Ep 22 // Rabbi Avram Mlotek on Judaism Today / ‘Wind River’ / ‘Ingrid Goes West’

Premiere DateSep 8, 2017
00:00 Intro
01:27 Rabbi Avram Mlotek on the role of Judaism today (w/ Matt Ruby)
02:50 Response to Charlottesville and Neo Nazis
04:18 More on response to Neo Nazis and bigotry
05:51 Rev. Jerry Falwell’s support for Trump, etc.
06:51 Jewish support for Trump because of policy on Israel...
09:59 ...and in context of reaction to Israel policy under Obama.
11:28 Split in Jewish population between conservative and others
12:28 Role as a rabbi
13:53 Too orthodox for some and not orthodox enough for others?
14:48 Jewish Pride flags at Chicago rally / Zionism + Liberalism
16:05 anti Zionism
17:45 Palestine
20:28 One fifth of American Buddhists are Jewish
21:55 Evolving Judaism
23:20 Intermarriage
24:00 Challenges of secularism / Is world getting more secular or religious?
25:31 Background of Jewish performance / Yiddish
27:55 Yiddish song on waiting for a Messiah and redemptive times
29:14 Messages for the upcoming holidays
30:34 1st Person: Frank // The Baddest 72 Year Old in New York
33:44 Movie Review: ‘Wind River’ w/ Jacqueline Soller
35:30 Movie Chat: ‘Wind River’ (spoiler alert)
50:02 Movie Review: ‘Ingrid Goes West’ w/ Jacqueline Soller
51:55 Movie Chat: ‘Ingrid Goes West’ (spoiler alert)
68:01 Molly Knefel // There Is Only One Side
70:44 “Beyond Waves” (BTR Live Studio, 2017) Domino Kirke
75:23 Outro / Credits
76:07 Finish.

This week, we hear a conversation between contributor Matt Ruby and his guest, Rabbi Avram Mlotek, on the role of Judaism in our current times. We’re also joined by Jacqueline Soller to discuss the recently released movies Wind River, directed by Taylor Sheridan and starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, and Graham Greene and Ingrid Goes West, directed by Matt Spicer and starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. Along the way, we’ll also hear from Radio Dispatch’s Molly Knefel with her take on the “both sides” argument that often surfaces regarding political parties or activist groups with differing beliefs, which suggests neither side is completely correct in their actions — especially when it comes to violence; we’ll hear from a man named Frank who we’ve come to know as the “baddest 72 year old in New York” as he shares stories from his time driving a taxi before rushing out to meet his much younger girlfriend; and we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Domino Kirke from an episode of BTR Live Studio set to be released next week.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
Reg. Contributors Matt Ruby Jacqueline Soller