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Posted on: June 30th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai is joined by cyber-security expert Pinchas Orbach and terror-funding expert Dr. Mattew Levit. First, Yishai reads and responds to e-mails from listeners, which touch on a range of issues, such as American support for the Kurds and Israel; the faculty of courage; and pushing back on efforts to normalize homosexuality. Then, following questions about the source of the Duqu computer virus found in the hotels where nuclear negotiations with Iran took place, Orbach talks about the quiet cyber-war in which Israel is engaged. Afterwards, Levitt, director of the Washington Institute's Stein Program on Counter-terrorism and Intelligence, explains how terrorist organizations fund their massive operations.
Posted on: June 26th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai is joined in-studio by Jerusalem Post op-ed editor Seth Frantzman to talk about Culture Minister Miri Regev's controversial move to block state payments for subversive art, such as a recent play glorifying an Arab terrorist. They also discuss the atmosphere of Ramadan in Jerusalem. Then, Yishai is joined by Rabbi Mike Feuer for another segment of 'Spiritual Cafe.' They discuss the the biblical assertion that the ashes of a perfect red cow, blended with a few other ingredients, can create a mixture with the power to eviscerate the energy of death and make one pure. Does it work? Can the Jewish nation as a whole do something similar?
Posted on: June 25th, 2015Media → Radio
Hear from MK Dr. Dov Khenin and social media analyst Orit Perlov on today's show. Yishai is joined in-studio by Khenin, a member of the communist Hadash party, which joined the Joint (Arab) List prior to the Knesset elections in March. Always in the opposition of the legislature, he nevertheless spearheads many interesting laws. He talks about his vision for Israel and the Middle East, with an emphasis on the future of the disappearing Dead Sea. Then, Yishai is joined by Perlov, who follows and analyzes the discourse on social media in Arab states. Why have Arab youth been silent in the past year? Do they have hope for a better future? And what do they think about Israel?
Posted on: June 24th, 2015Media → Radio
(((CLICK BELOW TO HEAR AUDIO))) Yishai is joined in-studio by Knesset insider Jeremy Saltan to discuss the report on the war in Gaza last summer and its “unsurprising” findings. He also talks about new “Free Gaza” flotilla and a different kind of deligitimization — that of MK Michael Oren (former Israeli ambassador to the US) […]
Posted on: June 23rd, 2015Media → Radio
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.
Posted on: June 19th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai deals with modern-day and ancient battles. First he is joined by political activist and commentator Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and author, among other books, of "Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance." She sponsored the "Draw the Prophet" cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, which was attacked by jihadists, who were killed in a shootout. She tells Yishai about the challenges involved in fighting jihad in the US and Israel. Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Rabbi Mike Feuer to talk about the internecine Jewish political battles in the Book the Numbers. Was the biblical character Korach a communist or a man of the people? A fighter for democracy or a jealous would-be leader? Why did he pick a fight with Moses? And why did he merit having the Prophet Samuel as his progeny.
Posted on: June 18th, 2015Media → Radio
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.
Posted on: June 17th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai is joined in-studio by Knesset insider Jeremy Saltan, who heard Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon claim that while terrorism was yesterday's war, BDS and Deligitimization are today's strategic threat to Israel. Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Erez Tadmor, associate editor at Mida magazine and co-founder of "Im Tirtzu," an organization that fights anti-Zionism on Israeli campuses. As the head of the "message" team for the Netanyahu campaign, which yielded a whopping 30 seats for the Likud, he explains what Israelis want to hear, and how Netanyahu beat an international consortium against him.
Posted on: June 16th, 2015Media → Radio
With the Muslim month of Ramadan approaching, are attacks on Jews in Jerusalem going to increase? Or will the municipality, the new minister of public security and the police going to crack down on jihadist elements? Yishai is joined in-studio by Jerusalem City Councilman and Israel Land Fund director Arieh King to discuss this and the future of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Jerusalem Post op-ed editor Dr. Seth Frantzman, who just returned from Irbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, with stories about the real men on the front line against ISIS, the Kurds. Why isn't the US supporting this natural ally?
Posted on: June 12th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai makes a passionate plea for Jerusalem's honor. When you deny or disrespect the Holy City, he says, you are dishonoring God and casting doubt on the story of the Jewish people and Israel. Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by VOI political correspondent Raoul Wootliff, to discuss the annual Herzliya Conference, the most prestigious gathering of policy analysts from Israel and abroad. Raoul plays some interviews he conducted from the scene, and discusses burning issues, such as BDS, the future of minorities in Israel and the question of a two-state solution. Finally, Yishai is joined by Rabbi Mike Feuer to discuss this week's Torah portion, which they say is particularly relevant to the era in which we are living. Why did the best leaders of a generation reject the land of Israel?
