modern Jewish leadership would grapple with the hot button issues facing the Jews of the Russian Empire. R' Meir Simcha was one of the respected participants, and he weighed in on the challenges of the time. With panoply of voices and opinions, it wouldn't be a simple matter for his view to hold sway.His Rabbinical leadership in the waning days of the rule of the Czars, gives a glimpse into the challenges of traditional Jewish life at the turn of the century.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Rav Kook Part II: New Times, New Needs & New Movements

Published: Sept. 3, 2019, 10 a.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 25 seconds

With his appointment as Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, and subsequently of all of British controlled Palestine, Rav Avraham Yitzchok Hakohen Kook (1875-1935) transitioned into his most active period in the public sphere. While garnering much support and staving off the opposition, he managed to build and accomplish in many areas of Jewish life.Along with other Rabbis, he became a primary architect of the Rabbanut to regulate religious life in the "Yishuv", he invested much in Yeshivas and Jewish education, developed working -albeit often times strained- relationships with officials in the British Government, and managed to build bridges with the secular Zionist leadership as well.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Beginning of the End: The 80th Anniversary of the German Invasion of Poland

Published: Sept. 1, 2019, 3:37 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 23 seconds

Understanding the context of how the Second World War began can facilitate a clearer understanding of what happened to the Jewish People as a result. With the invasion of Poland, the most destructive war in the history of mankind commenced. How did the war begin? How was Poland conquered so easily? What was the immediate reaction of the Jews who were now in a war zone? What was the Soviet Union's involvement? And what was going on in the Far East at this time? A broader picture of all these issues will enhance our perception of war whose reverberations are felt to this very day.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Rabbis & The Zionists Part III: From Mizrachi to the Agudah and Back Again

Published: Aug. 29, 2019, 6 p.m.
Duration: 49 minutes 37 seconds

With the rise of political Zionism at the end of the 19th century, Rabbinical leaders began to formally organize around their positions visa vis the nascent movement. The founding of the Mizrachi was a major milestone in clarifying at least qualified support for the Zionist program. This begat a more organized and systematic opposition, which was formalized with the founding of the Agudas Yisroel some years later.The Agudah didn't speak with one voice and there was quite a range of rabbinical opinion within it's ranks as to the extent of ideological opposition to Zionism, as well as the practical measures to be taken as a result. In addition, there were quite a number of major Rabbinical leaders who never joined the Agudah altogether for a variety of reasons- some joined the Mizrachi, some were too Zionistic for the Aguda, others felt that the Agudah wasn't extreme enough. During the tumultuous interwar period, Rabbis across the spectrum formulated their respective positions in opposition, support or neutrality on the question of the new Jewish Nationalism- Zionism.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Shliach to Shanghai: The Life & Heroics of Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi

Published: Aug. 27, 2019, 8 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 16 seconds

As the Jewish community in far off Shanghai developed at the beginning of the 20th century, a Rabbi and Lubavitcher Chassid named R' Meir Ashkenazi was called on to serve as the communal Rabbi in 1926. Originally serving in the ultimate "out of town" community in a far flung corner of the world, he eventually found himself the leader of a diverse and large group of refugees who began arriving in the 1930's and '40's.Being the right man in the right place at the right time, he rose to the occasion. Addressing both the material and spiritual needs of the refugee community, he was able to sustain the Shanghai Jewry during those challenging times.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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A Fatherly Warrior: The Holy Satmar Rav

Published: Aug. 24, 2019, 6 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 20 seconds

The Satmar Rav, Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum will long be remembered as a great Torah Sage, builder, dedicated leader and zealot who held steadfast to strong positions, no matter the opposition. In his efforts to rebuild the destroyed world after the war, he was a visionary who thought of big and creative solutions. As a fatherly figure, he built individuals, breathing a new life and purpose for countless survivors. He also built a large and powerful following, well known for its relentless Chesed and strong opposition to the State of Israel. Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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A Fatherly Warrior: The Holy Satmar Rav Part 1

Published: Aug. 24, 2019, 6 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 20 seconds

