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37 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
The Bias in Academic Judaic Studies
Many Judaic Studies instructors have been found to harbor a disdain for ultra-Orthodox Jews, which skews their academic portrayals of them and their ideology. Prof. Norton Mezvinsky explains.Episode photo: In the 18th century, as interest in the "curiosities" of the Jewish religion rose, some non-Jews had models of synagogues erected, furnished with a full array of Jewish books and ceremonial objects, and accessible to a broad public, constituting the world's first "Jewish museums." This title page is from a book by Moritz Wilhelm Christiani, which describes such a replica, owned by Georg Serpilius, a Christian Hebraist. (Picture and text from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_studies ).
30 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
After 40 Years, the True Story Exposed
In denigrating the Rebitzen of the ultra-Orthodox Satmar chasidim, a professor writes of a story involving a wedding that took place 40 years ago. That was Rabbi Shapiro's wedding. In this podcast, he sets the record straight.https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-time-seem-to-speed-up-with-age/
53 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Is Israel Telling the Truth About the Iron Dome?
One of the country's foremost experts on missile defense systems evaluates the Iron DOme's capabilities against the claims of the Israeli government. The results are surprising.
26 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
The Imaginary Miracle and Other Delusions of the Six-Day War
In 1967, in order to garner US support for their attack on Egypt, Israel falsely claimed to have been under existential threat by Egypt, who was planning on attacking Israel, perpetrating another Holocaust. The truth was quite different. Miko Peled, son of IDF General Matityahu Peled, is my guest.
68 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
To Fight Anti-Semitism, Renounce Israel's Claim
Portraying Jews as if they are nationals of the state of Israel puts Jews in danger, as the enemies of Israel will automatically become the enemies of all Jews. The state of Israel itself has been doing this since its inception, and Zionists have been doing it for over a century. But history - and the data - shows that this anti-semitism can be reduced. And it is in our hands to do it. This podcast shows us how,
46 minutes | May 26, 2021
Are Zionists Provoking Attacks on American Jews?
During and after the Gaza war, Jews in America have been subject to anti-Semitic attacks by pro-Palestinian activists who think of all Jews as connected to the state of Israel. Astoundingly, Zionists are responding by flaunting their Zionism, which just provokes more anti-Semitism.
62 minutes | May 19, 2021
What Anti-Zionist Protests Taught This Young Man About Judaism
Once, Eli had no interest in Judaism because he thought it meant being a Zionist. Today he is a rabbi. This is his story.
31 minutes | May 12, 2021
What Religion Does "National Religious" Zionism Come From?
The students of Rabbi Abraham and Zvi Yehuda Kook incorporated into their Judaism large doses of organic nationalism, pagan land worship, militarism, and end-of-days Messianism, combining them into a new, autonomous philosophy that they call Dati Leumi ("National Religious") Judaism.Photo by SoWhAt249 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64048771
42 minutes | May 6, 2021
A Defense Against Hume's Objection to the Cosmological Argument
Hume claimed the fact we can conceive of something coming into existence without a cause shows it is possible. He's wrong not only about his conclusion but his premise as well. https://www.jstor.org/stable/43301996?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents (Note: Wolfson is incorrect about the argument from design not being used in Jewish philosophy as an independent proof to the existence of G-d. It certainly is.)https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/cosmological-argument/Photo by Alex Andrews from Pexels
27 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
No, It's Not Just the Timing: Why Orthodox Jews Oppose Zionism (Part 1 of 70,000)
There are many reasos Orthodox Jews oppose Zionism: It is the antithesis of Judaism, and encourages anti-Semitism. Here are the 3 of many reasons to be anti-Zionist.
94 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
With Ronnie Barkan: Left Wing Zionism and Jewish Identity
Israeli human rights activist, Ronnie Barkan, explains how both right-wing and left-wing Zionists are both equally Zionist at bottom, the only difference being the right-wing is open about their policies. The left-wing profess to be liberal but are really anything but.
59 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
How Zionism Undefined Jewishness
There is no "new anti-Semitism." Anti-Semitism has not mutated to include anti-Zionism. Instead, accepting the unintelligible Zionist definition of Jewish identity has caused Zionists to be defined out of the protected classes of minorities that society has created laws to protect. The IHRA definition is a misguided and destructive attempt to rectify this. For further reading:The Empty Wagon: Zionism's Journey From Identity Crisis to Identity TheftThe UnJewish State: The Politics of Jewish Identity in Israel
38 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
What They Don't Teach About Herzl in Israeli Day Schools
Theodor Herzl (d. 1904) is a Zionist hero, described in Israel's Declaration of Independence as the "spiritual father" of Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu referred to him as the "Moses of our time." But Herzl was notorious for horrific anti-Semitism particularly against religious and Eastern European Jews (read this, for example) and his delusions about Zionism transforming the Jews into "normal" people, causing anti-Semitism to disappear off the face of the earth. In this episode, you will learn facts about the so-called חוֹזֵה הַמְדִינָה, ("Visionary of the State") that they don't teach in the Hebrew Academy.
