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Jewanced is hosted by Dan Feferman and Benny Scholder, two guys who grew up in America and live in Israel.
They're curious. They want to discuss. They want to challenge popular conceptions, they want to think critically, examine independently, and most of all, they crave nuance.

Each episode features a different guest. All interesting and original people who strive to break boundaries. Together with Dan and Benny, take a deep dive into politics, foreign affairs, religion, science, technology, food, the arts, business – you name it. Explore the nuanced crossroads of Israel, the global Jewish experience, and beyond.

What's the goal? To create a daring platform where people share their stories, insights, creations, and visions. Jewanced has no talking points, no script, no agenda...just a deeper nuanced understanding of our existence.

Join them on a journey as they explore, think, debate and discuss …. And most of all, listen.

Jewanced Benny Scholder & Dan Feferman

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Jewanced is hosted by Dan Feferman and Benny Scholder, two guys who grew up in America and live in Israel.
They're curious. They want to discuss. They want to challenge popular conceptions, they want to think critically, examine independently, and most of all, they crave nuance.

Each episode features a different guest. All interesting and original people who strive to break boundaries. Together with Dan and Benny, take a deep dive into politics, foreign affairs, religion, science, technology, food, the arts, business – you name it. Explore the nuanced crossroads of Israel, the global Jewish experience, and beyond.

What's the goal? To create a daring platform where people share their stories, insights, creations, and visions. Jewanced has no talking points, no script, no agenda...just a deeper nuanced understanding of our existence.

Join them on a journey as they explore, think, debate and discuss …. And most of all, listen.

    #48 Seth Frantzman - Mideast Analyst, Journalist, Foreign Policy Expert, Truth Seeker, & Author

    #48 Seth Frantzman - Mideast Analyst, Journalist, Foreign Policy Expert, Truth Seeker, & Author

    …So Much Trouble in the World…
    It isn’t just one of the greatest Bob Marley songs, it’s the truth. We live in a wild place during a crazy time. But, it helps to remember that ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’…things have by and large been ‘burning since the world’s been turning.’ Only now, we have the added benefit of social media, a decentralized media landscape, echo chambers, clickbait, hardcore polarization, the 8-second attention span, Q, Wokeism, endless conflicts abound (especially in the Middle East) and it just seems like the thing’s starting to spin out of control – so much so that it’s kind of hard to make sense of it all.
    This week’s guest, Seth Frantzman, gets up each and every day and tries to do just that – to make sense of the chaos and explain it to the world with proper context, nuance, and care – all with the perfect modicum of outrage, sensibility, and perspective.
    Seth J. Frantzman is a Middle East affairs analyst based in Jerusalem. He is the author of After ISIS: America, Israel and the Struggle for the Middle East and 'Drone Wars: Pioneers, Artificial Intelligence, Killing Machines and the Battle for the Future, and executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis. He runs the Israel Gulf Report, which follows developments between Israel and the Gulf countries, and has reported extensively from and conducted research in Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, and the UAE. A former lecturer at Al-Quds University on US foreign policy, he has a Ph.D. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he writes on Middle East Affairs for The Jerusalem Post and contributes to Defense News and other publications and media.
    Our time with Seth on the show was just as interesting and thought-provoking as his articles. Together, we jumped right into some amazing topics such as modern warfare (Seth’s newest book, Drone Wars: Pioneers, Killing Machines, Artificial Intelligence, and the Battle for the Future comes out next week!), contextualizing Israel’s predicament in Gaza, the prevalence of atrocities and Western European resistance to the Nazis, western thought supremacy, the arrogance of some western approaches to Israel and the Palestinians and positive attributes of western culture such as human rights, freedom, and democracy, the cause celebre of turning Israel into a pariah state, progressive politics and false narratives of Israel as a white supremacist, settler-colonialist enterprise, the media’s deliberate omission of Hamas from its coverage of the conflict, the peace industry = war industry, the frequent disingenuity of the Israeli right’s approach to Palestinian national aspirations, Mansour Abbas and Raam, whetherIsrael’s adversaries (Iran and Turkey) will test the new Israeli government, and much much more.
    Links:
    https://www.amazon.com/Drone-Wars-Pioneers-Artificial-Intelligence/dp/1642936758/ref=sr_1_2?crid=7NWK7W5S62FLanddchild=1andkeywords=seth+frantzmanandqid=1623415621andsprefix=seth+frantzman%2Cstripbooks-intl-ship%2C285andsr=8-2 (Pre-order) Seth’s newest book, Drone Wars: Pioneers, Killing Machines, Artificial Intelligence, and the Battle for the Future, on Amazon.
    Visit Seth’s official https://sethfrantzman.com/ (website)
    Seth Frantzman at the https://www.jpost.com/author/seth-j-frantzman (Jerusalem Post)
    Seth Frantzman at https://www.defensenews.com/author/seth-j-frantzman/ (Defense News)
    Seth Frantzman at https://foreignpolicy.com/author/seth-j-frantzman/ (Foreign Policy)
    Seth’s https://www.facebook.com/SethFrantzman/ (Facebook page)
    Drone Wars, Seth’s forthcoming book’s https://www.facebook.com/DroneWarsBook (Facebook page)
    Seth’s https://twitter.com/sfrantzman?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (Twitter page)
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    #47 Reuven Ben Shalom - IDF Military Affairs Expert, Cross-Cultural Strategist & Columnist

