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In The News: Kotel Disturbances

August 2, 2022
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Rabbi Arie Hasit shares his story of officiating a bar-mitzvah when religious extremists disrupted prayers at the egalitarian section of the Western Wall. And Dan Elbaum of the Jewish Agency for Israel discusses the recently passed resolution that demands the Kotel be safe for ALL Jews to worship. With Teisha Bader.

In AJC Global’s “Great Debate,” NYT columnist Bret Stephens and American University Professor of History and Jewish Studies Pamela Nadell discuss whether the golden age of American Jewry has already peaked and is slowly declining through the decades.

Mordechai Kedar, scholar of Arab culture at Bar-Ilan University, discusses Arab political parties in Israel, his unique “8-State Solution,” the likelihood of Israeli normalization with Saudi Arabia, and more with Shahar Azani on location in Tel Aviv.

In the Spotlight: Pirkei Avot

August 1, 2022
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Jewish ethics suddenly feel clear and contemporary in the hands of Joseph Rosenstein, who shares with Abigail Pogrebin how he spent the pandemic unpacking the ancient rabbinic texts of Ethics of the Fathers for his new book, Reflections on Pirkei Avot.

Thinking Out Loud: Biden’s Visit

July 27, 2022
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JBS journalist Micah Halpern breaks down the stops on President Biden’s Israel visit, as well as his subsequent visit to Saudi Arabia, and what it could mean to the region. He also analyzes a recent column about interim Prime Minister Lapid’s lack of operational military experience and what that could mean on the ground if […]

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Scholar of Arab culture and researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center, shares his insights about President Biden’s visit to the Mideast and Israel’s upcoming elections, with Shahar Azani on location in Tel Aviv.

Mivtza Ukraine

July 25, 2022
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A program of music, hope and support for the people of Ukraine, featuring world-class instrumentalists, cantorial arrangements, refugee stories, and messages of solidarity from Masorti/Conservative leaders from across the globe.

Elliot Steinmetz, the winningest coach at Yeshiva University and Division III Men’s Basketball Coach of The Year for three years running, reveals the magic behind the YU team, the secret to his historic 50-game winning streak, and how he combines sports and faith at the highest levels.

Thinking Out Loud: Pariahs

July 19, 2022
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JBS journalist Micah Halpern analyzes how three international pariah states- Russia, Venezuela, and Iran- interact with each other and serve each other’s interests on the international stage and behind closed doors. He also highlights the fraught case of Siamak Namazi, an American citizen who has been unjustly imprisoned in Iran since 2015 and is now […]

In the Spotlight: Annie Polland

July 18, 2022
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Annie Polland, public historian, author, and President of the Tenement Museum in New York City, joins Abigail Pogrebin in conversation.