The Satmar Rav, Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum will long be remembered as a great Torah Sage, builder, dedicated leader and zealot who held steadfast to strong positions, no matter the opposition. In his efforts to rebuild the destroyed world after the war, he was a visionary who thought of big and creative solutions. As a fatherly figure, he built individuals, breathing a new life and purpose for countless survivors. He also built a large and powerful following, well known for its relentless Chesed and strong opposition to the State of Israel. Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Voice of Clarity: A Tribute to Rav Chaim Brisker

Published: Aug. 22, 2019, 5:43 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 38 seconds

Famous for trailblazing a new analytical style of Talmudic Study at the Volozhin Yeshiva, R Chaim Soloveitchik's name is hallowed throughout the Torah world. As Rabbi of Brisk, he became known far and wide for his compassion for the downtrodden.In the public sphere, R Chaim became a spokesman of his people and took a stance on many issues facing the Jewish world of his day. In honor of his 101st Yahrtzeit, we'll take a glance R Chaim's leadership role in society.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Maiden of Ludmir & Notable Female Chassidic Leaders

Published: Aug. 20, 2019, 10:04 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 11 seconds

Chana Rachel Verbermacher, also known as the "Maiden of Ludmir", was an anomaly in the annals of Chassidus. As a woman, and as someone who didn't have any dynastic connections to the great Chassidic courts of her day, she still attained the status of a full fledged chassidic tzadik for a period of time. Does her story teach us about women's roles in the world of early chassidus? Or is she the exception that proves the rule? Along the way, we encounter other Rebbetzins in the history of chassidus who acted in leadership roles in the courts of their husbands or fathers.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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From All-Night Learning to All-Night Kumzitz: The Early Years of Shlomo Carlebach Part II

Published: Aug. 17, 2019, 6 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 36 seconds

Another look at the formative Yeshiva years of Shlomo Carlebach, his relationship with R' Ahron Kotler and the complexities of his leaving the Yeshiva world for his activist work on behalf of the Jewish People.The great "Singing Rabbi" never ceased to sing and never ceased to be a Rabbi. The transitional stage of his being identified with the Yeshiva as one of it's prize students, to the public persona involved in Jewish outreach, is crucial to understanding his later approach and wide reaching influence.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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From Lakewood to Lubavitch: The Early Years of Shlomo Carlebach

Published: Aug. 15, 2019, 5 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 26 seconds

Clearly the most influential Jewish Composer/Singer of his time, Shlomo Carlebach was a polarizing figure. He was a pioneer in the Jewish Outreach movement and a rabbi to thousands, yet his path to stardom took many interesting twists and turns. From his Rabbeim, Rav Shlomo Heiman and Rav Aaron Kotler to the magnetic influences of The Lubavitcher Rebbe, hear the story of the formative years that shaped the the legendary "Singing Rabbi".Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Rabbis & The Zionists Part II: Proto-Zionism, Chovevei Tzion & The Initial Opposition

Published: Aug. 13, 2019, 7 p.m.
Duration: 52 minutes 8 seconds

Modern day resettlement of the Land of Israel begins with group aliyah's of both the students of the Baal Shem Tov and later the students of the Vilna Goan. Together they would form the core of what would comet to be known as the Old Yishuv. With the rise of nationalism in nineteenth century Europe, the first stirrings of national yearnings begin to rise among the Jewish People. Initially spreading as an idea, it quickly shifts towards an activist stage and becomes a movement known as the Chovevei Tzion. The movement enjoys differing levels of Rabbinic support as it moves ahead with it's program. The first modern colonies are settled and agriculture begins to develop. Funding begins to arrive from Baron Edmond de Rothschild. At the same time, opposition to the new Jewish Nationalism begins to mount and gain support. Citing both theological sources as well as practical consideration, luminaries such as R' SR Hirsch and later the Rashab of Chabad form the basis of the initial opposition to the new Nationalism.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review! I

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Stories Of Challenge & Triumphs

Published: Aug. 11, 2019, 3:40 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes 46 seconds

Throughout the long history of our exile we have faced both tragedies and challenges of all kinds, both as a collective and as individuals. The stories of people who faced challenges of all kinds can serve as a reminder of the story of the Jewish people in the exile, as well as a source from which to draw inspiration from in the challenges that we all face in our lives. Let's meet a few individuals from Jewish History to hear their stories, and follow them on their journey from challenge to triumph.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review! I

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Tisha Ba’av 2019: Profiles Of Martyred Rabbinic Leaders

