Times Of Israel Podcast

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The podcast platform of The Times of Israel. Covering developments in Israel, the Middle East and around the Jewish world.

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

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

    03/02/2021 Duração: 51min

    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 kingdom. The team has uncovered all sorts of 3,000-year-old artifacts, including three super rare textiles that are dyed with the precious argaman or true purple that is mentioned in the Bible. Based on these findings and others, Ben-Yosef has developed a truly fascinating take on the early biblical United Monarchy. Read more here: https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-cloths-with-royal-purple-dye-found-in-israel-dated-to-king-davids-time/ The second half of our program is devoted to an interview with Weizmann Institute of

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

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

    26/01/2021 Duração: 37min

    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 truth, and how Yad Vashem is much more than a mere museum. Next, we’ll speak with Yad Vashem educator Orit Margaliot, who has put together a new virtual tour of Auschwitz’s Block 27 pavilion in Poland, which is also under Yad Vashem’s auspices. And finally we speak with Dana Porat, the director of Yad Vashem’s digital division, about her team’s work online, which has only become more critical over the past year. During this episode we will hear music commissioned for Yad Vashem, including the piece “Facing the Loss,”

  • HEAR a 29-year-old composers Kaddish and defining the oldest hatred with EU anti-Semitism czar

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

    20/01/2021 Duração: 50min

    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 survivor grandfather, the piece is a spellbinding wall of sound. (Stick around until the end of the program when we’ll play the piece in full.) Next, we speak with Brussels-based Katharina von Schnurbein, who is the first European Commission Coordinator on Combatting Anti-Semitism. We speak about the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism, and about some of its practical — and problematic — results. Images: Composer Jacob Mühlrad (Andre Garcia); European Commission Coordinator on Combatting Anti-Semitism Katharina von

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

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

    12/01/2021 Duração: 13min

    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 Baptism of the Lord. Meaning, the priests were commemorating the day of Jesus’s baptism at the place where he was meant to have been baptized. Why has it been so long since the monks were able to hold mass here? Well, the Franciscans only received permission to re-enter the church compound in October. During the 1967 Six Day War, the entire Qasr Al-Yahud baptismal site area was littered with thousands of landmines. In a cooperative, multi-year mission between the UK-based Halo Trust and the IDF, the entire area has been c

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

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

    06/01/2021 Duração: 41min

    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 that change perceptions of the Levant in the 9th and 10th centuries BCE. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • ToIs completely subjective countdown of 11 great, Jew-ische shows, songs, movies and books of 2020

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

    28/12/2020 Duração: 28min

    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

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

    22/12/2020 Duração: 35min

    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 science and health reporter, Nathan Jeffay. Nathan joined our staff in March to cover the COVID-19 crisis and he hasn’t really slept since. This week, Israel started vaccinating the general population — starting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. We’ll hear from Raphael first. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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

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

    15/12/2020 Duração: 37min

    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 Mozart’s Complete Piano Sonatas during the coronavirus crisis lockdown, and is in the process of releasing five discs on the new Canary Classics label. Vol. 1 was released in October. We'll hear excerpts of the new album before and throughout our conversation. Stay tuned at the end of our interview for the final movement of Sonata No. 17. We’ll speak about Mozart the improvisor, being a musician during the coronavirus, and how to inspire the next generation to add to Classical music to their playlists. See omnystudio.com/

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

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

    08/12/2020 Duração: 31min

    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 cast. While some 40 Israeli actors took part in the series, which is narrated by a team of internationally known biblical scholars and archaeologists, the true star is clearly the breathtaking Israeli desert. Later, we chat about a project Hecht calls his “Moby Dick” — a film he tentatively titled "My Election" that he began two years ago when he was about to vote in his first Israeli election. Since then he’s voted in two more. With another election likely on the horizon, his camera is still rolling and capturing the B

  • Medieval poop chute, history-shifting inscription exposed at Jerusalems Tower of David

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

    01/12/2020 Duração: 38min

    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 period. We speak first with Eilat Leiber, the director and head curator of the 30-year-old museum. And then with Amit Re’em, the IAA’s Jerusalem district head. He gives us a deep, detailed historical overview — and takes us behind the scenes at the excavation. Emphasis on the word "behind." See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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

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

    24/11/2020 Duração: 26min

    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 omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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

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

    17/11/2020 Duração: 38min

    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 the field of overcoming trauma. They built a model for the keys to resilience: empathy, flexibility, and meaning-making. We will talk about these keys during our conversation, as well as focus on four truly remarkable individuals. Image: Dr. Naomi L. Baum (left) and Michael Dickson, co-authors of 'Isresilience.' (courtesy) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Talking turkey with Jerusalems Ms. Thanksgiving, author Jessica Steinberg

    Talking turkey with Jerusalem's 'Ms. Thanksgiving,' author Jessica Steinberg

    10/11/2020 Duração: 23min

    This week we're joined by The Times of Israel’s Culture and Lifestyle editor Jessica Steinberg. Around Jerusalem she’s commonly known as Ms. Thanksgiving for her instrumental role in setting up and conducting a pumpkin pie sale for Sharsheret, a US-based organization that aids Jewish women and their families as they face breast and ovarian cancer. We’ll hear about that and how you can help, too. (https://sharsheret.org/) But Jessica also wrote a great children’s book about Thanksgiving called "Not This Turkey." We’ll start with a short reading. Image: Jessica Steinberg with her children's book, 'Not this Turkey!' (Daniel Laufer) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Borat 2 and Chicago 7 -- good for the Jews? ToIs film critic weighs in