    #47 Reuven Ben Shalom - IDF Military Affairs Expert, Cross-Cultural Strategist & Columnist

    So, there’s a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas…now what?
    In this special live episode of the show, we sat down with IDF military affairs expert Col. (Res) Reuven Ben-Shalom (nickname ‘Rabash’) to discuss the aftermath of Operation Guardian of the Walls (שומר החומות), the cease-fire, and how we move forward from here.
    What transpired was a fascinating, nuanced discussion about the nature of modern war in the Middle East, IDF contingencies and battle tactics mixed with a bit or concern about the country’s overall strategy (or lack thereof) to handling Hamas and the Gaza Strip. In addition, we talked about how this round of violence may only be the promo for what’s to come should Hezbollah and Iran choose to join in the future, and we received a scary vision of what a full-scale, multi-front missile war would look like (beware – you might become a prepper after hearing about it…).
    Col. (Res.) Reuven Ben-Shalom (Rabash) is a cross-cultural strategist and columnist. He served for 25 years in the Israel Defense Force as a helicopter pilot and in various international relations positions. As a reservist, Reuven commands the IDF International Cooperation Division’s Operations Center during times of contingency. He also teaches cross-cultural communication at the Israel Defense College and the IDF School of Military Diplomacy. He holds a B.Sc. in industrial engineering and management and M.Sc. in business administration from Ben Gurion University. Reuven is an associate at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism.
    Links:
    https://www.ccst.co.il/ (Cross-Cultural Strategies Ltd)., Reuven’s website.
    The https://www.ict.org.il/Worker.aspx?ID=527#gsc.tab=0 (International Institute for Counter-Terrorism)
    Reuven’s https://il.linkedin.com/in/rabash (LinkedIn)
    For lectures and speaking engagements, contact Reuven at bnshlm@gmail.com

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    • 1 hr 55 min
    #46 Dr. Steven Popper, Ph.D., Senior Economist-RAND Corporation & Expert on the Science of Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty

    #46 Dr. Steven Popper, Ph.D., Senior Economist-RAND Corporation & Expert on the Science of Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty

    Decisionmaking for the future depends on anticipating change. And anticipating change is becoming increasingly difficult. How does a person make good decisions in the face of mounting uncertainty? What if that person is a CEO, legislator, prime minister, military general, or even the President?
    This week’s guest on the show, Dr. Steven Popper, Ph.D. is a Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation who is an expert in, among many things, the science of decision making under deep uncertainty.
    As associate director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute FFRDC (federally funded research and development center), Popper provided analytic support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other Executive Branch agencies.
    His current work is on decision making under deep uncertainty, science and technology policy, multi-stakeholder strategic decision processes, foresight and future studies, and security planning. He coauthored the flagship study of the RAND Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition, Shaping the Next One Hundred Years: New Methods for Quantitative, Long-Term Policy Analysis (2003), which provides a methodological framework for decision making under deep uncertainty that has been applied to an expanding set of policy issues as Robust Decision Making (RDM). His research also focuses on regional economic development and international economics. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank and OECD, and is a Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI).
    Oh, and just like Benny, Steven is a member of the ‘Frozen Chosen’, hailing originally from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    Links:
    Steven’s official https://www.rand.org/about/people/p/popper_steven_w.html (page) at the RAND Corporation
    A selection of Steven’s https://www.rand.org/about/people/p/popper_steven_w.html#publications (publications) and https://www.rand.org/about/people/p/popper_steven_w.html#commentary (commentary)
    Steven’s https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-popper-3953611a (LinkedIn)
    Buy Shaping the Next One Hundred Years: New Methods for Quantitative, Long-Term Policy Analysis, a flagship study co-authored by Steven Popper on https://www.amazon.com/Shaping-Next-One-Hundred-Years-ebook/dp/B0046LVDR8/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1andkeywords=Shaping+the+Next+One+Hundred+Years%3A+New+Methods+for+Quantitative%2C+Long-Term+Policy+Analysisandqid=1621600736andsr=8-1 (Amazon.com)
    Visit the https://www.ida.org/en/ida-ffrdcs/science-and-technology-policy-institute (website) of the DC-based Science and Technology Policy Institute, where Steven is an associate director
    Visit the https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/ (website) of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where Steven provided analytic support
    Visit the Jewish People Policy Institute (http://jppi.org.il/en/ (JPPI)), where Steven is a Senior Fellow

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    • 2 hr 22 min
    #45 - Ariella Steinreich, Senior VP, Steinreich Communications talks PR, the Arab Gulf, and optimism for the future

    #45 - Ariella Steinreich, Senior VP, Steinreich Communications talks PR, the Arab Gulf, and optimism for the future

