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In-depth, long-form interviews with scholars, writers, and thinkers about their work and ideas that make up the debate in and about Israel.

In-depth, long-form interviews with scholars, writers, and thinkers about their work and ideas that make up the debate in and about Israel.

Location:

United States

Description:

In-depth, long-form interviews with scholars, writers, and thinkers about their work and ideas that make up the debate in and about Israel.

Language:

English


Episodes

My Neighbor, My Kapo

2/24/2020
Between 1950-1972, dozens of former Jewish kapos stood trial in Israel, yet their story is almost entirely unknown. Prof. Dan Porat, a historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discusses his book Bitter Reckoning: Israel Tries Holocaust Survivors as Nazi Collaborators, a 2019 National Jewish Book Award finalist. An excerpt appeared in Time magazine, read it here. This season is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal...

Duration:00:26:25

Israeli and Palestinian Literature as Critique

2/17/2020
Dr. Kfir Cohen Lustig, Academic Director of the Globalization and Sovereignty Cluster at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, discusses his book Makers of Worlds, Readers of Signs: Israeli and Palestinian Literature of the Global Contemporary. Exploring the relevance of the Marxist tradition in literary criticism, he offers a new understanding of globalization. This season is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the...

Duration:00:27:20

More Jewish, Less Democratic?

2/10/2020
Rabbi Hara Person, the Chief Executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, is the publisher of the new book Deepening the Dialogue: American Jews and Israelis Envision the Jewish Democratic State. She offers insights into how Reform Rabbis, whose finger is on the Jewish-American pulse virtually more than anyone else, can communicate Israel to their communities and vice-versa. This season is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic,...

Duration:00:27:53

Existential Frets: The Rise and Fall of Jean-Paul Sartre in the Arab World

2/3/2020
Dr Yoav Di Capua, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Arab intellectual history, discusses his new book No Exit: Arab Existentialism, Jean Paul Sartre and Decolonization. This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel.

Duration:00:40:08

Reading Farsi in Tel Aviv

1/27/2020
Behind the political bogeyman of modern Iran lie centuries of Persian poetry and literature. Orly Noy, journalist and political activist, translates Farsi literature into Hebrew, from the novels of Mahmoud Dowlatabadi to the poems of Forough Farrokhzad. Her work brings the soul of Iran to Israel - and her readings bring the music. This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social...

Duration:00:35:35

Why Can't America Embrace Palestine?

1/20/2020
Khaled Elgindy, formerly at the Brookings Institute and currently Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli Affairs at the Middle East Institute, writes that America's fundamental ambiguity over the Palestinian national cause has been an underlying and unappreciated factor in the failure of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations over the years, in his new book, Blind Spot – America & the Palestinians, From Balfour to Trump. This season of the Tel Aviv Review...

Duration:00:33:49

Populism for the Popular Audience

1/13/2020
Scholars and co-authors Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser and Cas Mudde provide a comprehensive look at the elusive phenomenon of populism for the general reader. Their treatment of populism spans left to right, south to north, people to leaders, and explains why democracies are the most vulnerable to populist trends. This episode is made possible by the Israel office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, which promotes peace, freedom, and justice through political education.

Duration:00:36:47

The Israeli Economy: A Report Card

1/6/2020
Prof. Karnit Flug, former Governor of the Bank of Israel and currently Vice President for Research at the Israel Democracy Institute, analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the Israeli economy. This episode is made possible by the Israel Democracy Institute, an independent center of research and action dedicated to strengthening the foundations of Israeli democracy.

Duration:00:39:15

Zionism Explained to My Neighbor

1/3/2020
Yossi Klein Halevy, American-Israeli writer and public intellectual, senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, discusses his best-selling book Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, an attempt to engage in Israeli-Palestinian dialogue while transcending the temptation to try to converge the conflicting narratives. This episode is made possible by the Z3 Project, an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC, committed to creating an ongoing, dynamic forum for opinions and ideas...

Duration:00:29:50

How to Deal With the Oldest Hatred

12/30/2019
Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger, a Reform rabbi at the West London Synagogue and a member of the House of Lords, as well as a member of several philanthropic organizations, including the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, of which she is chair, discusses her book Antisemitism: What it is. What it isn’t. Why it Matters. This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel.

