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Posted on: April 28th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai is joined, via phone from Bankok, by Chabad Rabbi Nechemia Wilhelm, who is in touch with Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz and his wife Chani, serving in Nepal. They discuss how Chabad, an organization that provides Jewish services to locals and travelers all over the world, is dealing with the fallout of the massive earthquake and avalanches that have plagued the region. Then, Yishai makes an impassioned plea to the next education minister to create "San Remo Day." He says that very few people are aware that April 25, 1920 was crucial in the international legal standing for the establishment of the state of Israel nearly three decades later. Finally, Yishai is joined in-studio by Jerusalem Post op-ed editor Seth Frantzman and editorial page editor Matthew Wagner to discuss the earthquake in Nepal, a place with which Israelis have a special connection.
Posted on: April 24th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai is joined in-studio by Ata Farhat, chairman of the Druze Zionist Council, to talk about his community's celebration of Israeli independence. Though of a different religion and culture, the Druze fight in Israel's wars and consider themselves an integral part of the Israeli nation-state. Find out why. Then, Yishai rants about the beauty of Israeli independence. He says that while Israel's enemies paint the Jewish state as foreign to the Middle East landscape, the truth is that there is nothing more organic -- more holistic -- than the Jewish people being back in Judea. Finally, for his "Spiritual Cafe" segment, Yishai is joined by Rabbi Mike Feuer to discuss issues of Jewish statehood. Is there such a thing as "good" post-Zionism, for example? Listen in!
Posted on: April 23rd, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai broadcasts a speech delivered by Miriam Peretz, the mother of two fallen IDF soldiers, Uriel and Eliraz, during a "Friends of the IDF" dinner. In her address, she talks about her sacrifice, which she believes is necessary in the fight for the Jewish State. Then, Yishai reads a story he wrote, called "Zikaron" (remembrance), one passage of which is as follows: "In that one moment, I though of gratitude: I am so thankful to you, fallen paratrooper, fallen Jew, fallen brother." Finally, Yishai is joined in-studio by former MK Dr. Aryeh Eldad, former surgeon-general of the IDF and head of plastic surgery at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem. He says that if the state of Israel is the thesis of Zionism, then the Holocaust is the antithesis, and the days of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and the fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism is the synthesis.
Posted on: April 22nd, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai takes the occasion of Israel's Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism -- and last week's Holocaust Remembrance Day -- to express his view of Jewish victimhood. He says that while we commemorate Jewish and Israeli victims, the ideology of Jew-hatred is alive and well. Then, Yishai is joined by Shlomo Blass, the director of Rogatka, a studio that creates short, pro-Israel videos. Among the founders of Caroline Glick's satirical Latma series, that poked fun at the Left, he is now launching a new project: "Zionism in Animation" -- 100 short videos on different aspects of Zionism, including important historical moments and figures. Finally, Yishai is treated to a cameo appearance by VOI's Pinchas Orban, who talks about the rationality behind belief in God.
Posted on: April 21st, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai is joined in-studio by Arab affairs analyst Bassem Eid to talk about the Temple Mount, the Holocaust and the Arab concern for dignity over identity. Then, Yishai is joined in-studio by David Bederman, coach to successful CEOs and entrepreneurs, to talk about Israeli independence. He says that Israel does not have a PR problem, but rather an identity crisis. Finally, Yishai is joined in-studio by Jerusalem Post editorial page editor Matthew Wagner to discuss the question of the peculiar phenomenon of the Left being in a global coalition with Islamic fundamentalists?
Posted on: April 17th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai is joined in-studio by 88-year-old Kate Bernath, grandmother of his wife, Malkah, to hear her Holocaust testimonial: What was it like as a Hungarian Jew getting off the train at Auschwitz, and how it felt to have your mother separated from you forever by Dr. Mengele.
Posted on: April 16th, 2015Media → Radio
Yishai is joined in-studio by Walter Bingham, 91 -- rescued from the Nazis as a Polish child on the Kindertransport and ended up fighting against them with the British -- shares his memories of Kristallnacht and of facing the German Foreign Minister who was first to hang at Nuremberg. Then, VOI Knesset Insider Jeremy Saltan joins Yishai in-studio to discuss the relationship between the Jewish holidays established in the past and the new holidays born in the modern era of Jewish statehood. They point out that Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism, Israel Independence Day and Jerusalem Day all are marked during the "counting of the Omer" -- the 50 days between Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost).
Posted on: April 14th, 2015Media → Radio
Voice of Israels's Binyamin Nakonechny joins Yishai to share the Kabbalistic perspective on rain after Passover. Then, should Israel have public transportation on Jewish holidays? And how does Israel adopt a more environmental, less litter-filled, consciousness? Seth Frantzman, op-ed editor of the Jerusalem Post, and Mati Wagner, editorial page editor of the same publication, join Yishai in-studio to discuss their latest articles, both of which address the question of the character of the Jewish state. Mati also shares his Matza-baking experiences with proud, gun-toting Jews. Finally, Dr. Alan Mazurek, vice chairman of the National Board of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA, and Jeff Daube, director of ZOA Israel, join Yishai in-studio to discuss the possibility of rolling back the nuclear framework agreement; the challenge of the new anti-Semitism on campus; and holding on to history on the Mount of Olives.
Posted on: April 10th, 2015Media → Radio
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.
Posted on: April 9th, 2015Media → Radio
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.
Posted on: April 8th, 2015Media → Radio
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, 2015Media → Radio
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.
Posted on: April 3rd, 2015Media → Radio
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, 2015Media → Radio
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, 2015Media → Radio
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.
Posted on: March 31st, 2015Media → Radio
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.
Posted on: March 27th, 2015Media → Radio
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!
Posted on: March 25th, 2015Media → Radio
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, 2015Media → Radio
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!
Posted on: March 20th, 2015Media → Radio
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.
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