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Posted on: August 18th, 2015


Arab affairs analyst Bassem Eid discusses the ever-changing landscape of the conflict-ridden region with Yishai, sitting in for Dan Diker. ISIS is attempting to stop tourism from flourishing in the Sinai, a goal towards which Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi continues to work. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is forced to accept a much-reduced territory as his kingdom, as millions of Syrians run for safer havens.


Posted on: August 14th, 2015


Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai to talk about the weekly Torah portion. They talk about the significance of the Jewish people having at least three names. They also wonder why so many Jews forget the astounding investment our people have made to keep our nation Jewish.


Posted on: August 13th, 2015


The follower of the Meir Kahane ideology tells Yishai and Jeremy Saltan about taking on opponents with political theater. After Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon took measures to empty the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron of Jews learning Torah prior to his visit, his car was jumped on by Marzel. He explains why he acted as he did, and why he has no plans to change his tactics.


Posted on: August 12th, 2015


Mideast expert Mordechai Kedar joins Yishai to talk about some odd political developments and alliances in the region. Dr. Kedar, research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and lecturer in the department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, offers his insights about Russia’s talks with Syria, Israel’s and Hezbollah’s shared interest in stopping ISIS and the nuclear deal’s unexpectedly negative ramifications for Iran.


Posted on: August 11th, 2015


JPost op-ed editor Seth Frantzman talks to Yishai about Israel's self-flagellating reaction to recent acts of Jewish violence. On the heels of acts of terror committed by Jews, the two discuss what the appropriate national response is to the crimes of individuals, and the responsibility of the authorities. Then, they debate the history and legitimacy of administrative detentions in Israel.


Posted on: August 10th, 2015


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.


Posted on: August 7th, 2015


Hasidic blues musician Lazer Lloyd shares his spiritual journey and meditative music with Yishai. Lloyd tells of playing for the most varied of audiences and feeling the connection we all share, before explaining what he sees as the united trifecta of blues music, hasidism and Israel. He plays three original songs in-studio: “Back Porch,” “Rocking in the Holy Land” and “My Own Blues.”


Posted on: August 6th, 2015


Yishai plays recordings from the month-and-a-half he and his wife, Malka, spent broadcasting from Gush Katif during the 2005 disengagement. The Fleishers provided their priceless, on-the-scene perspective of one of the most dramatic moments in Israeli history, as they observed the communities’ valiant refusal to leave their homes — even as their towns were cut off from food and supplies — while being intimidated by the Israeli government.


Posted on: August 5th, 2015


Israeli-Japanese Jew Dr. Kenichi Hartman talks with VOI's Yishai Fleisher about the similarities -- and economic ties -- between Japan and Israel. Dr. Hartman, who converted to Judaism at the age of 12, has a doctorate in neuroscience from Harvard and is today a patent agent. He writes about Japan-Israel economic cooperation for the Times of Israel and is a mentor at Samurai House Israel, a Japanese investment fund. He shares the story of his remarkable life, as he crisscrossed continents, got in touch with his Jewish father’s heritage and ultimately ended up in Israel. He offers his unique perspective on the religious, cultural and philosophical similarities between the states of Japan and Israel.


Posted on: August 3rd, 2015


(((CLICK BELOW TO HEAR AUDIO))) Ethan Bearman, syndicated US radio host, interviewsYishai on Israeli history and politics — and the Iranian nuclear threat. Bearman, author of “Liars & Whores: How Big Government and Big Businesses Are Working to Save Their Assets, Not Yours,” and Yishai talk about the biblical roots and modern ties to Judea […]


Posted on: July 31st, 2015


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.


Posted on: July 30th, 2015


Randol Schoenberg, renowned attorney and president of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, discusses explosive issues with Yishai. Schoenberg, the prestigious Jewish lawyer recently portrayed in the popular movie, “Woman in Gold,” and Yishai discuss the US Supreme Court’s refusal to allow Jerusalem to be identified as part of Israel on official documents, and its recent decision to recognize same-sex marriage. Then, they debate the Iran deal, coming to very different conclusions. Schoenfeld shares his thoughts on recent developments emerging from the Obama administration.


Posted on: July 29th, 2015


Baruch Widen, interfaith dialoguer and Arabist, joins Yishai to discuss the pro-Israel trend taking hold among the capital's Arab population. The community is applying for Israeli citizenship in unprecedented numbers. Baruch and Yishai consider why.


Posted on: July 28th, 2015


Rabbi Mottle Wolfe joins Yishai to discuss the contours of the religious-secular divide in the Jewish state. The two show hosts talk about the phenomenon of the very secular Tel Aviv being a mere five kilometers away from the ultra-Orthodox Bnei Brak. The former celebrates Israel Independence Day, but doesn’t fast on the day that marks the loss of Jewish sovereignty 2,000 years ago. The latter observes the religious fast, but does not take part in the modern celebrations of statehood. They envision a way to move the process of building the third Jewish commonwealth forward.


Posted on: July 24th, 2015


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.


Posted on: July 23rd, 2015


Conservative minister of the Canadian Parliament Peter Kent tells Yishai why his country will not agree to lift Iranian sanctions. Kent, chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defense, explains that, unlike the United States, Canada demands to see true reform within the Islamic Republic before making concessions. This unwavering position places Canada as a leader against turning a blind eye to terrorism.

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Posted on: July 22nd, 2015


Rabbi Natan Slifkin, also known as the 'Zoo Rabbi,' explains the Torah's view on dinosaurs to Yishai. Rabbi Slifkin, director of the Biblical Museum of Natural History and author of the Torah Enclyopedia of the Animal Kingdom, has a wild discussion with Yishai about exotic biblical animals.


Posted on: July 21st, 2015


Nationally syndicated US radio show host Ethan Bearman describes for Yishai the average American's perspective on the Iran deal. According to Bearman, author of “Liars & Whores: How Big Government and Big Businesses Are Working to Save Their Assets, Not Yours,” many Americans take umbrage with their administration’s marked step away from Israel.


Posted on: July 18th, 2015


Likud party member Ze'ev Jabotinsky, namesake and grandson of the famous Zionist leader, discusses his grandfather's legacy with Yishai. On the 75th anniversary of the original Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s death, his descendent — the CEO of Tagar Computer Systems and an advocate for Israel’s rights under international law — talks with Yishai about the man and the legend.


Posted on: July 15th, 2015


Yishai hears from the politician from the Kulanu party about her 90-year-old grandmother's move today from the US to Israel. MK Rachel Azaria, a former deputy mayor of Jerusalem, describes the journey her grandmother made by immigrating to Israel as one of the 221 new immigrants who arrived today on a Nefesh B’Nefesh flight.

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