Deep in the Negev Desert, amongst ruins of a massive Byzantine city, Yishai talks about Hanukkah and the battle that continues to rage for Jewish cultural independence as well as Israeli sovereignty in the Holy Land. Will darkness beat out the light or will the Maccabee's once again be victorious?
The son's of Jacob are united in the land of Israel - should be a great time, no? However, there are fractures in the family of Israel and they come out in this weeks Torah portion. Rav Mike joins Rabbi Yishai to talk about the sale of Joseph and his descent into imprisonment through the false allegations of Mrs. Potifar. And his dream interpretations there, plus Judah consorts with his daughter-in-law to protect the seed of Messiah? Finally, Malkah Fleisher joins the show to talk about her incredible trip to the Ukraine and to the Tomb of the Baal Shem Tov.
Can a seething hate be overcome? Is Esav’s kiss to Jacob real – or is it a cynical ploy? Should Jacob’s sons sack a city that raped their sister? Should today’s Israel strike Gaza with overwhelming force? Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to hash it out. Then Rabbi Steven Pruzansky on the heroic life and harrowing times of Rabbi Meir Kahane.
Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to walk with the Forefather Jacob on his adventures, dreams, family life and strife, and the birth of the Tribes of Israel. Then, Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, Senior Rabbi at Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation ("The BAYT") join Yishai to talk about Pittsburgh and the Israel-Diaspora divide.
The titanic twin forces of Jacob and Esav begin their epic battle which rages till today. Three times does Jacob nip at the heal of Esav his brother - at the birth, at the soup, and at his father's blessings. Rabbi Yishai is in Brooklyn, on the way to Toronto, on the way to the Land of Israel. Join him on the road for the war's play by play!
The first purchase of the Jewish people in the land of Israel is Sarah's burial site. It was Abraham who negotiated for the Machpela out of love for her. Join Rabbi Yishai for some ancient Middle Eastern land haggling in Hebron, and for the mass pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Mammas and the Pappas on Chaye Sarah.
Should Abraham pray for Sodom? Should he listen to God when He commands him to sacrifice Isaac? Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss a Torah portion full of moral challenges. Then, Risa Rotman's husband was murdered in the infamous Har Nof Massacre. She joins Yishai to talk about her new book.
Cutting animals in half for a covenant, the first circumcision, Pharaoh taking Sarah, the Egyptian handmaiden, and the first world war of empires - all in one Torah portion!!! Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai for Lech Lecha. Then, Malkah Fleisher on bleeding sore of Gaza.
Quiet on the set! Creation movie - take two! Cue the torrential downpour! Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai for a wet and wild ride with Noah's Ark featuring the rainbow and the Tower of Babel. Then, Malkah Fleisher on thanking Ambassador Nikki Haley and the never-ending history-erasing lies of UNESCO and their ilk.
Join Rabbi Yishai for the first Torah portion, Bereshit. Then, Malkah Fleisher on hearing Yehoram Gaon, Israel's bard, and on John Bolton's declaration against the International Court of Justice.
Rabbi Mike joins Rabbi Yishai to talk about Sukkot including the universal call for humanity to pray in Jerusalem and the post-party of God and the Jews. Then, Malkah Fleisher on building the Sukkah and filling it with a national family love. And, of course, remembering Ari Fuld.
Yishai is in Boston airport on the way to Florida. He reflects on professional sports, on Moses passing the baton to the next generation, on accepting dichotomies, and on the Swiss-precision work of the high priest on Yom Kippur.
Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai for a Rosh Hashanah special where they discuss the chosenness of Israel, the blessings and the curses upon entering the land, and finding joy in times of crisis. Then Malkah on preparing for a new year with a tiny voice of truth and serving up a great holiday menu!
While "Shalom" is one of God's names, are there times when that very word weakens the Jewish people in the face of an implacable enemy? Rabbi Dani Eisenstock joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss the Torah portion of 'Ki Tetze' and it's many commandments.
Why are some Jews afraid of other Jews having power? What is the King of Israel's power? Should the Jewish State be liberal with illiberal forces? Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to throw off the spiritual luxury of exile and delve into Jewish sovereignty and earthly power.
Where Yiddish makes sense! Yishai is in Vienna and prays at Satmar where he feels strangely comfortable. Yet when he gets back to the hotel he sees Israeli news where police are fighting with the Ultra-Orthodox in the streets. Join Yishai in thinking about the meeting point between the Exile/Diaspora and Redemption/Israel in the meeting point between East and West in Europe.
Is it fair to call Moses the original Zionist? Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss the Torah portion of Ekev, to understand origins of Zionism, and to get onboard the redemptive mission that Israel is meant to lead.
The Book of Deuteronomy is a Moses' final talk to the nation of Israel. Rabbi Shlomo Katz joins Rabbi Yishai for commentary on the world's greatest speech including the 10 commandments and the Shema. Then, join Yishai and Malkah on vacation on the Israeli Riviera.
Yishai is in on the West Coast for the Nine Days, with no steaks, long showers, or music! But there is an intensity, a yearning, for the rebuilding of Zion. Join Yishai, on the road, for Torah and thoughts from the City of Angels.
Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai in understanding the Torah's command to kill off the Midianites and to establish cities of refuge. Then, Malkah Fleisher joins to discuss the problem of Kosher meat and the Fatwa of the Mufti of Jerusalem.
Rabbi Mike joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss the torah portion of Phineas. Then, from the West Bank to the Wild West, Malkah Fleisher defends an American pioneer author from 150 years ago.
Rabbi Mike joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss the epic story of Bilaam, the evil wizard, who came to curse Israel in the moment of God's rage. Then, Malkah joins in to talk about Prince William's visit to the Holy Land and summer for kids in Israel.
Rabbi Yishai is reunited with Rabbi Mike Feuer to talk about the anti-Moses Jewish rebellion of the Korach faction. Were Korach, Nathan and Aviram self hating Jews or did they have legitimate grips? And finally, Malkah Fleisher joins to discuss the UN's perfidy.
The land of Israel is a "very very good land!" So says Caleb. Rabbi Yishai is in the Hebron Embassy in Brooklyn after parading with Israel down 5th Avenue to undo the Sin of the Spies by speaking lovingly about God's great gift of the Good Land.
After the giving of the Torah at Sinai, some Jews began to complain: "We're tired of the Manna - we want beef!! We miss Egypt!!" Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai at the Complaints Department. Then, Malkah Fleisher on Hamas' rocket attacks, and on Kuwait's perfidy.