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Posted on: April 10th, 2015

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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.

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Posted on: April 9th, 2015

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Yishai is joined in-studio by Momo Lifshitz, the CEO of Lirom Global Education and former director of Oranim Educational Initiatives, the #1 provider of Birthright Israel participants. He shares his dream to bring Jewish and non-Jewish students to study in Israel and get a college degree at a great price, while falling in love with -- and in -- the country. Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by Rabbi Avichai Rontzki, former IDF chief rabbi (2006-2010), with the rank of Brigadier General. During his post, Rontzki carried out a mini-revolution in the command, expanding his mandate to allow for a much more active role of rabbis in the army, and creating the "Jewish Awareness Department," which conducts educational activities in combat units.

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Posted on: April 8th, 2015

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David Swidler, whose satire blog PreOccupied Territory pokes fun at daily life in Israel, joins Yishai to talk about bureaucracy, Israeli drivers and other topics that beg to bear the brunt of humor. Then, students from the Golda Och Academy in West Orange, New Jersey, visit Yishai in-studio. Finally, David Friedman -- a kippa-wearing Israeli who works for the Major League baseball team the Cincinnati Reds as a global associate in its international scouting staff -- joins Yishai in-studio to talk about how his love for Israel and baseball go hand-in-hand.

 

Posted on: April 7th, 2015

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Avraham Dovidovitch and his wife, Rosa Ester, look like Hassidic Jews, and they are. But they are also Zionists -- that is, they are heeding their sense that God is calling his people back home to the land of Israel. They join Yishai in-studio to share the tale of their journey to observance, Hassidism and to making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) to the southern Hebron mountains. Then, Rabbi Moshe Elefant, the COO of the Orthodox Union's Kosher certification agency, joins Yishai from New York to talk about how he is leading the effort to make medical marijuana products kosher. Finally, Michael Ordman, the founder of "Very Good News Israel," a site whose name says it all, joins Yishai to talk about his endeavor to show the positive side of the Jewish state.

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Posted on: April 3rd, 2015

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Jim Long is a Noahide, a Torah-believing gentile, a filmmaker and publisher, and author of "Riddle of Exodus." He helps get the "philosophical chametz" surrounding the Exodus out of our collective closets. He joins Yishai in-studio, together with Rabbi Michael Shelomo Bar-Ron, author of the just-released "Song of the Creator - Revealing the Super-Intelligent Design of the Pentateuch," which posits that the Five Books of Moses is a perfectly symmetrical document the likes of which could only be written by God. Then, Rabbi Shimshon HaKohen Nadel joins Yishai in-studio to talk about a special mock Pascal Lamb Offering ceremony in Jerusalem he attended along with thousands of other people, among them animal-rights protesters. Listen in!

 

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015

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Yoram Ettinger, the former minister at the Israeli Embassy in Washington and expert on Middeast politics and US-Israel relations, joins Yishai in-studio to share parallels between the Obama and Ford administrations, in terms of White House pressure on Israel. Then, VOI political correspondent Raoul Wootliff provides sounds from the "freshman class" of the 20th Knesset. Finally, David Draiman -- the lead singer of the heavy metal band Disturbed -- talks to Yishai about his passion for Israel. He also takes on comedian Trevor Noah, the replacement for John Stuart as the host of "The Daily Show," who has posted anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.

 

Posted on: April 1st, 2015

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The P5 +1 are convinced that Iran is a legitimate negotiating partner. But Dan Diker, host of VOI's National Security, has the opposite idea. Dan joins Yishai in-studio to discuss the folly of the nuclear talks. Then, Ali Jabber is a pseudonym for an Arab who sees Israel as the harbinger of peace, democracy and human rights. He joins Yishai to discuss why so many other Arabs are still mired in the jihadist mindset. Finally, Yishai talks about Israeli diplomat Yehuda Avner, who died recently. Avner worked as an adviser to prime ministers Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, and wrote speeches for prime ministers Golda Meir and Levi Eshkol.