    'Borat 2' and 'Chicago 7' -- good for the Jews? ToI's film critic weighs in

    03/11/2020 Duração: 37min

    The Times of Israel's film critic Jordan Hoffman joins the podcast this week to discuss two current, very Jewy films starring Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen: "Borat 2" and "Chicago 7." The actor plays goofy title character Borat -- "a retrograde in all of his beliefs" -- and real-life jokester activist Abbie Hoffman.  Baron Cohen, says Hoffman, has popularized the genre of cringe comedy for our era. While more known for his comedic roles, these two films allow the actor to display his dramatic range. Hoffman hails him the "heir apparent" of Groucho Marx. Collage: Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman in "Chicago 7" (left) and as the title character in "Borat 2." (courtesy) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Merry Halloween: Medieval Jewish ghost stories, heaven, hell, and a whole lot of sin

    Merry Halloween: Medieval Jewish ghost stories, heaven, hell, and a whole lot of sin

    27/10/2020 Duração: 41min

    This week we’re speaking with Dr. Susan Weissman, who has just published “Final Judgement and the Dead in Medieval Jewish Thought.” Her book delves into Sefer Hasidim, a Hebrew-language moralistic text written in the 13th century in Ashkenaz. The men who wrote it were part of the German Pietists sect, which was known for its extreme forms of penitence, including sitting in vermin or setting themselves on fire. The era was one of change for Jewish liturgy and the Medieval pre-occupation with sin and the afterlife was not lost on the Jewish communities. It’s during this time that the mourner’s Kaddish emerges, as well as the Yizkor service, which commemorates the souls of loved ones. Susan concentrated her study on a collection of ghost stories that appear in Sefer Hasidim. We’ll discuss how these ascetic Jews were influenced by their Christian neighbors while Susan dissects an interesting ghost story. Image: A page from Sefer Hasidim. (Courtesy) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Everything is kosher and nothing is unorthodox in sex, says therapist Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus

    Everything is kosher and nothing is unorthodox in sex, says therapist Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus

    20/10/2020 Duração: 42min

    Warning, sexually explicit material: This week we're speaking with sex therapist Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, who is the Clinical Director at New York’s Maze Women’s Sexual Health center. Bat Sheva, who is a practicing Modern Orthodox Jew, is also a licensed social worker and treats a swath of women, including from the most ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods of New York. Parents: This is a very frank conversation about sex, porn, and masturbation. The discussion is focused on heterosexual marital sex, but if you’re not up for that, please stop listening now and join us again next week. Image: Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus (Nusrat Mulla) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Why are Israels top politicians breaking the law and not filing their financial disclosures?

    Why are Israel's top politicians breaking the law and not filing their financial disclosures?

    13/10/2020 Duração: 36min

    The Times of Israel's Senior Analyst Haviv Rettig Gur talks political transparency and budget this week on the podcast. At least a third of Israel’s cabinet ministers, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz, have failed to produce a declaration of their personal assets, more than three months after the legal deadline. Gur explains why this matters -- and why no one will do anything about it. Then, Gur does a deep dive into why Netanyahu isn't keen to pass the 2020 budget, and how tens of thousands of lives are affected. And finally, why are top economy bureaucrats dropping like flies? Image: Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen during a vote at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on August 24, 2020. (Oren Ben Hakoon/POOL) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Archaeologist digs up dirt about early Armageddon excavations: a juicy soap opera in British Mandate

    Archaeologist digs up dirt about early Armageddon excavations: a juicy soap opera in British Mandate

    07/10/2020 Duração: 39min

    This week w're speaking with Prof. Eric Cline about his newest book, “Digging up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon.” Cline is Professor of Classics and Anthropology at The George Washington University in DC and the author or editor of over 20 books. It’s a work of non-fiction, but some of the tales he tells here are frankly juicy and that’s pretty amazing since it’s about the early days of Chicago’s Oriental Institute and its 1920s and 30s excavations at northern Israel’s Megiddo. Megiddo is known both in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles as a place of great battles. For come Christians, it is the site of the final battle. Cline spent 20 years co-directing the current excavations at Megiddo until 2014. Today, when not hampered by COVID restrictions, he is a co-director of the Tel Kabri excavations.  Image: Prof. Eric Cline at Megiddo (courtesy) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Philosopher Micah Goodman on how to overcome the pandemic of global polarization

    Philosopher Micah Goodman on how to overcome the pandemic of global polarization

    29/09/2020 Duração: 35min

    This week on The Times of Israel Podcast, we're bringing you a recent conversation with philosopher and best-selling author Dr. Micah Goodman that was part of The Times of Israel’s new Behind the Headlines video events. Other interviewees in the series have included Israeli writer Etgar Keret, performer Neshama Carlebach, and Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy about their new ‘memoirfesto,’ ‘Never Alone.’ Join our Times of Israel Community and be the first to see other upcoming events. Image: Dr. Micah Goodman delivers his acceptance speech for the 2014 Marc and Henia Liebhaber Prize for Religious Tolerance. (courtesy) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • Meet the Israeli band that has millions grooving to ancient Hebrew poetry

    Meet the Israeli band that has millions grooving to ancient Hebrew poetry

    22/09/2020 Duração: 24min

    This week on The Times of Israel Podcast we’re speaking with two members of the world music band Yamma, singer Talya G.A. Solan and winds player Yonnie Dror. Other band members include Aviv Bahar, Nur Bar Goren and Avri Borochov. The band incorporates Jewish music traditions from across the Mediterranean and Africa, and draws on the musicians’ musical and ethnic backgrounds. Their runaway hit is strangely enough a setting of Psalm 104. The Youtube video alone has gotten almost 6 million views. If you enjoy their music and this talk, check out more of their songs on YouTube and at their website YammaEnsemble.com Image: Yamma Ensemble (Ruth Luar) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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