While COVID-19 is keeping the crowds away from Hebron on this Shabbat of Chayei Sarah, Rabbi Yishai will get you connected! First with Rav Mike Feuer on the challenges of purchasing the Land of Israel. Then, Brigadier General Amir Avivi on how to really secure Israel. And finally, how does the US election affect Israel – Yishi’s talk with the Australian Jewish Association down under!

“Lizrom” is Hebrew for ‘going with the flow’. So how do we ‘flow’ and find joy with Sukkot on lockdown? Malkah Fleisher has tips and joins Rabbi Yishai to use newfangled scanners in Israeli supermarkets and to Zoom with top musicians. Then, Rav Mike Feuer on Moses’ final blessing in the last Torah portion of the year – Ve’Zot Habracha.

Major General (res) Gershon HaCohen commanded the IDF mission to expel the Jews from Gush Katif in 2005. How does he see that thru a lens of a life attempting to do God’s will? He and Eve Harow discuss past and current crises and if chaos is actually the normal situation. What can we do as individuals and societies to bring some kind of balance to our daily lives and use the havoc as an opportunity for needed change? No real answers but many other examples of times when thinking creatively and even rebelliously saved the day from a man with vast experience on and off the battlefield.

Eve Harow shares some thoughts on a very different Yom Kippur, the passing of Rabbanit Miriam Levinger and an upcoming Sukkot without family and friends under the fronds.

As Israel was about to implement a closure on it’s “red communities,” with coronavius cases spiking out of control, the government yesterday decided to implement a “night curfew” instead in Israel’s most hard-hit towns and communities. On today’s Israel Uncensored with Josh Hasten, Josh berates the government for playing politics as thousands of new cases of COVID-19 are being confirmed daily. What will happen during Rosh Hashannah and the high holidays, when some are insisting on holding services in synagogues despite the infections? What about the mass protests still taking place against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? All of these questions and more, as Israel is in the midst of it’s hottest September in 118 years.

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Eve Harow has been out and about in a tourist-less Israel. She’s sending people and places out to the world virtually and acclimating to a slower pace in this incredible place.

Shmuel Rosner is a well known Tel Aviv–based columnist, editor, author and researcher. He and Eve Harow discuss a wide range of topics including aliya, annexation, the instability of the Mid East, COVID-19, Brazilian cruise ships and freedom of the press. His (co-authored with researcher Camil Fuchs) book ‘#IsraeliJudaism: Portrait of a Cultural Revolution’ is a fascinating study of the development of a Judaism unique to 21st century Israel. Vibrant, sustainable only in situ, how does he see Diaspora Judaism in relation to this old/new national civilization that has been created in our ancient land?

Aharon Ariel Lavi is the founder and director of Hakhel: The Jewish Intentional Communities Incubator in the Diaspora, which just won the prestigious Jerusalem Unity Prize established by the families of the 3 boys murdered 6 years ago. Lavi, with his eclectic, broad educational background, speaks with Eve Harow on his unique vision for global Jewishly based networks and shared-ideals communities. The current COVID-19 situation is challenging for those unprepared for crises; could planning for the Torah mandated sabbatical cycle provide an economic template for our rapidly changing world?

The world, and the Biblical Korach, are mad, but Rabbi Yishai and Rav Mike Feuer are calm because they behold the the flowering staff of the High Priest Aaron. Then, Malkah Fleisher on Yishai’s birthday and on the Second Wave!

Former Defense Minister and Leader of the Yamina Party Naftali Bennett joins Eve Harow for a wide ranging, frank conversation. He speaks from heart and head on Aliya, Iran, COVID-19, Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria -sans a Palestinian state – hi-tech, Shabbat and more. MK Bennett is busy in the opposition, continuing to apply his formidable skills and vast experience in many spheres to build and secure Israel’s future as a vibrant, stable, creative and successful Jewish state in the fullest meaning of the term.

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