Podcast: Yoav Sorek, David Weinberg, and Jonathan Silver on What Jewish Magazines Are For https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2022/10/podcast-yoav-sorek-david-weinberg-and-jonathan-silver-on-what-jewish-magazines-are-for/

A conversation about how small magazines develop and publish big Jewish ideas.

October 21, 2022 | Yoav Sorek, David M. Weinberg, Jonathan Silver, Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic
About the author: Yoav Sorek is the editor-in-chief of Hashiloach, a Hebrew-language quarterly journal, and the former editor of the Shabbat Musaf section in Makor Rishon. David M. Weinberg is a writer and lobbyist on defense, diplomatic, and Jewish affairs, and a former senior advisor to the Tikvah Fund in Israel. He also is a widely published kosher wine enthusiast. Jonathan Silver is the senior director of Tikvah Ideas, where he is also the Warren R. Stern Senior Fellow of Jewish Civilization. The editor of Mosaic, he is also the host of the Tikvah Podcast on which he has hosted hundreds of writers, rabbis, educators, military officers, artists, and political figures, including members of Israel’s Knesset, the U.S. Senate, and the prime minister of Israel. A weekly podcast, produced in partnership with the Tikvah Fund, offering up the best thinking on Jewish thought and culture.

In 1947, a group of New Yorkers hold up Jewish newspapers that report the news of Israel’s independence. Via Getty Images.

This Week’s Guests: Yoav Sorek, David Weinberg, and Jonathan Silver


Some of today’s most important ideas were first born in little magazines—magazines, that is to say, like Mosaic. How does that happen? And what is the role of a magazine editor, and does that role differ if the magazine in question is Jewish?

On this week’s podcast, we bring you the recording of a live discussion convened earlier this week between Mosaic‘s editor Jonathan Silver and Yoav Sorek, the editor of Hashiloach, a quarterly journal in Israel. Moderated by the writer David Weinberg, the two discuss the state of Jewish ideas, the biggest issues facing the Jewish people in their minds, and the differences between publishing for Jews who are a minority—as Mosaic does—and publishing for Jews who are a majority in their own state, as Hashiloach does.

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.