Shmooze with Paul Levinson: Exploring the Universe through Scholarship, Sci-Fi, and Songwriting
🚀 Welcome to Space Midrash! Today’s episode is all about my interview with the legendary sci-fi author, Paul Levinson. 😍 In this interview, we covered everything from religion to space travel, and of course, his latest project, an alternate history of The Beatles. 🎶 One of the most interesting moments was when Paul talked about […]
Shmooze with Rachel Raz: Jewish Education in the Space Age
Rachel Raz is the executive producer of the Space Torah documentary about Dr.Jeffrey Hoffman, an astronaut who brought a dreidel and a Torah with him to space.
14: Jewish Objects Brought to Space
Many Jewish objects have crossed the Karmen line into space – religious, cultural, and personally meaningful items. This episode is a quick overview of those items.
13: Two Torahs on Columbia
the Space Shuttle Columbia was the first to carry passengers. Across 22 years, it spent more than 300 days in Orbit. Among it’s payloads were two different Torahs. One at the beginning of it’s saga and the other, tragically at the end. This episode chronicles the Torahs brought aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia by Jeffrey Hoffman in 1996 and Ilan Ramon in 2003.
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. […]
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…
4: Sitting Shiva for Spock
As we come into the space age and more people venture out into the unknown, we must consider how we will deal with death and mourning. The death of Spock in Star Trek 2 provides us with a unique opportunity to explore these concepts. In particular, Kirk’s eulogy for Spock reminds us that it is the survivors of the dead who we can honor. Through existential tools like the Mourner’s Cottage and Shiva, we can embrace the confusion and loss that comes with death.
Ep. 2: Which Astronauts are Jewish?
Eventually you’ll call them the early Jewish astronauts. In this episode Jacob discusses 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. -The 16 Jewish astronauts and their backgrounds -What they have done in space -The significance of a Jewish astronaut poster -How Jewish culture and identity play a role in these astronauts’ lives