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From The Times of Israel, a weekly deep dive into the past, present, and future of the Land of Israel, the Jewish people, and beyond.

From The Times of Israel, a weekly deep dive into the past, present, and future of the Land of Israel, the Jewish people, and beyond.


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From The Times of Israel, a weekly deep dive into the past, present, and future of the Land of Israel, the Jewish people, and beyond.




Too soon? An Israeli scholar explains why Holocaust humor is here to stay

Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week, in honor of Yom Hashoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, we’re speaking with Dr. Liat Steir-Livny, who is a senior lecturer in Holocaust, film and culture studies at Sapir Academic College and the Open University. Steir-Livny, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, is the author of five books and innumerable articles on the Holocaust in contemporary popular culture, including "Is it O.K to Laugh about...


Rabbi, is there a blessing for coming out of the closet? There is now: A new Reform prayer book

Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast of The Times of Israel. This week, just ahead of Passover, we’re speaking about a new Israeli Reform movement prayer book called "Tfillat HaAdam." It combines Jewish traditions with new liturgy that deals with modern issues including pluralism, democracy and women’s rights. "Tefillat HaAdam" is a compilation of modern Israeli poetry (such as the Hannah Senesh poem that gave the book its title) and literature, alongside traditional blessings and...


Busting myths, scholar explores how women influenced Jesus' teachings

Welcome to Times Will Tell, The Times of Israel weekly podcast. This week we're speaking with author and scholar James McGrath, a professor in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University in Indianapolis. We'll speak about his new book, “What Jesus Learned From Women,” a project that was spurred by a curious graduate student's question. The book is an interesting hybrid of classical historical/theological scholarship and imaginative historical fiction as McGrath works out just...


Equitable access to menstrual products is still a bloody mess

This week in honor of International Women’s Day, we're taking up menstruation rights on Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel, and speaking with Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, the co-founder of the advocacy group, Period Equity (https://www.periodequity.org/). Weiss-Wolf is a lawyer and the vice president and the inaugural women and democracy fellow of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law. Her work focuses on gender, politics— and menstruation, including the ongoing...


Food, sex, atheism and guilt: Just your typical episode of Yiddish-favorite, YidLife Crisis

Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week we're speaking with the brains and brawn behind the hit web series “YidLife Crisis”, Eli Battalion and Jamie Elman. In a love letter to their hometown of Montreal, the two secular Jews schmooze and nosh their way in and out of uncomfortable situations born of their own twisted minds. The very modern, very Jewish series is filmed mostly in Yiddish and filled with food, sex, atheism, and a dash of parental...


Philosopher Micah Goodman on Israelis' ongoing search for Jewish identity and the role of God in Purim

This week on The Times of Israel's Times Will Tell podcast, we're speaking with popular Israeli philosopher Dr. Micah Goodman, whose book “The Wondering Jew” just came out in English. It’s a deep dive into the Israeli search for Jewish identity from both the secular and religious sides. He breaks down the differing foundational ideologies, how they connect and divide Israelis and proposes a middle path. We also discuss the ultra-Orthodox community’s loud and proud noncompliance to...


3 unique voices on how Black and Jewish communities can fight together for change

This week on The Times of Israel's weekly podcast Times We Tell, we honor Black History Month and speak to three members of the Black and Jewish communities about their experiences, their struggles and their visions for the future in a panel, “Circles of Trust: Black and Jewish Communities Fight Together for Change.” A little about our panelists: The Times of Israel readers may be familiar with Ed Gaskin through his stunning blog on The Times of Israel, “After the Tree of Life tragedy, I...


For Family Day, a schmooze with Israeli parenting guru Einat Nathan

Israel is observing Yom HaMishpacha or Family Day on February 12 and so this week on Times Will Tell we're speaking with Einat Nathan, a leading Israeli parenting guru. In April, Nathan is publishing a new English-language book, “My Everything: The Parent I want to be, the children I hope to raise.” Nathan's path to parenting was fraught with loss. In her book, she describes in frank detail how losing twin boys to a "quiet" or stillbirth at week 39 turned her into the parent she is today....


Spectacular 'biblical' royal purple cloth at Timna and all about radiocarbon dating

Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week we have two really interesting, really nerdy, interviews with two of Israel’s leading archaeological scholars. First, we’ll speak with Tel Aviv University Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef, who since 2013 has led the excavations at Timna on the site of the fabled King Solomon Copper Mines and their surroundings. As you’ll hear, the excavation is currently concentrating on the Iron Age activities of the nomadic Edomite...


Yad Vashem has commemorated the Holocaust online since the 1990s. Avner Shalev tells us what is different this year

Hello everyone, welcome to Times Will Tell, a weekly podcast by The Times of Israel. This week, in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we are speaking with the out-going, longtime head of Yad Vashem, Avner Shalev. Shalev will speak about the United Nation’s 2005 adoption of January 27 -- the day Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army -- as the global commemoration of the Holocaust. We also speak about cynical political uses of Holocaust memory, researchers’ undying battle for...