Published: Aug. 9, 2019, 6:35 p.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 32 seconds

The Kinnah of ארזי הלבנון serves as a reminder to us that the loss of Rabbinic leadership is a unique tragedy in it's own category. In this episode we'll profile a few samples of great prewar leaders who lost their lives together with their people in the great destruction of the Holocaust. Some chose to remain with their communities despite having the opportunity to escape, among them were Chassidic Rebbes, some were Roshei Yeshiva and others were communal Rabbis. The common thread connecting these profiles is the overwhelming sense of loss that was left as a result of the decimation of Torah leadership.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review! I

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A Father to his People: R' Chaim Ozer's Leadership in Turbulent Times

Published: Aug. 6, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 35 seconds

The leadership of R' Chaim Ozer Grodzinski manifested itself in many diverse spheres of influence. As the premier Halachic authority, founder and titular head of the Vaad Hayeshivos, leader of Agudas Yisroel and rabbinical representative at government conferences, he stood at the forefront during a rapidly changing Jewish society. At the same time, he exhibited almost a fatherly love to every individual Jew who came to his door, his care for his people was expressed in both the public arena and in personal interaction. In commemoration of his yahrtzeit, we'll attempt to gain a glimpse of this great man.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review! I

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A Princely Rebbe: R' Shlomo Halberstam of Bobov

Published: Aug. 3, 2019, 7 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 38 seconds

In pre-war Galicia, Bobov was the leading Chassidus in both numbers, activity and leadership. Decimated by the War and almost a lone survivor of his family, R' Shlomo of Bobov set forth to rebuild what was lost. Carrying the legacy of his father the Kedushas Tzion, he not only led an empire of a resurrected Bobov, he also influenced Jewry worldwide with the beauty of his ways.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Fighting Rabbis: Rabbinical Figures in the Resistance against the Nazis

Published: Aug. 1, 2019, 4:56 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 41 seconds

Contrary to popular belief, Rabbis played a significant role in various forms of armed resistance against the Nazis. Whether it was through support of the fighters or even active participation in the fighting, Rabbis were there and played a role. What led to a misunderstanding in regards to their role in the post war era? Why did they actually support armed resistance in many instances?Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: https://bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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The Rabbis & The Zionists Part I (JHS Summer Series)

Published: July 30, 2019, 8:04 p.m.
Duration: 40 minutes 28 seconds

In honor of our 50th Episode, Jewish History Soundbites is proud to announce the launch of a new series entitled: The Rabbis & The Zionists. This series will examine various Rabbinical positions throughout the ages in relation to the Jewish People's return to Eretz Yisroel. Part One is a very general overview of the subject, context and the ideas surrounding the topic. What exactly is the idea of returning to Eretz Yisroel from the exile?What were the different reactions of Rabbinical figures throughout the ages? How did the changing times influence Rabbinical response?Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: https://bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Depth, Innovation & Misnagdim Turned Chassidim: The Dynasty of Izhbitz

Published: July 27, 2019, 7 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 2 seconds

Traveling through the world of Polish Chassidus, one encounters the many offshoots of Pshischa, including perhaps the most colorful of all - Izhbitz. With it's penetrating depth, creativity, innovation & the unique lives of it's leaders, it remains one of the most exciting stories to be told in the history of Chassidus.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Jerusalem of the Balkans: The Glory of Jewish Salonika

Published: July 25, 2019, 6:28 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 32 seconds

Following the Spanish expulsion, Sephardic Jewry was dispersed, with the bulk of the exiles settling the Mediterranean Basin. The port city of Salonika became a major center of Jewish commercial life as well as a great spiritual center. The story of this Jewish community is quite unique in the annals of Jewish History.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Zion on the Niagara: Mordecai Manuel Noah and the Jewish Homeland in Upstate New York

Published: July 23, 2019, 9 a.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 56 seconds

Mordecai Manuel Noah was a colorful character who as a diplomat, writer and self appointed Jewish leader who carried Jewish causes throughout his life. His most visionary plan was an audacious attempt at founding a city of refuge for the Jewish nation called Ararat at Grand Island on the Niagara River in Upstate New York. A fascinating story from a forgotten figure in American Jewish History.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Operation Reinhard: The German Plan to Exterminate Polish Jewry

