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The Yishai Fleisher Israel Podcast

Sharing the struggle and the miracle of Israel! The Yishai Fleisher show is a popular English-language podcast exploring Israeli life, politics, and Jewish thought. Drawing on his experience as a journalist, legal and biblical scholar, IDF soldier, and spokesman for the Jewish Community of Hebron, Yishai sheds light on everything from global and Middle East news to weekly Bible/Torah study, health, family, and of course, the amazing rebirth of Israel.

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Woodstock Meets the Bible

The first purchase of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel is celebrated by forty-thousand Jews gathering in Hebron for Shabbat Chayei Sarah - and coincides with Secretary Pompeo's dramatic announcement! First, Rabbi Yishai studies Abraham's negotiations. Then, Rav Mike Feuer quests for Isaac's bride. And finally, Malkah Fleisher tweets at her enemies!

1hr 38mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Israeli Elections and JStreet

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.

1hr 36mins

11 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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Suppress or Express for Success?

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.

56mins

18 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Startup Nation or Hibernation in the Era of Coronavirus

There's a new month, a new book of the Torah, a new global pandemic, potentially a new Israeli government - and maybe a new world waiting to be formed! Rabbi Yishai is joined first by Rav Mike Feuer to find a Biblical precedent for this crisis. Then Leah Fleisher on a young person's perspective on being housebound. And finally, Malkah Fleisher on staying positive and connected to God when things want to get you down.

1hr 45mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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The Spy Who Didn't Love Me

"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!

1hr 55mins

20 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Madonna and the Blasphemer

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!

1hr 17mins

16 May 2019

Rank #6

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Hanukkah Socks in Space

Hanukkah is the ultimate Israeli independence holiday. But does Hasmonean-style independence mean xenophobia? Rabbi Yishai ponders the challenge of assimilation in light of Joseph's dreams. Then, Malkah Fleisher on the Festival of Lights from the deep Negev and on Astronaut Jessica Meir's Hanukkah socks from space.

45mins

26 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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God's Genome

Are Malkah and Yishai genetically Jewish? Join the laughs as they find out after taking the 23andMe genetic test. But first, Rav Mike joins Rabbi Yishai for the Torah portion of Ki Tetzeh which contains the genome of the Mosaic Law and the genome of Amalek as well.

1hr 39mins

12 Sep 2019

Rank #8

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Arab Spring, Waze Forward, Me Too, Selfie!

On both the Jewish and secular calendar, this year marks the passing of a decade. Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai Fleisher to review the last ten years in Israel and the world and also to follow the Biblical Joseph as he reveals himself to his brothers and brings his father Jacob down to Egypt. Then Malkah Fleisher on big changes in Jewish birthrate.

1hr 34mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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Pesach in Israel and Christadelphians

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!

1hr 38mins

24 Apr 2019

Rank #10

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A Wrestling Match Made In Heaven

Let's Get Ready To Rumble! It's Jacob versus his alter ego Yisrael in a battle for identity and how the Jewish story will evolve. Rav Mike Feuer and Rabbi Yishai Fleisher wrestle with the prospect of a 3rd Israeli election and with the Torah portion of Vayishlach. Then, Malkah Fleisher on the heinous Jersey City attack and an eye-opening study on what Muslims and Jews find offensive in the UK.

1hr 40mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Steal This Blessing

Are you blessed if you trick your own father to get his blessings? Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai in an attempt to snatch a blessing from the Torah portion of Toldot and understand the root of the rivalry between Yaakov (Jacob) and Esav (Esau). Then, Malkah Fleisher on Shabbat in Hebron with 45K people and on eating Biblical burgers!Photo Credit: Wikipedia / Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv - DSC_3714OSD

1hr 33mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Poking the Jihad Bear

Why did Sarah laugh? Why did Abraham defend the Sodomites? And why did God ask for child sacrifice?? Rav Mike Feuer and Rabbi Yishai Fleisher discuss the moral dilemmas of Parshat VaYera. Then, Malkah Fleisher on Israel killing an 'Islamic Jihad' general and dealing with a Gazan rocket barrage.

1hr 28mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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Fight, Die, Pray, Return... or the 5th Option

At the Red Sea, there were four political parties that had a "solution" for the dilemma of the oncoming Egyptian army - but God had a different plan, the splitting of the Red Sea! Rabbi Yishai Fleisher is joined by Rabbi Mike Feuer to dive in to the rough waters and see if they can split the difference. Plus: Malkah Fleisher on coronavirus and how the "Deal of the Century" looks now from Judea.Photo Credit: Flickr / Iforce

1hr 34mins

6 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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Israel's Sacrifice and Independence

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.

48mins

9 May 2019

Rank #15

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Balak Magic Woman

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.

1hr 16mins

11 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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Commence Genesising

Reunited and reinvigorated after the holidays, Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai for Big Bang of a discussion about the nature of creation, and ask who exactly is the snake, and why God went invisible. Then, Malkah Fleisher on Bat Mitzvah planning and Ben Shapiro on visiting Hebron.

1hr 31mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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The Priest, The Building, and the Budget

You need the MONEY and the BLESSINGS to make big things happen! The Forefather Jacob was totally broken, poor, and maybe even cursed until God revealed to him the dream of the ladder and the connection between heaven and earth. Join Yishai Fleisher as he tells his own story of Beit El (Bethel) revelation. Plus: is there a connection between the lack of rain in Israel to the lack of an Israeli government?

1hr 2mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Normalization - The Final Frontier

A pro-Israel Saudi blogger gets harassed on the Temple Mount. Jason Greenblatt rocks the UN. Pinchas shoots holy lasers and brings down flying Bilaam. And after the war, the Jews have to make booty dishes Kosher! Malkah Fleisher joins Rabbi Yishai for holy war and the path towards normalization.

46mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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When Auschwitz Gave Way to Jerusalem

The world's leaders are ascending to Jerusalem to remember Auschwitz - but what they are really commemorating is the greatest miracle of all time - the rebirth of Jerusalem! Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai Fleisher to listen in as God reveals to Moses His Great Plan. Then, Malkah Fleisher on the age-old question: Is there a blessing for the Czar?

1hr 35mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #20