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Go behind the scenes of Israeli history with self-confessed history nerd Noam Weissman. Each week, he offers a fresh perspective on some of the most controversial and interesting events in the country’s history. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about what Israel is all about --from multiple angles and viewpoints -- this is the podcast for you.

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Go behind the scenes of Israeli history with self-confessed history nerd Noam Weissman. Each week, he offers a fresh perspective on some of the most controversial and interesting events in the country’s history. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about what Israel is all about --from multiple angles and viewpoints -- this is the podcast for you.

    Eichmann: the controversy of justice

    Eichmann: the controversy of justice

    You would have thought that bringing Nazis to justice would have been something the world could agree on, but the Mossad’s capture of the infamous Nazi Adolf Eichmann prompted a fiery international debate that proved otherwise. Noam Weissman explores the truth about the stranger-than-fiction capture of one of the architects of the Final Solution and debates the ethical and moral questions raised by Eichmann’s trial and subsequent execution by the State of Israel. 
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    This episode is sponsored by Liz and Moshe Naiman
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    Sources:
    http://www.archives.gov.il/en/chapter/behind-scenes-eichmann-trial/  https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/norman-podhoretz/hannah-arendt-on-eichmanna-study-in-the-perversity-of-brilliance/ https://www.haaretz.com/the-jew-who-tried-to-protect-eichmann-1.5305074?utm_campaign=Media%20Lab%20V2&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_hpJD794ZD7zoxMBNqC2qPcqNG-wNHy3ICQYmUAwQescZas-uuSHA1r61vtgvHFbvpOiM9  http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/biographies/eichmann-biography.htm https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/eichmann/operation_eichmann.asp http://time.com/5377670/operation-finale-adolf-eichmann-trial/ https://www.haaretz.com/the-jew-who-tried-to-protect-eichmann-1.5305074 https://www.haaretz.com/the-jew-who-tried-to-protect-eichmann-1.5305074 http://jcpa.org/article/the-eichmann-trial-and-american-jewry-a-reassessment/ https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/eichmann/awareness_of_the_holocaust.asp https://jewishstudies.washington.edu/jewish-history-and-thought/why-do-hannah-arendts-ideas-about-evil-and-the-holocaust-still-matter/ https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2018/08/was-adolf-eichmann-a-mediocrity-or-a-monster/ https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2014/marchapril/feature/the-trial-hannah-arendt https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/hannah-arendt-on-eichmanna-study-in-the-perversity-of-brilliance/ ~~~~
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    • 19 min
    Hatikvah: The story behind the anthem

    Hatikvah: The story behind the anthem

    Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, predates the establishment of the Jewish state by decades. Zionist leader Theodor Herzl hated it and many of Israel’s citizens refuse to sing it. So, how did this unlikely song take the national anthem top spot? What were the alternatives? And are there any plans to change it? Join Noam Weissman as he deconstructs the music, melody and meaning behind Hatikvah. 
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    This episode is sponsored by Jack and Ellen Kahan Zager in honor of Ala and Yoske (z”l) Brosh
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    Sources:

    Song "Hatikva" version by Daniel Saadon - Instagram @daniel_saadon1995 https://israelforever.org/interact/blog/hatikvah_song_of_hope_time_of_despair/ https://www.neaman.org.il/EN/Files/Hatikva-The%20Real%20Story%20behind%20Israels%20anthem.pdf https://www.songfacts.com/facts/traditional/hatikvah https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/2405/jewish-tunes-similar-to-non-jewish-ones https://www.timesofisrael.com/rivlin-said-to-vow-he-will-sign-nation-state-law-in-arabic/ https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/hatikvah/ https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-an-unwieldy-romantic-poem-and-a-romanian-folk-song-combined-to-produce-hatikva/ https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-an-unwieldy-romantic-poem-and-a-romanian-folk-song-combined-to-produce-hatikva/ https://www.haaretz.com/1.5028325 https://www.haaretz.com/1.4817521 http://www.jewishledger.com/2013/04/hatikvah-in-the-holocaust/ https://www.jta.org/1944/11/28/archive/jewish-flyer-who-fled-german-prison-camp-tells-of-mistreatment-of-jews http://www.thetower.org/article/hatikva-keeps-its-edge-despite-everything/ https://www.thetorah.com/article/tikvatenu-the-poem-that-inspired-israels-national-anthem-hatikva https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywq1wXU_HZs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtMhYQoEgCs https://www.timesofisrael.com/expert-confirms-jews-and-arabs-nearing-population-parity/ http://www.thetower.org/article/hatikva-keeps-its-edge-despite-everything/ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israels-anthem-and-a-row-about-harmony-7576841.html https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4397079,00.html https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/arabs-should-not-have-to-sing-hatikvah-say-israelis/ https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-blasts-hebrew-u-over-report-it-nixed-hatikvah-to-avoid-offending-arab-students/ ~~~~
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    • 21 min
    The Altalena: Israel’s (almost) civil war

