JBS journalist Micah Halpern discusses how Ukrainians are managing to root out Russian spies in their midst: they use simple pronunciation tests that determine if the alleged spy can properly say uniquely Ukrainian words. Micah compares this practice of “shibboleth” to both stories contained in the Torah and to practices used by Americans during World […]

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JBS journalist Micah Halpern discusses Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s recent three-hour, in-person meeting with Vladimir Putin, which was set up in the hopes that Israel can somehow play a role in mediating an end to Russia’s brutal attack on Ukraine. Micah also analyzes a recent CBS News Op-Ed about the terrifying pervasiveness of the […]

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JBS journalist Micah Halpern discusses the long history of Jews in living in Ukraine. From being the homeland of famed Jews like Golda Meir and Vladimir Jabotinsky, to being the blood-soaked land of both the shockingly brutal Bogdan Chmielnicki in the seventeenth century and the atrocities of Hitler’s Einsatzgruppen at Babi Yar, Ukraine. Micah also […]

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JBS journalist Micah Halpern revisits President Ronald Reagan’s troubling decision in 1985 to ceremonially visit the cemetery in Bitburg, Germany, which contained the graves of Nazi SS soldiers, even in spite of Elie Wiesel’s public pleading to cancel the visit. In the context of a recent congressional delegation’s visit to Israel, Micah also explores the […]

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JBS journalist Micah Halpern offers his take on the biggest news in the world right now, Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. He also highlights the challenges faced by Israel as they attempt to thread the needle on supporting Ukraine but also not angering Russia. Ep. 236

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JBS journalist Micah Halpern opines about various public controversies regarding the Holocaust in the news right now, including the continuing fallout from the Whoopi Goldberg comments, as well as the more recent remarks by Marjorie Taylor Greene. He also highlights the long career of former Ambassador David Friedman and his role in various Trump administration […]

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JBS journalist Micah Halpern analyzes the meaning and implementation of the American diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, as well as the complicated history of the ancient and modern Olympic games that brought us to this point. He also discusses the violent end of ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as American commandos encircled his […]

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JBS journalist Micah Halpern discusses the restless youth population of Iran, and how the Islamic leadership’s failure to address the basic needs of the population as a whole could lead to internal instability. He also analyzes the selfish philosophical underpinnings of international relations, and how it may benefit mankind to revise these understandings in a […]

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JBS journalist Micah Halpern breaks down the unsettling case of Christina Darling, a 21-year-old college student in Brooklyn, who is accused of hurling anti-Semitic insults and physically spitting on a young Jewish boy last week. He also discusses the FBI’s initial miscategorization of the Colleyville hostage-taking as being “not specifically related to the Jewish community,” […]

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JBS journalist Micah Halpern analyzes how the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was carried out by the United States on the two-year anniversary of the dramatic killing. Micah also opines on the connection between the violent actions of the hostage-taker at the Texas synagogue and his Muslim faith. Ep. 230

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