HEAR a 29-year-old composer's 'Kaddish' and defining the oldest hatred with EU anti-Semitism czar

Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week we’re traveling to Europe and speaking with two impressive individuals. First, we'll hear a short chat with 29-year-old Swedish composer Jacob Mühlrad, who, just ahead of the January 27th International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is releasing his a-cappella choir piece, “Kaddish” on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. Based on texts written by Elie Wiesel and recorded testimony from Mühlrad's Holocaust...


At the site where Jesus was baptized on the banks of the Jordan River, a festive mass after 54 years

Welcome to Times will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week we go onsite to the banks of the Jordan River near Jericho to attend the first mass in 54 years at a Franciscan church called the St. John the Baptist Chapel. Along with another dozen or so churches on both sides of the Jordan, the chapel commemorates the site where it is traditionally thought that Jesus was baptized. To make the day even more special, for the Catholic church that date marks the Feast of the...


Who you calling a Philistine? Not the biblical bad guys we once thought, says Gath archaeologist

Welcome to Times Will Tell, a weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week we're going deep into biblical archaeology and the fields new techniques with Bar Ilan University Prof. Aren Maeir, who for the past 25 years has led the excavations at Tell es-Safi, more commonly known as biblical Gath. We talk about the Philistines — a complex mosaic of Sea Peoples who migrated to the Holy Land from the Aegean during the biblical era — and about a couple new studies that have recently come out...


ToI's completely subjective countdown of 11 great, Jew-ische shows, songs, movies and books of 2020

This week on The Times of Israel Podcast we asked our New York-based film critic Jordan Hoffman to pick up the mic and give us a run down of his top 10 Jewish released for 2020. He came up with 11. "If I had to summarize 2020 in a single phrase, I’d choose an old reliable: oy vey iz mir," said Hoffman to open his accompanying essay. Check out his list in full on The Times of Israel website See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


Inside ToI: Outgoing diplomacy reporter debriefs, plus a COVID update from our science correspondent

This week we're taking you behind the scenes at The Times of Israel to speak with two colleagues. We’ll hear first from Raphael Ahren, our outgoing diplomatic reporter, who left us this week after almost 9 years at The Times of Israel. Raphael, who speaks four languages fluently, went to 26 countries on behalf of The Times of Israel. Even tho he didn’t bring back chocolate from all of them, he is well beloved and we’re all sad to see him go. Next we’ll hear from The Times of Israel’s new...


Pianist Orli Shaham riffs on recording the complete sonatas of improv master Mozart during COVID-19

This week The Times of Israel Podcast is bringing you a sneak peak at a new album, Mozart Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 1, recorded by Israeli-American performer, Orli Shaham. Shaham was born in Jerusalem, but following in the footsteps of her big brother, the violinist Gil Shaham, she quickly found her way to New York where she began training at the Juilliard School. Today she teaches the next generation of artists there, and performs internationally with major orchestras. Shaham recorded...


Documentary director Igal Hecht takes the Bible into 'The Wilderness' in new 10-part series

This week we’re speaking with Canadian-Israeli documentary filmmaker Igal Hecht, whose newest project “The Wilderness” is now screening in North America. "The Wilderness" is a 10-part series exploring biblical stories from the Hebrew and Christian Bibles in which the core action takes place in the desert. The stories include the Temptation of Christ, Hagar’s promise, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the story of Ruth and Naomi. Hecht himself plays Lot because, as he put it, anyone who had a beard was...


Medieval poop chute, history-shifting inscription exposed at Jerusalem's Tower of David

This week The Times of Israel Podcast is taking you on a journey through thousands of years of history and archaeology at the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem’s Old City. It’s undergoing a huge renovation, which will make the Crusader-period building more accessible and double the space of the indoor galleries. But because they can’t build up, the museum, in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority, is going deep down into a Crusader moat that was filled in during the Ottoman...


Times of Israel panel on the US elections and what they mean for the Jewish State

This Thanksgiving week, founding editor David Horovitz, Senior Analyst Haviv Rettig Gur, and US Correspondent Jacob Magid join Deputy Editor Amanda Borschel-Dan to speak about the Israeli-American relationship vis a vis the outgoing Trump and incoming Biden administrations. We’ll talk about what Israelis are grateful for, concerns about Iran, hopes for additional peace agreements in the new Middle East -- and what Borschel-Dan has in common with Biden Chief of Staff Ron Klain. See...


How Israelis have mastered the art of resilience to thrive against all odds

This week on The Times of Israel Podcast we’ll hear a Behind the Headlines video interview that was conducted for The Times of Israel Community with Michael Dickson and Dr. Naomi Baum, the authors of “Isresilience: What Israelis Can Teach the World.” The book takes readers on a journey across Israel to profile 14 Israelis who have overcome extreme odds, and continued to “bounce forward” in their lives. Dickson is the head of StandWithUs Israel and Baum is an internationally known expert in...