    The Altalena: Israel’s (almost) civil war

    Just a month after its establishment, the State of Israel was on the brink of civil war, with two of its greatest leaders — David Ben Gurion and Menachem Begin — facing off in the ultimate power struggle. Noam Weissman unpacks an event that continues to reverberate through Israeli society to this day. Join him as he asks how the Zionist dream nearly imploded and who deserves the credit for ending one of the biggest crises in Israeli history.

    • 23 min
    Deir Yassin: The battle for truth

    Deir Yassin: The battle for truth

    No incident in Israeli history has been more hotly contested than that of April 9, 1948, in the small Arab village of Deir Yassin. Noam Weissman tries to uncover what really happened on that fateful day and asks why, with so many battles, so much war and so many disputes, this event will haunt Israel forever.
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    This episode is sponsored by Maytal and David Shainberg
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    Source Links
    https://mfa.gov.il/mfa/aboutisrael/history/pages/israels%20war%20of%20independence%20-%201947%20-%201949.aspx https://erenow.net/modern/israel-concise-history-nation-reborn/8.php https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-capture-of-deir-yassin https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-testimonies-from-the-censored-massacre-at-deir-yassin-1.5494094 https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/04/201249125656342960.html https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/deir-yassin-nakba-war-crimes/ https://erenow.net/modern/israel-concise-history-nation-reborn/8.php Nihad Zeitawi, edited by: Sharif Kana’a, Destroyed Palestinian villages, Series No. (4): Deir Yassin, Bir Zeit University – Documents and Research center, 1987, p.57 ~~~~
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    • 26 min
    Hebrew: A dead language revived

    Hebrew: A dead language revived

    If you’ve learned anything about the spread of Modern Hebrew, you probably heard that it’s all thanks to one man - Eliezer Ben Yehuda - that Israel’s national language is Hebrew and not Yiddish (or even German!). Not to spoil a good story with fact, but that’s not exactly how the rebirth of Hebrew went down. Far from being a crusade of one, it took an entire nation to revive a language that had been close to death for millenia.

    • 27 min
    The Balfour Declaration: 67 words that changed the world

    The Balfour Declaration: 67 words that changed the world

    In a bizarre twist of history, the humble chestnut played a big role in the ultimate creation of the State of Israel. To understand why, Noam Weissman examines the curious origins of the Balfour Declaration and asks why the 67-word letter from a British foreign minister continues to get people riled up more than 100 years after it was published. 
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    Source links 
    https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2009/feb/10/zionism-deronda-george-eliot https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-balfour-declaration https://jcpa.org/article/historical-significance-balfour-declaration/ https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2017/11/02/balfour/107251858/ https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2017/11/02/what-was-the-balfour-declaration-of-1917-and-why-is-it-significant/ https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-britain-s-true-motivation-behind-the-balfour-declaration-1.5462518 https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-britain-s-true-motivation-behind-the-balfour-declaration-1.5462518 https://www.islamweb.net/en/article/165587/who-was-balfour https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-balfour-declaration-century https://dailyhistory.org/What_was_the_impact_of_the_Balfour_Declaration_(1917)_on_the_Middle_East%3F ~~~~~
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
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46 Ratings

NDCARMI ,

Great history means great Storytelling

Noam Weisman is a master storyteller and teacher I highly recommend

Alephgimmel ,

Great chapters on Israeli History

This is a really high quality podcast. Well researched bits of history presented in a balanced way and delivered in easily digestible episodes. I am enjoying it very much and have recommended it to all my friends. Well done!

Sam Kal. ,

Engaging History Lessons on Modern Day Israel

I am not sure how I found this podcast, but I am glad I did. Noam does an amazing job in going over the history of modern day Israel and tries to remain unbiased and attempts to bring a nuance understanding of all sides of the issues. If you wish to have a historical perspective on Israel, I highly recommend this podcast.

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