This week on Unorthodox, we feature host Liel Leibovitz’s meditation on Tisha B’Av, the fast day that commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. It’s a powerful and complicated day on the Jewish calendar, and in recent years has become a kind of catchall holiday for Jewish mourning: a commemoration of all the historic suffering we’ve faced as a people. In the lead-up to Tisha B’av, which falls on Aug. 6, 2022, we wanted to share several years worth of episodes that address the themes of this day in our own Unorthodox way.
Unorthodox Ep. 281: For Tisha B’Av 2021, a discussion of family history (and property) lost and found with Plunder author Menachem Kaiser, and a conversation with Holocaust survivor Max Glauben and Jori Epstein, the young reporter writing his story.
Unorthodox Ep. 238: For Tisha B’Av 2020, three stories of family discovery: Esther Safran Foer on uncovering her parents’ Holocaust history in I Want You to Know We’re Still Here, British musician Andrew Evans on being inspired by Brexit to dig into his unspoken family history, and Daphne Geismar on Invisible Years, her family’s account of survival in Nazi-occupied Netherlands.
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