It is not every day that you get to speak with a legend, much less interview one. Here are some precious words I had with the Alter Rebbe of Jewish History, Rabbi Berel Wein. We touch on the nature of history, the Jewish people, the experience of salvation and much more.

Few images are as iconic as Jacob’s dream of a ladder connecting Heaven and Earth in Biblical Beit El. Malkah Fleisher joins Yishai to remember their life in the modern Beit El which also called them back to Israel from the Diaspora. Then Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to help Jacob deal with stones: a monument to a Godly promise, and a monument to an Earthly pact with Laban. Plus: A special song from the Torah portion by famous musician Chaim Dovid!

The return to Israel can have two meanings – a return to the Land and a return to essential self. The birth of the settlement movement striving for redemption was one of the most significant results of the Six Day War, and no community tells the story better than Hebron.

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The battle over the birthright continues! First Malkah Fleisher joins Yishai to see if the Abraham Accords are on the right path – or is the dreaded Two State regaining traction? Then, Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai for ringside seats in the epic fight between Jacob and Esav for the blessing in the Torah portion of Toldot. Finally, Yishai appears on an NPR-style show to defend Jewish settlements. Plus: a cameo by Leah Fleisher!

One can look at life as one long string of decisions, whether for individuals or nations. Israel had a number of decisions to make in the wake of the Six Day War and none was more pressing than where to place the borders. Here is an episode about some of the factors in that decision – the Allon Plan and the return to Kfar Etzion – which helped shape the future.

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!

This week on The Jewish Story, Rav Mike Feuer hosted author and thought leader Yossi Klein Halevi. Their conversation touches on his personal experience of Meir Kahane and the early struggle for Soviet Jewry, the challenges of writing, the power of Jerusalem to evoke dreams and much more. Tune in for an inspiring episode treating the impact of 1967 on past, present and future.

The tension of the US elections and their global impact are HUGE. Malkah Fleisher joins Yishai to make heads or tails of it, and fight against the divisiveness which benefits only the bad guys. Then, Rav Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to follow the escapades of forefather Abraham from defending Sodom, to Ishmael’s eviction, to the Binding on the Temple Mount

The Israeli communities of Judea and Samaria represent the front-lines of Zionism – but some people think we should evacuate them for the sake of peace. Rabbi Yishai Fleisher debates social media influencer Hen Mazzig on the contentious topic. But first, Rav Mike Feuer joins Yishai for a walk on the wild side – as Abraham hears the call to LECH LECHA!

Abundance is always a blessing, so long as one has the capacity to receive it. In the weeks and months after their victory in June of 1967, the Israeli government struggled to absorb the meaning and practical implications of everything which they had just acquired. This episode begins our exploration of the new political, economic and spiritual realities which began on the day after the war.

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