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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.

    Film accelerator turns Israel from high-tech to content nation

    Film accelerator turns Israel from high-tech to content nation

    Welcome to Times Will Tell, The Times of Israel’s weekly feature podcast.

    This week, we speak to two of the co-founders of New Legend, a pioneering company in the field of financing Israeli television content.

    After Israeli filmmakers and showrunners spent years chasing government funding and local production studios, New Legend has created a new model and venture for financing film and television projects, with backing from Israeli investment firm Meitav, which will tap into its network of investors and business relationships.

    Gal Yashar, CEO of New Legend, and Oded Turgeman, New Legend's director of content, talk about this new model of the film and TV business in Israel, building on the country's reputation as a high-tech nation and now becoming the content nation.

    New Legend recently established an accelerator with the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, selecting 11 new TV projects for development, and bringing together additional funding from leading broadcasters, including Netflix, HBO, A&E  and Israeli studios Yes and Hot.

    Yashar comes from the world of Israeli high-tech while Turgeman has years of experience in developing animation content.

    IMAGE: Oded Turgeman (left) and Gal Yasher, two of the New Legend co-founders (Courtesy)
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    • 27 min
    "Sababa" author Adeena Sussman talks camp culinary arts

    "Sababa" author Adeena Sussman talks camp culinary arts

    Welcome to Times Will Tell, The Times of Israel’s weekly feature podcast.

    This week, we speak to culinary expert, cookbook author and chef Adeena Sussman, whose bestselling book 'Sababa' took Israeli cooking and translated it for the larger, global audience.

    We catch Sussman after a week of culinary arts workshops at a summer camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, where she brought her homemade pita, hummus and roasted tomatoes, as well as fruity gazoz -- a fizzy soda water drink elevated with fresh fruit and homemade syrups -- chocolate-dipped dates topped with flaky salt and preserved lemons to the campers and young staff members.

    Sussman speaks about what she's learned about translating her ingredients and recipes for audiences outside of Israel. That experience keeps her cooking and teaching fresh and dynamic, particularly as she moves toward the final stages of her next cookbook, "Shabbat."

    IMAGE: Cookbook author Adeena Sussman shows how to mix tahini in the Camp Ramah in the Poconos kitchen (Courtesy Jessica Steinberg)
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    • 22 min
    The sounds of world music, piyyut and falafel jazz sung by sisters

    The sounds of world music, piyyut and falafel jazz sung by sisters

    Welcome to Times Will Tell, The Times of Israel’s weekly feature podcast.

    This week we’re speaking to Shani and Yahala Lachmish, a pair of sisters who are musicians, singers and composers, and have been singing onstage for most of their lives.

    The Lachmish sisters speak about their band, Tandu, a loose translation from the Aramaic term for togetherness, which recently released its first album, "Savtuna," named for their great-grandmother, the spiritual beacon of their family.

    Their music is a mix of styles, with arrangements of falafel jazz, liturgical music courtesy of their cantor father, soul and world music. The sisters talk about the inspiration for their music, including their father and grandmothers, the musical worlds in Israel and what it took for them to finally appreciate their father's age-old piyyutim, or liturgical poems set to song.

    They also sing some selections from their album, acappella during the podcast.

    IMAGE: Yahala (left) and Shani Lachmish, sisters and singers in their band, Tandu (Courtesy Reuven Ben Haim)
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    • 25 min
    Law prof. breaks down Roe vs. Wade and a woman's right to choose in Israel

    Law prof. breaks down Roe vs. Wade and a woman's right to choose in Israel

    Welcome to Times Will Tell, The Times of Israel’s weekly feature podcast.

    This week we’re speaking to Dr. Noya Rimalt, a professor of law at the University of Haifa who is at the forefront of the struggle for reproductive rights in Israel.

    Rimalt speaks about the history of abortions in Israel. Women can have abortions at local clinics and hospitals, but must undergo a complicated permissions process that often makes them seem "mad or bad," says Rimalt.

    She talks about her involvement in this battle for personal reasons and as a feminist law professor. Rimalt also discusses the passage of the recent new regulations that slightly ease the Israeli process, just as Roe vs. Wade was being overturned in the US.

    IMAGE: Dr. Noya Rimalt (Courtesy)
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    • 23 min
    Author Faye Kellerman talks books, crime and characters

    Author Faye Kellerman talks books, crime and characters

    Welcome to Times Will Tell, The Times of Israel’s weekly feature podcast.

    This week we’re speaking to bestselling author Faye Kellerman about her latest book, "The Hunt," the final installment in her Decker/Lazarus series, coming out next month.

    As usual, there’s some intense drama, plenty of crime, punishment and suspense in "The Hunt," as well as the usual details about the observant Jewish life led by Kellerman's beloved characters, Detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus.

    Kellerman speaks about her writing career, what led her to this series, as well as why she chose to bring so much of her own lifestyle to her characters. She talks about what it's like to write about detective work now, as opposed to thirty years ago, and what different characters can teach us about life and decisions.

    Kellerman, soon approaching her 70th birthday, talks about what she's doing with her life now, and whether or not she'll be saying goodbye forever to Detective Decker and his beloved wife, Rina.

    IMAGE: Author Faye Kellerman (Courtesy)
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    • 21 min
    US evangelical support for Israel is neither monolithic nor certain, says prof

    US evangelical support for Israel is neither monolithic nor certain, says prof

    Welcome to Times Will Tell, The Times of Israel’s weekly feature podcast.

    This week we’re speaking about evangelical support for Israel with Prof. Motti Inbari.

    Born, raised and educated in Israel, Motti is today a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. While most of his previous research has focussed on Jews, his forthcoming book, which was co-authored with Kirill Bumin, is “Christian Zionism of the Twenty-First Century: Evangelical Public Opinion on Israel.” It’s expected in 2023 from Oxford University Press. 

    The book is based on four consecutive surveys on the attitudes of American evangelicals on Israel. We learn that there is no such thing as a monolithic evangelical block. We hear how politics and other factors, such as age and race, can impact support for Israel and how the past five decades have shaped the ways in which evangelical theology has evolved, along with views on Jews’ roles in the Holy Land.

    IMAGE: Prof. Motti Inbari (Rose Trail Images)
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    • 32 min

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