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.
Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to walk with the Forefather Jacob on his adventures, dreams, family life and strife, and the birth of the Tribes of Israel. Then, Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, Senior Rabbi at Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation ("The BAYT") join Yishai to talk about Pittsburgh and the Israel-Diaspora divide.
The titanic twin forces of Jacob and Esav begin their epic battle which rages till today. Three times does Jacob nip at the heal of Esav his brother - at the birth, at the soup, and at his father's blessings. Rabbi Yishai is in Brooklyn, on the way to Toronto, on the way to the Land of Israel. Join him on the road for the war's play by play!
The first purchase of the Jewish people in the land of Israel is Sarah's burial site. It was Abraham who negotiated for the Machpela out of love for her. Join Rabbi Yishai for some ancient Middle Eastern land haggling in Hebron, and for the mass pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Mammas and the Pappas on Chaye Sarah.
Should Abraham pray for Sodom? Should he listen to God when He commands him to sacrifice Isaac? Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss a Torah portion full of moral challenges. Then, Risa Rotman's husband was murdered in the infamous Har Nof Massacre. She joins Yishai to talk about her new book.
Cutting animals in half for a covenant, the first circumcision, Pharaoh taking Sarah, the Egyptian handmaiden, and the first world war of empires - all in one Torah portion!!! Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai for Lech Lecha. Then, Malkah Fleisher on bleeding sore of Gaza.
Quiet on the set! Creation movie - take two! Cue the torrential downpour! Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai for a wet and wild ride with Noah's Ark featuring the rainbow and the Tower of Babel. Then, Malkah Fleisher on thanking Ambassador Nikki Haley and the never-ending history-erasing lies of UNESCO and their ilk.
Join Rabbi Yishai for the first Torah portion, Bereshit. Then, Malkah Fleisher on hearing Yehoram Gaon, Israel's bard, and on John Bolton's declaration against the International Court of Justice.
Rabbi Mike joins Rabbi Yishai to talk about Sukkot including the universal call for humanity to pray in Jerusalem and the post-party of God and the Jews. Then, Malkah Fleisher on building the Sukkah and filling it with a national family love. And, of course, remembering Ari Fuld.
Yishai is in Boston airport on the way to Florida. He reflects on professional sports, on Moses passing the baton to the next generation, on accepting dichotomies, and on the Swiss-precision work of the high priest on Yom Kippur.