The foundational stories of Bereishit-Genesis are the building blocks of civilization! Rabbi Yishai is rejoined by Rav Mike Feuer to discuss Abraham's prayer for Sodom, and the huge test of Isaac's Binding. Then, former Congressman Robert Pittenger on the shocking Jihadist murder of pro-Israel British MP Sir David Amess.
On the Israel Podcast: Abraham was leaving home and heading to the Land of Israel, while we are coming home and back to the land in his footsteps. Join Rabbi Yishai for a chat about writing the original Aliyah Day law, bringing the first high level UAE visitor to Hebron, and putting in a beautiful new sink the Tomb of Ruth and Yishai in Hebron. And on the Torah portion: How God showed Abraham the Exodus at the Covenant Between the Parts!
On the Israel Podcast: Join Rabbi Yishai for a deep dive on hidden meanings of Torah's Flood narrative and what Noah's Ark represents on our life. Then, the roots of the Biblical word "Hamas" - violent distruction - and Israel's fight for control of the Holy Land.
Yishai recaps a magical holiday season which ended with an amazing Simchat Torah on the Arugot Farm. Then, memories of a great man of God, Rabbi Moshe Dovid Tendler. Finally, the Torah portion of Bereshit, the real Big Bang Theory of God's love.
It don't get more supernal than this - so don't miss the blessings! Join Yishai and Malkah Fleisher inside their Sukkah as they discuss Corona, the Jihad Squad, the Second Lebanon War, how to be happy on Sukkot, how to say "schach" properly, and Malkah's award-winning brisket!
Yishai comes back from praying on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Rosh Hashanah with a "Spiritual Sun Tan" and speaks about the challanges the State of Israel faces - and about Jonah, the reluctant prophet who, in many ways, symbolizes the Jewish people's role in this world.
Rosh Hashanah is upon us - so let's get ready together! First, Malkah Fleisher on sending Israeli children for a new school year. Rav Mike Feuer on gentiles celebrating the New Year and the Torah portion of Nitzavim. And Ambassador Michael Oren on his book Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide and the Jewish Roots of Hebron.
Malkah and Yishai return from America to Judea and prepare for a new school year with the challenge of Corona in the background. Then, Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss the Torah portion of Ki Tavo and the declarations of gratitude for Hashem's blessings in the land.
Rabbi Yishai returns home to the Holy Land and is joined by Rav Mike Feuer to hash out Israel's relationships with empires - especially today's Western-American tilt. Is Israel meant to compete with Rome, or is meant to buttress the current paradigm?
Talking Israel in the heart of the Diaspora: Somewhere on the Upper East Side, Rabbi Yishai connects with Rabbi Yehuda Hakohen of the Vision Movement to discuss the purpose of Jewish power in our generation, teaching Hebrew universality to young Progressives, and the commemoration of Rabbi Kook's legacy as seen from Babylon/Rome/New York City.
From the road, Yishai talks about meeting Chickasaw Indians and thinking about the importance of maintaining nationalism and tribal culture. Then, in the Torah portion of Re'eh, the big Mitzvah of finding and fighting for God's place - and making sure others don't desecrate it.
Yishai is on the road with the family and having BIG Texas thoughts about the Israeli government's wrong-headed bid to reenter UNESCO and about the authentic Palestine - Palestine Texas, that is! Also the Torah portion of Ekev, where God cuts the Jews down to the right size!
On the road, Yishai monologues about the power of the Biblical narrative in the lives of average people - and Israel's lackluster promotion of that narrative - which results in the Ben and Jerry’s edict against Judea. Also, some key verses in the Torah portion of Va'etchanan including an explanation of what Jewish wisdom really is.
The Fleisher's answer to Ben & Jerry's disgusting and bigoted edict.
9 Days and almost 9th of Av, Yishai and Malkah go positive on Israel and mark the progress of the Jewish State even in the current bumpy period. Then, Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to inaugurate the Book of Devarim and discuss the simplicity of entering the Land with God.