Published: July 21, 2019, 1:33 a.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 4 seconds

The tragic destruction of European Jewry via the Nazi Final Solution, reached it's most terrifying peak with the deportations of Polish Jewry to the Death Camps. Confronting the totality of the Nazi attempt at extermination will give insight as to the sheer magnitude of the loss.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Tanks, Trenches and Tefillos: The Nazi Attempt to Conquer the Holy Land

Published: July 18, 2019, 6:27 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 5 seconds

The Yishuv in pre-State Israel during WWII was in grave danger as Rommel's tanks rolled across North Africa. With the British victory at El Alamein, the danger passed. How did the Jews of the Yishuv react to the German threat? What ultimately stopped Rommels rolling forces?Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Unlikeliest of Saviors: The Story of Chinese Diplomat Feng Shan Ho

Published: July 16, 2019, 8 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 55 seconds

While the heroic stories of Schindler and Sugihara are quite famous, the story of Chinese Diplomat Feng Shan Ho is practically unknown. Learn about the man who risked it all and issued thousands of Visas to Viennese Jews, allowing them to escape Hitlers tightening grasp. Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Rav Kook Vol I: From Volozhin to Jaffa

Published: July 14, 2019, 11:34 a.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 21 seconds

The discussions and research surrounding Rav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook's beliefs, writings, philosophy & outlook are almost unparalleled in the last century. How much is known about the man himself, especially his early years? In this series about Rav Kook, let's follow him through the various stages of his very interesting life.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Mineral Baths, Hammocks & Shirt Sleeves: Admorim & Roshei Yeshiva on Vacation in the Pre-War Era

Published: July 11, 2019, 8:07 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 12 seconds

The great Rabbis had their favored vacation spots in the Prewar era. Where were they? What went on there? An inside look at the relaxing times and locations known as the "Dachas".Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Great Escape: The Belzer Rebbe and the Farewell Drasha in Budapest

Published: July 8, 2019, 7:59 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 29 seconds

After narrowly escaping death hiding out in various Ghettos, the Belzer Rebbe and his brother make it to the relative safety of Hungary, and from there to Eretz Yisroel. The farewell speech given by the Rebbe's brother together with his subsequent departure, caused a controversy that remains till this very day. A fresh look at an old story.

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The Making of a Rebbe: The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Rise to Leadership

Published: July 6, 2019, 7:59 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 9 seconds

Undoubtedly from the most influential Jewish leaders of the last century, the last Rebbe of Chabad left an indelible imprint on the landscape of contemporary Jewish life. In honor the 25th Yahrtzeit of his histalkus, we'll follow some key junctures on his path to leadership.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Streets Paved With Gold: The Mass Wave of Jewish Immigration

Published: July 4, 2019, 8 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 14 seconds

Streets Paved With Gold: The Mass Wave of Jewish Immigration by Yehuda Geberer

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Operation Thunderbolt: The Heroes & Villains of the Raid on Entebbe

Published: July 2, 2019, 7:45 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 23 seconds

Operation Thunderbolt: The Heroes & Villains of the Raid on Entebbe by Yehuda Geberer

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Foreign Minister of the Eidah HaChareidis: The Strange Story of Dr. Jacob de Haan

Published: June 30, 2019, 7:04 p.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 39 seconds

Poet, journalist, lawyer, human rights activist, linguist, Zionist, anti Zionist, Diplomat, these are but some of the facets of one of the most fascinating characters in recent Jewish history - Dr. Jacob de Haan. Ultimately killed in the first Jewish political assassination in modern history, his story is a riveting journey through Jewish life at the first quarter of the last century.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Yossele Rosenblatt and the Golden Age of Chazzanus

Published: June 27, 2019, 10 a.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 27 seconds

The name Yossele Rosenblatt evokes legendary awe as a chazzan, singer and composer. However, he was a man of his time who enjoyed fame and success on one hand, whilst experiencing challenges and travails on the other. Come along as we peek into the lives of some the great Chazzanim of the last century.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Tach V'Tat: A Revised History of the Chmielnicki Massacres

Published: June 24, 2019, 9 p.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 45 seconds

