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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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Jerusalem, Israel

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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.

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English


Episodes

Artist Mindy Wiesel describes a search for beauty as child of survivors

9/17/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week, we speak with artist Mindy Wiesel about her lifelong search for beauty in her artwork and life, amid the turmoil, pain and love of her Holocaust survivor parents. "AFTER: The Obligation of Beauty," is an unusual memoir, a hardbound, slim volume that divides Weisel's life into chapters of her artistic experience, with photos of her work, which includes paintings, glassworks and sculpture, illustrating each...

Duration:00:24:16

Congregational rabbis share high holiday plans, and thoughts

9/10/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week, we’re speaking with three different rabbis of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform denominations, in Israel and the US, about their work as congregational spiritual leaders during this high holiday period that began with Rosh Hashana on Monday night. The first rabbi to speak is Rabbi Seth Farber, an American-born rabbi living in Ra'anana, where he leads the Kehillat Netivot synagogue in his neighborhood. He...

Duration:00:36:35

Actor on the spectrum seeks job through reality show

9/1/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week, we’re speaking with Bryan Friedland, an actor on the autism spectrum who recently participated in Kan 11 reality show, "Tnu L'avod," ("Let Us Work"). The show, which aired in August, comprises four episodes about nine people with neurological and cognitive differences. All nine want to integrate into the Israeli workplace, and engage in a months-long process to find their way toward jobs and acceptance in...

Duration:00:25:05

How Jewish was Alexander Hamilton?

8/25/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week, we’re speaking with Andrew Porwancher, a professor at the University of Oklahoma, and author of the recently published, "The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton," about the founding father's Jewish background and influences. Porwancher spent the better part of a decade researching "The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton," before Lin Manuel-Miranda's musical hit on Broadway, changing the way millions think...

Duration:00:25:26

The 'mad genius' hypothesis with psychiatrist/musician Dr. David Sasso

8/18/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week, we’re speaking with Dr. David Sasso. A musician and psychiatrist, David works in the intersection of mental health, music, and the arts and serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine. Full disclosure, David and host Amanda Borschel-Dan attended high school together in Indianapolis, after which he studied Music Composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and double...

Duration:00:38:18

How a Kuwaiti Muslim now lives in Jerusalem as a Jew and Israeli citizen

8/11/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week we’re speaking with Mark Halawa, who -- although Jewish from birth according to halacha or Jewish law -- only after some 11 years in Israel recently gained his Israeli citizenship. That's because Mark was born and raised in Kuwait to a family of Palestinian refugees. His father, once a colleague of Yasser Arafat, is a secular Muslim. His mother is the daughter of a Jewish woman from the Holy Land who married a...

Duration:00:35:55

New JDC CEO Ariel Zwang on being a continual breaker of glass ceilings

7/28/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week, we’re speaking with Ariel Zwang, the new CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Zwang is a longtime CEO of other nonprofits, but for the Jewish world, it is still a real rarity to see a woman at the top. We’ll speak about a life of breaking glass ceilings and what still needs to be done for more gender parity in the Jewish organizational sphere. Zwang is just back from a month-long tour of...

Duration:00:21:23

High-risk pregnancy specialist on everything you need to know about being knocked up at 45

7/21/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week we're speaking with an up-and-coming high-risk pregnancy specialist Dr. Joshua Rosenbloom. The Harvard Medical School trained magna cum laude immigrated to Israel a few years ago and now works from Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem medical campus. When we spoke, Rosenbloom was fresh from delivering a baby a few minutes earlier via cesarean section and could have been called at any moment to deliver another, so...

Duration:00:23:32

For Tisha B'Av, recovering evidence of destruction at the Temple Mount Sifting Project

7/14/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week, ahead of Sunday's observance of Tisha B’Av on Sunday, which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples, we go onsite in Jerusalem to the Temple Mount Sifting Project. We speak with archaeologist Zachi Dvira, who is the co-director of the project. He’ll explain its controversial genesis and continuing struggle. At the end of our conversation, you'll hear as we wet sift a bucket of earth taken...

Duration:00:32:55

A goat, a girl and how a young Israeli director learns to be Zen in Burma

7/6/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week we’re speaking with a dynamic young Israeli filmmaker named Dani Schoffman, whose short “Aye Ko” was filmed in Burma after he lived in the fascinating mysterious country for several years following NYU film school. Here is a link to the film, so you can watch ”Aye Ko” now, before you hear us discuss it, or following our conversation. The film follows a 12-year-old Burmese girl as she struggles to bring a...

Duration:00:33:44

Gay Israeli youth make societal change by combining military service with serving communities

6/30/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week, at the tail end of Pride month, we're speaking with a leader of IGY — the Israel Gay Youth organization -- Rom Ohayon, who heads up all post-high school programs. Today, IGY is funded in part by the Israeli Ministries of Education, Health and Social Welfare, in addition to private donations. There are some 400 IGY volunteers who offer support and advocacy for over 4,000 gay youth a year throughout Israel. IGY...