54 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Miko Peled: From Elite Zionist Family to Anti-Zionist Activist
Miko Peled needs no introduction - he's a famous guy. But if you want, you can check out his website or podcast. If you really want to know what kind of guy he is, though, the most emblematic snippet I can think of offhand is this:Miko Peled followed his father’s footsteps at first, joining Israel’s Special Forces after high school and earning the red beret, but he soon grew to regret his decision. He surrendered his status as soon as he earned it, becoming a medic, and finally, disgusted by the 1982 Lebanon invasion, he buried his service pin in the dirt. (Wikipedia)That about chalks up Miko.In this episode, Miko describes his journey from a member of an elite Zionist family - his grandfather was one of the original signers of Israel's Declaration of Independence and his father, a general in the IDF - to a pacifistic martial arts instructor and anti-Zionist activist living in Washington DC.
65 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Between Patriotism and Civic Religion: An Historical and Legal Analysis
The January 6th insurrection at the nation's capital that resulted in the impeachment of Donald Trump depicted the characteristics of a religion more than a political position. Prof. Gloria Moran discusses American civic religion from a legal and historical perspective, tracing its roots to its the Roman Empire.
35 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Part 2 - How a former Breitbart reporter learned the truth about Judaism opposing Zionism
38 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Part 1 - How a former Breitbart reporter learned the truth about Zionism
Lee Stranahan, Republican radio host, journalist and former Breitbart reporter once thought that his peers at Breitbart - Joel Pollak and Ben Shapiro - are typical of observant Jews’ attitude toward Israel, and that anti-Zionism was “a leftist thing,” directly tied to one’s position in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Then one day, Lee watched a video of Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro and close to 20,000 Orthodox Jews opposing Zionism as wholly un-Jewish and rooted in anti-Semitism. Judaism to these devout Jews is a religion, not a nationality, and there is no such thing as a “nation-state” of the Jews, or Jewish nationalism (aka Zionism). This struck a chord with Lee and led him as a journalist to investigate further into the masses of mainstream Orthodox Jews who reject Zionism, and whose anti-Zionist activity is ignored by the mainstream media. His search led him to astounding revelations about the origins and ideology of Zionism, and to the discovery of a whole world of Orthodox Jews, who, independent of Israel’s politics, refuse to tie their Jewish identity to any political construct – and certainly to a foreign country. This is Lee’s story, Part 1.
29 minutes | Jan 17, 2021
Resisting Propaganda: When 1/10 is not the same as 10%
Studies have discovered surprising weaknesses in our decision-making process that make us vulnerable to manipulators. We may think we are making rational decisions based on clear data when in reality we are looking at the numbers through the prism of our own biases. These biases are exploited by people who want us to make certain decisions. We do so, without knowing we are being manipulated. In this episode, Rabbi Shapiro explains how you can protect yourself from a particularly sly type of psychological manipulation used by politicians, advertisers, salesmen, and others who want to sway our decisions.SELECTED LINKS AND MATERIAL FROM THE EPISODEThinking, Fast and Slow | Daniel KhanemanStudy on dropping the dollar sign | Cornell.edu
29 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Royal Treatment in Egypt for Maimonides' Jewish Descendent
Reuven and Esther Guttman of Long Island arrived in Egypt for what they expected to be a routine vacation. But when the border guards ran Esther's passport, which had her maiden name, Maimon, on it, they discovered that she was a descendent of Maimonides (1135-1204), the revered rabbinic head of the Egyptian Jewish community in the 12th century, and personal physician of the first sultan of Egypt. In this podcast, they describe how they were given the royal treatment by the Egyptian government as, for the first time in centuries, a family member of the revered Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon had set foot on Egyptian ground.
70 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
Dual Loyalty in Zionist Schools: Meet the Anonymous Author of the Forward Article
In February 2020 an anonymous article appeared in the Forward by a teacher in several Zionist Hebrew Day Schools, claiming they teach dual loyalty to Israel and that they need to stop. The article was met with derision, condemnation, and even denial of the author's existence. Meet the author, who no longer teaches in such schools and is safe from reprisals, as he tells us his full story.SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODEI’ve taught at six Jewish day schools. They’re preaching dual loyalty to Israel | Forward Jonathan Greenblatt’s Response | ForwardThe meaning of Israel as the state of the Jewish people | Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jewish Leaders Denounce “Dual Loyalty” While Demanding Fealty to Israel | Forward Peter Beinart and Deborah Lipstadt Discuss Anti-Semitism in America Today | Forward (podcast) Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress | videoNetanyahu’s Speech to Congress | transcript“Prime Minister of the Jewish people” | Times of Israel"The leader of the Jewish state and the entire Jewish people” | ReutersNetanyahu is ‘the leader of the Jewish world,’ says top aide | The Times of IsraelWhy Jonathan Pollard is still in Prison | The Jewish WeekThe NY Radio Stars Who Blamed 9/11 On The Jews–And Went Unpunished | The Jewish Press"Mike and Mad Dog Exposed as Frauds"| NY PostWe Listened To One Of The "Lost" Mike And The Mad Dog 9/11 Tapes | Deadspin
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