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UNPACKED – Watch The Surprising History of the Star of David

UNPACKED – Watch The Surprising History of the Star of David Learn more about Marc Bennett’s Star of David Project here: https://starofdavidart.com/​ The history of the Star of David is more than a little murky. So how did two overlapping tr

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Unpacked – How Israel Reshaped Jewish Culture & Who Decides Who is a Jew?

Unpacked – How Israel Reshaped Jewish Culture & Who Decides Who is a Jew? Many Americans define their Judaism culturally rather than religiously. But with Israeli-Jewish influences becoming increasingly prominent, is there still a role for American-

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UNPACKED – What Will Relations Between the US and Israel Look Like Under President Joe Biden?

UNPACKED – What Will Relations Between the US and Israel Look Like Under President Joe Biden?   First The MLK’s Jewish Connection Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy of change through nonviolence and civil disobedience is well known. Yo

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UNPACKED – Watch When Being Jewish Feels Unsafe

UNPACKED – Watch When Being Jewish Feels Unsafe Two-thirds of American Jews say they feel less safe than they did a decade ago — and the threat of physical violence has never felt more real. Despite the shocking events of the past few years, Jews

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UNPACKED – Watch How Education Kept Judaism Alive

UNPACKED – Watch How Education Kept Judaism Alive Why has Judaism survived for thousands of years? Along with rituals and communities, a major factor in the endurance of Judaism is the central role of education. In fact, teaching and learning has pr

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UNPACKED – Tikkun Olam: Is it Jewish?

UNPACKED – Tikkun Olam: Is it Jewish? Tikkun Olam might literally mean “fixing the world,” but it’s commonly understood as “Jewish Social Justice.” But what’s so Jewish about the idea of fixing the world and when did people decide it was

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UNPACKED – The Scholarly Debates of the Talmud

UNPACKED – The Scholarly Debates of the Talmud Tens of thousands of people around the world study the Talmud, a seemingly endless Aramaic encyclopedia packed with hard-to-read and even harder-to-understand text. But what exactly is this millenia-old

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UNPACKED - Watch: The Mishnah - Writing Down Jewish Law

UNPACKED – Watch: The Mishnah – Writing Down Jewish Law With the destruction of the Second Temple, the rabbis feared for the survival of Jewish life and practice. After generations of strong leaders kept learning alive, the Oral Law was writte

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UNPACKED – Judea Under Roman Rule

UNPACKED – Judea Under Roman Rule When the Roman army arrived on the shores of the Holy Land in 63 BCE, no one could have imagined the havoc they would wreak on the Jews of Judea. By destroying the Temple, they forever changed how and where the Jews

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UNPACKED - Why Do Presidential Candidates Care So Much About Israel?

UNPACKED – Why Do Presidential Candidates Care So Much About Israel? Israel has jokingly been called the 51st State of the United State of America and both Israel and the U.S. seem to be in the midst of a hot and heavy geopolitical love affair. In a

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UNPACKED - Watch The Return of The Jewish Temple

UNPACKED – Watch The Return of The Jewish Temple It’s fall again (winter is coming!). We’ve celebrated the High Holidays and in the cycle of the weekly Torah portion we’re right back to chapter one, reading about the beginning of the world, th

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UNPACKED - Watch: Why Did Hassidic Jews Get Hit Hard by Corona?

UNPACKED – Watch: Why Did Hassidic Jews Get Hit Hard by Corona? We’re all suffering from the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. #coronafatigue Israel has already suited up for “Lockdown Round 2” and other parts of the world look set to

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UNPACKED - WATCH -The Story of Israel and Iran

UNPACKED – WATCH -The Story of Israel and Iran Iran used to be Israel’s sole ally in the Middle East, but it now regularly calls for Israel’s destruction. How did these two countries go from being close regional partners to sworn enemies? Find o

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UNPACKED - Podcast: Israeli History with Noam Weissman

UNPACKED – Podcast: Israeli History with Noam Weissman     Go behind the scenes of Israeli history with self-confessed history nerd Noam Weissman. Each week, he offers a fresh perspective on some of the most controversial and interesting e

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UNPACKED - A Kingdom Divided - The Fall of Israel

UNPACKED – A Kingdom Divided – The Fall of Israel It was supposed to be divinely gifted, so how (and why) did the much-vaunted Jewish kingdom fall apart after just 80 years — and what happened next? To answer these questions, we’re scrolli

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UNPACKED - King David and The United Monarchy

UNPACKED – King David and The United Monarchy The United Monarchy may only have lasted a brief 80 years, but the merger of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah had a huge impact that reverberates to this day. We’re examining how the unification came a

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UNPACKED - How Hip Hop Boosted Kosher Wine Sales

UNPACKED – How Hip Hop Boosted Kosher Wine Sales It might blow your mind to discover that sales of Bartenura, a blue-bottled brand of kosher wine from Italy got a boost thanks to… hip hop! Despite loudly and proudly proclaiming their love of luxur

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UNPACKED - Entering the Promised Land Ancient Israelites in Canaan

