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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  Most of our podcast guests, especially those focusing on religious issues, tend to look at the world in a traditional way―meaning, their habits of mind tend to be traditional and conservative. Many of our podcast […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  In the water-scarce Middle East, water that can be used for drinking and agriculture is of premium importance. The entire ancient civilization of imperial Egypt grew up around the Nile River and its basin, and […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  American democracy is a nation of nations. Muslims, Christians, and Jews, women and men from every nation on earth have made themselves into Americans. Nevertheless, a unique majority culture developed within this nation of nations: […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  When the Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah each winter, what are we celebrating? The story of the holiday is the tale of rededicating the Temple in Jerusalem after it had been occupied and defiled by the Seleucid Greeks, who—with the […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  From the Iran Deal to the rise of and fall of ISIS, from Israel’s year of inconclusive elections to a pandemic that has ravaged globe, the second decade of the 21st century has been history-making for both the United […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  It has been widely reported that, in late November of 2020, the Israeli prime minister secretly flew to Saudi Arabia for a meeting with the kingdom’s crown prince. That these two leaders met at all is noteworthy; that they […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  After a decades-long, worldwide campaign to free Soviet Jewry, in the late 1980s the borders of the Soviet Union were finally opened, allowing its Jews to immigrate to the State of Israel. This period saw approximately one million men […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  The year 2020 has been one of real suffering. The Coronavirus has infected tens of millions the world over and has taken the lives of a quarter of a million Americans. It’s decimated the economy, shuttered businesses, brought low […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  In November of 1945, the American Jewish Committee established a new, independent magazine of Jewish ideas, with the goal of explaining America to the Jews and the Jews to America. This month, Commentary marks 75 years of publishing about […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, you can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify.  Under the U.S. Constitution, the freedom of religion is protected by two separate guarantees: a prohibition on the establishment of an official church and an individual right to the “free exercise” of religion. The […]

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