43 episodes

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.

Unpacking Israeli History Unpacked

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 267 Ratings

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.

    Homeland 3: Motherland

    Homeland 3: Motherland

    Matan Berenbaum-Williams is Black and American by birth. Jewish by heritage. Israeli by choice. And a Zionist in his soul. His is a story of finding yourself in the most unexpected of places… and of building a home in a place where you belong.
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    For more information on the Black Jewish community, check out these resources:
    Connecting with Black Jewry in Israel 
    The Unknown History of Black Jews in America
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    This show was made possible by support from the Koum Family Foundation, the Crain-Maling Foundation, the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, and the Skolnick Family Charitable Trust.

    • 42 min
    Homeland 2: Prisoners of Zion

    Homeland 2: Prisoners of Zion

    Galina Abramovich-Azoulay has a story to tell. Specifically, the story of Jewish life in the Soviet Union… and the sometimes-difficult adjustment to a new life in Israel. Along with roughly one million other Jews, Galina’s family joined the Soviet Aliyah, transforming the world’s only Jewish state.
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    To learn more about Soviet Jewry, check out these resources:
    When They Come For Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry https://g.co/kgs/qmSq4e
    Welcome and Our Condolences: https://go2films.com/films/welcome-and-our-condolences/
    Jewish Virtual Library Portal on Soviet Jewry: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jews-in-the-former-soviet-union 
    Is Zionism Racism? Understanding Soviet Propaganda: https://jewishunpacked.com/is-zionism-racism-un-resolution-3379/ 
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    This show was made possible by support from the Koum Family Foundation, the Crain-Maling Foundation, the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, and the Skolnick Family Charitable Trust.

    • 38 min
    From Casabalanca, With Love

    From Casabalanca, With Love

    Alain Checroun has a story to tell. His birthplace, Morocco, was once home to nearly 300,000 Jews. But after the creation of the state of Israel, hundreds of thousands of Moroccan Jews made their way to the world’s only Jewish state. Like all immigration stories, Alain’s is a story of resilience. Of challenges. Of triumphs. And ultimately, it’s about the joys of coming home.
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    For more information on Mizrahi Jewry in general and Moroccan Jewry in specific, see the following sources:
    The Jews of Morocco from the Jewish Virtual Library: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jews-of-morocco
    Jews Under Moroccan Skies:
    https://www.amazon.com/Jews-Under-Moroccan-Skies-Thousand/dp/1935604244
    Inside Jewish Morocco (A JDC Video):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ti-e2bY0mE
    Moroccan Jews Celebrating Normalization Deal:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOXwF5IAurk
    The Story of Israel’s Black Panthers:
    https://jewishunpacked.com/the-story-of-israels-black-panthers/
    Valley of Tears:
    https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GX6rsqgAIJMPCwgEAAACB
    On the Wadi Salib Riots:
    https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/2013-06-16/ty-article/july-9-1959-wadi-salib-riots/0000017f-f7b1-d044-adff-f7f9dbb80000 and https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt21h4xqw.9?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents
    Mizrahi Jews:
    https://unpacked.education/video/mizrahi-jews-the-jews-of-the-middle-east-and-north-africa/
    Mizrahi Music:
    https://jewishunpacked.com/how-mizrahi-music-took-over-israeli-pop/
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    This show was made possible by support from the Koum Family Foundation, the Crain-Maling Foundation, the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, and the Skolnick Family Charitable Trust.

    • 39 min
    Introducing... Homeland: Ten Stories, One Israel

    Introducing... Homeland: Ten Stories, One Israel

    When a bus breaks down off an Israeli highway and leaves its passengers stranded, Emily, American journalism student, decides to put her skills to the test...much to the chagrin of her fellow travelers. As she eventually coaxes each person to share their story, Emily uncovers the rich and complex history that every Israeli holds. Each episode is a deep dive into a new character’s world; from Morocco to Russia, all paths lead to Israel in this narrative style pod.
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    Thank you to our generous sponsors:

    Koum Family Foundation

    Crain-Maling Foundation

    Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation

    Skolnick Family Charitable Trust

    • 4 min
    Osirak: The Airstrike That Shocked The World

    Osirak: The Airstrike That Shocked The World

    UIH survey here: https://jewishunpacked.com/uihsurvey
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    On the night before Shavuot, 1981, Prime Minister Menachem Begin shocked his cabinet by announcing they would be launching a surprise attack on a nuclear reactor in Iraq, known as Osirak. It was a gamble, one that the outside world, not to mention in Israel itself, most people didn't approve of. In this episode, Noam takes us on a tour of Begin's decision, the aftermath, and how it still impacts Israel today.
    ~~~~  This season of Unpacking Israeli History is generously sponsored by Marci & Andrew Spitzer and Barbara Sommer & Alan Fisher, and this episode, is generously sponsored by Jack Zager and Ellen Kahan, and by Pam and Neil Weissman, in memory of their parents, Mama Bashe and Saba Royal Rockman, and Safta Alice and Saba Irving Weissman.

    • 42 min
    "Torah Dome": Why Don't Haredim Serve In The IDF?

    "Torah Dome": Why Don't Haredim Serve In The IDF?

    UIH survey here: https://jewishunpacked.com/uihsurvey
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    Who should serve in the Israeli military? It doesn’t sound like a particularly spicy question, does it? Because the obvious answer is… “Israelis.” Like, duh. Case closed, next question. But in this episode, Noam breaks down why Haredim, a massive force in Israel, don't serve. He goes through the history and asks, how does this choice impact the country? VOTE IN OUR POLL HERE:
    jewishunpacked.com/israeliarmy  
      ~~~~     This season of Unpacking Israeli History is generously sponsored by Marci & Andrew Spitzer and Barbara Sommer & Alan Fisher, and this episode is generously sponsored by Lisa and Phil Baratz, and by the Center For Advancement of Jewish Education.     ~~~~  

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
267 Ratings

267 Ratings

Dr Rebbe ,

One of the best podcasts in the world

I cannot get enough of this podcast. I have an insatiable appetite for History and this quenches the thirst. Please continue making podcasts and it can only get better! Onwards and upwards.

jt levitsky ,

Great show about History

Listen to it with my 11 year old.

Arkadi "The Rumduck" Kharov ,

Oh my

By the time you mentioned a synagogue board meeting I about lost it. I am a Buddhist with a jewish wife, and two of my four children are jewish. Until 5 years ago I had little concept of what being jewish was, but I knew the history. I am Romanyi and have learned a strong kinship, even with differences in faith. I highly recommend this for those who who want to understand a bit more that is on the surface. Well done brother. Shchasty
Arkadi

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