Jewish People & Ideas: Conversations With Jewish Thought Leaders


Conversations with Jewish Thought Leaders


  • Einat Wilf

    Einat Wilf

    02/08/2020 Duração: 55min

    Einat Wilf is the co-author of the Israeli best selling book, The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace. She is a leading intellectual and original thinker on matters of foreign policy, economics, education, Israel and Zionism. She was a member of the Israeli Parliament from 2010-2013, where she served as Chair of the Education Committee and Member of the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. She is considered one of Israel’s most articulate representatives on the international stage. I got on the train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to have a conversation with Einat in her apartment. We spoke about her book, the Palestinians, American Jewish-Israeli relations, the Kotel, nationalism, Zionism, feminism, atheism and much more.

  • Eric Yoffie

    Eric Yoffie

    21/06/2020 Duração: 01h07min

    Rabbi Eric Yoffie served as the President of the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational arm of the Reform Movement in North America from 1996 to 2012. Yoffie received his rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College in 1974 and served in many high-level roles until being elected the President of the Union for Reform Judaism. This was a remote interview with Eric in New Jersey and me in Jerusalem. We spoke about what Judaism expects of a Reform Jew, the Kotel, conversions, Chabad, the Palestinians and much more. You can find all of the episodes of this podcast and the different places it can be listened at by going to Find Barak’s books on Amazon by searching for “Barak Hullman” or going to Become a supporter of this podcast by going to

  • Mimi Feigelson

    Mimi Feigelson

    24/03/2020 Duração: 01h04min

    Mimi Feigelson—also known as Reb Mimi—is the Mashpiah Ruchanit—Spiritual Mentor—of the Schechter Rabbinical School in Jerusalem where she also teaches Talmud and Chassidic Thought. She served in the same position for 16 years at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. Born in the United States, Mimi moved to Israel at age 8 and began studying with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach at 15. In 1994, She was ordained by Rabbi Carlebach. In a secret ceremony, she became the first Orthodox Female Rabbi post Shoah. This was only made public in 2001. Still, 20 years later, the Orthodox Jewish community is challenged when it confronts the growing number of female Orthodox rabbis. She was also the Associate Director of the popular Yakar synagogue and Beit Midrash in Jerusalem and it’s Rosh Beit Midrash l’nashim – the women’s beit midrash. I sat down with Mimi in her apartment in Jerusalem to discuss her experience as a spiritual mentor for American and Israeli Jews, what it’s like to be the public figure “Reb

  • Daniel Gordis

    Daniel Gordis

    23/01/2020 Duração: 01h03min

    Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College. The author of more than ten books, Gordis is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and writes regularly for the Jerusalem Post. Gordis’ history of the State of Israel, entitled Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn, received the 2016 National Jewish Book Award as “Book of the Year.” Gordis’ writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, The New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Azure, Commentary Magazine and Foreign Affairs, and his books have received numerous awards. Professor Alan Dershowitz has called Gordis “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.” I sat down with Danny in his office at Shalem College in Jerusalem. We spoke about his newest book We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel, what’s causing the tension between some part of the American Jewish community and the state of Israel and what can be done about it.

  • Jonathan Tobin

    Jonathan Tobin

    16/12/2019 Duração: 51min

    Jonathan Tobin is an American journalist and editor in chief of, the Jews News Syndicate which provides news, opinions and analysis on Israel and the Jewish World for nearly 100 print newspapers and digital publications. He has a daily column on JNS and is also a contributing writing to the Nation Review, the New York Post, The Federalist, Haaretz, The Forward and many other publications. He lectures widely across the US, including college campuses and has appeared on CNN, the BBC, Fox News and many other TV and radio shows. In an interview for the New York Times he said, “My job as editor is talk about the things people are not willing to talk about.” This was my first remote conversation. Unfortunately there were some technical issues with the recording, but I cleaned most of it up. Jonathan and I discussed the relationship between American Jews and the state of Israel, the Kotel agreement, the rise of violent anti-Semitism in America, relations between Israel and America, anti-Zionism and much m

  • Tovia Singer

    Tovia Singer

    28/11/2019 Duração: 01h50s

    Rabbi Tovia Singer is the founder and director of Outreach Judaism, an international organization dedicated to countering fundamentalist Christian groups and cults who specifically target Jews for conversion. A world renown speaker, Rabbi Singer addresses over 100 audiences a year. His numerous YouTube videos are viewed by millions of people every month from around the world. He's the author of the two volume series "Let's Get Biblical: Why Judaism Doesn't Accept the Christian Messiah," and is a frequent guest on television and radio shows. I sat down with Tovia in his studio in Jerusalem where we discussed why it's problematic for Jews to believe that Jesus was the Messiah, how Jews become vulnerable to be missionized and what to do about it.

  • Natan Sharansky

    Natan Sharansky

    02/10/2019 Duração: 49min

    My conversation with Natan Sharansky about his time in the Soviet Union, American and Israeli Jews, the Kotel agreement, aliyah, peace with the Palestinians and how to live a meaningful life. Natan Sharansky is the author of Fear No Evil and The Case For Democracy which was a New York Times Best Seller. He is a former Knesset member and minister and the former Chairman of the Jewish Agency.

  • Yehuda Kurtzer

    Yehuda Kurtzer

    29/07/2019 Duração: 01h16s

    Yehuda Kurtzer is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish history and Jewish memory, and on questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life. He is the author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, which offers new thinking to contemporary Jews on navigating the tensions between history and memory; and the co-editor of the forthcoming volume The New Jewish Canon, a collection of the most significant Jewish ideas and debates of the past two generations. I sat down with Yehuda in his office at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem when he was visiting from New York to discuss his relationship with God, American Jewry, the Reform movement, Israeli-American Jewish relations and much more.

  • Nathan Lopes Cardozo

    Nathan Lopes Cardozo

    02/07/2019 Duração: 53min

    Nathan Lopes Cardozo is a Dutch-Israeli rabbi, philosopher, and scholar of Judaism. A sought-after lecturer on the international stage for both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences, Cardozo is known for his original and often controversial insights into Judaism. He’s the author of 13 books and the founder of the David Cardozo Academy. I sat down with Rabbi Cardozo at his office to discuss his unique upbringing, his philosophy of halachic Judaism, the Reform movement, the Kotel agreement, the Holocaust, God and much more.

  • Michael Oren

    Michael Oren

    04/06/2019 Duração: 44min

    My conversation with former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren. We discussed American Israel Jewish relations, the Kotel agreement, peace with the Palestinians, his time as ambassador and much more.

  • Yossi Klein Halevi

    Yossi Klein Halevi

    05/03/2019 Duração: 01h15min

    My conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi about his work, the Jewish people, Chabad, the future of Judaism and much more.