The beginning of the end of the Golden Era of Jewish Poland came with the terrible Cossack Massacres in 1648-49. The recent date of Chaf Sivan commemorates the devastation wreaked upon the communities of the Polish Kingdom. Putting these events into a fresh perspective will give us insight into how this watershed event resonates till this very day.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Baal Shem Tov Vol III

Published: June 23, 2019, 12:59 a.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 15 seconds

The inner world of the Baal Shem Tov and early Chassidus brings us to the core of what the movement eventually was to become- a revival of Jewish spiritual life. Let's explore some of tales and teachings of the Baal Shem Tov to understand what he was all about.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Antisemitism, Immigration & Jewish Athletes: How Current Events Became Lessons at the Mir Yeshiva

Published: June 20, 2019, 9:06 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 19 seconds

Antisemitism, Immigration & Jewish Athletes: How Current Events Became Lessons at the Mir Yeshiva by Yehuda Geberer

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Yankees Abroad: Foreigners in the Great European Yeshivas Vol II

Published: June 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 10 seconds

The decision to travel across the world to a third-world country in order to study at a Yeshiva wasn't a simple one. In this podcast we'll profile several individuals such as R’ Avigdor Miller, R’ Gedalia Schorr, R’ Dovid Bender & Rabbi Harry Epstein who persevered and eventually made an indelible stamp on American Jewish life as a result.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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R' Chaim of Volozhin & Chassidus

Published: June 16, 2019, 10 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 12 seconds

Much more than just the founder of the Volozhin Yeshiva, R' Chaim was a multi faceted and devoted leader of his people. We'll follow one aspect of his leadership as he trail-blazed a new method of dealing with the reality of the Chassidic Movement of his day.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Golden Age of Slabodka

Published: June 13, 2019, 9 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 56 seconds

The years immediately preceding WWI were considered the glory days of Slabodka's long history. Let's meet the personalities and hear the stories of the period when the Alter of Slabodka had his greatest impact on the future of the Torah world.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Baseball, PHD's and Torah: Foreigners in the Great European Yeshivas Vol I

Published: June 12, 2019, 9 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 47 seconds

The interwar period witnessed the phenomenon of young Yeshiva students from Western Europe & the US, who would make the trek to study at the great citadels of Torah in Eastern Europe. Come and follow their footsteps to see the excitement and the challenges they faced with this transition.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Chofetz Chaim: Myths Abound

Published: June 11, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 16 seconds

As one of the greatest and most beloved leaders in recent times, the Chofetz Chaim's legacy has attracted much legend. Join us as we reexamine some of the stories that are a bit heavy on the legend side.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Tribute to R' Nosson Kamenetzky Z"L

Published: June 11, 2019, 1:34 a.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 26 seconds

R' Nosson was a unique individual who made an everlasting contribution to our understanding of Pre War Europe. He was not only wise, he was a kindhearted and warm personality as well. A few words in light of his passing.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Tough Jews: The Jewish Soldiers of WWII

Published: June 6, 2019, 6:18 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 46 seconds

In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, the role of Jews in the allied forces is a story to be told. Listen to the heroism and challenges of the fighting Jews of WWII.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Baal Shem Tov Vol II

Published: June 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 57 seconds

What role did the Baal Shem Tov play in Jewish society? Did he face serious opposition? What was so revolutionary about his teachings? Beneath the myth and legend lies a great leader and personality whose story is one that longs to be told.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Baal Shem Tov Vol I

Published: June 4, 2019, 8 p.m.
Duration: 18 minutes 15 seconds

The Baal Shem Tov's influence on the course of history can hardly be overestimated. How did it happen? What was his world all about? Come and take a glance at the world that was his stage.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Uncompromising Zealot: The Life and Times of the Minchas Elazar

Published: June 3, 2019, 9:30 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 23 seconds

With the winds of change blowing fiercely across the Jewish European landscape, Rabbi Chaim Elizer Spira, The Munkatcher Rebbe donned the armor of a fighter against the new ideas and ideals of his age. Come along as we follow this dynamic leader of his people through the challenges of the time and the uncompromising ways that he fought them.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Great Controversy & Everlasting Influence of the Ramchal

Published: June 3, 2019, 6:06 a.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 49 seconds