Duration:00:30:20

In His Image

12/27/2019
Dr Tomer Persico, a religions scholar, currently Shalom Hartman Institute Bay Area Scholar in Residence and the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley, discusses his forthcoming book, The Image of God: The Idea that Changed the World and Judaism. This episode is made possible by the Z3 Project, an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC, committed to creating an ongoing, dynamic forum for opinions and ideas about Diaspora Jewry and Israel. The Oshman...

Duration:00:26:53

How to Fight Back Against Populists, Politely

12/23/2019
Israeli law scholar Dr. Yaniv Roznai analyzes the multiple layers of damage populist leaders wreak on democracy, often attacking the foundation of political life: the constitution. But he also argues that this is not a losing battle, and analyzes legal mechanisms for limiting the injury, and preserving liberal democracy values in the long game. This episode is made possible by the Israel office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, which promotes peace, freedom, and justice through political...

Duration:00:38:19

‘To Celebrate Independence Day Is to Make a Statement of Faith’

12/20/2019
Rabbi Prof. Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, one of the most prominent Jewish thinkers and community leaders in Postwar America, discusses the place of Israel in his theological worldview, and the shifting characteristics of the Jewish-American experience in the 21st century. This episode is made possible by the Z3 Project, an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC, committed to creating an ongoing, dynamic forum for opinions and ideas about Diaspora Jewry and Israel. The Oshman Family JCC is a...

Duration:00:25:57

The Right Stuff: When Israel Knew How to Compromise

12/16/2019
Two of the most prominent figures in America's efforts to advance a two-state solution, Ambassador Dennis Ross and David Makovsky, take a deep look at four Israeli leaders and their pivotal decisions. Their book, Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny, shows how the strength of these leaders lay in their vision of knowing when to make historic compromise. This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute,...

Duration:00:41:24

Bret Stephens on the State of America and the State of Israel

12/13/2019
The prominent New York Times columnist joins the Tel Aviv Review at the Z3 conference to discuss politics in the US and across the pond. This episode is made possible by the Z3 Project, an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC, committed to creating an ongoing, dynamic forum for opinions and ideas about Diaspora Jewry and Israel. The Oshman Family JCC is a premier source in the Silicon Valley of exciting and innovative programming; focused on architecting the Jewish future.

Duration:00:29:44

The Right to Culture: A Right in Its Own Right?

12/9/2019
Edna Harel-Fisher, a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute and a former legal adviser to several government bodies, discusses her position paper on the government's role in financing culture as part of ensuring the freedom of expression - before, during and after Miri Regev. This episode is made possible by the Israel Democracy Institute, an independent center of research and action dedicated to strengthening the foundations of Israeli democracy.

Duration:00:33:29

My Israel: A Neo-Zionist Awakening

12/6/2019
Sara Haetzni-Cohen, the director of My Israel, a grassroots organization dedicated to promote Zionism online and a columnist in the weekly Makor Rishon newspaper, explains the role of the hard right in challenging Likud centrists and center-left moderates alike. This episode is made possible by the Z3 Project, an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC, committed to creating an ongoing, dynamic forum for opinions and ideas about Diaspora Jewry and Israel. The Oshman Family JCC is a premier...

Duration:00:28:27

Anti-Globalization Goes Global

12/2/2019
Israeli television's veteran foreign affairs reporter Nadav Eyal has hung out with miners in Pennsylvania, Molotov-cocktail wielding anarchists in Greece, neo-Nazis in Germany, Marine LePen and other good company. In his book The Revolt Against Globalization, he argues that globalization provides the unifying context for some of the most powerful, and worrying, political movements of our age. This episode is made possible by the Israel office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, which promotes...

Duration:00:37:16

Who Is a Gentile?

11/29/2019
Rabbi Sigalit Ur, a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, discusses her study encompassing hundreds of dialogues between Jews and Gentiles in Rabbinic literature. This episode is made possible by the Z3 Project, an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC, committed to creating an ongoing, dynamic forum for opinions and ideas about Diaspora Jewry and Israel. The Oshman Family JCC is a premier source in the Silicon Valley of exciting and innovative programming; focused on architecting...

Duration:00:33:20

Avishai Margalit on Betrayal

11/24/2019
Avishai Margalit, Prof. Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, as well as a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, discusses his 2017 book On Betrayal, a philosophical exploration of the similarities and differences between adultery, treason and apostasy as well as other forms of breach of trust. This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which...

Duration:00:27:19