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!

The last installment in the Heralds of Zion series. This class explores the differences between Political and Cultural Zionism, along with introducing the personalities of Asher Ginsberg and Max Nordau. The primary question on the table is – how do you shape a new Jew?

Class four in the Heralds of Zion series. In this class we explore the life of Theodore Herzl. Along the way we discuss assimilation, antisemitism and the major events which led up to the birth of Zionism as a political movement. The central question of the class is – what made Herzl the father of Zionism?

On today’s Israel Uncensored with Josh Hasten an interview with Israel activist Rabbi Avi Schwartz. Schwartz’s latest project is called “The Zionist Minute,” a series of short educational video segments made by high profile figures on what Zionism means to them. In addition, Schwartz, whose father was a Palmach war hero in Israel’s War of Independence, discusses how he is educating teens to be future Zionist leaders in the footsteps of the Palmach’s teachings and traditions.

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Class three in the ‘Heralds of Zion’ series. This time we explore the formation of Eastern European Enlightenment within the Pale of Settlement, along with the rise of nationalist thought across Europe. Add to this the resurgence of antisemitism within Russia and you have the context for Leon Pinsker’s work Auto-emancipation.

Class two of the ‘Heralds of Zion’ series. This class explores the tension between particularism and universalism as it found expression in the utopian socialist movements of the 19th century. In that context we meet Moses Hess, whose roots as a socialist did not prevent him from writing one of the earliest works of Jewish nationalism.

On today’s Israel Uncensored with Josh Hasten, a very special interview with Ashager Araro, the founder of Battae (“my house” in Amaharic), the Ethiopian Israeli Heritage Center in Tel Aviv. Araro, who was born in the desert as her parents literally walked to Israel on foot from Ethiopia, with her mom being nine months pregnant, shares her family’s heroic personal story of Zionism. Like many new ventures Battae, which opened in 2019, is suffering the pinch caused by the Coronavirus, and as a result Araro has founded a campaign in order to continue her mission to educate about Ethiopian Israeli heritage.

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The first in the ‘Heralds of Zion’ series. After introducing the two essential elements of Zionism, we explore its roots in classical religious thinking and how even this underwent an evolution in the 19th century.

On today’s Israel Uncensored with Josh Hasten, an interview with Rabbi Yehuda HaKohen from the Brit Hazon – Vision Alliance Movement. His movement’s goal is to re-instill a sense of Zionism for Jews in Israel and around the world, which he says perhaps has faded since Israel’s miraculous victory in the 1967 Six Day War. Hear how HaKohen and his colleagues are intellectually inspiring and shaping the next generation of Jewish thinkers and leaders.

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We spoke about the suburbs and the shadows, now it is time to talk about Zionism. The ‘Golden decade’ was a time of reorganization in general, and particularly in relation to the newborn State of Israel. Here is an episode whose characters will seem strikingly familiar today – non-Zionists, Zionists and anti-Zionists.

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