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Jewish Music to Our Ears: Klezmer Clarinet and Impromptu Guitar Jam

(((CLICK BELOW TO HEAR AUDIO))) The fiber-glass clarinet of Moshe ("Musa") Berlin is as iconic as the man who plays it. For more than 50...

Jewish Press Radio: Snow! Vandalism on Mt. of Olives and Ultra-Orthodox IDF Soldiers

Yishai and Malkah talk about their excitement for snow in Israel, an Arab rock-throwing attack against American Legislators, an ancient Judean palm tree grows today, the expiration of a law allowing ultra-Orthodox Jews to avoid military service, and Yishai’s Tu B’Shevat Seder in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

Christiane Amanpour on Mount of Olives Plus Nachum Segal on Kosher Hot Dogs and...

Christiane Amanpour (CNN and ABC) vists Yishai Fleisher  on the Mount of Olives.  Listen in as Yishai and Christiane discuss Jewish life in eastern...

I’m Gonna Eat Your God

First, Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss the steps leading up to the exodus. Then, Yishai takes part in a demonstration against destroying the Jewish community of Amona.

Yishai Speaks to Ohab Zedek, Part 2

Yishai presents the audio from a speech he gave last week at Ohab Zedek on New York’s Upper West Side.

Rabbi Riskin on Tension with the Chief Rabbinate, and Rabbi Feuer on the Priestly...

Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi and co-founder of the Judean settlement of Efrat, rubs Israel's Chief Rabbinate the wrong way. His liberal stance on conversion, women's involvement in religious rites and other issues is now causing the rabbinate to threaten not to renew his contract, as he has turned 75. A slew of rabbis and public officials have come out in support of his continued tenure. Riskin joins Yishai to discuss his relations with the Chief Rabbinate and his positions on Jewish law. Then, in this week's Torah portion in the Book of Numbers, "Naso," God gives direction to the Jewish priests on how to bless the Jewish people: "May God light His face unto you." But does God really have a face? In preparation for Shabbat, Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai to discuss the Priestly blessing, the Nazarite and the seemingly repetitive offerings of the tribe leaders.

Saving the Druze, Understanding BDS

Yishai delves into various aspects of Israeli Justice. First, he is joined by Knesset insider Jeremy Saltan, to talk about Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked's offensive against boycotts. Then, Yishai is joined by Dr. Mordechai Kedar, research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and lecturer in the department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, to discuss the Druze community in Syria. It is in grave danger from jihadists on the slaughter. But Israel have a moral responsibility to protect them, because of their literal and figurative brothers and sisters in Israel who are loyal to the state? Then, Yishai is joined by Israeli journalist and author Ben Dror Yemini, who says that though many people think that BDS is an organization or a movement, they're wrong. It's an atmosphere, Yemini asserts. It's an "evil spirit," not criticism of the occupation or settlements. Finally, Yishai hears from VOI Bureau Chief Daniel Seaman the tale of his grandparents' burial on the Mount of Olives.

Jewish Press Radio: Purim! Ancient Iran and Syria Become Modern Reality

Pollard release, Syrian torture, Second day Purim in Jerusalem, the secret criminal mind of Amalek, Bibi no-nonsense speech, and the Klezmer music of Chilik Frank.

‘Transcend the Narrative’

Yehuda Hakohen, leader of the Zionist Freedom Alliance, tells Yishai about being an 'alternative' peace activist. He explains why prioritizing peace is an integral part of the Zionist dream, and discusses his goal to circumvent the rhetoric, bring together the extremes and push a meaningful peace forward — one based on each side having things about which they are unwilling to compromise.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and his Steinsaltz Talmud

Yishai interviews iconic Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz about his recently-released edition of the Talmud.

A Druze IDF Officer Who Fights Post-Zionism, and a Rabbi with a Special Passover...

Raffa Abu Tarif is a Druze, a retired IDF officer, a PHD candidate in Israel security studies and a social-media activist. He joins Yishai to talk about his fight against anti-Israel delegitimization efforts abroad and post-Zionist tendencies at home. Then, Rabbi Shimshon HaKohen Nadel joins Yishai to talk about the retelling of the Passover story at the seder table to your children. He asks, "Why do we need all the props?" And he and Yishai discuss the meaning of the splitting of the Red Sea.

The War on Tradition

Rabbi Mike Feuer, educational director of Beit Midrash Sulam Yaakov, joins Yishai to discuss 'Va'etchanan,' this week's Torah portion. Yishai reflects on an extremely difficult experience he had yesterday — enduring verbal abuse and humiliation, as he attempted to visit the Temple Mount. Then, in the light of the treatment of Jews at Judaism’s holiest site, the demolitions at Beit El and the Gay Pride March, Yishai discusses with Rabbi Feuer the repetition in “Va’etchanan” of the 10 Commandments and the iconic phrases that crop up throughout the portion, including the line that embodies the core principals of Judaism — the “Shema.” The two also consider the greatest struggles facing modern-day Israel and 21st-century Jewry.

