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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.

    Philosopher Micah Goodman on Israelis' ongoing search for Jewish identity and the role of God in Purim

    Philosopher Micah Goodman on Israelis' ongoing search for Jewish identity and the role of God in Purim

    This week on The Times of Israel's Times Will Tell podcast, we're speaking with popular Israeli philosopher Dr. Micah Goodman, whose book “The Wondering Jew” just came out in English. It’s a deep dive into the Israeli search for Jewish identity from both the secular and religious sides. He breaks down the differing foundational ideologies, how they connect and divide Israelis and proposes a middle path.

    We also discuss the ultra-Orthodox community’s loud and proud noncompliance to coronavirus rules and the role of God in Purim.

    PHOTO: An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stops to speak with Israelis listening to a street concert on Aza Street in Jerusalem during the 'Einstein on Aza Street' event, November 7, 2014. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

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    • 41 min
    3 unique voices on how Black and Jewish communities can fight together for change

    3 unique voices on how Black and Jewish communities can fight together for change

    This week on The Times of Israel's weekly podcast Times We Tell, we honor Black History Month and speak to three members of the Black and Jewish communities about their experiences, their struggles and their visions for the future in a panel, “Circles of Trust: Black and Jewish Communities Fight Together for Change.”

    A little about our panelists: The Times of Israel readers may be familiar with Ed Gaskin through his stunning blog on The Times of Israel, “After the Tree of Life tragedy, I went to Shabbat services and never stopped.” Gaskin still attends services at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts, as well as the Roxbury Presbyterian Church in Roxbury. He is joining us from Randolph, Massachusetts.

    Gaskin earned an M. Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and graduated as a Martin Trust fellow from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has published several books on a range of topics with social justice themes, was a co-organizer of the first faith-based initiative on reducing gang violence at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and has taught a seminary class on the topic of Christianity and the problem of racism for over 25 years.

    Ginna Green is a political strategist, writer, movement-builder, and consultant, and partner and chief strategy officer at Uprise. A Schusterman senior fellow and a Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance notable woman, Green is also a fellow at the Kogod Research Center of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and sits on the boards of Women’s March, Political Research Associates, the Jews of Color Initiative, Bend the Arc, and the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable.

    Green is a frequent speaker and writer on democracy, race, racism in the Jewish community, Jewish community diversity, and leadership. Green is Zooming into the panel from Columbia, South Carolina.

    Our final panelist is Rabbi Shais Rishon, also known as MaNishtana. Rishon is an author, writer, educator, playwright, rabbi, and public speaker, whose work on racial and religious identity and culture – and how their intersections manifest in America – faces prejudice, bias, and ignorance head-on, asking the questions about humanity, race, religion, and social injustice that we all have (and maybe are afraid to talk about).

    In February 2018, Rishon earned his first Orthodox rabbinical ordination. He lives in New York with his family, but is joining us from San Diego.

     

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    • 33 min
    For Family Day, a schmooze with Israeli parenting guru Einat Nathan

    For Family Day, a schmooze with Israeli parenting guru Einat Nathan

    Israel is observing Yom HaMishpacha or Family Day on February 12 and so this week on Times Will Tell we're speaking with Einat Nathan, a leading Israeli parenting guru. In April, Nathan is publishing a new English-language book, “My Everything: The Parent I want to be, the children I hope to raise.”

    Nathan's path to parenting was fraught with loss. In her book, she describes in frank detail how losing twin boys to a "quiet" or stillbirth at week 39 turned her into the parent she is today. Her approach is to go back to basics: to allow children to deal with pain and work out their own problems, all the while knowing that they are supported by “reliable, relaxed parents -- that are present.” 

    She is a mother of five children, ranging from 21 to 8. As host Amanda Borschel-Dan is a mother of six kids aged 17-8, the two women had a bit of a schmooze in a wide-ranging conversation on raising kids during the coronavirus pandemic and how to dispel the fantasy of the perfect family in order to enjoy the wonder of reality.  

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

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

    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 Science Prof. Elisabetta Boaretto, an internationally recognized leading expert in radiocarbon dating. Boaretto generously explained to this science dummy the basics of radiocarbon dating. Part of what makes the work done in Boaretto’s lab so noteworthy is that unlike most pure scientists, she and her team are regularly out in the field, collected secure samples, and working alongside the archaeologists.

    We delve into an aspect of a new study looking at an old find — an almost 4,000-year-old olive branch — which is the only remaining organic sample from the pivotal volcanic eruption on the Greek island of Santorini. Through new experiments on 70-year-old olive branches, Boaretto offers a new resolution to an ongoing debate over the timing of the eruption.

    PHOTO: Fragment of the rare purple fabric from 1,000 BCE excavated in the Timna Valley. (Dafna Gazit, Israel Antiquities Authority)

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    • 51 min
    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

    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,” which was a joint production between artist Uri Tzaig and Amir Lloyd, and a setting of "Ani Ma'amin" from an installation by Hagit Shimoni.

    PHOTO: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland, May 10, 2017. (Isaac Harari/FLASH90)

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    • 37 min
    HEAR a 29-year-old composer's '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

    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 Schnurbein (courtesy)

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Mbwein ,

Outstanding insight

Really appreciate the magazine-style deep dive into Israel history and Jewish culture.

Sabra122 ,

Love it

Listened to the whole interview with Efraim Halevi on the way from Ocala, FL to Miami, and it was the highlight of our listening road “entertainment”. FANTASTIC.

Great questions and a-m-a-z-i-n-g answers. Wonderful ‘stories’ to put things in context. Loved the historical perspective, sharing the personal experiences, brilliant observations, articulate analysis and lovely humor, some self effacing and some a bit cynical yet applied with a light and deft hand.

Super, super great podcast. Will forward it to everyone on my email list.

Only one criticism: THE SOUND!!! Please get a sound engineer who can expertly adjust the sound to the different voices and the fluctuating volumes of each speaker. Because we are not robots, our voices change tones, timber, volume, highs and lows, whispers and loudness, etc. We, the listeners, had to constantly adjust the volume button, a pain in the bum😜!!!!

Thanks for providing us with a terrific hour and 36 minutes. We will listen to the previous episodes and your podcast is now part of our library of podcasts. Keep on doing what you are doing. We are with you.

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