Posted on: June 11th, 2015Media → Radio
Eugene Kontorovich, Professor of Law at Northwestern University and head of the International Department at the Kohelet Policy Forum joins Yishai to help unearth the roots of BDS and the US Supreme Court's rejection of Jerusalem. Why does America not recognize even western Jerusalem as part of Israel? Does BDS have anything to do with the Green Line or the West Bank? Then, isn't it interesting that campuses that pass BDS resolutions immediately report a rise in antisemitic incidents? Yishai talks with Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and founder of the AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit organization that combats anti-Semitism on college campuses.
Posted on: June 10th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai is joined by his wife and fellow broadcaster, Malkah Fleisher, to discuss the U.S Supreme Court decision that struck down a law that would recognize Jerusalem as a city in Israel on passports. Once again, according to Yishai, Israel's great friend comes up short and lines up on the side of the Jewish State's detractors. Then, Brigadier General (Res.) Gal Hirsch is the Deputy Commander of the IDF's Depth Command, Founder and Chairman of Defensive-Shield Holdings, and has served in various command positions in anti-terror, commando and counter-terrorism units. He joins Yishai to talk about the growth of global jihad, his passion for strong Israeli leadership, and overcoming and recovering from personal injury.
Posted on: June 9th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai gains perspective after a week of IDF Reserve Duty.
Posted on: May 29th, 2015Media → Radio
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.
Posted on: May 27th, 2015Media → Radio
European Jewry is in trouble, says Yishai, but should all European Jews immigrate to Israel? Yishai is joined in-studio by Zvika Klein, Jewish World correspondent for the NRG news site and the Hebrew weekly Makor Rishon, to discuss the future of the Diaspora, in view of anti-Jewish legislation, such as the ban on circumcisions and kosher slaughter. Then, when the state of Israel was established, Israelis were discouraged from leaving -- so much so that they were not allowed to cast absentee ballots from abroad. That attitude has changed for many reasons, among them the large number of Israelis who leave the country to study and work. Should the law be adjusted to take this into account? Yishai is joined by Avinoam Bar-Yosef, president and founding director of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, and formerly the US bureau chief for the Hebrew daily Ma'ariv, to talk about this issue specifically and the state of the Jewish people in general.
Posted on: May 26th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai rejects what he sees as the "Israel-is-to-blame" narrative of President Obama's speech at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington DC. Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Orthodox Union senior managing director Rabbi Steven Weil and director of leadership development Rabbi Ari Rockoff to discuss the future of American Jewry. They discuss their latest initiative: meeting with 18-year-olds spending a gap year in Israel, to encourage them to involve their counterparts in the US, who have grown distant from their Judaism.
Posted on: May 22nd, 2015Media → Radio
Why does Shavuot (Festival of Weeks or Pentecost) have so many themes running through it? Agriculture, Mount Sinai, the Ten Commandments, the Book of Ruth, King David, the Baal Shem Tov, the consumption of dairy products and more all come together on this holiday, that begins Saturday night. Yishai is joined in-studio by Rabbi Mike Feuer to make sense of it all, ahead of the great "revelation." Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Nachman and Sruli -- the Solomon Brothers -- who created their own band of bluegrass music, infused with spiritualism and folk rock, influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Their special blend of music has gained them numerous TV appearances and rave reviews. Their live performance at VOI will blow you away.
Posted on: May 21st, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai is joined by 95-year-old Jerusalem resident Dan Nadel, a five-time decorated WWII hero, who led troops in the Battle of the Bulge and in the liberation of France from the Nazis. In honor of VE Day, commemorating the Allied victory over Nazi Germany (marked on May 8), Nadel, tells the tale of fighting across Europe, and eventually fulfilling his Zionist dream. Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by foreign correspondent Anne-Marie O’Connor to talk about her award-winning book, "The Lady in Gold," that chronicles the fight for restitution of Gustav Klimt's iconic "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer," confiscated by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II.
Posted on: May 20th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai is joined by political correspondent Raoul Wootliff for a news round-up. Raoul reviews the new seats in Knesset, the old Druze IDF unit being disbanded and PM Netanyahu's latest attempt to restart negotiations, right after declaring that Jerusalem will never be divided. Then, Why is Saudi Arabia getting along with Israel? Could it be because of a four-letter word called Iran? And why is it dissing the US? Yishai is joined by VOI Arab affairs analyst Bassem Eid, who sheds light on Saudi Arabian intentions. Finally, Yishai is joined in-studio by Dr. Haim Asa, one of Israel's leading military strategists, who served as adviser to the Foreign Ministry and as the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's national security adviser. The c-author of "Diffused Warfare," he talks about the future of the IDF and Israel's struggle to survive in the Middle East.
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