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Apocrypha and Dead Sea Scrolls
Episode 10 of Sacred Texts of the World
Taste the stories and historical narratives of the Apocrypha (included in Catholic but not Jewish or Protestant Bibles), noting their thematic emphasis on the spiritual and political challenges faced by the Jews. Learn what the Dead Sea Scrolls tell us…
Oral Torah - Mishnah and Talmud
Episode 11 of Sacred Texts of the World
Within Judaism, two central texts form the basis for devotion to God through study. Grasp the nature of the Mishnah, a body of legal judgments and maxims teaching students how to think critically. Then encounter the Talmud, a vast analysis…
Judaism - People of the Book
Episode 7 of Sacred Texts of the World
In approaching the sacred texts of Judaism, learn the dramatic history of the Aleppo Codex, a historically significant copy of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible). Track the origins of the Tanakh and its constituent sections - the Torah, the Prophets,…
Five Books of Torah
Episode 8 of Sacred Texts of the World
Study the contents of the Torah - the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Then consider two kinds of responses to the text - the religious perspective that regards it as a repository of eternal truths, and the…
Prophets and Writings
Episode 9 of Sacred Texts of the World
Through the Prophets, chart the unfolding of the political and religious history of ancient Israel. Then explore the rich spectrum of the Writings, containing stories, proverbs, poetry, psalms, and theological explorations. Contemplate the core themes of these texts, from ethical…
NOVA: The Bible's Buried Secrets
PBS
Journey to beginning of modern religion. Dig into the Bible and history of the Israelites through artifacts left behind. Focus on Old Testament as foundation for great monotheistic religions. Examine pressing issues in biblical archaeology.
Like Dew in the Sun - Ukraine's Civil War
A century ago, the Jewish grandparents of film director Peter Entell fled the persecution and pogroms of Ukraine, a land torn apart by war and massacres, and found refuge in the United States. Returning to seek out the village of…
Kabbalah Me
A personal journey into the esoteric spiritual phenomenon known as Kabbalah. Throughout history, Kabbalah was studied by only the most holy Talmud scholars. The misinformation, innuendo and prohibition surrounding Kabbalah kept its wisdom from most Jews; many were even unaware…
The Longing - The Forgotten Jews of South America
A small group of South Americans, whose ancestors were European Jews forced to convert during the Spanish Inquisition, long to affirm their faith. Isolated in Catholic countries and rejected by local Jewish communities, they battle to become Jews regardless of…
Judaism: The Chosen People
Part of the Series: The Long Search
What is it that makes a Jew a Jew? In New York, Elie Wiesel, author and survivor of the concentration camps, tries to define it. In London, Nobert Brainin and the Amadeus Quartet carry the argument further, both in words…
Waiting for Armageddon - The Evangelical Community and Biblical Prophecy
America's 50-million strong Evangelical community is convinced that the world's future is foretold in Biblical prophecy - from the Rapture to the Battle of Armageddon. This astonishing documentary explores their world - in their homes, at conferences, and on a…
Finding Babel - The Story of Russian Author Isaac Babel
This film follows the grandson of famed Russian-Jewish author Isaac Babel as he searches for answers to better understand the enigmatic man he never met. Babel's writings, considered masterpieces of Russian literature, challenged the reality of life under rising Soviet…
Mah-Jongg: The Tiles That Bind - The Role of Mah-Jongg in Two Different Cultures
Mention the game Mah-Jongg to a woman who plays it and something very special happens. Her eyes light up, she smiles and may laugh, and then she begins to speak. Even someone at first shy or reluctant to speak suddenly…
Bonjour! Shalom! - Hassidic Jews and Their French-Québecois Neighbors
A small municipality in Montreal finds two very different cultures living side by side: Hassidic Jews and their mostly French-speaking neighbors. Intent on preserving their religious traditions, the Hassidim meet outsiders with a kind of protective wall. Misunderstanding the Hassidic…
Käthe Kollwitz - A Conversation with Hildegard Bachert
In this documentary, Hildegard Bachert generously shares memories of her personal life and reflects on the work of 20th-century German artist Kathe Kollwitz. n 1936 at the age of 15, Jewish-born Hildegard Bachert left Germany for America. Only four years…
Tony Curtis - Driven To Stardom
Trapeze, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success, The Boston Strangler, Some Like It Hot. Tony Curtis, the man who influenced Elvis Presley and James Dean, was one of the very first teen idols and one of the last real movie stars.…
The Sturgeon Queens - Four Generations of a Jewish Family Business in New York
Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with…
The Return - Young and Jewish in Poland
Before World War Two, Poland's 3.5 million Jews made the country the epicenter of the Jewish world. Today less than 20,000 Jews live there. Due to the Holocaust and ensuing Soviet era, Poland's remaining Jews hid their identity from their…
Judaism on Death and the Afterlife
Episode 9 of Death, Dying, and the Afterlife
In the first of several lectures on how major world faiths approach death, the focus is on Judaism. From the importance of mourning and burial rites to the recent resurgence in American Jewish belief in an afterlife, go inside the…
What is Jerusalem - The Seeds of Judaism?
Part of the Series: Religions of the World - Oh My GOD Series
Experiencing a vast array of traditions and social activities this program explores faith through the eyes of youth, their families and social connections as it takes a light-hearted and honest look at faith, culture and how the youth of today…