Tuesday, January 19, 2021


Shmuel Rosner


Ksenia Svetlova: On high heels in the Middle East

Shmuel Rosner and Ksenia Svetlova discuss her book - On high heels in the Middle East, her unique experiences as a journalist and a...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Vaera with Lise Stern

Our guest this week is Lise Stern from Hebrew College. In Parshat Vaera Moses and Aaron repeatedly come before Pharaoh to demand “Let My people...

A Fifth Israeli Election?

There is no reason why anyone could form a coalition today.

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Shemot with Julia Knobloch

Julia Knobloch is a student at the Ziegler school. And a poet. This week’s Torah Portion – Parashat Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1) – features the beginning of...

Iranian Games 2021: the First Act

The pressure is on the other side, namely, Biden.

Ephraim Shoham-Steiner: Jews and Crime in Medieval Europe

Shmuel Rosner and Ephraim Shoham-Steiner discuss Shoham-Steiner's latest book: Jews and Crime in Medieval Europe. Prof. Ephraim Shoham-Steiner is a historian specializing in Medieval Jewish...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Vayechi with Willemina Davidson

Willemina Davidson is a first year rabbinical student at Hebrew College. Her love of Jewish text study and a desire to create space for...

Pollard in Israel: Four Comments

All Israelis could get vaccinated before their next Election Day.

Israel’s Vaccination Craze

All Israelis could get vaccinated before their next Election Day.

Ohad Hemo: The future of the Palestinian’s struggle

Shmuel Rosner and Ohad Hemo discuss the views of the Palestinian people and their hope for the future. Ohad Hemo is the Palestinian Affairs Correspondent...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Vayigash with Steven Gotlib

Steven Gotlib is a rabbinic student at Yeshiva University. This week's Torah portion- Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)- features the dramatic scene in which Joseph reveals his...

Europe to Jews: No Kosher Meat for You!

European attempts to ban Jewish and Muslim rituals rely on prioritizing certain rights over others.

Israel’s New Elections: Three Things to Consider

On March 23rd Israel will have its fourth election in two years.

Israeli Election Avoided? The Meaning of Political Delays

The government, rather than preempt dangerous developments, behaves as if the virus is another politician.

Jeremy England: Every Life Is on Fire

Shmuel Rosner and Jeremy England discuss England's latest book: Every Life Is on Fire: How Thermodynamics Explains the Origins of Living Things. Jeremy England is...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Miketz with Blair Nosanwisch

Blair Nosanwisch is a rabbinic students at JTS. This week's parsha, Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17) features the second part of the story of Joseph and his...

2021 Preview: Israel Awaits Restoration and Transformation

Everything changed because of the pandemic. That is — except our political system.

Rosner’s Torah Talk for Hanukkah with Etienne Kerber

Our guest for Hanukkah is Etienne Kerber, from the Leo beck college in London. On Chanukah we celebrate the re-dedication of the Temple by the Maccabees. This...

Israel’s Political Swing: Netanyahu is Suddenly Vulnerable

As long as Biden doesn’t do anything outrageously hostile to Israel or is seen as harmful to its security, Israelis will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Vayeshev with Michelle Goldhaber

Michelle Goldhaber of Hebrew College is our guest this week. Our parsha is Vayeshev. In this week’s Torah portion (Genesis 37:1-40:23) we read the first part...

Avi Gil: An Insider’s Look on the Life of Shimon Peres

 Shmuel Rosner and Guest Avi Gil discuss Gil's latest book, Shimon Peres: An Insider’s Account of the Man and the Struggle for a New...

Reality Sinks In: Biden Is Not That Bad (for Israel)

As long as Biden doesn’t do anything outrageously hostile to Israel or is seen as harmful to its security, Israelis will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Vayishlach with Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is student at Hebrew Union, Los Angeles. I Vayishlach Jacob returns to the Holy Land after a 20-year stay in Charan, and sends...

Emmanuel Navon: A Diplomatic History of Israel

Shmuel Rosner and guest Emmanuel Navon chat about Navon's latest book: "The Star and the Scepter: A Diplomatic History of Israel". Dr. Emmanuel Navon is...

Israel’s Political Turmoil: Still Not Too Late for Compromise

Israel is about to have a fourth election in two years.

Wednesday Could Be the Israeli Government’s Last Day

On Wednesday, a vote to have a new election will either pass or fail.

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parsha Vayetze with Tzvia Rubens

Tzvia Rubens, of Hebrew Union in Ohio, is our guest this week, and we discuss Parshat Vayetze which begins when Jacob leaves Canaan and journeys to Charan. On...

David L. Graizbord: The New Zionists

Shmuel Rosner and David L. Graizbord discuss his new book, The New Zionists: Young American Jews, Jewish National Identity, and Israel. David Graizbord is an...

Netanyahu in Saudi Arabia. For Real!

On November 22, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had a secret meeting (that is secret no longer) in which they discussed Iran and the way forward toward normalization.

The Israel File Appendix: the Right’s Climb

We send The Israel File every Sunday afternoon (Pacific Time), and that’s a good way for you to know everything you need about Israel’s...

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