Since the destruction of the Second Temple at the hands of Rome, most Jews, for most of Jewish history, have lived in the Diaspora. What are the survival strategies, built up over centuries, that allowed far-flung Diaspora communities to endure and to remain connected to the broader Jewish people?

In researching her forthcoming book, Exile: Portraits of the Jewish Diaspora, Swedish-born journalist Annika Hernroth-Rothstein visited a dozen communities from Iran to Tunisia, Uzbekistan to Siberia, Cuba to Venezuela, to profile Jewish life in small communities around the world. And what she learned about the miracle of Jewish continuity is sure to fascinate and inspire you. In this podcast, Ms. Hernroth-Rothstein joins Jonathan Silver for a conversation about her journeys around the world. You’ll hear about what it was like praying in a synagogue with Tehran’s remaining Jewish community, what she learned speaking with pious Jews of Djerba, and how, while fleeing a warrant for her arrest in Venezuela, she was reminded that wherever Jews find themselves in the world, they are family.

Musical selections in this podcast are drawn from the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, op. 31a, composed by Paul Ben-Haim and performed by the ARC Ensemble as well as “Shining Through the Rain” by Big Score Audio.

This podcast was recorded in front of a live audience at the Tikvah Center in New York City.

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  1. iWe Reagan
    iWe Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    How can I pre-order the book on Amazon?

    • #1
    • June 5, 2019, at 11:37 AM PDT
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  2. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    iWe (View Comment):

    How can I pre-order the book on Amazon?

    Pre-ordering goes live sometime this month.

    • #2
    • June 5, 2019, at 12:20 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  3. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    This is one of the most fascinating podcasts I’ve heard on Ricochet.

    • #3
    • June 5, 2019, at 11:34 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  4. Annika Hernroth-Rothstein Contributor

    So happy to hear people like the podcast! Pre-order for my book will go live on amazon this month! ❤️ /Annika 

    • #4
    • June 6, 2019, at 8:30 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  5. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I agree with @fredgoodhue. Wonderful interview with Ms. Hernroth-Rothstein. Please stay safe in your travels and at home.

    • #5
    • June 7, 2019, at 11:28 AM PDT
    • 1 like