The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama
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Simon Schama presents this epic series exploring the extraordinary story of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. Both deeply historical and utterly contemporary, this is a compelling film about distinctiveness and difference, separation and isolation, tolerance and prejudice. It is also a celebration of the ways in which Jewish thought, imagination, and achievement have transformed the world for us all.
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Historian Simon Schama explores the Jewish experience, spanning over 4,000 years. From the Ancient Israelites and the origin of the Hebrew bible to the very impact the Jewish people are having today in creating the world we all live in...from culture, to science to entertainment.
Episode 1: Traces the Jewish experience from tribal beginnings to the destruction of the Jewish High temple by the Romans.
Episode 2: Medieval Jews struggle to preserve their identity under the rule of Christianity and Islam.
Episode 3: How the enlightenment allows Jews to integrate into modern European culture and commerce.
Episode 4: How the Jewish people of Eastern Europe made their mark on the modern world.
Episode 5: how the Holocaust and the creation of Israel have changed what it means to be a Jew.
The Story of the Jews is an amazing story, and if you missed it on TV, it is available online, and for sale on Amazon at another link.
I highly recomend the show which is now on PBS. Try it and make up your own mind. I plan on getting the dvd when it comes out in May.