Although he was chased and held in great suspicion during his lifetime, the Ramchal achieved fame and everlasting influence in his death. Let's explore the vicissitudes of life and vindication in death of this fascinating personality. Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Mir Yeshiva And The Six Day War

Published: June 2, 2019, 1 a.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 19 seconds

The Six Day War will always be remembered as a turning point for the fledgling Jewish state and storyu of the resounding victory will always be highlighted by the unification of Jerusalem and the recovery of the Kosel Hamaaravi as well as other important sites. How did the Mir Yeshiva, located only meters from the Jordanian border fare during the war?Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Slabodka in the Holy Land Vol II: Tragic Ending In Chevron

Published: May 30, 2019, 11 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 29 seconds

The second episode in our Slabodka series follows the initial high hopes and successes of the Yeshiva as well as the challenges it faced in its new home. We'll follow the Yeshiva through to its tragic ending with the Chevron Massacre of 1929.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Slabodka in the Holy Land Vol I: Lithuania to Chevron

Published: May 29, 2019, 9 p.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 40 seconds

Are "Slabodka" and "Chevron" two different Yeshivas or are they two branches of the same one? How did they even get to a place like Chevron? Listen to the fascinating story of the first Lithuanian Yeshiva to go on Aliyah to Eretz Yisroel.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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R' Meir Shapiro Vol I: Visionary & Historian

Published: May 28, 2019, 8 p.m.
Duration: 15 minutes 22 seconds

Known and endeared as a great visionary, R' Meir Shapiro of Lublin always expressed a deep appreciation for our glorious past. As we visit the great "Yeshiva Of The Future" that he built in Lublin, we'll discuss how the past and present came together in the world of this great leader. (Recorded in Lublin, Poland)Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Trials and Tribulations of the American Rabbinate Vol I: The Ridbaz in Chicago

Published: May 27, 2019, 7 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 43 seconds

The Ridbaz, Rabbi Yaakov Dovid Wilovsky makes a valiant attempt to improve Jewish life in the United States with a short stint as a Rabbi in Chicago. We'll follow him on his journey through America and the lessons he wished to impart, both successes and failures.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The History of Torah Vodaath Part II: The Great Rosh Yeshiva Search

Published: May 26, 2019, 5:23 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 43 seconds

How did America's Yeshiva find its first Rosh Yeshiva? Who were the luminaries that followed and eventually led the burgeoning Makom Hatorah that is now more than 100 years old? Yehuda Geberer delves into the story behind the early transplants from Europe's Torah Centers that left behind a legacy that would shape the character of "America's Yeshiva.Subscribe To Our Podcast on:Apple: tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: tinyurl.com/y54wemxsStitcher: bit.ly/2GxiKTJYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.comEnjoy Jewish History Soundbites? Please give us a 5-Star Rating and write a positive review!

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Napoleon and R' Menachem Mendel of Rimanov

Published: May 26, 2019, 1 a.m.
Duration: 18 minutes 45 seconds

Yehuda Geberer tells the story of the great R' Menachem Mendel of Rimanov and the timeless controversy over the Napoleonic wars that is still debated today. Did the Alter Rebbe really oppose Jewish emancipation? Did R' Chaim of Volozhin actually meet Napoleon? This and much more on tonight’s “Melava Malka” Episode Of #JewishHistorySoundbites.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The History of Torah Vodaath Part I: Torah, Chassidim & Zionists

Published: May 23, 2019, 10:05 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 42 seconds

Yeshiva Torah Vodaath has had a tremendous influence on American Jewish life throughout the last century. Yehuda Geberer shares the fascinating story of both the dreams and challenges faced by the visionary founders of "America's Yeshiva".Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Rama and the Great Lag Baomer Hillula of Europe

Published: May 22, 2019, 10 p.m.
Duration: 15 minutes 38 seconds

Yehuda Geberer shares the story of the "Rama", Rav Moshe Isserlis of Krakow whose Yahrtzeit is on Lag Baomer and the large gathering that occurred at his Kever each year.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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R' Shimon Shkop Vol II: His Enduring Legacy

Published: May 22, 2019, 3 a.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 53 seconds

The enduring influence and legacy of R' Shimon Shkop is through his seforim, family and talmidim. We'll explore how his Seforim came to be written and learn a little bit about his illustrious descendants.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Yiddish Socialists and Polish Politics: Why Some Religious Jews Supported The Polish Bund

Published: May 19, 2019, midnight
Duration: 12 minutes 25 seconds

Yehuda Geberer explores the story of "The Bund", the largest Jewish political party in pre-war Poland. Both anti-Zionist and anti-religious, the Socialist Workers Party used Yiddish language and culture and succeeded in its efforts to harm the Jewish establishment in interwar Poland. Yet, there were some positive aspects to this movement. Listen to Yehuda explain the surprising reasons why some religious Jews supported the Bund.