UNPACKED – Entering the Promised Land Ancient Israelites in Canaan On this week’s episode of “The Jewish Story Explained,” we’re digging deep into the nitty gritty of the Hebrews’ entry into the Promised Land and the first few hundred year

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UNPACKED - The Top 10 Most Elite Units of the IDF

UNPACKED – The Top 10 Most Elite Units of the IDF If you follow the news, you might know that things have been hotting up on Israel’s northern border and on Saturday night, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers from the Maglan unit averted a potent

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UNPACKED - Moses and the Exodus

UNPACKED – Moses and the Exodus Ever felt there couldn’t be anything to say about Moses than hasn’t already been said? Turns out there’s plenty. That’s why we’re taking another look at this reluctant prophet and unpacking a story that ends

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UNPACKED - The Origins of Antisemitic Conspiracies

UNPACKED – The Origins of Antisemitic Conspiracies Antisemitism has always been around, but one thing’s for sure: Over the past few years, this centuries-old prejudice has taken on a more violent face in the U.S. This week, we’re unpacking some

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UNPACKED - Joseph in Egypt | The Jewish Story Explained #2

UNPACKED – Joseph in Egypt | The Jewish Story Explained #2 Ever wonder how a case of sibling rivalry ended up changing the destiny of the Jewish people? We’re digging deep into the core of the epic tale of Joseph and his brothers and explaining wh

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UNPACKED - Meet the original Mammas and Pappas

UNPACKED – Meet the original Mammas and Pappas Biblical Patriarchs & Matriarchs | The Jewish Story Explained #1 The Jewish Story Explained is a “you never got info like this at Hebrew school” trip through the past 3,000 years of the Jewish exper

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UNPACKED - Deni Avdija - The Top Israeli NBA Draft 2020 Prospect

UNPACKED – Deni Avdija – The Top Israeli NBA Draft 2020 Prospect Kobe. Lebron. Kawhi. Giannis… Deni? Okay, so you might not have heard of him (yet) but 19-year-old Israeli Deni Avdija could well be the next big thing in the best basketball l

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UNPACKED - Sivan Rahav-Meir divulges why she became an Orthodox Jew

UNPACKED – Sivan Rahav-Meir divulges why she became an Orthodox Jew     Journalist, educator and media personality Sivan Rahav-Meir talks to Noam Weissman about how she became religious, why Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination affected her so

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UNPACKED - Tal Ben-Shahar's Tips for Happiness and Good Mental Health

UNPACKED – Tal Ben-Shahar’s Tips for Happiness and Good Mental Health Author and lecturer Tal Ben-Shahar has spent his exceptional career researching and promoting positive psychology, which makes him an ideal person to discuss the Covid-19 em

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UNPACKED-Watch Israeli Nobel Laureates- The People of the (Chemistry) Book

UNPACKED-Watch Israeli Nobel Laureates- The People of the (Chemistry) Book It’s true that the Jews are often called the “People of the Book”, and Israelis seem to have been hitting the chemistry books pretty hard. In fact, half of the Israeli Nobel

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UNPACKED - Kosher Wine - The Rise and Fall of Manischewitz

UNPACKED – Kosher Wine – The Rise and Fall of Manischewitz If your experience with kosher wine is drinking one too many glasses of Manischewitz at the seder, it might surprise you to hear that the kosher wine business is booming. In fact, you

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UNPACKED - The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process | Settlements Final Episode

UNPACKED – The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process | Settlements Final Episode In the final episode of our Israeli settlements mini-series, we look at the six core issues at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and examine the different attem

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UNPACKED - What makes Jewish food Jewish?

UNPACKED – What makes Jewish food Jewish? Talking about Jewish food is both mouth-wateringly delicious and just a little complicated. The reason? The definition of a “Jewish” food differs on where you come from. While Ashkenzim (Jews from Easter

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UNPACKED - The Jewish Connection to the Land | Settlements Part 2

UNPACKED – The Jewish Connection to the Land | Settlements Part 2 This week, we’re continuing our in-depth look at the Israeli settlements. To get a better understanding of the subject, we’re jumping back to biblical times to unpack the Jewish c

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UNPACKED - Hamas's Control Over Gaza

UNPACKED – Hamas’s Control Over Gaza This week on History of Israel Explained, we’re continuing to get to grips with Hamas. We’re figuring out just why the Palestinian people voted for Hamas over rival party Fatah in the first place, how t

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UNPACKED - Understanding Hamas

UNPACKED – Understanding Hamas This week, we’re tackling the tough subject of Hamas and Gaza. And it’s not an easy one to watch. Hamas was the terror group behind a wave of suicide bombings and other activities in the 1990s and 2000s. More recen

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UNPACKED - The History & Revival of the Hebrew Language

UNPACKED – The History & Revival of the Hebrew Language This week, we’re looking at the revival of the Hebrew language. While the Bible and some religious texts were written in ancient Hebrew, it hadn’t been spoken in daily life for centuries. I

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UNPACKED - Coming Home: The Law of Return

UNPACKED – Coming Home: The Law of Return This week, we’re looking at one of Israel’s founding principles – the Law of Return. This law, which dates back to the earliest days of the State of Israel, grants legal permission for any Jew, fro