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  • 10: Our Seder in Outer Space

    10: Our Seder in Outer Space

    Passover and The Space Age go together. Before this podcast, Jacob began considering the impact of the Overview Effect on Jewish communities Worldwide. The Overview Effect being the cognition or experience of viewing the earth from space or in space. He wrote his original thoughts in an essay on Times of Israel blogs in 2021. […]

  • 9: Anti-Semitism in Outer Space

    This episode explores anti-semitism as it can occur in the Space Age. Beginning with Mel Brooks’ famous “Jews in Space” skit and continuing into the last years’ headlines of wildfire-starting Jewish Space Lasers, Jacob explores how anti-semitism can emerge socially through propaganda, as well how the space age could empower genocide. There’s some jokes but […]

  • 8: Havdalah – human senses in time and space

    8: Havdalah – human senses in time and space

    Havdalah begins with counting stars and ends with extinguishing a candle into wine. Space Midrash will explore how this weekly ritual enriches the human perception of time, on earth or anywhere in the cosmos…

  • 7: Why ‘drash on Space?

    7: Why ‘drash on Space?

    Episode 7 turns inward: Jacob’s daughter asked him to make an episode explaining what Space Midrash means. He describes the intersection of Jewish Civilization and the Space Age as well as defines the title: Space Midrash.

  • 6: Remembering Fallen Jewish Astronauts

    Among the 16 early Jewish astronauts, 2 died in the respective Shuttle disasters. This episode recalls the missions of the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia as well as the lives and accomplishments of fallen Jewish crew members Judith Resnick and Ilan Ramon.

  • 5: Jewish Moments in Space Tourism, 2021

    5: Jewish Moments in Space Tourism, 2021

    Discussion on the Jewish people and objects who made meaningful space headlines in 2021.

  • 4: Sitting Shiva for Spock

    In this episode of Space Midrash, Jacob discusses the death of Spock in the Start Trek movie, Start Trek Two, Wrath of Kahn. In unpacking some of the plot and motif, Jacob explores how Spock’s funeral scene relates to the Jewish pracitces of Kaddish and Shiva. From there, Jacob probes why he thinks we need […]

  • Ep. 3: How do we see ourselves (from space)?

    In episode 3 of Space Midrash, Jacob probes the Overview Effect, its implications on Jewish civilization, and what that means about narrative collapse. The Overview Effect is a philosophy of social evolution in the space age by Frank White inspired by his interviews with astronauts about their experience. In his opening monologue, Jacob jests on […]

  • Ep. 2: Which Astronauts are Jewish?

    In Episode 2 of Space Midrash, Jacob introduces the first 16 Jewish Astronauts and the Jewish objects they brought into space. In his opening monologue, he probes why there’s a higher percentage of Jewish astronauts than Jews from the general population as well as confront the misconception that there were only 2 Jewish astronauts. [2:04] […]

  • Ep. 1: What does the Space Age mean for the Jews?

    In episode one of Space Midrash, Jacob introduces himself, presents the space-related headlines which inspired this show, and provides his commentary on why those news headlines matter. Links: Jewish Space Lasers is just the most recent incarnation of anti-Semitic stories Space Court would be more than an international trade court, it’d be interplanetary Orthodox religion […]