Yishai and Malkah get into the nitty-gritty and philosophy of an Israeli law to block Arab family reunification and the coalition's efforts to block state subsidies to Ultra-Orthodox families - both of which are core issues that affect where Israel is going. Then, Gabe Groisman, Mayor of Bal Harbour, on the pain and strength behind the Surfside disaster.
Yishai & Malkah talk about the fear of defending a tribal Israel in liberal circles, about getting detained for singing Hatikva on the Temple Mount, and about the rise of next gen Biblical leaders in the Torah portion of Pinchas - including the courageous Daughters of Tzlafchad.
Yishai and Malkah discuss the recent posting of a Gay Pride flag over the Jewish State's Foreign Ministry and the challenge it brings to those Israelis who believe Israel should represent ancestral Jewish values. Then, Rabbi Yishai on the Torah portion of Balak, the evil wizard who came to curse Israel, and whose problematic outlook can teach us something positiv
Hamas doesn't want Jews marching with flags in Jerusalem - but what's going to be the policy of the new Bennett government? Malkah Fleisher on the end of Corona and the sacrifice of the prophetess Miriam in the Torah portion of Chukat. And then Rav Mike Feuer on beating back the energy of death with the Red Heifer.
First, Yishai and Malkah discuss what Israel feels like as Covid restrictions are lifting and as a new and questionable government, replacing "old faithful" Netanyahu, is about to be sworn in. Then, Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to wonder what God is telling the Jews as a sinkhole opens in Jerusalem on the Torah portion of Korach and the Biblical story of the iconic sinkhole in the desert.
Yishai stands on a street corner in Brooklyn and holds the tension between Diaspora and Israel and between Jewish universalism and Hebrew nationalism. Then, Yishai's talk with the liberal-leaning Jewish students of the Hartman Institute.
With crazy sleep deprivation, Yishai posts his first on-the-road show in 16 months! Hear about Kumah, the Quail, and saying 'Lechaim' to the King!
A multi-front war has opened against Israel - in Gaza, in mixed cities, in the world opinion, and within Jewish society itself. Rabbi Yishai is joined by Rav Mike Feuer in a search of advancements that will come as a result of this conflict, and to ask if the ancient Biblical hero Samson can teach us something. Then, Yishai speaks with General Amir Avivi to dig up the roots of Hamas' rocket power and the death of land-giveaway solutions.
Major terror attacks were recently foiled in Kiryat Arba & Hebron. All the details...
Israel is in a three-front war: Gaza rocket fire, Jihadist gangs in the streets of mixed cities, and the Narrative War against the Jewish State. Malkah Fleisher joins Yishai to talk about the Jewish right to be aggressive in the face of the Jihad - and what it's like to raise kids in this reality. Then, Rav Mike Feuer on the biblical command to get ready for war and being proud of Jewish strength.
Yishai and family were in Meron one hour before tragedy hit. Malkah Fleisher joins to talk about the loss and the lessons, and why some people, like Israel's Supreme Court are "Woker Than Thou". Then, Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai in preparing for the seventh Sabbatical Shemittah year in the Torah portion of Behar/Bechukotai and for Jerusalem Day in Jerusalem.
First, Malkah Fleisher joins Yishai to reveal her secret recipe for Shavuot Cheesecake and tell the story of her grandfather's refusal to convert away from his faith during the Shoah. Then, Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Arieh King on how to curb the Ramadan riots at the Shechem Gate of the Old City. And finally, Rav Mike Feuer on the secret Torah of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and why blasphemers are losers.
Yishai and Malkah go to a Ramadan Iftar dinner in Hebron to break bread with pro-normalization Palestinians. Then, Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to deal with Israel's political crisis and to see how the Torah law of Parshat Kedoshim can help heal society.
Join Yishai and Malkah Fleisher to celebrate Israeli Independence Day - by giving gratitude to Hashem and honoring the sacrifice of those who fought - for the rebirth of the Jewish Commonwealth in the land of Israel through the advent of the State of Israel.
First, Malkah Fleisher on entering the post-Pesach and post-Corona period, and realizing that the Holocaust means living out our ancestors dreams. Then, Yishai lets off Yom HaShoah steam on the problem with Euro-journalists. And finally, Rav Mike Feuer on holy food and why God cares that pig ain't kosher.