The Yishai Fleisher show is a popular English-language podcast exploring Israeli life, politics, and Jewish thought. For over a decade Yishai has engaged listeners with passion and humor, drawing on years as a journalist, broadcaster, legal and biblical scholar, IDF soldier, and community leader working to build the modern state of Israel. Yishai sheds light on everything from global and Middle East news, to Bible/Torah study, health, family, and of course the amazing rebirth of Israel.
Strength from the Holocaust
First, Malkah Fleisher on entering the post-Pesach and post-Corona period, and realizing that the Holocaust means living out our ancestors dreams. Then, Yishai lets off Yom HaShoah steam on the problem with Euro-journalists. And finally, Rav Mike Feuer on holy food and why God cares that pig ain't kosher.
Election Direction and Saturday Night Seder Fever
Did Netanyahu and the nationalists win? Or is Israel doomed to governmental deadlock? Yishai speaks with Alex Traiman, Jerusalem bureau chief of JNS, to make sense of Israel's elections. Then, get ready for the after-Shabbat - complex yet fun - Seder Night. Rabbi Shimshon Nadel is on hand to steer us to kosher safety and help us have a meaningful Passover experience.
Judean Jedi and Samurai Seder
Yishai reveals how to make a powerful Passover Seder, talks staying positive in the face of negative conspiracy theories, and on the victory of nationalist thinking in the upcoming election. Also: Czech Republic and Kosovo moving their embassy to Jerusalem, and the majesty of getting muddy in Judea.
Gentrifying Jerusalem and Tackling the Tabernacle
00:00:00 - Intro: First, Yishai & Malkah Fleisher on the Green Passport controversy, on visiting the tombs of Caleb and Joshua and cruising in style from Israel. 00:38:35 - Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum on building the Eternal City and connecting with the UAE. 01:08:48 - Yishai and Rav Mike Feuer finish off the Book of Exodus with financial accounting and G-d's cloud of glory filling the Tabernacle. #IsraelPodcast
Golden Calf, Court Conversion, and Facing China
00:00 - Opening
02:02 - Rabbi Yishai visits with Rav Mike Feuer in person! They discuss the ultra-dramatic Torah portion of Ki Tisa including the Golden Calf and the holy glow of Moses' face.
01:00:06 - Did Israel's Supreme Court make a perversion of conversion? Knesset candidate, Adv. Simcha Rothman, explains.
01:57:44 - Author and historian Matthew Mausner just came back from a year in China with insights into the nation's growing global power.
The Source of Simcha - Purim Joy from Judea!!
First, Yishai's daughter Leah Bat Tzion joins in for a young person's perspective on the message of Purim in Israel. Then, Rav Mike Feuer on the search for the source of Jewish joy and the ethical questions of Covid restrictions. Then, Rabbi Yishai debates Vision Magazine's Rabbi Yehuda HaKohen on the next stage of Jewish liberation.