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Mesirut is the threshold of heroism. It is the power of breaking through which can push a story, a life journey and even history past the bounds of what appears possible.This class introduces mesirah, the power to give more than you have, as the fourth path of Jewish heroism. It begins by introducing the element of heroism which involves breaking b…
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How do I take a stand, and what does it mean when I do?This class opens with Avraham as the Ivri, the Hebrew. That name marks him as a descendant of Ever, immigrant from the other side (ever) of the river, and visionary who took a stand opposite the whole world over the Oneness of God. The first section ties these aspects of the Ivri together into …
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Here is a conversation with Gil Troy - historian, Zionist thinker and senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute (https://jppi.org.il/en/). He shares his insights on Zionism and American Jewish identity in light of our current war, as well as offering thoughts on what heroism looks like for the Jewish people today. Check our www.jewishhero…
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The second core episode of the Jewish Heroism Project! Check out www.jewishheroism.com for source sheets and supplementary videos.Life is work. What are we laboring for and whom do we serve? This class introduces avodah, work, as the ability to actualize creation’s potential and the first path ofheroism past the gate of good. It explores humanity’s…
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The first core episode of the Jewish Heroism Project! Check out www.jewishheroism.com for source sheets and supplementary videos.There are good things worth fighting for. But what is good? The first class of the Jewish Heroism Project introduces the Torah’s definitionof heroism as mesirut nefesh l’man tov, going beyond limited self for the sake of …
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Rav Mike's annual Hanukkah class in honor of the yarzheit of his father Charles M. Feuer, Betzalel ben Avraham. Also the official launch party of the Jewish Heroism Project - www.jewishheroism.com. The class unpacks the meaning of gevurah, what it can teach us about the Maccabean war and our present national struggle.…
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Here is a taste of what is to come - both this week and this year! Because of its roll on Yom Kippur the book of Jonah is one of the most read books of the prophets, yet it remains one of the least. Here are some insights on how Jonah's story connects to Jewish Heroism that offer a "prequel" for the Jewish Heroism Project as well as some insights f…
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The Israeli Judicial Reform protests come the same week 18 years after the Gush Katif protests and 2,000 years after the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. What can we learn from Tisha B'Av and the Nine Days about modern Jewish and Israeli unity? Sometimes the echoes of history are so loud that they seem to drown out the present. This con…
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Was Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount in 2000 the trigger for what the Arab community calls the Al Aqsa Intifada? Or was this a pre-planned assault orchestrated by the likes of Marwan Barghouti, Raed Salah of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel and even the Palestinian Authority?In this final installment of the Temple Mount…
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Why is the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism a lighting rod for terrorist attacks and central to Israeli-Arab peace negotiations? Learn about how the Har HaBayit shifted from being acknowledged by Muslim leaders in the 1920s as a Jewish site to a complete denial by Yasir Arafat by the 1990s. The Oslo Accords, the Camp David Summit and react…
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Another show live and on the road! Here is a talk on behalf of the Valley Beit Midrash entitled "Is There a Future for American Zionism? American Zionism in the Era of the Ethnic State."Image: Public Domain Dedication. Public Use Notice of Limitations: https://www.dvidshub.net/about/copyrightDe către Rav Mike
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Should Jews be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount? Or will it inflame Muslim sensitivities? Learn the history of this debate from the Six Day War in 1967 when General Moshe Dayan argued with Rabbi Shlomo Goren on the issue, to the fire started by Australian tourist Denis Michael Rohan, the shooting by Allan Goodman, through the 1980s up until the …
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A live webinar on behalf of for Fuel For Truth: Israel Education & Advocacy Training, on "The Crisis of Israeli Sovereignty." First Rav Mike lays out his innovative approach to three dimensions in which sovereignty is exercised - territorial, economic and cultural. Then in the question and answer he engages the judicial reform protests, the purpose…
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Here is my call for a constructive alternative to the current mass protests against judicial reform being debated in Israel's Knesset. Along the way we touch some historical context about Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, Supreme Court Justice Aharon Barak, Meir Kahane's Kach party and what the Israeli Declaration of Independence actually says. On t…
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The final installment in the series on the tri-partite part nature of American antisemitism. This episode revisits all three forms of Jew-hatred characteristic of society in the United States and touches base with their manifestation in the new millennia. Along the way we identify the narrative endgame driving each of these stories of destruction a…
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Part six of the series on Antisemitism takes a turn toward the manifestation of hate in the progressive culture of America. In addition to outlining some of the theory and history of hate on the American left, this episode also outlines the glory and complications of the rise of 'tikkun olam' as the civil religion of liberal Jews.imagehttps://www.f…
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When the cracks start to open up in American race relations, Jew-hate seeps into the mainstream. Here is an episode about Reverend Jesse Jackson, Minister Louis Farrakhan and the evolution of black antisemitism.image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gotovan/49958357796/license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode…
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Sometimes you have to get out of your own head in order to know what you really think. Here is an episode where my good friend Eitan Ben Avraham interviews me on the fundamental tensions underlying the Israeli/American Jewish relationship and how they find expression in our present political challenges.Image by - https://www.flickr.com/photos/thoma…
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Jew hate has two fundamental elements no matter where it manifests - one connected to the role Jews play in society, the other the role we play in the mind of the hater. This episode opens a new facet of American antisemitism as we turn from white hate to black, and try to understand the roots of them both.…
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Here is my annual Hanukkah class in honor of my father, Charles Feuer/Betzalel ben Avraham ob'm. As the end of the Hasmonean kingdom that was established after the Hanukkah war, the Sages decreed "cursed by the man who teaches his son Greek wisdom." This talk explores what that wisdom might be, how to hold it off and why doing so is central to our …
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Violence often has an arc, and in this episode we trace how the intifada progresses together with the Israeli policies of suppression and separation. Along the way we outline the birth of the Hamas terror organization and end on a childhood note from yours truly.image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marypmadigan/3191791902lic: https://creativecommon…
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When the intifada erupted it caught the Israeli army and leadership unprepared. Part two of the series exploring the evolution of the separation barrier explores Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin's "iron-fist" policy response as part of arc of government decisions that move from suppression to separation - all in avoidance of sovereignty.…
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In this episode we take a break from tracking the evolution of Israel's separation wall to consider the deeper issues of violence on which it is built. Rav Yehuda Hakohen of the Vision Movement joins me for a conversation about Max Nordau, Zev Jabotinsky and Frantz Fanon. Along the way we consider issues of decolonization, settlement and the hope f…
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Almost two thousand years ago the Sages determined that Am Yisrael was bound in exile by an oath not to go up to the land "like a wall." Now two millena later there is a wall built by the Israeli government running through the heart of our biblical homeland. Here is the introductory episode to a new series that aims to break down the evolution of I…
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Here is the final installment in the series detailing the evolution of Israel's electoral system. It brings us almost all the way to the present, touching on topics like the Oslo Accord, electoral reform and Israel's Supreme Court along the way. If you want to have a better understanding of our current electoral dysfunction, then tune in now.…
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The unity government wasn't born yesterday, it has a long history in Israel. Tune in to this ongoing exploration of the evolution of Israel's electoral system to learn about the government shared by ex-underground fighter Yitzchak Shamir and Shimon Peres through the 80s, how it held together Mizrachi pride, religious tension and territorial confusi…
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