Duration:00:24:30

NYT India correspondent's cautionary tale on 'nightmarish' delta COVID variant

6/22/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week, as Israel is experiencing a minor surge of the delta or Indian variant of the coronavirus, we speak with The New York Times’s South Asia bureau chief Jeffrey Gettleman, who is based in New Delhi. We discuss the horror of the height of the pandemic in India, which the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes as every nation’s nightmare. Prior to his four years in India, Gettleman has reported from war...

Duration:00:25:04

50,000 years ago, early man and Neanderthals had a 1st meet-cute in the Negev Desert

6/15/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week, ToI published an article about a fascinating study that pinpoints when and where early modern man met up with their Neanderthal cousins -- 50,000 years ago in the Negev Desert. The multi-disciplinary study was authored by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Weizmann Institute and draws on hi-tech carbon-14 dating, alongside the discovery of material culture excavated by IAA prehistorian, Dr. Omry...

Duration:00:32:02

Mahapach! Meet the Israeli prime minister who staged the country's 1st political 'Upheaval'

6/8/2021
Even as the State of Israel appears poised to usher in a new era of politics, this week on Times Will Tell we are looking back at the prime minister who, in 1977, caused the original “Mahapach” or “Upheaval” -- Menachem Begin. We’re speaking with director Jonathan Gruber, whose English-language film about Begin, “Upheaval,” opened this week. Gruber paints a complex picture of Begin, a self-proclaimed “simple Jew” from Poland, whose Zionism led him to become one of Israel’s founders and most...

Duration:00:28:45

Antisemitism: Where far-left and far-right extremists meet and greet

6/1/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. In the wake of Operation Guardian of the Walls, late last week, host Amanda Borschel-Dan had a startling conversation with antisemitism scholar Adi Kantor from the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv. Kantor is a research associate at the Europe Research Program and in the institute’s ongoing project "Contemporary Antisemitism in the United States.” Her main research fields include right-wing...

Duration:00:30:55

Bad Judeans? Despite biblical ban, non-kosher fish on ancient Israelite's tables

5/25/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week a crazy interesting study is published in the Tel Aviv archaeological journal called “The Pentateuchal Dietary Proscription against Finless and Scaleless Aquatic Species in Light of Ancient Fish Remains.” It was co-authored by Ariel University’s Dr. Yonatan Adler and Haifa University’s Prof. Omri Lernau; we're speaking with Adler. Finless and scaleless fish are prohibited in the Bible, in both Leviticus and...

Duration:00:30:59

Reality got you down? Escape into 'The Lost Shtetl,' the town that Hitler missed

5/19/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week we’re speaking with Max Gross, the author of the award-winning “The Lost Shtetl.” The book came out in October 2020 and we had a great no-spoilers interview with him then that was written by our writer Renee Ghert-Zand. Since then, it’s won a bunch of Jewish book awards. Podcast host Amanda Borschel-Dan recently read the book and loved it, so we’re having a fresh conversation in which we’re lifting up the...

Duration:00:23:12

A proposed cure for conversion perversion in the State of Israel

5/12/2021
Welcome to Times Will Tell, the weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. The holiday of Shavuot, or the Feast of Weeks, is here and one of the major themes surrounding this day that marks the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai is conversion. So we’re speaking with Seth Farber, an American-Israeli rabbi and social activist, who is a leading expert in conversion and how it went awry in the Jewish state. Farber was ordained by Yeshiva University and after moving to Israel, he earned a PhD in...

Duration:00:38:07

Proof the Nabateans' trade empire collapsed due to an ancient epidemic

5/5/2021
Hi everyone I’m Amanda Borschel-Dan and welcome to Times Will Tell, a weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. This week we’re speaking with the Israel Antiquities Authority’s senior researcher Dr. Tali Erickson-Gini about the Nabateans' Incense Road, today a World Heritage Site. We’ll talk about the fall of the Nabatean trade route — possibly due to an epidemic — and other precious commodities in the ancient Holy Land including how globalization influenced antiquity. For over 20 years,...

Duration:00:45:32

How Israeli/Palestinian 'Neighbors' Yossi Klein Halevi and Mohammed Dajani agree to disagree

4/27/2021
In the spirit of coexistence during the holy month of Ramadan, we held a special “Behind the Headlines” online discussion exclusively for The Times of Israel Community (join here). This week on our weekly Times Will Tell podcast, we bring you excerpts of the fascinating dialogue. In 2019, ToI Editor David Horovitz conducted a fascinating joint interview with Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi and Palestinian scholar Prof. Mohammed Dajani after the publication of Klein Halevi’s book, “Letters...

Duration:00:34:30