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Podcast: Haisam Hassanein on How Egypt Sees Gaza

Podcast: Haisam Hassanein on How Egypt Sees Gaza

The foreign-policy expert explains how Egypt assesses its own interests, what its goals are in Gaza, and the future of its peace treaty with Israel.

May 24 2024 12:01AM
The Day of the Barbecue

The Day of the Barbecue

Is the surprisingly furious debate over how religious Jews should celebrate Israeli Independence Day nearing an end?

May 22 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Asael Abelman on the History of "Hatikvah"

Podcast: Asael Abelman on the History of "Hatikvah"

To mark the 76th anniversary of Israel’s founding, the historian looks at the national anthem’s story, mysteries, and paradoxes.

May 17 2024 12:01AM
How the Eurovision Censors Helped Make Eden Golan a Star

How the Eurovision Censors Helped Make Eden Golan a Star

In trying to take references to October 7 out of the Israeli singer’s now-famous song “Hurricane,” the competition both accidentally improved it and made her a cause célèbre.

May 16 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Shlomo Brody on Jewish Ethics in War

Podcast: Shlomo Brody on Jewish Ethics in War

As a possible Rafah incursion awaits the IDF, the author of a new volume on Jewish just-war theory explains the moral issues at stake.

May 10 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Ruth Wisse on the Explosion of Anti-Israel Protests on Campus

Podcast: Ruth Wisse on the Explosion of Anti-Israel Protests on Campus

The scholar and frequent commentator puts the protests and protestors in their proper context.

May 3 2024 12:01AM
Why Are the Anti-Israel Chants So Dull?

Why Are the Anti-Israel Chants So Dull?

Compared to the wit of the anti-Vietnam slogans of the late 60s, the anti-Israel chants of today are aggressively tedious. What does that say about the chanters?

May 2 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Meir Soloveichik on the Politics of the Haggadah

Podcast: Meir Soloveichik on the Politics of the Haggadah

The well-known rabbi looks at the link between freedom and monotheism in the the text accompanying the seder service.

April 19 2024 12:01AM
Did the Ancient Sage Hillel Really Invent the Sandwich? 

Did the Ancient Sage Hillel Really Invent the Sandwich? 

The truth of the tale of Hillel and the “Hillel sandwich.”

April 18 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Yechiel Leiter on Losing a Child to War

Podcast: Yechiel Leiter on Losing a Child to War

The distinguished Israeli public servant lost a son in combat with Hamas in November. What have the months since brought?

April 12 2024 12:01AM
Were There Arab Jews, and Did They Speak Judeo-Arabic?

Were There Arab Jews, and Did They Speak Judeo-Arabic?

Jews in Arab lands spoke much the same Arabic as their neighbors. But the notion that they thought of themselves as Arab Jews, pushed now in some circles, is a historical absurdity.

April 10 2024 12:01AM
What the Demographics of Israel's Fallen Soldiers Reveal about the Country

What the Demographics of Israel's Fallen Soldiers Reveal about the Country

Many on the Israeli right claim that the soldiers who fight and die for the country no longer belong to the old secular elite but to a rising national-religious one. Are they correct?

April 8 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Yehoshua Pfeffer on Haredi Service in the Israeli Military

Podcast: Yehoshua Pfeffer on Haredi Service in the Israeli Military

As the subject grows more controversial than ever, the haredi rabbi and editor argues that it’s time for men in his community to accept the obligations of Jewish belonging.

April 5 2024 12:01AM
Podcast: Joseph Lieberman on American Jews and the Zionist Dream (Rebroadcast)

Podcast: Joseph Lieberman on American Jews and the Zionist Dream (Rebroadcast)

A 2019 conversation with the late senator on Herzl’s ideas, the effect that Israel has had on American Jewry, and more

March 29 2024 12:01AM