Israeli Sovereignty and Jihad in Jerusalem

Yishai is joined in-studio by political activist Nadia Matar, co-chair of Women in Green, to talk about the concept of Israeli sovereignty over territory talked about by those favoring a "two-state solution." She also discusses a new political journal called "Sovereignty." Then, Yishai is joined by his wife, Malkah, to talk about efforts to have a "normal" life where they live. After three nights of Ramadan, the Jewish community on the Mount of Olives has suffered three consecutive terror attacks. Finally, Yishai uses the secret of the biblical "priestly blessings" to reflect on the goals of the Jewish state.

It’s Not About Survival; It’s About Becoming the Spiritual Superpower

With Yishai serving in the IDF reserves, we present an interview he recorded with Rabbi Chaim Richman, the director of the international department of the Temple Institute, to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat and the need for the Jewish People to remain strong.

Jewish Press Radio with Yishai Fleisher: In the Eyes of the Rebbe

Yishai Fleisher and Baruch Viden discuss a recently-read book about the Lubavitcher Rebbe's view of settling the Land of Israel and also how programs like Taglit are decreasing the intermarriage rate among young Jews.

Is the War on Campus a Lost Cause?

Is there any way to win the war for the hearts and minds of the North American campus student? Zeev Ben Shachar, who served in an elite IDF unit, attended Harvard, is now Director of Israel Education at Jerusalem U., overseeing a team creating online courses, films and educational curricula to connect over 16,000 North American high school students, college students and adults with Israeli history, society, and politics. Then, Alyssa Gabay, currently a freshman at the University of Maryland, and Albert Kohn, freshman at both Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary are passionate Zionists running for the World Zionist Organization in elections for the 37th annual World Zionist Congress.

With the Prime Minister and with Malcolm Hoenlein

Yishai is joined in-studio by Voice of Israel's Josh Hasten to discuss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hosting of a group of native English-speakers at his residence on Tuesday evening, to shore up the "Anglo" vote. Then, Yehuda HaKohen helps Yishai understand the renewal of Jewish liberty inherent in the holiday of Tu Bishvat, Jewish Arbor Day. Finally, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Malcolm Hoenlein joins Yishai in-studio for an exclusive interview about the state of affairs of the state of Israel.

True Blue Jews

Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss the magic of blessing God and even blessing Israel's leaders.

Yishai Interviews Russell Robinson, CEO of JNF

Yishai is joined by Russell Robinson, CEO of the Jewish National Fund. Together they discuss the past and future of the JNF along with current projects and vision of the organization.

Jewish Press Radio: Israel At Home and Abroad

Malkah shares her exciting adventure helping a young family handle a new arrival on the holiday of Passover. Second, The world’s ‘Happiness Index’ and how Israel ranks in contrast to the world’s other countries. Third, Yishai is joined by Mordechai Taub, a political analyst who formerly worked for the Republican National Committee and now works for Israel’s Likud party, to discuss the American politics and the upcoming election. Finally, Yishai comments on a recent interview from the Charlie Rose show featuring Peter Beinart, a well-known author, political pundit, and associate professor.

Biblical Sexual Exhibitionism

When the culture war is at its zenith, a Jewish prince, Zimri, breaks all social contracts with a shocking public act of sexual exhibitionism. The leaders are broken, even the great Moses cries. But a new hero emerges - Pinchas! But is his violence justified? And what about today's Gay Pride Parades in Jerusalem? Is the Bible warning us? Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai for "Spiritual Cafe" to discuss this dramatic episode.

Ackerman on Founding, Directing FLI and Making Israel Advocacy Personal

Yishai is joined by founder and director of Future Leaders for Israel, Daniel Ackerman. Together, they talk about Ackerman's background and also making Israel advocacy personal.

From Joy of Kosher To Eretz Yisrael

Yishai and Malkah are joined by celebrity Kosher chef Jamie Geller to discuss her organization along with her family's upcoming Aliyah to Israel.

Likud’s Tribal Victory, Campus Intimidation and How to Understand Animal Sacrifice

Yishai rants about Ahmed Tibi, leader of the Arab Movement for Change, an Israeli political party, who said, "We thought the Israeli public wanted change, but instead acted in a tribal way, and therefore we are left with Netanyahu." Then, Zeev Ben-Shachar, director of Israel Education at Jerusalem U., joins Yishai in-studio to deconstruct the techniques of the Israel-haters and to lay out a strategy for fighting anti-Israel bias on campuses. Finally, Rabbi Mike Feuer and Yishai take the studio outside on a beautiful Jerusalem day to talk about the challenging issues of faith when things don't go our way and the resulting anger. They also provide an "intro" to the Book of Leviticus and discuss the challenging issue of animal sacrifice.

When Moses Gave a Speech

Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai to deconstruct the unique structure of the fifth book of the Torah, Devarim, or Deuteronomy. Jews around the world are about to begin the weekly reading of the Book of Deuteronomy, a volume which acts as a transcription of Moses’s last speech to the people of Israel. Rabbi Feuer helps explain the volume’s special philosophy.

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