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Posted on: March 31st, 2015

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The Passover massacre was a suicide bombing carried out by a Hamas terrorist at the Park Hotel in Netanya, on March 27, 2002. Thirty civilians, in the midst of a seder, were killed in the attack and 140 others were wounded. David Bedein, director of the Israel Resource News Agency, joins Yishai to reminisce about that awful night; the connected story of the Saudi Peace Initiative; the fraudulent "massacre" in Jenin; the documents that came out of PLO chief Yasser Arafat's computer; and the link to today's American empowerment of Iran. Then, Mati Wagner, Editorial Page Editor of The Jerusalem Post, and Dr. Seth Frandzman, Op-ed Editor of The Jerusalem Post, join Yishai in-studio to talk about the new power vacuum, and anarchy, that is forming in the Middle East due to the retreat of America. Finally, Mati and Seth debate the issue of whether the Arab "nakba" narrative -- according to which the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 was a catastrophe -- should be taught in Israeli schools.

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Posted on: March 27th, 2015

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Political Strategist Elie Pieprz and Knesset Insider Jeremy Saltan join Yishai to "talk Pesach" and and share their tips for the dreaded Passover preparations(i.e. clean early, clean often.) The issue of food, of course, comes up: What tastes better -- Pesach lazagna or matza Pizza? Why do Sephardi Jews eat things during the holiday that Ashkenazi Jews do not? And what the heck is "gebrachats"? Then, Ayala Shapiro, aged 11, was critically wounded by a Molotov cocktail hurled by a terrorist. Ayala, who suffered third-degree burns over 40% of her body, is facing a long, complicated and painful road to recovery, after days of hovering between life and death. But you can help. Tune in to hear how. Finally, Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai to get ready for the BIG Shabbat -- "Shabbat HaGadaol" -- before Passover. Tune in to find out more!

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Posted on: March 25th, 2015

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Seth Frantzman and Mati Wagner, op-ed and editorial page editors (respectively) at The Jerusalem Post, join Yishai in-studio. Seth just returned to Israel from a food-filled and uber-capitalist trip to Dubai. Mati just came back from a fact-finding mission about slain Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Having both spent election night at the headquarters of the Joint Arab List in Nazareth, they discuss the accusations of bigotry against PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Then, the recent J Street conference featured remarks by White House Chief-of-Staff Denis McDonough, who said that Israel is engaged in a 50-year occupation which "must end." The Jews in the audience clapped wildly and showed great excitement when the potential advent of a Palestinian state was discussed. Finally, Alan Elsner, Vice President for Communications at J Street, an organization that identifies itself as the "political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans," joins Yishai from Washington to explain.

 

Posted on: March 24th, 2015

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In the 1950s, the Israel Defense Forces engaged in retaliatory missions after terrorist attacks. Was this a legitimate expression of defense? Is the spirit of robust deterrence still alive in Israel? Yishai shares an incredible story with Knesset Insider Jeremy Saltan about the three kidnapped youths who were massacred last summer, and how justice came to their killers. Jeremy also weighs in on potential foreign "punishment" of Israel and provides coalition updates. Then, Pastor Dave McGarrah and Charlie Schiffman, co-hosts of the popular radio show, "The Teacher and the Preacher," join Yishai in-studio. In Israel on tour with his flock, Pastor Dave, a Christian, and Charlie, a Jew, prove that Christian-Jewish relations can reach a new level. Listen in!

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Posted on: March 20th, 2015

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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.

 

Posted on: March 19th, 2015

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Yishai is joined first by Knesset Insider Jeremy Saltan and then by VOI Bureau Chief Daniel Seaman to discuss how PM Benjamin Netanyahu beat the New York Times, the V-15 campaign, US President Barack Obama -- and how the strategies of his enemies backfired. Then, David P. Goldman (known as "Spengler" in his erudite columns), is Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum and author of "How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam is Dying, Too". He joins Yishai to discuss the hegemonic appetite of Iran, America's explicit acceptance of it, and the mandate that PM Netanyahu has received from Israel's voters to fight it. Finally, Alex Traiman joins Yishai in-studio to discuss the upcoming coalition and the spiritual significance of the Likud victory, using the Purim miracle as a parable.

