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The Mystery of the Jewish People

Malka Simkovich explores the significance of belief and observance over the history of the Jewish people.
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Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich is a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and the director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is the author of The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria (2016), and Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism (2018), which received the 2019 AJL Judaica Reference

In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, host David Bashevkin talks to Malka Simkovich about Second Temple Judaism and how it can help us understand what it means to be a Jew in our own time.

They explore the significance of belief and observance over the history of the Jewish people:

  • What is the role of mystery in how we understand covenant and chosenness?
  • What is the relationship between religious life in the ancient world and the Jewish practice we know today?
  • How does belief facilitate the continuity of the Jewish tradition throughout time?

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