The Bagel Report: The Bagel Report is a pop-culture entertainment podcast featuring award-winning culture and entertainment writers Esther D. Kustanowitz and Erin Ben-Moche. Each episode, these entertainment junkies discuss all things Jewish in the arts & entertainment world while exploring how Jewish identity is portrayed on the big and small screen. Follow them on social @estherk and @ebenmoche, and on Twitter and Facebook @TheBagelReport.


Episode Notes:

Esther D. Kustanowitz and Erin Ben-Moche finally dive into The Mandalorian’s Jewish themes with the help of two guests who love Jewish identity, Star Wars and popular culture: J. Editor David A.M. Wilensky and Rabbi Howard Tilman.

What is a Mandalorian and does it matter? Why is this show resonating with Jewish viewers? And is a homeland a place or state of mind? Even if you’re like Erin, who is new to the fandom, there is something for everyone in this episode, like MCU Easter Eggs, Fiddler on the Roof nods and Harry Potter pivots.

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The Mandalorian on Disney+

Judaism Corner on House of R 

Harry Rubenstein on Reels

The story about Rabbi Akiva and the foxes overrunning a destroyed Jerusalem