Was Pinchas right to suppress Zimri's exhibitionism by spearing him and his partner? In a repressive social media atmosphere, is intellectual courage today's form of vigilantism? Are we meant to suppress or harness our urges? Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to hash out the timely Torah portion of Pinchas.
The powerful wizard Bilam comes to King Balak in a conspiracy to curse Israel. He ends up blessing the Jewish people - except for the curse of the Moabite promiscuity. Rabbi Yishai blesses the dramatic Torah portion. Then, Malkah Fleisher on keeping the kids busy in the summer, making carrot cake, and on tweeting for the cause.
The Torah portion of Chukat has a conglomeration of wild stories and commandments. Join Rabbi Yishai for the ride. Then, Malkah Fleisher on the US Embassy celebrating July 4th in Jerusalem and Yishai's birthday.
At Bahrain's "Peace to Prosperity Workshop" world experts, including Jews and Arabs, gathered to talk about bettering the regional economy, especially between Israel and her neighbors. But the PA and progressive orgs boycotted the event because they believe they have a monopoly on hope. Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss the gathering and talk about the Torah portion of the anti-Moses rebellion of Korach. Then, Malkah Fleisher on neo-Nazi beer ban and Jewish Prayer in Bahrain.
"Oh no! We can't defeat them! Our women and children are lost! Let's go back to Egypt!" So said the spies who Moses sent to the land of Israel. Like Caleb and Joshua, Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to undo the Sin of the Spies . Then, Dr. Baruch Sterman on finding the Tekhelet and bringing it back to life. And finally, Malkah Fleisher on adventures in renewing her passport at the US embassy Jerusalem!
Tally-ho!! Sound the silver trumpets and the Ark will lead the way to the Promised Land! So begins the epic Torah portion of Behaalotcha. But along the way, the people complain about the lack of meat – and in punishment, God feeds them too much quail. Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to quell the quail. Then, Malkah Fleisher on If Not Now in the NYTimes on the AJC’s study on whether American Jews and Israeli Jews are brothers or cousins.
Join Rabbi Yishai for a FULL - beginning to end - study of the Book of Ruth with commentary on the beauty and drama that leads to the birth of King David.
Why did one misfit curse the name of God? Why did one stickler give him a hard time for not fitting in? Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to tackle the challenging story of the blasphemer. Then Malkah Fleisher on the Eurovision, Madonna's arrival in Israel, and the advantage of Shoresh sandals!
Yishai returns from a great trip in Boston, New York, Los Angeles & San Diego - just in time for Israel's Memorial and Independence Day. Malkah Fleisher joins to remember the loss and celebrate the gift. Then, Yishai speaks with the heroic Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad of Poway.
Yishai and family are at Neve Ilan celebrating the Holiday of Liberation with a visit to Hebron and the Priestly Blessing in Jerusalem. Join Yishai as he talks with a group of Christadelphians - non-Jewish lovers of Israel. Happy Pesach!
Yishai is baking matzo in Beit El! He intro's a lesson of a model Passover Seder by the preeminent Rabbi Eli Mansour. This incredible lesson was almost lost but Yishai plays it for you to prepare for the commandment of retelling the tale of the exodus at the Passover Seder. Blessings for a Kosher and happy holiday!
First, Yishai and Malkah talk about the winners and the losers - and the blessings - of the Israeli 2019 general elections. Then, Yishai addresses a JStreet student audience about a real liberal vision for the future of the State of Israel.
First, Yishai returns from America and rejoins Rav Mike Feuer to discuss the Temple offerings brought by a woman after birth. Then - there are Satmar Hasidim who love the State of Israel and see it as the harbinger of the Third Temple! Hear Yishai's talk at their special synagogue in Williamsburg Brooklyn.
Join the crowd of Columbia Law Students as Yishai discusses why Israel is the Nation State of the Jewish people and argues for Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. From DC to NYC - were walking to the land of Israel!
First, why is salt kosher in the Temple sacrifices, while honey is not? Then, Esther's death-defying march into the King's inner-chamber! Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss the didactic details of offerings, and the heart of Jewish courage. Then, Malkah Fleisher on alternative Mishloach Manot and on American recognition of the Golan Heights.
What can a Haman do when he has the King's Ring? A lot, if he is not stopped. Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to understand the psychology of a megalomaniacal Amalekite and to finish up the book of Exodus with clouds of God's presence in the Tabernacle. Then, Malkah Fleisher on Jay Leno's support of Israel, Yishai rags on reporters, and happy Adar II!!!
