15 episodes

Conversations with Jewish Thought Leaders

Jewish People & Ideas: Conversations with Jewish Thought Leaders Barak Hullman

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Conversations with Jewish Thought Leaders

    Rabbi David Aaron, Author of The Secret Life of God

    Rabbi David Aaron, Author of The Secret Life of God

    Rabbi David Aaron, a visionary educator and author is the founder of Isralight and the Rosh Yeshiva of Orayta in the old city of Jerusalem, Israel. He is the author of multiple best-selling books including Endless Light, Seeing G-d, Love is My Religion, The Secret Life of G-d, Inviting G-d In, Living a Joyous Life and The God Powered Life published by major publishers such as Random House and Putnam.

    His teachings have reached millions of people around the world through his appearances on Larry King Live and E! Entertainment.
    Even though Rabbi Aaron and I both live in Jerusalem we conducted the conversation through Zoom because of the rabbi’s busy schedule. We covered a wide range of topics including Who is God, why would God care if I married a non-Jew, what is a meaningful life, the role of Holocaust in Jewish identity, Jewish atheists and atheism, why Israel should matter to Jews abroad and much more.

    Also available at https://soundcloud.com/jewishpeopleideas/rabbi-david-aaron.

    To hear all of the episodes go to https://soundcloud.com/jewishpeopleideas or https://jewishpeopleideas.com/

    Also, please check out my other podcast, The Chassidic Story Project, where I share a new Chassidic story every week, available at https://hasidicstory.com or https://soundcloud.com/barak-hullman/tracks.

    To support this project, please go to https://www.patreon.com/barakhullman.

    Find my books on Amazon by going to https://bit.ly/barakhullman.

    • 53 min
    Ruth Wisse, Moral Self Confidence, Jews & Power, Free as a Jew

    Ruth Wisse, Moral Self Confidence, Jews & Power, Free as a Jew

    Ruth Wisse is the recently retired Professor of Yiddish and Comparative Literature at Harvard University, currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Ruth is known for what she calls “moral self-confidence.”

    Ruth was top on my list of guests from the start and it took time and patience to get her on the podcast. She recently released a new memoir, Free as a Jew. I had a remote conversation with Ruth where we discussed the role of the Holocaust in Jewish identity, why some Jews are anti-Zionist, how to combat Palestinian propaganda, American Jews, Israeli Jews, Jews and Power, the Iran deal, Yiddish writers and Chabad on campus.

    Also available at https://soundcloud.com/jewishpeopleideas/ruth-wisse.

    To hear all of the episodes go to https://soundcloud.com/jewishpeopleideas or https://jewishpeopleideas.com/

    Also, please check out my other podcast, The Chassidic Story Project, where I share a new chassidic story every week, available at https://hasidicstory.com.

    To support this project, please go to https://www.patreon.com/barakhullman.

    Find my books on Amazon by going to https://bit.ly/barakhullman.

    • 46 min
    Dov Lipman, Former Knesset Member

    Dov Lipman, Former Knesset Member

    Dov Lipman is a former Knesset member from the Yesh Atid party. He was the first American immigrant to be elected to the Knesset in 30 years. He became well known in Israel for his role in combating religious extremism in Beit Shemesh. Dov is an author of seven books about Zionism, Judaism and Israel and a sought after international speaker.

    I sat down with Dov at his home in Beit Shemesh to discuss the Israeli-American Jewish relationship, the integration of Haredim in Israel, the liberal movements and the Kotel, why the state of Israel should matter to American Jews, dismantling the Rabbanut, the Jewish religious authority in the state of Israel and much more.

    This episode is also available at https://soundcloud.com/jewishpeopleideas/dov-lipman

    To hear all of the episodes go to https://soundcloud.com/jewishpeopleideas or https://jewishpeopleideas.com/

    Also, please check out my other podcast, The Chassidic Story Project, where I share a new chassidic story every week, available at https://hasidicstory.com.

    To support this project, please go to https://www.patreon.com/barakhullman.

    • 55 min
    Shmuel Rosner, Israeli Judaism

    Shmuel Rosner, Israeli Judaism

    Shmuel Rosner is a senior fellow at The Jewish People Policy Institute, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, the Senior Political Editor for the Jewish Journal, a columnist for Israel’s Maariv, and the chief non-fiction editor for Israel’s largest Publishing House, Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir.

    He was previously a columnist for The Jerusalem Post and Chief U.S. Correspondent and Head of the News Division and Head of the Features Division for the Israeli daily Haaretz. He has been published in many magazines, including Foreign Policy, Commentary, The New Republic, The Jewish Review of Books, and more.

    I visited Shmuel on a hot summer day in his Tel Aviv home. We discussed his new book Israeli Judaism, are Israeli Jews becoming more religious or secular, American Israeli Jewish relations, the Reform movement in Israel and much more.

    • 54 min
    Einat Wilf, The War of Return

    Einat Wilf, The War of Return

    Einat Wilf is the co-author of the Israeli best selling book, The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace. She is a leading intellectual and original thinker on matters of foreign policy, economics, education, Israel and Zionism. She was a member of the Israeli Parliament from 2010-2013, where she served as Chair of the Education Committee and Member of the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. She is considered one of Israel’s most articulate representatives on the international stage.

    I got on the train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to have a conversation with Einat in her apartment. We spoke about her book, the Palestinians, American Jewish-Israeli relations, the Kotel, nationalism, Zionism, feminism, atheism and much more.

    • 55 min
    Eric Yoffie, Former Head of the Reform Movement

    Eric Yoffie, Former Head of the Reform Movement

    Rabbi Eric Yoffie served as the President of the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational arm of the Reform Movement in North America from 1996 to 2012. Yoffie received his rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College in 1974 and served in many high-level roles until being elected the President of the Union for Reform Judaism.

    This was a remote interview with Eric in New Jersey and me in Jerusalem. We spoke about what Judaism expects of a Reform Jew, the Kotel, conversions, Chabad, the Palestinians and much more.

    You can find all of the episodes of this podcast and the different places it can be listened at by going to jewishpeopleideas.com. Find Barak’s books on Amazon by searching for “Barak Hullman” or going to https://bit.ly/barakhullman. Become a supporter of this podcast by going to http://patreon.com/barakhullman.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Colonel Moti ,

Very Special Podcast

Thank you for this very special podcast. It takes many skills to be a good interviewer: interjecting questions and comments without overpowering the guest is the most difficult of all. The episodes I've heard meet the criteria wonderfully. Kol ha'kavod. Plus, Barak asks the questions I want asked.

BB18Betty ,

I love these conversations

The guests are fascinating and Barak is an amazing listener and interviewer. He asks questions in a respectful way but pushing the guests to bring out a truthful, honest and exciting conversation.

The Thinking Marketer ,

I really enjoy this podcast

I find the conversations fascinating and informative. The quality is great. This is really something special.

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