The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama
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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.
Explains the powerful effect of the Torah and Talmud, the written words, on the entire Jewish history. The power of writing, reading, teaching, learning, arguing, remembering, connects the Jews to a past and affects the present Jewish world like no other people. Schama highlights the Hebrew writing and books as the key motor of Jewish culture.
Excellent coverage of the effect on Jewish life in Western Europe during the enlightenment. Moses Mendelssohn and his grandson, Felix, were celebrated examples of the promise of the new trust in "Reason". Sadly, it didn't last. Uses Wagner's attack on Meyerbeer, his mentor, to illustrate the death of that ideal. Nationalism became the goal of art and Wagner was the leading light of this new "religion". This was in the German world, in France, the betrayal of Dreyfus convulsed the culture for decades.
Schama is deeply moved by the sad sufferings of his people for centuries. Provides specific examples. Anyone should by touched along with him. Explains the movement of the Jews out of Spain, into Eastern Europe, the start of the pale, the immigration to America and the reason for the state of Isreal. Notes the role of the British and the UN in the start of modern Isreal.
Interesting interview with religious Zionist. Explains why Schama disagrees with his view. Covers the effect of the Jews in expelling the Arabs from their own country.
Schama explains the reasons why he is a Zionist. Develops the history of Zionism and some of the major players. Demonstrates the current tension due to the separation of Jews and Arabs.Read more ›
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I was once told by one of my professors that when deciding which session to attend at a conference, go with people not topics. Schama is an excellent example of this point. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bruce
Simon does a very good job at describing the brilliance of the Jewish people and their tragedies. Where he goes wrong is when he attributes usury to being forbidden in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by +Sister Geraldine M. Wagner
Well known as "not a history but a story," this story mixes histories, cultures, places, peoples, and different views of it all, particularly in the last segment, Return. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marianne
Wonderful! Informative, and educational. Without the Jewish faith we would not know God exists. And if we didn't know GOD exists we wouldn't know His Son JESUS. Read morePublished 4 months ago by connie olsen