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Rav Shimon Shkop Vol I: From Grodno to RIETS and Back

Published: May 18, 2019, midnight
Duration: 15 minutes 37 seconds

Jewish Historian and Tour Guide Yehuda Geberer details the storied career of the Rosh Yeshiva of Shaar Torah in Grodno and author of the Shaarei Yosher, Rav Shimon Shkop and his ultimate decision to return to Europe following a year at RIETS in 1929.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Original Askan: R' Yaakov HaLevi Lipschitz

Published: May 17, 2019, midnight
Duration: 19 minutes 12 seconds

Yehuda Geberer profiles the life of R' Yaakov Halevi Lipschitz (1838-1921), famed secretary of Rav Yitzchok Elchanan Spektor and his lifelong battle against the Enlightenment. From his "Black Office" in Kovno, he headquartered an ongoing campaign to fight the many "Ism's" of the time and authored his extensive memoirs entitled Zichron Yaakov.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Wanderings Of Rav Yerucham

Published: May 17, 2019, midnight
Duration: 13 minutes 23 seconds

Jewish History Lecturer and Yad Vashem Researcher, Yehuda Geberer shares the story of the saintly Mashgiach Rav Yerucham Levovitz and his many stops on the way to the great Mir Yeshiva in Poland.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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The Tragic Death Of Rav Lazer Telzer

Published: May 16, 2019, 11:29 p.m.
Duration: 13 minutes 35 seconds

Yad Vashem Historian and Lecturer Yehuda Geberer shares the story of the untimely death of the Telzer Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Elizer Gordon who tragically and suddenly passed way while fundraising in London in 1910.Subscribe To Our Podcast on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/yy8gaodyGoogle Play: https://tinyurl.com/yxwv8tpcSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/y54wemxsYou can email Yehuda at YGebss@Gmail.com

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Rav Naftali of Ropshitz

Published: May 16, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Duration: 10 minutes 53 seconds

Jewish History Lecturer and Yad Vashem Researcher, Yehuda Geberer shares the story of the great Rav Naftali Tzvi of Ropshitz.  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Frank Family & The Slabodka Roshei Yeshiva

Published: May 15, 2019, 7:13 p.m.
Duration: 7 minutes 45 seconds

Yad Vashem Historian Yehuda Geberer shares the story of R' Shraga Feivel Frank and his wife Golda whose many descendants founded the great yeshivas of great Yeshivas of Slutzk, Kletzk, Chevron, BMG-Lakewood, Ner Yisroel, Har Etzion, Yeshivat Hadarom, Woodlake Village and more..  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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Chassidus & Ahavas Yisroel

Published: May 15, 2019, midnight
Duration: 16 minutes 33 seconds

Jewish History Lecturer and Yad Vashem Researcher Yehuda Geberer delves into the legendary love for fellow Jews that was exhibited by Chassidic Leaders such as Rabbi Yisroel Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi Elimilech of Lizhensk and the Chozeh of Lublin.  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Imrei Emes: Visionary Leader of Ger

Published: May 13, 2019, 4:29 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes 20 seconds

Jewish History Lecturer and Yad Vashem Historian, Yehuda Geberer shares the story of the Imrei Emes for a group in Ger.  Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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The Great Phenomenon of Reb Shayala of Kerestir

Published: May 7, 2019, 6:10 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 27 seconds

Introducing a new Jewish History Podcast from Jewish Historian and Tour Guide Yehuda Geberer. Enjoy the story of the incredible phenomenon of Reb Shayala Kerestir that has taken the Jewish World by storm. Subscribe To Our Podcast on: PodBean: https://jsoundbites.podbean.com/ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram at @JsoundbitesYou can email Yehuda at yehuda@yehudageberer.com

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