    Ariella Steinreich is a senior vice president at Steinreich Communications overseeing the firm’s global corporate / issues practice and its Middle East division.
    On this episode of the show, we talk to Ariella about all things PR, the Arab Gulf, and what makes her (and us) so excited about the opportunities ahead for our region.
    Ariella brings over a decade of experience at major public relations firms where she created and implemented global corporate communications programs for leading companies and organizations. Her experience includes strategic media counseling, media training, communications strategy development, social media strategy, crisis communications/ issues management, financial communications, community relations, and corporate social responsibility.
    Prior to joining the firm, she was a senior associate at Burson-Marsteller where she handled global media relations for several of the agency’s key clients. In 2014, she was named a finalist for PR Week’s Young Professional of the Year.
    Links:
    https://scompr.com/ (Visit) Steinreich Communications
    Ariella on Twitter https://twitter.com/ariellas1 (@ariellas1)
    Ariella on https://www.linkedin.com/in/ariella-steinreich-74652012 (LinkedIn)
    https://www.uaeisraelbusiness.com/ (Visit) the UAE-Israel Business Council
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    #44 - Chaim Davids, proprietor of Prohibition Pickle & leader of the Ashkenazi soul food revival

    #44 - Chaim Davids, proprietor of Prohibition Pickle & leader of the Ashkenazi soul food revival

    This episode of Jewanced with Chaim Davids was recorded live as a special culinary show at Prohibition Pickle - quite possibly THE BEST deli in Israel – where Chaim is the proprietor and pickle master extraordinaire.
    We tuck into how the Baltimore native has gone from running the Judean Hills greatest bootlegging operation since the 2nd Temple period to leading the country’s delicatessen renaissance …and along the way, learn all about (and eat) the best full sour pickles, smoked herring and whitefish, deli mustard, and real-deal corned beef and pastrami available this side of the Atlantic.
    Prohibition Pickle, located in the Kenyon Harim shopping center in Gush Etzion (south of Jerusalem) is a true ‘Ashkenazi soul food revival.’ It prides itself in making pickles, cures, and condiments that have been produced utilizing age-old, fresh pickling techniques in order to enhance and unlock ingredient flavor potential. The delicatessen is Kosher Mehadrin, under the hashgacha of the Gush Etzion Rabbinate.
    ***Note that the video version of the podcast features an extended version of the show including an exclusive, behind-the-scenes culinary tour of Prohibition Pickle where we delve into the delicious details of all your deli favorites. We hope you’ll check it out when it becomes available (soon, we promise) on our https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7r6xLC1K4Zf29i9ttxbNFg/ (Youtube) channel, Jewanced Podcast.***


    Links:
    Follow Prohibition Pickle on https://www.instagram.com/prohibitionpickle/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/Prohibitionpickle/ (Facebook)
    Place your deli orders the old-fashioned way, by calling 02-262-2889
    Articles about Prohibition Pickle in the https://www.jpost.com/food-recipes/food-review-prohibition-pickle-664600 (Jerusalem Post) and https://www.jewishpress.com/sections/food/kashrut-scene/a-real-prohibition-pickle/2021/01/17/ (Jewish Press)


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    • 1 hr 41 min
    #43 Dr. Guy Matalon, Judaic studies professor, Rambam & Talmudic scholar & expert on Jewish philosophy

    #43 Dr. Guy Matalon, Judaic studies professor, Rambam & Talmudic scholar & expert on Jewish philosophy

    “Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.” – Rambam
    To us, it seems that the Rambam might have been a guy who knew how to appreciate nuance!
    On this week’s episode of the podcast, we sat down with Dr. Guy Matalon and dived right into the Rambam, the Talmud, the mystifying world of Jewish philosophy, the place of faith and rationality in our world, and much much more.
    Dr. Guy Matalon is an expert on medieval Jewish and Islamic philosophy, a former professor of Judaic Studies and founding director of the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and is proficient in the study of both the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds and other foundational texts. He currently directs an immersive Jewish study program at Ohr Somayach seminary in Jerusalem.
    Links:
    Dr. Matalon at https://ohr.edu/6249 (Ohr Somayach) seminary in Jerusalem
    A selection of Guy’s video’s on https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Guy+Matalon (YouTube)
    About the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maimonides (Rambam)
    The https://www.sefaria.org/person/Rambam (complete works) of the Rambam
    The https://www.sefaria.org/texts/Talmud (Babylonian Talmud)
    The https://www.sefaria.org/texts/Talmud/Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Talmud)
    The complete collection of works on Jewish philosophy on https://www.sefaria.org/topics/category/philosophy (Sefaria.org)


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    • 2 hr 29 min

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Clear, intelligent, emotional, wide scope behavioral, belief and policy considerations within Judaism. Highly recommended. Thanks.

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Excellent discussion with fascinating guests

I live in Beer Sheva, Israel but am a relatively new immigrant. This podcast has provided excellent, in-depth conversations that provide context for contemporary life in the Middle East and being a Jew in the modern age.

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Very well informed.

I am not a Jew but I have found a personal connection to the history of the people and Israel. I enjoy this so far. Very well produced and the conversation is very informed. Thanks.

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