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Posted on: March 18th, 2015

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Yishai is joined by his wife, Malkah, to recap the Fleisher family's voting adventures and marvel at Israel's youth, who are deeply involved in the political process. Then, Haaretz blogger and TLV1 broadcaster Allison Kaplan Sommer joins Yishai to discuss the voting patterns of Israel's Coastal Plain, traditionally a more liberal bloc. Finally, a must-hear interview with Aida Touma-Sliman, the former head of the International Department of the Communist Party of Israel. Recently resigned from her post as editor-in-chief of Al-Ittihad (an Israeli daily Arabic newspaper) to run in the fifth -- and realistic -- slot of the Joint Arab List, she bares some tough issues that divide Muslim-Arabs and Jews in Israel.

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Posted on: March 17th, 2015

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How many people came to the nationalist rally? Why was Jerusalem such a central issue? Why did the prime minister himself take the time to show up? Yishai is joined in-studio by VOI political correspondent Raoul Wootliff to reflect on the right-wing demonstration in Tel Aviv on Sunday night. Also, why has kissing the Mezuzah become a political issue? Listen to Yishai rant against those in the post-Zionist camp who make fun of traditional Israelis, portraying them as boorish and backward. Then, hear the voices of the people of Israel -- some pro, some con -- who came out to demonstrate on Sunday night. Yishai was on the scene to provide a feel for the real mood in Israel.

 

Posted on: March 13th, 2015

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Yishai raises the issue of Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani talking about the honor to fight ISIS. Yishai wonders why Israel does not use that kind of language when fighting jihadists. Also, Yishai asks why Iran's supreme leader thinks that the open letter from Republican senators signals "disintegration" in Washington. Then, Knesset Insider Jeremy Saltan joins Yishai to explain the latest Israeli election polls, the swing towards the Zionist Union party and why he says that PM Benjamin Netanyahu will probably end up being the next PM. Finally, on Spiritual Cafe: Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai to talk Torah. Why did the Jewish people turn to the Golden Calf, and what is meaning of the incomprehensible commandment of the Red Heifer, which purifies from the energy of death and brings us into the Temple in Jerusalem.

 

Posted on: March 12th, 2015

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Did the courageous speech of PM Netanyahu, who stood up on a world stage and proclaimed that an Iran deal is dangerous, provide Republican senators with the strength to draft and address a letter to the Iranian regime, undercutting President Obama's plans? Why did Jordan's King Abdullah blame Israel, once again, for regional instability?And who is really dividing Jerusalem? Also, what was American comedian and radio host Joe Piscopo doing at the Voice of Israel? Yishai gives the answers. Then, Kenneth L. Marcus, president and general counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, and author of the award-winning "Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America" -- and Paul Miller, executive director of the Salomon Center, who wrote an article about anti-Semitism on college campuses -- join Yishai to discuss the dark truth about Jew-hatred at American universities.

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Posted on: March 11th, 2015

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Dr. Mordechai Kedar is Research Associate at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University, a renowned expert on radical Islam, and served for 25 years as Lt. Col. in Israeli military intelligence (and still in the reserves as part of the Northern Command.) He joins Yishai in-studio to spell out the religious motivations of Islamic State terrorists, President Obama's outsourcing of Iran as a tool against ISIS and future scenarios for the Middle East. Then, Alex Selsky, the newest and one of the youngest members of the Jewish Agency's Board of Governors -- who is also the CEO of the World Forum of Russian-Speaking Jewry and formerly served as adviser to PM Benjamin Netanyahu -- joins Yishai in-studio to talk about the Israeli Russian-speaking electorate.

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Posted on: March 10th, 2015

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Michael Doran, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, and former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, joins Yishai to review the impact of PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Congress speech. Then, Ethan Bearman, nationally syndicated American radio talk-show host and one of Talkers magazine’s 2014 “Heavy Hundred,” joins Yishai live from San Francisco. He discusses the fuss over Rachel Beyda, a candidate for a student board position at UCLA who was challenged with the question: “Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community, how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?” Listen in!

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Posted on: March 6th, 2015

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Israel Prize-winning novelist, essayist and playwright A.B. Yehoshua ("Buli")-- author, most recently, of "Ahizat Moledet" (Homeland Lesson) -- was called the "Israeli Faulkner" by the New York Times. A left-wing intellectual, he has recently called on Europe to recognize Palestine as a independent state. He joins Yishai to talk about the meaning of Zionism, and give literary depth to the Scroll of Esther. Then, Knesset Insider Jeremy Saltan joins Yishai in-studio to dissect the politics behind the Purim story.

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