Episode 24: Transgression and Transformation
September 25, 2009

radio613 returns to the airwaves in time for the the Holy Period between the New Year and Yom Kippur. Beginning with sounds from Avi’s chevrusa study at Yeshivat Hadar this summer. The show features an interview with lifelong anti-racist activist Tema Okun – one of the organizers of the upcoming North Carolina Havurah Yom Kippur Retreat. Tema speaks about the possibility of uplift through a process of Teshuva in the context of the ongoing Occupation of Palestine. Efforts to bridge anti-oppressive politics with religious practice and community building are also explored. The show concludes with a Rosh Hashanah themed Hasidic tale about the Baal Shem Tov.

Music from The Sway Machinery and Davka.

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Episode 20: “Jewish” humour and Sefirat Ha’Omer
May 12, 2009

The radio613 collective takes time to explore ideas around “Jewish” humour. Is there such a thing? Can it be useful for inspiring religious practice and interrogation? Can it be liberatory? Can it act to constrain and essentialize? Whose parents have the worst weekly Shabbat jokes? Many questions.

Also this week, Malcah outlines some meaningful interpretations of the Omer calendar, highlighting attributes of G-d embodied by Jewish women throughout history. Including a story by Rabbi Jill Hammer of Ritualwell.org told to mark the 18th day of the Omer.

Music from Jeszcze Raz and Daniel Kahn. Tune in!

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