Why do nearly half of Israelis believe that their political leadership is corrupt and that their democracy is in danger? Gil Hoffman asks Israel Democracy Institute President Yohanan Plesner, a former Kadima MK, whose think-and-do tank has just published the findings of its annual comprehensive study, the Israel Democracy Index. Plesner explains why Israel is actually in good shape compared to other countries and how his study found that Israelis are very proud of their country, Israeli Arabs included. At the end of the show, Gil discusses the political impact of Israel’s operation on the Lebanese border, how special Hanukkah is in Jerusalem, and his pride in winning the annual Nefesh B’Nefesh Hanukkah Panoply Quiz Night.

First Yishai speaks with Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Bnai Yeshurun Congregation in Teaneck, New Jersey and discusses the future of American Jewry, of AIPAC, and of the America-Israel relationship. Then in New York City, at the Aliyah Mega Event, Yishai speaks with Rabbi Yehoshua Fass co-founder and director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. Finally a conversation with Rabbi ‘Gotch’ Yudin, Rosh Yeshiva and Director of Ashreinu – a special yeshiva which came to visit Hebron. Last but not least, Malkah Fleisher joins Yishai for a conversation about the Trump phenomenon and about preparation for Passover.

Hear the holy Rita share how her great grandparents would feel about her life in Israel and absorb the uplifting vibes of this wave of new Jews who have finally arrived home! (Forgive the shaky video ;))