Tricky politics and attitudes! Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss the intense political moment Israel finds itself in today and Isabelle and Ester - a bad queen and a good queen in Jewish history. Then, Malkah (queen!) Fleisher on the much-loved rain in the Land of Israel, on Netanyahu's trials, and on whether the classic Israeli pastry "bourekas" are going extinct?
Why would anyone worship a golden calf? Why would anyone put up a golden bull in downtown Manhattan? Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to stare down the snarling idolatry and take a holy peek at the beaming face of Moses as he comes down with the two tablets of God's Law. Then, Malkah Fleisher on French antisemitism and baking a giant Haman's Ear!
Blueprint from On High!! Time to build the Tabernacle and within it the Show Table, the Altar, the Menorah, and the Ark of the Covenant! Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to understand why God even wants an abode in our lower domains. Then, Malkah Fleisher on the Likud primary results and those MKs who want sovereignty while other who call for disengagement.
Responsibility for your actions! Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to study Torah tort law in the portion of Mishpatim including out of control fires, unwanted seductions, open ditches, and bad witches. Then, Malkah Fleisher on international monitors leaving Hebron and the new challenge of Amnesty International.
Rabbi Yishai tells Rav Mike Feuer about his adventure at the world's holiest place in the heart of Jerusalem. Together they discuss the Torah portion of Jethro, Moses' advice-giving father-in-law, and the 10 statements that guide humanity. Then, Malkah Fleisher on saving the life of an arch terrorist and Jewish Arbor Day.
Leaving Egypt the Jewish men take swords for the eventual next wars, and the woman take tambourines to celebrate the eventual miracles! Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai for a faithful journey through the Splitting of the Red Sea, and the war with Amalek. Then, Malkah Fleisher joins to talk about the Manna-like snow in Jerusalem and Judea!
The final plagues lead to a new type of Torah - the law!! Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to accept the law and prepare Pesach for generations after the original monumental event. Then, Malkah Fleisher on one fast Chareidi lady, and the amazing recovery of Shira Ish-Ran.
The showdown between Pharaoh and Moses (representing God) begins with a snake throw-down and then escalates from there. Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai on a walk between fire-filled hail balls from Hell and global redemption. Then Malkah on Israel leaving UNESCO and Yishai's politically incorrect Driver's Ed course.
Moses, our great teacher, is born in this week's Torah portion. Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to start on the hard road to redemption with the most humble man who ever lived. Then, Malkah Fleisher on another great man, Binyanim Netanyahu, upcoming elections, El Al to Vegas, and Jewish birth.
The Book of Genesis - the foundation of it all - ends with Jacob, AKA Israel, admonishing his son's to take his body and bury him in Hebron. So do you think Hebron might be important to the Jewish people? Yishai is in Brooklyn, it's late, and he's having a beer and talking Torah! Lechaim!
A young pregnant mother was shot in a terror attack in Ofra. Her child was born through emergency C-section and was fighting for his life until succumbing to his wounds. In his honor, Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to talk about Joseph's revelation to his brothers. Then, Malkah Fleisher on Israeli anger at the murder of the baby and on true German regret.
Deep in the Negev Desert, amongst ruins of a massive Byzantine city, Yishai talks about Hanukkah and the battle that continues to rage for Jewish cultural independence as well as Israeli sovereignty in the Holy Land. Will darkness beat out the light or will the Maccabee's once again be victorious?
The son's of Jacob are united in the land of Israel - should be a great time, no? However, there are fractures in the family of Israel and they come out in this weeks Torah portion. Rav Mike joins Rabbi Yishai to talk about the sale of Joseph and his descent into imprisonment through the false allegations of Mrs. Potifar. And his dream interpretations there, plus Judah consorts with his daughter-in-law to protect the seed of Messiah?Finally, Malkah Fleisher joins the show to talk about her incredible trip to the Ukraine and to the Tomb of the Baal Shem Tov.
Can a seething hate be overcome? Is Esav’s kiss to Jacob real – or is it a cynical ploy? Should Jacob’s sons sack a city that raped their sister? Should today’s Israel strike Gaza with overwhelming force? Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to hash it out. Then Rabbi Steven Pruzansky on the heroic life and harrowing times of Rabbi Meir Kahane.