podcast EP. 73 Clashes on the Border

Nothing is ever boring here in Israel. With violence on both the northern and southern borders, Israel has its hands full. Was that Israel striking Syrian bases? What can we do about bad press from the Gaza "protests"? Alan and Mike try to make sense of it all, and show what these events have in common.

36:18 minutes
podcast EP. 71 Passover, Food and Israel

How is Pesach different in Israel? What are the different foods that various Jews associate with the festival? How are food choices for Passover changing in our time? Why was that only three questions, or does this one make it four? Matt and Mike discuss these and other Paschal topics with the Pardes Institute's Catering Manager, David Berman.

28:49 minutes
podcast EP. 70 The Israeli Government, Coalition, and the Haredi Draft Law

It looks like the Israeli government won't dissolve after all. Phew, I guess? But it's still worth understanding how the Israeli government works, what a coalition crisis is, and what the fight is over the haredi draft law.

36:58 minutes
podcast EP. 68 Case 4000 and Embassy Update

What is this new wrinkle in the Netanyahu scandal? What was just announced about the US embassy? And how will that play out? Alan, Mike and Matt bring you up to date.

40:49 minutes
podcast EP. 67 News and Perspective

What just happened on the Gaza border? How should we read the news with a critical eye? Alan and Mike share their insight, and even recommend some reading.

35:14 minutes
podcast EP. 66 Behind Enemy (and Head) Lines

Want to understand the latest in the Bibi scandal? Want to understand what is happening with Iran on the northern border? Want to understand why these are really the same story? Alan and Mike are here to unpack these timely issues, and even make some predictions.

30:59 minutes
podcast EP. 65 The Poland/Israel Death Camp Controversy

Alan plays two roles (cohost and expert on Polish Jewish history) as Mike interviews him about the odd new Polish law limiting educator's speech. And of course, the controversy that it has stirred up in Israel.

39:04 minutes
podcast EP. 64 When a Stranger Resides With You...

The team discusses Israel's current refugee crisis with Rabbi Tamara Schagas, touching on how Torah applies to her current work with these Refugees.

35:37 minutes
podcast EP. 63 Why We Need Journalism

Raoul Wootliff, journalist at the Times of Israel, chats with Alan and Mike about journalism and the role it plays in a healthy democracy. He also masterfully explains the Netanyahu corruption investigations. When we promise to give you a deeper understanding than the headlines, we don't mess around.

50:07 minutes
podcast EP. 62 What They Don't Know About Israel

JerusalemU's President, Dina Rabhan, joins Alan & Mike to discuss the challenges of Israel Education for Millennials.

45:24 minutes