Its unnerving when you see people express hatred towards you. Especially from strangers. What did I ever do to some tiki torch guy in Virginia? Alan and Mike try to explain the seemingly incomprehensible evil of antisemitism. Antisemitism crosses time and boundaries. Bigotry and racism can't and should never be justified. But can the particular anti-Jewish branch be explained? Let us know what you think.
Ep. 42 - Demystifying Antisemitism
Ep. 39 - Jerusalem Syndrome
After wrapping up the Jerusalem news from this week, Alan and Mike decide to broaden the context. Although many say that Jerusalem is a shared city, they explain its unique role to the Jews. These are fundamental understandings that are needed for understanding politics, history, or even one's own identity. Needless to say, we think that this is an important episode.
Times of Israel update at posting time
Wikipedia on Jerusalem
A video example of the "Jerusalem belongs to everyone" narrative
Ep. 38 - Temple Mount: Behind the Headlines
Alan and Mike felt that the current simmering crisis warranted some analysis. They discuss why the Temple Mount is always such a source for tension, and where things might go moving forward. What should the Israelis do now? What should the Palestinians do, and why aren't they? There are no easy answers, but there is a lot to unpack.
Supporting Alan's memory
Supporting Mike's memory
All helpful comments and suggestions will be appreciated.
From Martin Kramer's Post
Here are four perceptive but divergent analyses of what Israel should do in the Temple Mount crisis:
• Dror Eydar, “Keep the metal detectors,”
• Yoaz Hendel, “It's time to seize opportunities at the Temple Mount,”
• Ron Ben Yishai, “Finding a compromise in the Temple Mount crisis,”
Episodes 36 & 37 - Declare Independence!
After a brief check in putting the latest political news into perspective, Alan and Mike begin a podcast mini-series. They feel that not enough attention is paid to a text that they are sure will end up as a classic Jewish text: Israel's Declaration of Independence.
Join them as they begin the process of unpacking the text, which will continue in upcoming episodes. This post contains both episodes 36 & 37 where you can join their chevruta.
Ep. 35 - Manifest Destiny
As the USA celebrates its 241 birthday, Lior, Alan and Mike reflect on what it shares in common with the 69 year old Israel. Unusually, both countries were invented to fulfill dreams.
Ep. 34 - Sharing Spaces
We welcome new regular member Lior Krinski, and Benji's back for a troubling topic. After the government rejected plans to implement agreed upon renovations of the pluralistic prayer space at the Kotel, the relationship between Israel and diaspora Jews has reached a tense crossroads. How did this happen, and where do we go from here?
What is happening
History of Kotel use
David Horovitz Op-Ed
Ep. 33 - The Future is Back
First of all, Zeev is back! With the return of the Zen master of Israel articulation, we turn to lofty subjects like the future of Israel education, gap year studies, and educational technology.
With special cameo appearances by an actual smart person for once, my wife Dara. (she tried to stayed bored on the sidelines and read a book, but she couldn't resist joining the conversation. That's a good sign, right?)
Ep. 32 - The People of the Book... Week
Do you think that Hebrew Book Week shouldn't interest you? Let us convince you otherwise.
Alan and Mike interview publicist Stuart Schnee about the role this event has played in the current Jewish renaissance. They discuss how and why we should all participate in it. There is so much going on in Israel that must not be missed! Join us as we begin to explore the cultural explosion being brought about by the Zionist endeavour.