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Shmuel Rosner

Shmuel Rosneris an Israeli columnist, editor, and researcher. He is a contributing opinion writer for the International New York Times and is the political editor of the Jewish Journal.

Natanz Attack: Threats and Implications

Israel declined to confirm its responsibility for the attack, but it hinted at such a likelihood in every way possible.
Gayil Talshir

Gayil Talshir: Understanding Israel’s Fourth Election Results

Shmuel Rosner and Gayil Talshir discuss the 2021 Israeli election results and the reasons why they might signal the end of Benjamin Netanyahu's era. Gayil...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Shemini with Claire Bergen

Claire Bergen is a 3rd year student at the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. We discuss parshat Shemini in which, following the seven days of...

Jerusalem Drama: Netanyahu Faces the Court – and the President

A right-wing leader must take on the old lion and bear the consequences.

A Clear Guide to Israel’s Messy Coalitions

Maybe there will be a coalition. Maybe Israel is headed for another round of elections in August or September. Maybe the weeks of political maneuvering ahead of us are all a waste of time.

Israel’s Elections: Frustrating Outcomes, Positive Trends

The fact that a Likud prime minister has not ruled out political partnership with an Arab is one of the most significant developments of this election.

Rabbi Ilay Ofran: The Torah – A Psychic Turn

Shmuel Rosner and Rabbi Ilay Ofran discuss his new book, "The torah: A Psychic Turn." It is available in Hebrew. Rabbi Ilay Ofran is the...

Israel Elections Update: The Waiting Game

We wait for the fourth time before we know if we are doomed to have a fifth election in three years.

Netanyahu Ahead, But Coalition Results Too Close to Call

The important things (vaccines) can tip the scales in favor of a relatively unpopular politician.
Wayne Allen

Dr. Rabbi Wayne Allen: Thinking about Good and Evil

Shmuel Rosner chats with Dr Rabbi Wayne Allen about his upcoming book: "Thinking about Good and Evil: Jewish Views from Antiquity to Modernity" -...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Vayikra with Rachel Posner

Before embarking on a second career as a rabbi, Rachel Posner worked as a clinical psychologist for 12 years. The intersection of psychology and...

The Last Week: A Short Guide to Israel’s Coming Elections

The most important factor next week is the electoral threshold.

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Vayakhel-Pekudei with Charna Rosenhotz

Maggid/Rav Charna Rosenholtz, MA is an accomplished teacher, specializing in psychospiritual growth and applications of spiritual wisdom. Ordained as a Rabbi by Aleph Ordination...

Israel’s Debate is not About Reform Conversion: It’s About Orthodox Conversion

The real battle for conversion in Israel takes place between two Orthodox factions.

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Ki Tisa with David Helfand

David Helfand is a fourth year rabbinical student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies where he is also pursuing a masters degree in...

Shocked by the Revelations About Amos Oz? ‘Deal With It,’ Says His Daughter.

Although these examples do not always shock, they succeed in communicating why Galia feels haunted.
Natan Slifkin

Natan Slifkin: Rationalist Judaism

Shmuel Rosner and Natan Slifkin discuss his latest book, "Rationalism vs. Mysticism: Schisms in Traditional Jewish Thought." Natan Slifkin, popularly known as the "Zoo Rabbi",...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Tetzaveh with Avi Hoffman

This week’s Torah Portion- Parashat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10) – continues giving us the instructions concerning the tabernacle, focusing on the role of the priesthood. Our...

Iran Negotiations: America’s Inherent Disadvantage

The United States cares about Iran — but not as much as Iran or Israel do.
Marc Rosenstein

Marc Rosenstein: Contested Utopia

Shmuel Rosner and Marc Rosenstein discuss his latest book, "Contested Utopia: Jewish Dreams and Israeli Realities," out soon. Marc Rosenstein is the Director Emeritus of...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Terumah with Ben Freed

Ben Freed is a 5th (and final)-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Before rabbinical school he lived and...

Biden Not Calling Bibi: Big Mistake

Israel should not be sitting by a telephone awaiting the first call from President Joe Biden.

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Mishpatim with Talia Kaplan

Talia Kaplan is an organizer and educator. She currently serves as the Rabbinic Intern at Brown RISD Hillel and the Student Rabbi-in-Residence at Temple...
Gershom Gorenberg

Gershom Gorenberg: War of Shadows

Shmuel Rosner and guest Gershom Gorenberg discuss his latest book, "War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from...

Netanyahu and Trump: Leaders on Trial

The leader is the same leader — but with preconceived support or opposition rule.
Leon Kass

Leon Kass: Reading Exodus

Shmuel Rosner and Leon Kass discuss Kass's latest book: "Founding God’s Nation: Reading Exodus". Leon R. Kass, M.D., Ph.D., is the Addie Clark Harding Professor...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Yitro with Moshe Weinger

Our guest this week is Moshe Weinger Yeshiva University. This week’s Torah portion – Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23) – begins with the advice given by...

No, Israel Is Under no Obligation to Vaccinate all Palestinians

Calling Israel an “occupier” is more of a slogan than a nuanced description of a complicated situation.
Nadav Eyal

Nadav Eyal: The Worldwide Uprising Against Globalization

Shmuel Rosner and Nadav Eyal discuss Nadav's book, "Revolt: The Worldwide Uprising Against Globalization", out now in english. Nadav Eyal is one of Israel’s most well-known...

Why Is the Chief of Staff of the IDF Warning Against Another Bad Iran...

Kochavi made the speech not in spite of who he is but rather because of who he is.