Episode 50: Trees of Life
February 6, 2011

We are blessed to be able to, once again, present a Tu Bishvat/New Year of the Trees episode. We are late posting this show as it is now a few weeks from the originally broadcast date on the 15th of Shvat, but at any moment this holiday can serve to remind us, daily, of the possibilities for meaningful connections with Trees, fruits, the Seasons, and the world that surrounds us.

There is a lot of work to be done reclaiming this meaningful holiday from those who have used it to justify colonialism, displacement, and erasure of Palestinian and Bedouin histories. Happily, we are able to feature many voices and texts that help us with reclamation by drawing from deep within the roots of Jewish life. Tune-in to hear a reading from Kingston author Leanne Lieberman’s new young adult novel Book of Trees; an update on displacement and resistance in the Negev; preparations and readings from our Kabbalistic Tu Bishvat Seder; plus, other radio waves turned to branches turned to more beautiful metaphors.

radio613’s Tu Bishvat show for 5771 ends with a review of the recently published 70 Faces: Torah Poems by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. 70 Faces eloquently blends feminism and classic traditions of textual interpretation. Listen for readings from parshas B’shalach and Yitro.

Music from Eekwol ft. Mass and Flipdabird (“The Tree”) and Testament (“Generation Z”).

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Episode 6: Shtreiml interview…Gravity book launch and interview
November 8, 2008

This week on radio613…an interview with Jason Rosenblatt – arranger and harmonica player for Ashkenaz/Turkish inspired group Shtreiml…a reading and interview with author Leanne Lieberman at the Kingston launch of her novel ‘Gravity’ which tells the story of a young queer woman of faith growing up in an Orthodox Jewish community. The show concludes with a broadcast of Rev Zalman Schacter: “How often are you Jew-ing? With kavanah?”

Music from Shtreiml and Ismail Hakki Fencioglu.

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Shtreiml: http://www.shtreiml.com
‘Gravity’ website: http://leannelieberman.com/Gravity.html